Jesus – no matter what you think of Him or how well you know Him, He has shaped our history and is shaping our future.
He was born a Jew in Bethlehem, Israel. To tell you the date of His birth is simple – because in most parts of the world, our calendar still counts back to that day. Don’t you think it is strange that regardless of religion, country or culture we all use Jesus as the reference point of time?
He lived most of His life in a place called Galilee.
He was a carpenter.
He was a teacher.
He was a prophet.
There are historical writings that say He performed miracles.
If that’s all there was to say about Jesus – then perhaps His life wouldn’t have been that important – but there is so much more to Him than that.
Previously we discussed how sin is the separation from God and the price of that is death. Every time we fall short of the perfection God intended for us we sin – on our own there is no way out – but because God loves us so much, He realised that the only way to save us from this was to pay the price Himself. He did this with the ultimate sacrifice – which starts and ends with Jesus.
Jesus was the Son of God. Before He came to earth there were many prophecies given about a man referred to as the Messiah – the anointed one chosen by God to redeem His people.
He lived on earth as an example to us – a life without sin.
He faced the powers of death and overcame them to bring life.
The price He paid, the fulfilment of prophetic writings, the overcoming of death and the evil forces in our world were all done that we may no longer have eternal separation from God but an eternal relationship, eternal life.
At one point Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never die.” (JOHN 11:25-26)
In the Bible, Paul, the writer of ROMANS tells us in 10:10, that if you want to make a decision to follow Jesus then you need to believe in your heart that He is the Son of God and was raised from the dead and openly declare that Jesus is Lord of your life. If you want to do this then I’d suggest you find someone you can openly declare this with and pray this prayer with them:
Dear God – I thank you that you created me with a purpose.
I know that I do things wrong that separate me from how you intended our relationship to be. I am truly sorry for all the wrong I have done and ask you to forgive me. Thank You for sending your Son Jesus to die and overcome death to save me from my sin, and give me eternal life. Today I make the choice to follow you. In Jesus name I pray– Amen.
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Some scriptures to help you
John, the writer of the letters of John, said, (1 JOHN 2:6) that if we want to be a follower of Jesus we need to live like Jesus lived. Jesus also said (JOHN 14:12) that if we follow His life, we will be able to do even greater things than He has done.
Singly we can’t do that, but as part of the Church body of Christ, we can!