Saturday, October 26, 2013

Who Is Christ To You?

While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, “What do you think about the Christ?  Whose son is he?”  “The son of David,” they replied.  Matthew 22:41-41

Hello friends.  Prayerfully search your heart today and ask yourself this question, who is Christ to you?  Do you have head knowledge about Christ or do you have heart knowledge – a personal relationship with Christ?  I pray, if you realize you do not truly have a personal relationship with Jesus, you will acknowledge you are a sinner and invite Jesus into your heart to be your Savior and LORD. 

The religious leaders knew that the Messiah would be a descendant of David, but failed to understand in their hearts that the Messiah would be God himself.  John 10:30 reveals the deity of Christ  - I and the Father are one.  Friends, do you believe in the deity of Christ or are you like the religious leaders?  I choose to believe God’s Word.  Hebrews 1:3 – The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.  After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in Heaven. 

The prophecy in Isaiah 53 was written nearly 700 years before Christ, the Messiah was born.  God reveals to us in His Word that He(Jesus) was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.  Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not – Isaiah 53:3.  Many still reject Jesus today.  I pray you have not rejected the gift of salvation Jesus is offering you.  John 1:10-12 – He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  Yet to all who receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. 

Isaiah 53:4-5 – Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him and afflicted, but 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.  Christ died for our sins – transgressions and iniquities.  Notice dear friend that Jesus Christ carried our sorrow, he was pierced for our transgressions, and he was crushed for our iniquities.  Jesus died on the cross for you.  God reveals to us in Romans 4:25 – He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.  Friend there is nothing to be done to earn salvation.  Only through accepting Jesus as Savior and LORD can we receive God’s righteousness.  Don’t make it difficult to accept Jesus as Savior and LORD.  Accept the gift of salvation.  1 Peter 2:24 – He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wound you have been healed.  I pray that you will believe in your heart that Jesus died for your sins and that if you accept the give of salvation you will become a child of God with an eternal home awaiting you.

Because of Jesus’ work on the cross, when you ask Him into your heart to become your Savior and LORD, you become righteous.  This righteousness cannot be obtained by your own works, only by the shed blood of Jesus Christ.  Isaiah 53:11 – After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. 

Friend when you accept Jesus as your Savior and LORD you have a spiritual life that death cannot conquer.  John 11:25-26 – Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?” 

God reveals in His Word in Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Friend this death is eternal separation from God in an everlasting burning hell.  But the wonderful news is that God is offering us a gift.  All you must do is accept the gift of salvation.  Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  God sent Jesus to die for us because of His great love for us.  John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  I encourage you today to accept Jesus as your Savior and LORD.  Accept the gift of salvation.  Romans 10:13 – Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.  That is you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is LORD,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved – Romans 10:9. 

So I end today by asking the question, who is Christ to you?  If Jesus is not your Savior and LORD, accept His gift of salvation today.  Friend, Jesus loved you enough to die for you. 

Dear Jesus, thank you for saving my soul.  Thank you for the gift of salvation.  I pray for those reading this devotion, if they do not know you as Savior and LORD that they accept your gift of salvation today.  LORD help us to never forget the sacrifice you made so that we would be made righteous in the eyes of God.  LORD I love you and give you all glory, honor, and praise.  In Jesus Precious Name I Pray…..Amen.

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