“In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.”
“So, the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.”
In these verses, we can see that Jesus, the one who came to earth and was crucified, was then, and still is, the Living God. But how many people have rejected Him? Well counting the people of today all the way back to the beginning; a big number.
Why is it so difficult to accept that God would come up with such a plan as to come to earth and live among us, experience what we experience, and then pay our debt for us through death on a cross? The many who reject Jesus still offer praise to God; but which God? Sadly, many have created a god who is just perfect for them.
Because the Living God is a God of truth and justice and He convicts us for the wrong we do. That conviction hurts our pride. God hates pride. So, for us to follow God and accept His Son, we must forgo our pride and humble ourselves before God. For many, this is hard.
But God does this because He is a God of love. He doesn’t want anyone to perish on the coming Day of Judgment.
2 Thessalonians 1:8-9
“in flaming fire, bringing judgment on those who don’t know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with eternal destruction, forever separated from the Lord and from his glorious power.”
“But all who reject me, and my message, will be judged on the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken.”
If we reject Jesus, we will be judged accordingly on the Day of Judgment. The punishment for this is eternal death in the pit of Hell with Satan, himself.
“Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.”
Jesus, The Savior
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”
We have heard many people say that Jesus, and His teachings, are too critical. That there are too many rules and that nobody is ever good enough. Firstly, it’s true that nobody is ever good enough for God; that’s why there is grace. Second, this Scripture is telling us that Jesus didn’t come to judge us, but to invite us into His Kingdom.
Satan has caused so many to be blind and deceived about Jesus and His teachings. And, Satan is good at this. He has been doing it since he got evicted from the presence of God. So now, he goes around destroying the belief of, and reputation of Jesus.
As someone who spent many years living for myself, I know what it means to self-indulge and to live only to please myself. I know how good it feels to please my sinful desires. But let’s not leave out a critical element here; the temptation and the sin might feel good in the moment, but when Satan’s condemnation and God’s conviction come upon us immediately following the sin, then we are left as a mess.
By following our sinful nature, we are opening the door for Satan to come into our lives and to destroy us from within. As long as we live in sin, he has all authority and right to torment us. He tries to make it all seem good, but then as soon as we sin, he quickly reminds us that we are no better than him.
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However, when we follow Jesus, we don’t do things according to our sinful nature or the temptations of Satan. Instead, we do things that please the Lord, and with these, come not condemnation, but honor and blessing and eternal Life.
Giving up our own desires and accepting Jesus might seem hard, but the coming Day of Judgment will be far worse. Yes, Jesus asks us to deny ourselves in Luke 9:23, but it’s for good reason.
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Jesus, The Healer
“He sent out his word and healed them,
snatching them from the door of death.”
Remember earlier when we established that Jesus was the Word? Here, we are told that Jesus, the Word, was sent to heal us and to take us back from the grips of Satan. He did this when He was slain on the cross and then raised up on the third day. This is exactly when Jesus took the power and authority from Satan and now Jesus will maintain that power and authority for eternity.
We all sin, just like Romans 3:23 says. But we don’t have to be slaves to sin or in bondage to sin. The devil will have us believe that we are trapped in sin and that there is no escape. He will break us down in spirit to the point of exhaustion, where we just give up on Jesus and our hope in Him.
The condemnation of the enemy is a strong force for those who get trapped under it, but Jesus is a stronger force who can bind back the enemy and deliver us from our sins.
Many people continue to live in sin each day because they don’t believe they “can” be saved. But Jesus forgives all and accepts all who come to Him (Romans 10:13). This means that no matter how many wrong things we have done, all we need to do is to call on Jesus and accept Him, that is, believe in Him and trust Him, and we will be accepted.
The biggest lies of the enemy are the ones that keep us separated from God. He works tirelessly to prevent us from accepting Jesus because Jesus is the Way to Life (John 14:6). As long as we continue to believe these lies, we will be stuck living in shame and guilt and separation from God.
“He heals the broken-hearted
and bandages their wounds.”
Jesus, The Teacher
“and he began to teach them.
‘God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
God blesses those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
God blesses those who are humble,
for they will inherit the whole earth.
God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,
for they will be satisfied.
God blesses those who are merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
for they will see God.
God blesses those who work for peace,
for they will be called the children of God.
God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.’”
Jesus taught about the love of God and people’s need for Salvation from the enemy and the coming Day of Judgment. He taught that we are all hurting, are all perishing, and are all in need of a Savior. He taught that it didn’t matter what we had done in the past, that if we would believe in Him, we would be accepted and saved.
Jesus is asking us to believe Him and trust Him and to go about delivering the same message around the world. This is God’s Will. We might not feel like teachers, but we are all called to share our faith in Christ with those who need to hear it.
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
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We all know someone who is struggling in life with something. Many of us work with unbelievers, many of us have friends on social media who are unbelievers, and many of us have people living right in our own communities who are unbelievers.
We can be a good example of Jesus’ character. We can do good in our communities. We can be helpful and always ready to encourage. Then, when someone asks what it is about us that is different from everyone else, then we can teach them about the love of Jesus and that He is offering a life of abundance to all who will believe.
I have laid down much Scripture in this article, but this is because I want people to understand that Jesus isn’t the enemy. God does have a plan, and His Plan includes all His creation to come to Him. The bible is clear that the enemy will deceive and that many will perish. However, if you are reading this, regardless of what you have heard or been taught, just know that Jesus is real and will accept you right now.
We must understand that we only get this short life on earth to get right with God. After this, and life is far shorter for some who experience tragic accidents, we won’t have a chance to get right. Once we pass from this life, our next interaction with the Lord will be a trial to determine our future and eternal whereabouts. Be careful, there is an enemy, a thief, out there who is trying to trick you!
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, you can follow this link (Prayer for Salvation) to find out how.