What does He expect

In Luke 6 46 Jesus asks a question we should all seriously consider Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say (NIV). It isn't enough to simply call Jesus Lord or accept Him as such. As Jesus Himself explained in Matthew 7 21, Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Entering God's Kingdom requires living according to God's will. Nothing else will do. He continues in verses 22-23 Many will say...

Even Sof Comef Lord Jesus

Terror of all kinds fills our world today. Suicide bombers, anthrax, radioactive dirty bombs, killer epidemics, kidnappings, gangs, rapes, murders, wars. Everywhere we look, the trend is downward. Man's inhumanity to his fellow man is growing worse, and even the most optimistic can find it harder to fight the feelings of foreboding that our world is on a course of self-destruction. Jesus Christ looked down through history and foretold this spiral of sorrows leading to an unprecedented time of...

We speak of Gods secret wisdom a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began 1

W ve seen the facts, now we need to understand the implications behind them. We need to comprehend the significance of Christ's crucifixion. If Jesus is exactly who He said He was, then everything He said is truth. Our entire future depends on whether we believe that. And whether we are going to believe what He taught, whether we are going to obey Him and follow in His steps in every respect, will depend on whether we are convicted on this issue. The real story of Christ's life, death,...

Other Important Ways Jesus Fulfilled the

The law required perfect obedience and pronounced a death sentence on any who broke It. Paul tells us that the wages of sin Is death (Romans 6 23). Consider, for a moment the penalty that each of us brought on ourselves by sin. It Isn't purgatory or hell, or some other place or state of being or consciousness (request or download our free booklet Heaven and Hell What Does the Bible Really Teach ). It is death eternal oblivion, a nothingness, a total blotting out of existence from which we could...

Did not come to destroy but to fulfill

Jesus explains His view of the law very quickly after giving the beatitudes Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill (Matthew 5 17). So immediately we see that Jesus had no intention of destroying the law. He even tells us not to even think such a thing. Far from being antagonistic to the Old Testament Scriptures, He said He had come to fulfill the Law and the Prophets and proceeded to confirm their authority. The Law and the Prophets...

Jesus Christs Disciples Considered Him the Creator

The book of Hebrews speaks of the Son as the Being through whom God created the worlds (Hebrews 1 2) and who sustains all things by his powerful word (verse 3, NRSV). Only God is great enough to do such things. John confirms that Jesus was the divine Word through whom God created the universe All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made (John 1 3 see verses 1-3, 14). Paul states quite clearly that God created all things through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3 9)....

Jesus instruction to pray in His name

Jesus not only tells His followers to believe in Him, but that when we pray to the Father, we are to pray in Christ's name. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son (John 14 13). Jesus made it clear that access to the Father is through Him, telling us that no one comes to the Father except through Me (verse 6). The apostle Paul states of Jesus 'Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at...

Jesus salvation

Jesus placed His entire future squarely in the hands of the Father. The self-existing One now would have no life unless it were through the Father (John 6 57). If He were to again have eternal life, He would now have to obtain it as a human being, in the same way you and I would achieve salvation through submission to the Father and the resurrection from the dead. Hebrews 5 9 explains that Jesus became the author of eternal salvation by experiencing the process of salvation as a human being...

Controversy about Jesus continues

Today Jesus remains a controversial figure. The record of Jesus life as recorded in the Gospel accounts has come into question in many ways. For example, the Gospel writers presented the miracles of Jesus as supernatural. Today, however, many rationalize them away as a normal function of nature misunderstood at the time, or they simply dismiss them altogether as fables. Yet another and more modern reconstruction of the true Jesus appears in books and movies about His life. For example, most...

The Family of

The Father and Jesus have, from the beginning, planned to increase Their kind. The God kind is a family It is headed by the Father and now consists of the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ. These two have always existed and always will exist. Their plan and desire are to add to Their kind bringing many sons to glory (Hebrews 2 10). Just as all life was made to reproduce after its own kind as stated throughout Genesis 1, so God patterned man after the God kind. This is the ultimate meaning of...

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M isunderstanding Jesus expectations of His followers is one of the biggest tragedies of all. Mistakenly assuming that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins so we can now do whatever we want, many have a mental picture of Jesus as a quiet, docile, loving Being handing out eternal life to anyone who will simply acknowledge Him as Lord and Savior. Many believe there are many roads to God and a joyful afterlife. The Bible reveals that we each have a date with destiny when we will face Jesus and give...

Does the New Covenant Abolish the Commandments

The Bible tells us that Christ came as the Mediator of a better covenant (Hebrews 8 6). The popular belief that the New Covenant abolishes God's law reflects a misunderstanding of both covenants. God tells us that He altered the original covenant and made a better covenant, which was established on better promises (verse 6). But it was not established on different laws. The law stayed the same. There was, however, a weakness, or fault, in the original covenant. That fault was with the people,...

