Saturday, January 30, 2010

What would Jesus say to ME?

If you were to meet Jesus Christ today, what do you think He would say to you?

Let's consider some possible things, some people might think Jesus would say (depending on their impression of Jesus)

'I love you, man and I'd like to give these keys to a NEW Rolls Royce!"
'You my friend are a loser, go to HELL!'
'If you'll be my friend, I'll do ANYTHING for you, I'm desperate!'
'You desperately need to go to CHURCH!'
'You need to try harder, stop drinking, cussing, and cheating and start being a 'good' person, or ELSE!'
'The kingdom accounts are in the red, please send all the money you got to the first guy you see on TBN'
'I know you're busy but do you think we could hang out once a week, I'll put in a good word for you?!'

I HOPE YOU ARE BEGINNING TO SEE, that these are NOT the words Jesus would say to you!

In fact Jesus would tell you this:
I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me! (JOHN 14:6)
Jesus Christ has exclusive rights to eternity. Without Him all men are LOST (way), all men are blind (truth) and all men are dead (life)!

Jesus would tell you:
I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:20)
I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. (John 3:3)
In otherwords, unless you are perfect, then the 'change' you need in order to 'get in heaven' is miraculous, something drastically supernatural!

Jesus would tell you:
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' (Matthew 7:21-23)
True religion has nothing to do with superstition or magic, if you are not 'born-again' then claiming to follow God, saying a prayer, and even doing stuff in church and for people will do nothing for your soul (your eternity)!

Jesus would tell you:
You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:" 'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men. (Matthew 15:7-9)
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. (Matthew 15:19)
The problem goes deeper then EXTERNALS, the reason DOING things is not enough is because the real issue is INTERNAL, the change that is needed MUST take place within, because you do what you do because of who you ARE. Sin begins IN (the heart) YOU, it's not enough to restrain it.

Jesus would tell you:
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. (John 3:19,20)
Not only is there an internal problem of what you ARE, but the ultimate issue is that you LOVE your sin and HATE God's way. What condemns all men as guilty, is that fact that ALL men refuse to love and honor God, we each do our own thing. Jesus came to expose your sin!

Jesus would tell you:
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28)
What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:26)
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. (John 3:18)
The condition of your soul is the most important thing in your life. Nothing in this world is worth losing your soul in hell. Your sins merit an eternity in hell, every sin you commit is yet another testimony to the fact that you are a rebel to the rule of God. As a rebel against God's reign it makes no sense whatsoever that you would argue against being FORBIDDEN to enter and enjoy His heavenly abode where His will is ALWAYS being done: Heaven is about God!

Jesus would say to you:
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him (John 3:17)
Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Matthew 20:28)
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10:11)
Jesus Christ came to die, to do what no one else could do. Jesus MADE a way, He was able to satisfy justice and pour out mercy by one act. Jesus was punished on the cross by the hand of God for the sins of others, Jesus Christ bought our freedom, our hope, our eternity with His blood. Jesus Christ WILLINGLY chose to take the place of His enemies so that they would be delivered from the penalty they DESERVE.

Jesus would say to you:
The time has come...The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news! (Mark 1:15)
I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." (Luke 5:32)
All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. (John 6:37)
“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. (Matthew 16:24)
Jesus now COMMANDS all men to REPENT and BELIEVE, this entails a turning from sin and a turning to God. This means agreeing with God about His verdict concerning you: that you are a sinner who deserves hell, and that you can't possibly offer God anything to change that, and so you cry out for Him to have mercy upon you. If repentance is true, then God will never turn you away. This repentance and faith means you desire God to actively BE God in your life, it is an expression of your desire to now go His way.

Jesus would say to you:
With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. (Mark 10:27)
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.” (John 10:27-30)
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. (John 14:15-18)
God is the one who cause this INTERNAL change, He causes you to recognize His truth, His way and He enables you to follow Him. Left to yourself, you are HOPELESS, but when a sinner turns to the Lord, God NEVER leaves them to their selves, He produces FRUIT (change, evidence) in them. The life of a true believer, of every single true believer can be summed up in this statement 'My sheep hear My voice.......they FOLLOW Me!' The Holy Spirit works WITHIN you to love, follow, and obey God, He serves to lead you in all truth, and He serves to comfort you in the reality of God's CONSTANT love towards you.

REPENT AND BELIEVE

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