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7 Dec 2021

Comfort for an Agitated Heart

Comfort for an Agitated Heart

The founder of a successful manufacturing company was in the process of succession planning and was grooming his son to take over the business. One day, as he was walking through the factory, he saw his son angrily acting out toward some employees. His son’s actions caused him concern.

The father returned to his office and called his son to come see him. When his son arrived, he said the following: “David,” he began, “I wear two hats around here. I am the boss, and I am your father. Right now I am going to put my boss hat on. You’re fired. You are done here. I will not have that kind of behavior in my company…”

Then he said, “Now I’m going to put on my father hat.” After a moment’s pause he continued, “Son, I heard you just lost your job. How can I help you?”

Like the father in this story, Jesus was hard on the issues and soft on the person.

Jesus had invested three plus years in his closest followers and just before his arrest, he tells them truths that confront their false confidence. He tells them that one of them will betray him and Peter will deny him before morning. They are troubled to the point of agitation.

Wait for it… just at the right time, Jesus says, “Don’t let this throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me,” (John 14:1, The Message).

Lesson

Jesus allows the right kind of pressure in our lives to bring us to a place of trusting him for the life he wants us to experience.

What issues are you ignoring?

How are you handling the pressure?How might you deal with the pressures more productively?What and who are you trusting?

Sincere Love

I was raised to avoid the word “hate.” I could use the words “dislike” or “detest.” So my language sounded a lot like Dr. Seuss in his classic, Green Eggs and Ham. “I do not like them Sam-I-am.”

Eventually, the day arrived when I read Romans 12:9 and could no longer avoid the “H” word.

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good,”
– Romans 12:9, New International Version

Many, many years ago the Beatles sang, “All You Need is Love.” I’m not quite sure what they meant by that. Whatever the case is, I have this sneaking suspicion what they meant love to be in their song was not what the Apostle Paul meant in his letter.

The Apostle Paul doesn’t leave you guessing here. In fact, his rapid-fire exhortations could be very aptly designated as Paul’s description of what love is and what it isn’t.

Within Paul’s 3 short commands he describes real love. Real love both hates and clings.

Hate What is Evil

It may seem odd at first to read the phrase, “hate what is evil” in the context of sincere love. However, it does make perfect sense. Remember, love seeks the highest good and serves the best interest of others. Evil, conversely, is destructive.

In my 30 plus years of ministry, I have witnessed much devastation brought about by the impact of evil. I hate the things that bring devastation to people’s lives. The pain seldom hurts only one person. Evil hurts people directly and evil also hurts those around them indirectly. Evil obscures God’s beautiful plan for abundant life.

We must pause and understand that as Christ followers, we are not to hate people. When Paul says “hate what is evil,” he means “to shudder with horror.” He is more than suggesting we run in the opposite direction from evil. We are not just to run from evil but run to what is good and cling to it. This is what genuine love does. Love both “hates” and “clings.”

Someone once said, “The person who cannot be angry at evil lacks enthusiasm for good.”

Cling to What is Good

I understand “cling” in two ways: Static cling (especially in the winter) and plastic wrap. “Cling” means to stick like glue or cement. Paul is telling us to take hold of what is good and bind yourself to it.

Solomon gives us a picture of what this looks like. “…when I found the one my heart loves, I held him and would not let him go,” Song of Solomon 3:4 (NIV).

What is “good?”

In Romans 12:2 Paul presents the path to “good.” “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

In essence, Paul says, “good” is one way of describing the will of God.

There is good and evil in the world. Ask: What is good? Cling to it and do it. That is the way of sincere love. In other words, clinging to what is good is walking in the will of God.
Love must be sincere.

There are people who are great actors. They are the best in the world at pretending to be someone they are not in real life. It’s amazing the amount of money and fame they achieve. Really good actors and actresses can play different roles. In each role, they are so convincing you believe them–they are that good!

Paul said love must be without hypocrisy; without pretending. Don’t pretend to love. It will eventually be evident if you really love or if you’re just pretending.

Be a lover, not a pretender.

7 Dec 2021

You Can Love and Be Loved

You Can Love and Be Loved 

You want to love others. You want people to love you. You want people to love you when you say and do good. You want people to love you when you say and do bad things. You want to know that you will be loved at all times. This is good.