Do Other Sources Confirm Jesus Christs Existence

Many people assume that, apart from the Bible, history is silent concerning Jesus of Nazareth. But in fact, many independent witnesses testify of Jesus' existence. Let's notice a few. Cornelius Tacitus (ca. 56-120) was a Roman senator, consul and governor of the Roman province of Anatolia (covering most of modern-day Turkey) as well as one of ancient Rome's greatest historians. Late in his life he wrote a 16-volume history of the Roman emperors, the Annals. No friend to either Nero or...

Justification for genocide

The story of Jesus murder is dramatic enough in itself. But attempts to fix the blame for His death have led to horrible acts of spiritual depravity. The Jewish people have usually bome the brunt of the blame. Their implication in the death of Christ has resulted in an unchristian persecution of the Jewish people down through the centuries. Christ-killers was the epithet hurled at them, and the last words many a Jew heard just before his own brutal murder. The Nazis cited this for the genocide...

Christs claims to hold peoples eternal destiny

On several occasions Jesus asserted that He was the One through whom men and women could attain eternal life. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life and I will raise him up at the last day (John 6 40 compare verses 47 and 54). He not only says that people must believe in Him, but also that He will be the One to resurrect them at the end. No mere man can take this role. Dr. Craig adds Jesus held that people's attitudes...

Why will Christ come a second time

Jesus is pictured in the book of Revelation as the resurrected Savior, the Messiah who is preparing to return to earth a second time. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forcvcrmorc (Revelation 1 18). But how is He coming, and why In Matthew 24 He gives us the sobering answer. Responding to the disciples question, about the time of His return and the end of this age of man, Jesus laid out a frightening scenario that includes widespread religious deception, warfare, famines...

What the Messiah is Supposed to Do

One of the primary ways that we know that jesus was not the Messiah was is simply because he did not fulfill any of the Messianic prophecies. Many people have written on this subject, both in books and online. This article will not add anything new to what they have written, but since so many people write me about this subject, evidently this article needs to be here at this site as well. The Prophets have written a great deal about what the Messiah will do when he comes. Likewise, the Oral...

Who Killed Jesus

He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53 5-6, NIV). A he death of Jesus Christ is the most famous in history. The state-sanctioned murder that took place almost 2,000 years ago is still in today's news. No other crime against the innocent has...

Jesus Christ and the Festivals of the Bible

In addition to the biblical Sabbath day, Jesus observed the biblical festivals recorded in the Old Testament the Gospels do not show Him ever being accused of violating the Holy Day observances. John 7 records Him teaching at the temple during the Feast of Tabernacles. All four Gospels record His actions leading up to and during His last Passover with His disciples the night before He was crucified. The Church that He founded was started on the Feast of Pentecost (Acts 2 1-4). After His death...

Jesus Family Connections

When we read the Gospels carefully, we see a number of family connections that help us better understand certain events. We find one of the most Important connections In Luke 1 36, where the same angel who Informs Mary that she will bear a Son also tells her, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age This same Elizabeth would give birth to a son named John, who would be known to history as John the Baptist (verses 57-60, 80). The exact relationship between Mary and...

Jesus felt human emotions

Jesus also experienced many of the same emotional and intellectual qualities we do. He thought, reasoned and felt the full range of human emotions. He had strong affection for people John 11 5 13 23 19 26 . He felt compassion and pity for those who were hungry or physically or spiritually afflicted Matthew 9 36 14 14 15 32 20 34 . He could be distressed and troubled, as was evident to His disciples when He anticipated His impending suffering and death Luke 12 50 John 12 27 . He was deeply...

Jesus special relationship with

Jesus understood Himself to be unique in His close relationship with the Father in that He was the only One who could reveal the Father. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him ' He said Matthew 11 27 . Dr. William Lane Craig, an apologist writing in defense of Christian belief, says this verse tells us that Jesus claimed to be the Son of God in...

Did Jesus Have Long Hair

Most people assume that Jesus had long hair. After all, that's the way they've always seen Him portrayed In every painting, drawing or movie. That's the only Jesus they've ever seen. But are those depictions accurate The fact is, we don't know what Jesus looked like, because the first depictions of Him weren't done until hundreds of years later. Thus every image we've ever seen of Him is based on nothing but the artists' imaginations. While we don't know what Jesus looked like, we do know that...

Discovering the real Jesus

What is the real story Can the true picture of Jesus emeige after 2,000 years of differing views Who should we believe as we try to find it To know the real Jesus would include the fact that what He really taught, and what He really did, is essential for eternal life. Praying to His Father, Jesus said, This is eternal life to know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom von have sent John 17 3, Revised English Bible, emphasis added throughout . Did Jesus do what the records show Was He is...