The Bible is full of historical accounts where God works in some unexpected and creative way. I’m sure Jonah did not expect to get swallowed by a whale. I wonder if Moses played it cool when the water parted even if in his head he was freaking out with excitement. In my life I know that God usually doesn’t work things out the way I expect. God is so much more creative then I, or any of us, could ever imaging. And He uses that creativity in the lives of those who love Him. (Romans 8:28)
Jesus’ love is demonstrated in this: He laid down His life for us.
Ironic that I feel obligated to return the favor to a friend, but hold parts of my life back from Jesus who laid down His life for mine. He deserves my all. Why is it so hard for me to give Him all? I know that everything He does is for my good and His glory. I know that He is a good father who won’t abandon me. I know that He loves me unconditionally. I know, I know, I know… I know the facts, and yet I still don’t trust Him will all of me, with every aspect of my life. And yet, He doesn’t give up on me. And I praise Him for it. I Thank Him for it. And I work to daily to give Him a piece of me I was holding back.
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“Keep asking, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)
And for those who question if an open door is from God, compare it to His Character and His Word. God will never contradict His Character (which we learn through His interaction with those in the Bible) or His Word.
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“Jesus Christ was either a liar, a lunatic, or He was who He said He was” ― C.S. Lewis
Was he a liar? If Jesus made his claims knowing he wasn’t God, then he was lying to his followers. If he was a liar, he was also a hypocrite-a guy who told others to be honest even while he taught and lived a colossal lie.
Was he a lunatic? If someone told you he was God, you would believe him about as much as if he said he was Santa Claus. You would call him one deluded and self-deceived dude. Yet Jesus didn’t display the abnormalities and imbalance that usually go hand in hand with being crazy.
Was he Lord? If Christ isn’t a liar or a lunatic, you only have one option: He is who he claimed to be-the Son of God.
The issue with these three alternatives isn’t which is possible. Any of the three could be possible. The question is instead, which is more likely? Nailing down the identity of Jesus Christ can’t be an intellectual exercise. You can’t put him on the shelf while calling him a great moral teacher. That isn’t a valid option. If he was so great and so moral, then what do you do with his claim to be God? If he was a liar or a lunatic, then he can’t qualify as a great moral teacher. And if he was a great moral teacher, then he is much more as well He is either a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord God. You have to make the choice.
You have two resources to help you make that choice rightly. One is the historically credible record of Christ’s rising from the dead. The other is the Bible. Giving you solid reasons to believe is a huge reason God gave you his book. As John wrote, “These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life” (John 20:31).
REFLECT: So who do you think Christ is-liar, lunatic, or Lord?
We celebrate hope, peace, joy, and love…which God sent with Christ. Which of these is most important to you?
It may be hard for you to choose. It’s hard for me. They all seem to go hand-in-hand. Because of Christ I have all four of these. But, Christ died for me because He loved me. And if He didn’t love me, He most certainly would not have died for me. Therefore, I would say love is the most important to me.
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Jesus Christ was born to be King. His salvation and His Kingdom apply to present-world problems. But His kingship also has future implications. The sovereignty of Jesus Christ extends in an unbroken line throughout the ages. Hidden from view now, He will come again, according to the Scriptures, in God’s time, and He will reign in righteousness. (By Billy Graham, December 23, 2013)
In one of my favorite Bible stories, we read about a Samaritan woman and her interaction with Jesus. The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.”Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.” (John 4:25-26) This was part of my morning devotion scripture. Christmas is the time we Celebrate God sending His Son, Jesus, down to Earth. The Samaritan woman was waiting for this to happen. How shocked she must have been when she realized she was talking with Him. Because Heaven came down to earth and gave up everything for us, we can talk with Him whenever we want. We don’t have to wait by a well for Him to stroll by. When was the last time you had a conversation with Jesus?
Just like the Christian song says, we sometimes put God in a box. We give Him limits and confine His power. But He is God of the universe. He has not limit to His power, but what He places on Himself. God is for you, not against you. As you wait in what feels like a dead end in life; be patient, read His Word, pray and see what God will do for you. It’s probably not what you expect, it never is. “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
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