You must love others in the same way. If you love others only when they do good to you then this is not true love. You want others to love you when you do bad things. You must love others when they do bad things. This is what we call loving someone at all times.

There is only one person who loves you at all times. His name is Jesus. God the Father wants you to obey Him at all times. You know that you did not obey God the Father. This is called sin. You sin when you do not obey God. If you sin then you should die. You shamed God the Father. God the Father does not want you to die. He gave His son, Jesus Christ to die for you. Jesus loves you so much He died for your sin. You will not die now for your sin. Jesus died for you.

Jesus loves you at all times. He loves you when you are good. He loves you when you are bad. Jesus loved you first. He wants you to love Him. He wants you to love Him with all your heart. He wants you to love Him with all your mind. He wants you to love Him with all your strength.

Jesus will not say bad things about you. He will not make you feel bad. He will give you love. His love will make you feel good.

You can move from no love to love. You must ask Jesus to take away your sin. You must obey Jesus at all times. If you obey Jesus then you will feel God’s love.

Pray with me if you want to move from no love to love.

Dear Jesus, I want to love you. I want you to love me. Please forgive me of my sins. I give my heart and mind to you. Thank you.

Here is what you can do now. Please click the “Yes, I Prayed” button on this screen. Someone will answer you soon. Please click the other button if you have questions.

David’s family was torn apart because it didn’t have the love it needed… His aunt and uncle showed him unconditional love… Reading his Bible, David realized God loved him too, so much that Jesus died on the cross for him. 

7 Dec 2021

What Brings True Significance?

What Brings True Significance?

As we move through life, we often feel that life is empty and that there must be more to life than meets the eye. There is a hope within us that there is more to our lives than simply going through the different events of life. Something inside tells us that we are more than the sum of our experiences. The truth is that we can only find meaning in allowing our Creator to have the central place in our hearts and lives.

There is a story in the Bible where we read of a man who, like many of us, was seeking the meaning of life. The Bible says, “As Jesus started on His way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Mark 10:17, New International Version

This man’s question revealed two things:

1. He thought eternal life was something to be obtained by doing something.

2. He was not sure about his future after-life destiny.

This story reminds us that life only has meaning, and that we can only find true personal significance as our lives are connected to God. God made us to know Him. It is in knowing God and in trusting His Son Jesus Christ that we find life—eternal life. This is the very life of God that satisfies our souls.

Eternal life is a gift that God gives us. We don’t deserve it nor can we earn it. Eternal life is the gift that God gives us when we decide to follow Jesus. The Bible says that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and that three days later He arose from the dead. The Bible also tells us that through Jesus’ death and resurrection our sins can be forgiven, and we can have the free gift of eternal life. As we trust Jesus, God becomes our Heavenly Father.

We are then free to do God’s will as revealed in the Bible. As children of God we desire to honor our Heavenly Father with our lives. This is what brings true significance into our lives.

Your Days are Numbered

In Psalm 90, Moses contrasts the frailty of man and the brevity of life, with the power and the eternity of God. All that leads to this prayer: “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom,” (Psalm 90:12, New International Version).

Moses who was learned in all the sciences of the Egyptians (among which arithmetic was one) desired to learn the point of God’s arithmetic of life.

Why? Our days are numbered, so we should number our days.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about how important it is for me to be focused on what really matters. As I started one whole year into a new decade, I need to make “the most of every opportunity” (Ephesians 5:16) since I have less of it in front of me.

Someone has said, “The bad news is that time flies. The good news is that you’re the pilot.”

So, if you are the pilot of your time, how are you navigating or managing the time that has been given to you?

In my effort to be more intentional with time and more focused than ever, I am coming to grips with three things.

1. The number of distractions is on the increase.

My phone, iPad, and computer provide non-stop distractions. Add to that all the books, magazines and articles I’d like to read, the motorcycle I like to ride, all the movies I’d love to see; and all the golf I want to play.

My point is that it’s very easy to expend countless hours in pursuits that end up being nothing more than amusement. I am not saying these things are bad or should be entirely avoided—instead, they must be managed.

