HAVE YOU COME TO JESUS?

HAVE YOU BEING TO JESUS?

Much is said today about Christians. For many people, Christians are just a bunch of rigid judges, which want to run their world in their own way. To some people, Christians are superstitious duckers who want to believe in something that will make a dreary life seem better. Others have more extreme views some more moderate. But mention the name of the Son of God or his followers and you will get many various and differing reaction.

Jesus is much talked about, even among religious people. Jesus is seen as a shaman, one who could perform miracles and could easily sway people. Some see him as a philosopher or a marvelous teacher. To others, Jesus is the Son of God, both divine and human.

In the many arguments and discussions about Jesus of Nazareth, it would be easy for non-believers to be confused. It can be easy even for someone who professes a faith in Jesus to become confused. Is Jesus a judge who is eager to condemn? Is he a genie who will provide all of our wishes?

Is he a man or is he God? Each of us should ask the question: “Have I been to Jesus?”

FOR HIS WISDOM

Jesus was indeed a wonderful teacher. He brought a whole new    style of teaching that refreshed His world. “The multitudes were amazed at his teaching: for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes” (Matt. 7:28-29). Jesus was a gifted thinker and teacher. But his words were packed with practical wisdom on how to make life better. When Jesus taught us to pray for our enemies and to turn the other cheek when affronted, He was not merely suggesting ways to please God, but was giving us skills that will make life more successful. Even the most atheistic person would have a happier life if he or she would follow the great wisdom of the Lord. To live without holding grudges, to forgive, to be willing to accept injustice without acting unjustly were not merely spiritual words of God, but are words of wisdom that can empower any life.

Any person who wants to find a better way to live can go to no better source than Jesus of Nazareth. Even if you have a hard time accepting Jesus’ divinity, you will quickly find His teaching makes practical sense. Jesus taught us long ago of the need to stay married for the life (Matt. 19:4-6). Now  “experts” are beginning to grasp the great damage done by divorce. Jesus taught us long ago to not be anxious (Matt. 6:25-34), now science tells us that calm people live longer and happier lives. Have you been to Jesus for His wisdom?

FOR HIS COMPASSION

Ours is a cruel and harsh world. Wars are waged over issues like territory and race. Violence is rampant in our cities and in our news coverage. The cost of living rises daily and taxes wear us down. Meanwhile, most people seek entertainment and comfort from sitting in front of televisions. Families don’t talk much. Friends don’t drop by much any more. By all standards our society is becoming more and more indifferent, a cold technological world.

Jesus came into a world just like that. Yet He stood out. When confronted with a terrible and incurable disease, Jesus acted not just to heal the body, but to bind the broken spirit of man. “and a leper  came to Him, beseeching Him and falling on his knees before Him, and saying to Him, if you are willing, you can make me clean. And moved with compassion, He stretched out His hand and touched Him, and said to him, I am willing: be cleansed” (Mark 1:40-41). Jesus saw a man afflicted with a dreaded illness. This skin disease was so oppressive and so hated that a person who suffered from the disease was also ostracized by Jewish society. God had commanded lepers to stay apart and to never again enjoy the touch of a healthy human hand. But now God comes in the flesh and is moved, not by judgment, but by compassion. Jesus could have healed the man without the touch, but knew the man needed more then just healing. He needed to know and feel human contact once again. Jesus’ compassion moved Him to do more than heal the body, He healed the spirit as well.

In a cruel world, there is still a Jesus who is moved by compassion. He cares deeply about your life and how you live it. He wants you to be happy and successful. He wants you to be whole, emotionally and spiritually. Whatever the state of your life when you come to this Jesus you can know that He will take you back. His compassion will move Him to accept and helped that leper. Have you been to Jesus for His compassion?

FOR HIS MERCY

Some people are misled by the confusion and misconceptions that surround Christianity. They think that once sin has become common in a persons life, God can no longer accept that person. But Jesus lied and taught differently than that. “There was a woman in the city who was a sinner … she became to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing then with the perfume. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, if this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner” (Luke 7:37-39). Jesus was more than willing to accept sinners. He was willing to dine with them (Luke 19:1-10), He was willing to forgive them (as he does with this same woman, Luke 7:48). Jesus was even willing to forgive His friends when they denied Him at the end of his life.

