Tuesday, July 01, 2014

July 1, 2014 … Who Is This Jesus?

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 182

Devotional Song: Go to this link  … Please go this video link to hear the Oasis Chorale singing Fairest Lord Jesus, declaring the truth of Whom we serve, … Our LORD and Savior, Jesus, … The Christ … Our Messiah!

Highlight Passage – NKJV: Matthew 27: 37 [NKJV] … [See also Mark 15: 26]  
37 And they put up over His head the accusation written against Him: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Highlight Passage [Context] – NKJV: Matthew 27: 32-44 [NKJV] … Go to this link 

Reference Passages #1 Matthew 3: 13-17 [NKJV] … Go to this link … John, the Baptist recognized his Messiah …

Reference Passages #2 Matthew 16: 16 [NKJV] …  
15 He [Jesus] said to them [His 12 Disciples], “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 

Reference Passages #3 Philippians 2: 5-11 [NKJV] … Go to this link … Is this Man, Jesus, Your Messiah, Your Lord, Your King? …

Reference Passages #4 1st Peter 2: 21-24 [NKJV] … Go to this link … Are you in accord with the Apostle Peter when he wrote to the church about His Lord and Savior? …

My Journal for Today: Without a doubt, I believe that the most important question anyone will answer in their lives is … ”Who is the man, Jesus of Nazareth, Who died on a cross over 2000 years ago?” It’s the most important question for all of us because, when one answers that question accurately, with heart-felt belief, it seals our eternity.

At the time of this Jesus’ death, which we know to be a historical fact, the people around Him were terribly confused. Some believed Jesus of Nazareth to be The Messiah. John, The Baptist, had recognized Him as such [see the Matthew 3 link above]. The impetuous Disciple, Peter, had a moment of insight and declared that his Rabbi, Yeshua, was “The Son of God.” [See Matthew 16: 16 above]. But others like the Jewish leaders of Jesus’ day couldn’t buy into believing that this man, Jesus, was THE Messiah; and the Roman authorities just wanted to get rid of this “trouble-maker.” And when he was finally – and so unjustly - tried and sentenced to die by crucifixion, they nailed this God-man to a cross; and put a sign above Him, mocking His role as The Eternal King [see the Matthew 27 highlight passage above].

But the very personal question any of you who read here with me must answer is, … “WHOM do you say this man Jesus was, is, and will always be?” Because how any of us answers that question, in our hearts and minds, will determine our eternal future. If, in our heart-of-hearts, we believe this Jesus to be THE LORD and our Savior, … the One who shed His blood to save us from our sins, … well, … believing Him to be our Lord, will, as the Apostles Paul and Peter declared in Scripture, usher us into glory to spend eternity with Jesus [see the reference scriptures above, plus the truth of Romans 10: 9-13].

However, if we are like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, who couldn’t buy into Jesus’ Authority as Messiah. Or we’re like Pontius Pilate, who needed to wash his hands of Jesus because he was simply a bother to his life. Or we are mockers of anyone who believes that Jesus was, is, and will always be The Messiah and our King; … well, to reject whom Jesus truly is in any of these ways, will seal one’s fate to dwell in separation from God – in HELL – for eternity.

We must choose!! Is Jesus your Lord and Savior? Or was He just some crazy person or con-man Who lived a good life? You choose for yourself; but I choose Jesus to be my LORD;… my Savior, … my Messiah? And I know that choice will bring me to worship Jesus with my life now and to be with Him in glory.

My Prayer for Today … Jesus, You are my LORD and Savior. Amen

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