2. It’s easy to fill my life with the good, but it may not be the best.

Sometimes at the end of the day, I look back and wonder if the way I spent my time was my best investment, or just good.

I realize that not every moment can be the best. Lots of life is simply doing what must be done, and some of that can be pretty mundane. Good, but not best.

In addition, we have considerable discretion about how we spend our time, and it is important to choose the best over the good when we can.

3. As a Christ follower, no matter what season of life you are in, once you name and understand the season you’re in, it’s possible to be fully present there.

You and I don’t have control over the season were are in, but we can control how we live in that season. Whether you are aware of it or not, God has had a major hand in the season that you find yourself in. He has appointed it for a purpose. And we have the responsibility to live rightly in it.

Success in life is based on delighting in the season God sets before us even if the season, by its nature, is not delightful. I am reminded of a quote from Elizabeth Elliot, “God will not protect you from anything that will make you more like Jesus.”

None of us ever writes the last sentence in the book of our lives. That is in the hands of God. God completes our earthly story with his holy benediction and escorts us across the great divide into eternity. So I take comfort in Paul’s expressed words: “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 1:6).

7 Dec 2021
A tree planted by the river
A tree planted by the river

Rediscovering Your Worth

Rediscovering Your Worth

Nearly everyone feels insignificant at one time or another. You may be great on the football field and terrible in a chemistry lab. Maybe you are the star of the show with one group and totally ignored in another. Insignificance has more to do with how we feel about ourselves than our real value as people.

Feelings versus Fact

It is easy to feel totally worthless when people ignore us. It’s hard to stand up and be counted when we feel alone against the crowd. So, where can you discover your true value?

Feeling insignificant really hurts but regardless of our feelings, we do have real value. We are made in God’s image; created for great things! Life chips away at our souls, but God sees us as priceless. So much so, that God sent His only Son into our world to take away our pain and offer us a new start.

How God Sees You

Jesus Christ sees you as an incredibly valuable person. He sees past your hurt and pain and recognizes that you have real worth. Better still, He is ready to take away the mess your life has become and offer you healing and forgiveness for whatever wrong things you have done. Instead of feeling insignificant, you can feel treasured by God. You can know the joy of belonging.

You can feel treasured by God”

When we receive God’s gift of forgiveness, we discover that we were chosen, hand selected by God for a relationship with Jesus Christ that will never end. It leads us to a whole new way of living where we are valued and value others. Instead of feeling invisible in the crowd, we understand that God sees us and our needs every moment of every day.

What to Do Now

If you are tired of feeling insignificant, if you are tired of feeling invisible in a crowd, it is time to receive Jesus’ offer of new life.

It begins with a simple prayer like this:

“Dear Jesus, I am sorry for the wrong things I have done. I am tired of feeling insignificant. I want to have a relationship with you. Please become the Lord of my life. Thank you for seeing the value in me and help me to see myself through Your eyes. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen!”

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1 Nov 2021

Can Jesus bring enlightenment?

Jesus Christ brings enlightenment to us in many ways.

When you ask God to forgive you for not living a life that honors Him (this is called, “sin”) and then you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, you will discover that you have a new identity. You are now cleansed from your past and are freed to start a right relationship with God. This relationship will enlighten you to be who God created you to be.

A result of your new relationship is that you will show your love for God by living each day a life that honors Him. The goal is not to attain a long and impressive list of good works alone because you are saved by your faith in Jesus. Yet, your works are an expression of your love for God. You are bound no longer to the things of this world because your life is dedicated to Jesus Christ.

Your new goals each day are to love God and to love others. In your daily routines, your goal is to be like Jesus. So, you pray and worship God, you ensure that your heart and motives honor Him, you read your Bible, and you live a life that is based on biblical principles. This will help you to imitate the life of Jesus and in doing so, you will be enlightened to discover truth love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

When you following the teachings of Jesus you are enlighten as to how to navigate the issues and relationships of daily life. For example, believers in Jesus are no longer given a spirit of fear. Instead, they are enabled with the spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. Another example is that when people treat believers badly then believers are not bound to seek revenge or to hurt their offenders. Instead, they are empowered by Jesus to love their enemies and to pray for those who persecute them. This enlightenment draws believers closer to God and strengths their spiritual maturity.

