Jesus is the most important and wonderful person who has ever lived.
Jesus of Nazareth lived during the reigns of Caesar Augustus and Tiberius Caesar (6 BC – 27 BC) in the Roman province of Judaea. He was widely known as a prophet and miracle worker.
The records indicate that it was a common occurrence for Jesus to heal the sick and cast out demons – and on occasion, to raise the dead.
Jesus had a magnetic personality and a way of speaking that drew thousands to hear him. Deeply resented by the traditional Rabbis, Jesus of Nazareth was known nevertheless as brilliant and learned (though with no formal education) and simply unconquerable in a debate.
Jesus had a way of teaching that could be easily be remembered. He made almost exclusive use of parables – little, earthy stories from everyday life about God and his kingdom that lingered in the minds and hearts of his hearers.
His moral teachings have never been eclipsed. Almost all people, in all religions, admire the precepts taught by Jesus. Sayings such as, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”; “Do not worry but seek first the Kingdom of God”; “If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also”; “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”; and “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
Jesus (known as “Christ” – God’s appointed Messiah) had one overarching message: that the Kingdom of God, the life of heaven, was present and available through Jesus NOW to all who would trust him and become his follower.
Ultimately, Jesus was condemned to death by the Jewish authorities and handed over to the Romans. The charges against him were that he was a false prophet, that he was in league with the devil, and that he had committed blasphemy, claiming to be the Son of God.
Jesus was summarily judged by the Roman procurator, Pontius Pilate, and after torture, was executed by crucifixion.
HIS STORY WOULD HAVE ENDED THERE.
Except that on the third day after his death, Jesus came back from the dead.
More than 500 people at the one time saw him. Those closest to him, his disciples, spent time with him for 40 days, sharing meals together, and receiving instruction from him.
So profound and certain was their encounter with the risen Jesus, that each one individually died a martyr’s death.
Their message (which would have spared their lives had they denied it) was that Jesus Christ was RESURRECTED and REIGNED now as king of the universe; that forgiveness of sins was available in his name; and that he would return visibly and in glory to judge all mankind.
WHO IS JESUS FOR ME PERSONALLY?
Jesus Christ is the most important thing in my life. He is the air I breathe. He is my foundation for life. He is my reason for living. He is my Savior and he is my Lord.
Prior to Jesus entering my life, I used to avoid thinking about God, because I knew I wasn’t living right, and I feared God’s judgment. That all changed when Jesus came into my life.
His sheer goodwill, gentleness, and generosity of spirit stunned me. I had no idea. I received no hint of criticism from him; instead a certainty of complete acceptance. I actually heard his voice inside me saying, “I will always be with you.”
I suppose the things about Jesus that mean the most to me personally are his kindness, his acceptance, and his refusal to give up on me. He is committed to bringing me home safe to heaven, where he says, he has a place already prepared for me.
WHO WILL JESUS BE FOR YOU?
Jesus is the one who will manage your life for good. He will begin to mend the broken pieces of your soul.
Jesus is the one who can fill that empty place within you. In fact, he is the only one who can. No human being, no romance, no pleasure, no possession, no activity, nor any goal, no matter how worthwhile, can in itself fill the void inside you, because THAT void only God can fill.
It is Jesus who will provide the way for you to receive the love of God inside you. God’s love is NOT based on your behavior. God’s love is based on his free choice.
The love that God will pour into your soul will take away your anger, fear, and loneliness, ease your confusion, and begin to heal the pain of past rejection. The love of God in Jesus can bring you peace.
Furthermore, Jesus forgives you ALL your sins. Not just the ones you know about, but also the ones you don’t. He also gives power to overcome sin.
Jesus can set you free from the bondage and torment of Satan. He has COMPLETE authority over evil spirits.
Jesus Christ has all authority over this universe, NOW. Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:18-19).
One day, everything in heaven and on earth will publicly bow the knee in submission and proclaim that Jesus Christ is LORD. (Philippians 2:9-11).
Jesus is the one before whom ALL people will stand in judgment and give an account for their lives (Romans 2:16).
Through Jesus, God accepts you, not as you wish you were, not as you are trying to be, but as you ACTUALLY ARE RIGHT NOW in the depths of your soul. God knows everything about you and yet will not reject you.
The Bible says, “God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, NOT counting men’s sins against them” (2 Corinthians 5:19).
In other words, God has made his peace with you through Jesus.
YOU MUST NOW MAKE YOUR PEACE WITH GOD.
How? By placing your TRUST in Jesus Christ and becoming his follower.
Don’t think for a minute that you are too far gone to come to Christ.
Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Luke 5:31-32).
Perhaps you are scared you will fall away from Christ once you begin. That is not going to happen. Listen to this promise from Jesus. “My sheep listen to my voice. I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish. No one can snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:27-29).
Would you like to place your trust in Jesus Christ and become his follower?