Hover over Romans 1:20-22 for proof of God's existence, and over Matthew 5:27-28 for Judgment Day’s perfect standard. Then hover over John 3:16-18 for what God did, and over Acts 17:30-31 for what to do.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

All About Him

Most people have no idea that the entire Bible is about one person--Jesus of Nazareth. It speaks of Him from the Book of Genesis to the Book of Revelation. It tells us that He created all things, including the eyes you are using to see these words, the lungs that are breathing in the oxygen He created, to feed the brain that He made so you can process them (see John 1:1-3).

Of course, His name hasn’t always been Jesus of Nazareth. The Bible tells us that He is God--eternally preexistent before the “incarnation.” He is "the image of the invisible God" (Col. 1:15). The reason He created a body for Himself and became a man was to suffer and die for the sin of the world.

Consider how the New Testament exalts Jesus of Nazareth. It calls Him “Lord” an incredible 618 times. He is the One to whom all humanity will one day bow the knee. He is called the “Christ” an amazing 543 times, and at times He is referred to as Christ Jesus. This is because “Christ” (“Messiah,” or anointed One) is a title rather than a name. We do the same thing with our presidents. We say the title "President" before the name of the person in that position.

He is called “Son of Man” 84 times, because He truly was a man who had the ability to feel pain, experience thirst, and know the torment of fear. He is called “Son of God” 37 times, because He was truly God is human form, manifesting His authority over His creation by walking on water, stilling storms, healing disease, and conquering death.

There has never been anyone like Jesus of Nazareth. Listen to what Philip Schaff said of Him: “This Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mohammed, and Napoleon; without science and learning, He shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of schools, He spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet; without writing a single line, He set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art, and songs of praise than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times.”

Take the time to open the New Testament and read about Jesus of Nazareth--who He was, and what He did for you. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. If in this life you refuse to humble yourself and bow the knee to Him as Savior so that your sins can be forgiven, you will bow the knee to Him as Lord on Judgment Day so that justice will be done. That will be a fearful thing . . . with terrible eternal consequences.