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1 Nov 2021

Are Jesus and the Devil Equals?

Jesus and the devil are not equals and they are not brothers.

Jesus is the Son of God. He is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all powerful), and omnipresent (present everywhere). The devil is a created being. He disobeyed God and fell from heaven. He is not omniscient, omnipotent, nor omnipresent for he is not God. The devil has authority on this earth for a time but one day he will be judged and punished.

The devil is referenced as Lucifer or Satan. He is not the equal of Jesus. Some believe that the power of the devil is equal to the power of Jesus. This is not true and it is not taught in the Bible. Jesus is God. The devil is an angel who was thrown from heaven because of his sin. As an angelic being, he has power on earth but only for a time allotted by God.

Some believe that the sacrifice that Jesus paid for the sins of humanity was paid to Satan and not to God the Father. This is truth as it is not taught in the Bible. The payment that Jesus Christ paid for us was for our debt that we have to God the Father. God is holy. Our disobedience was a sin against God. The payment of our sins was made by Jesus and was given to God.

In the book of Matthew chapter four we read of the true account of Jesus being tempted by Satan in the wilderness. Jesus fasted for forty days and forty night and then the devil appeared to him. The devil waited until Jesus was at his weakest in body. The devil tempted Jesus with the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. Jesus resisted the temptation by quoting the Truth of God’s Word. The devil was rendered powerless and left Jesus. The angels came and attended to Jesus.

The story of the temptation of Jesus by the devil shows us that Jesus has power over the devil. When we follow the example of Jesus then we can overcome the devil. We fix our heart on Jesus, stand on the Truth of God’s Word, and we resist the devil. He will then flee.

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1 Nov 2021

Are You a Follower of Christ Because You Were Born into a Christian Family?

You become a follower of Jesus Christ based solely on your personal relationship with Him.

You are not born into Christianity nor do you go automatically to heaven because of your family’s religious beliefs. You cannot go to heaven because you were born in a nation that considers itself to be “Christian.” You cannot go to heaven because you consider yourself to be a “good” person. The only way to heaven is for you to be in right relationship with Jesus Christ.

God gives each individual a free will. We decided if we will follow God or if we will follow someone else or another philosophy. Since we each have a free will, we will each be responsible for the consequences of our actions. We can please God by obeying Him and loving others. We know that we will go to heaven. If we choose not to please God and are unwilling to love others then we will not go to heaven.

The book of Deuteronomy in the Old Testament portion of the Bible we read the following: “Parents are not to be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their parents; each will die for their own sin” (Deuteronomy 24:16, NIV).

In Ezekiel, also in the Old Testament, expands this thought. We learn that a righteous person can live a life that honors God. But if the child of that person commits sins against God then the parent’s righteousness will not save the child. Each one is accountable for actions before God. In the same way, if the parent was unrighteous and dishonored God but the child was righteous then the child will be saved. Again, each one is accountable before God. You can read this in Ezekiel chapter eighteen.

God wants to be in a person relationship with you. While your family, your education, your friends, and your nationality may influence you positively or negatively, it is your personal relationship with God that decides if you are a believer.

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1 Nov 2021

Does Jesus give you life after death?

The Bible teaches that it is appointed that each person will die.

Then, each one of us will experience the consequences of our actions and thoughts while we lived on earth. The Bible says that those who walk in the Light, which are those who follow Jesus wholeheartedly, will go to heaven. Those who do not walk in the Light and choose to walk in the darkness of this world will not go to heaven. These people are what we call “self-condemned”; they reap the consequences of their choices while they were alive on earth.

The Bible teaches that we have one life to live. After this life is over, we will live in eternity based on whether or not we loved and served God. This means that we get one opportunity to live a righteous life that honors God. While we are alive, we have opportunity to hear that God loves us and to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. When we do this, we are freed from our past sins and freed to live a righteous life that honors God. It is as if we are born again. This is a tremendous opportunity! But once we die, our eternal destiny is determined based on our actions while we were alive.

Loving and serving Jesus will grant you eternal life with God in heaven. The rewards for living a life that honors God will be that you will live today in freedom that only He provides and you are assured that you will live with Him forever in heaven.

The universe and everything in it are creations of Almighty God. As we are captivated by the beauty of God’s creation, we are limited by our senses. Our impression of what heaven will be like is limited by our experiences and present knowledge. But we do know that God created a heaven that far exceeds our ability to comprehend its beauty and magnitude. What we do know is that we will be in the presence of God for eternity. There will be no more temptation, sin, and death. We will live with God and will experience the wonder of worshipping Him forever.

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1 Nov 2021

Was Jesus a Prophet?

The Bible teaches that Jesus was the Son of God who became humanity so that He could fulfill the mission of God the Father.

While He was on earth, He was fully God and fully man. He was a teacher who spoke with divine authority and who never sinned. He said that He was “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6) and therefore combined the roles of prophet, priest, and king. To say that Jesus was a prophet only will limit who He was during His time on earth.

Jesus did fulfill the role of a prophet. He spoke with authority as God to show people the way to a proper relationship that honors God. He shared the Good News of His love for them so that they could walk in the light of God’s love instead of walking in spiritual darkness. He led people to turn from their disobedience and to follow Him as their Savior and Lord. Jesus taught people how to live a life that obeys and honors God. He focused on matters of the heart and people’s motivation for serving God instead of limiting their behavior to obedience to a set of rules and regulations.

Jesus fulfilled the role of a priest. He spoke with authority the Truth of God to the people. He alone is worthy to enter into the throne room of heaven for He was obedient to the will of God the Father while he was on earth. He was the perfect sacrifice for the sins of humanity. He intercedes on our behalf before God the Father.

Jesus fulfilled the role as king. The kingdom of Jesus was not of this earth. He lived a sinless life, He died and rose again on the third day, and He conquered sin and death. He rules in heaven as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus taught his disciples that He has all authority in heaven and on earth.

We cannot limit Jesus by saying his was only a prophet, a priest, or a king. He fulfilled all these roles, as only He can, and He is the God the Son.

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1 Nov 2021

Is Belief in Jesus the Only Way to Heaven?

The Bible teaches that there is one way to heaven and that is by believing in Jesus Christ.

This relationship with Jesus is not limited to a few but is available to everyone in all the world. Jesus taught that we must not only believe that he is the Lord but also that we must obey what He commanded.

The Bible teaches that we cannot do good works on our own and earn our entrance into heaven. We cannot get into heaven because of our nationality, our birthright, or our religion. There is no one who is righteous, not one, except for Jesus Christ. When we obey and love Him then we are assured that we will be with Him in heaven for eternity. If we follow any one other than Jesus we can live a good life but we will still far short of God’s glory. We can never attain holiness outside of the love of Jesus Christ.

Some people believe that if God is love then He will just forgive everyone because He will want them to be united with Him in heaven. While it is true that God is love, God is holy, as well. His holiness means that He is perfect and therefore cannot allow anyone imperfect to enter heaven. Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and was perfect. Only He could die for us. As a result, we are forgiven, made holy, and covered by His actions and love. We are then able to go to heaven because of Jesus Christ.

The belief that one can go to heaven without loving Jesus will deny the deity of Jesus. It will reduce Jesus to being just a man. This is not what the Bible teaches. Also, such a belief will deny the holiness of God. If God allowed people into heaven without being cleansed by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ then this will deny His character.

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1 Nov 2021

What Does it Mean that Jesus can Forgive you of your Sins?

The Bible teaches that we all have disobeyed God and this is called sin.

Jesus paid the penalty to God for our sins by dying on our behalf. He rose again and ascended into heaven. When we confess our sins to Jesus, the payment that He made to God for the sins of humanity pays the penalty of our sins. Then we stop doing the thoughts and actions that separate us from God and instead do what honors Him and will bring us closer to Him. This is called “repentance.” When we repent of our sins and ask for Jesus to be our Master then our sins are gone. They are wiped clean and remembered no longer. We are freed! It is as if we are born again. We can live a life that honors God the Father and God the Son.

Only Jesus can forgive sins because only Jesus lived a sinless life, died for us, and rose again. Jesus is the sin-destroying Light. He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). Since all of humanity has sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, we cannot forgive ourselves of our sins. We need a Savior. The Savior of the world is Jesus.

When Jesus forgives you of your past sins then you are freed from them. This means that the guilt and the fear is gone because you have a new heart; a cleansed heart. In this freedom, you are not to return to the old lifestyle with the former ways of behaving and thinking. Instead, you are freed to live the life that God created you to live. You can follow the teachings of Jesus. You can learn to forgive others and live a life that is free from condemnation and guilt. You will be a new person; a new creation.

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1 Nov 2021

What Did Jesus Teach?

Jesus taught with authority from God the Father that humanity can be reconciled to God through His (Jesus) life, death, and resurrection.

Jesus taught how humanity can live a life that pleased God; one of righteousness before God and obedience to God.Jesus taught that when we ask Him to forgive us of our sins that He will forgive us and that we will be transformed into a new creation. Our past sins will be forgiven and held against us no more. Then, we live to obey all that Christ has commanded. He taught us that we must love God with the entirety of who we are and that we must love others, as well.

We enter into proper relationship with Jesus when we ask for forgiveness, believe that He is the Son of God, and live to please him. Our faith in Jesus is what brings us into proper relationship with God. Our obedience to His commands is an outward expression of the inward change that He made in our hearts and lives.

Jesus taught that we can love God as individuals. Also, we express our love to God when we love others. Jesus taught us to love those who are in the family of God; a community of faith. We are to love, forgive, and encourage one another. Also, we are to love those who are not following Him. For example, in Matthew chapter five, we read how we are to love others. We are taught to love our enemies and even to pray for those who persecute us. Jesus said, “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?” (Matthew 5:46-48, NIV). Jesus taught us to love God and to love others.

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1 Nov 2021

Was Jesus a Created Being?

Jesus is God. He is the Son of God and is one with God the Father.

They are three-in-one with God the Holy Spirit. The Son was with the Father in the beginning and is God. Jesus is eternal and is not a created being. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are one and are eternal. They existed always and will exist forever.

God the Father wants everyone on earth to be in right relationship with Him. But their disobedience to Him and His laws separated them. God the Father sent Jesus, God the Son, to earth to be born as a baby. God the Holy Spirit came upon Mary and she gave birth to baby Jesus. Jesus grew, lived a sinless life, obeyed the will of God the Father, gave His life as a sacrifice on the cross, and rose from the death in victory over sin and death.

Jesus rules and reigns in heaven. All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Him. He intercedes for us before God the Father. One day, Jesus will return to earth in glory and power and fulfill the will of God the Father in the end times of world history.

To receive a better understand of Jesus, please read John 1:1-14 in the New Testament portion of the Bible. You will read that Jesus was with God and was God. John provided names for Jesus such as Word, life, and light. John ended this portion of Scripture with what Jesus did: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:!4, NIV).

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1 Nov 2021

Why Was Jesus Born?

Jesus was born to reconcile humanity with God the Father.

God is holy and righteous. All of humanity has disobeyed God and this is called, “sin.” The penalty for sin is death. God knows that humanity cannot pay this penalty so God sent His son, Jesus Christ, to earth to pay the penalty of humanity’s sin.

Jesus was wholly God and wholly man. He was tempted as humanity is tempted and yet lived a sinless life. He was the only one qualified to pay for the sins of humanity. He obeyed God the Father’s mission to come to earth, live a sinless life, and die on a cross so that He will pay for our sins. After His death, the grave could not hold Jesus for He rose from the dead on the third day. He lived briefly and then ascended into heaven. He rules and reigns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

The Gospel of John reveals why Jesus was born in 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” (NIV). God loves everyone. He knows that we cannot pay the price for our sin against him. God loves us so much that He sent His Son, His only Son, to be the perfect sacrifice and pay for our sins. As a result, when we follow Jesus wholeheartedly, we can enter into a relationship with God.

When you continue reading in John chapter three, you learn that Jesus is the Light of the world. If you love the Light then you love God. Some people love the darkness instead because their deeds were evil. They are self-condemned because they choose not to love Jesus.

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