When Jesus taught us to forgive those who sin against us, He was not merely giving advice. This was the nature of His life. His whole mission was to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Jesus knew Hw could not do that and stay aloof from the sinners. When you come to Jesus seeking mercy you can rest assured that you could be forgiven; that was the whole mission of Jesus Christ. There is no reason not to come for mercy. Our lives are not perfect. You and I both have wounded others, rebelling against what we knew   was right. Both you and I can find mercy. Have you been to Jesus for mercy?

FOR HIS DIVINITY

Although some may not believe in Jesus as the divine Son of God, when you look for that you will see what a difference it can make in your life. “not that any man has  seen the father, except the one who is from God: He has seen the Father” (John 6:46). No man can know God intimately. But Jesus came from God and was able to bring from God the message mankind needed to hear (John 12:48-50). In coming from God, Jesus shows us the way to know God.

In a world that is evil, a world full of corruption, a world that seems devoid of hope. The divinity of Jesus brings relief. We now know that there is a God. We also know that this God cares for us and is interested in our welfare. And the world became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). In the life of Jesus we can come to know God. We can see his grace, the power of his wisdom, the joy of his mercy, the relief in his compassion. To know Jesus as God’s divine Son is to come to know God.

Better yet, we can now approach God through Jesus. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through me” (John 14:6). Jesus shows us the Father in His life. Today we can come to the Father through Jesus. The same compassionate and merciful Jesus will open the door of heaven so that man can enter into God’s presence. Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16). When God seems distant, Jesus is the way God comes near to man today. Have you been to Jesus for His divinity?

FOR HIS LOVE

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for His friends” (John 15:13). Jesus willingly died on the cross for those he loved. The greatest thing about coming to Jesus is the full experience of His love. He died for people who did not care, who were living for themselves, who had ruined their lives and society. Yet his love was so great that He gave His life in an effort to redeem all mankind. “God demonstrates his own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom.5:8). While you and I were without hope and without strength to save ourselves from our foolishness, God and Jesus loved us enough to sacrifice Jesus’ life in our behalf.

Jesus taught with wisdom. He was moved by compassion and mercy. He opens the door of Heaven so man can once again know God. But the greatest thing about coming to Jesus is to come to know the great love He offers. It is a love so immense that a lifetime of effort will not grasp it. It is a love so wonderful that just a glimpse of its grandeur will change us. So Paul says, “that you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge” (Eph.3: 18-19). Paul prays that we will come to know the unknowable! He wants us to see the greatness of Jesus’ love, knowing that seeing its immensity will compel us to live for Jesus (2 Cor.5: 14-15).

When you come to realize how much Jesus loves you, you will then want to respond to His call. His love moved Him to die for you. He now calls on you to die as well. This should be motivated by your love for Him. If you will die to self and accept His death in your behalf, then you will have come to Jesus. That is why Paul taught us to remember our death in baptism and the new life the death of Jesus brought us when we were immersed (Ro,.6:3-4). Have you been to Jesus for His love?

COME TO HIM TODAY

Jesus was a great teacher, offering the greatest wisdom in history on how to live a successful life. He was full of compassion and eager to forgive. Jesus introduces us to the will and presence of God himself. Best of all, this same Jesus died for you because he loved you. Have you been to Jesus? Why not come to Him   today?

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~ by ubcky4 on September 9, 2009.

One Response to “HAVE YOU COME TO JESUS?”

  1. I read your article and beleived what it says but Jeus lived on this earth and He saw how thing were back in his time but now its alot worst and keep getting worst eachday.Jesus has been my Saviour for over 40 plus years and I have seen miracles worked in my life but i know how much I love Him today that things happen to you in this world with because you meet different types of people from day to day and ruthless people who says they know Him but there actions doesn’t show it.We as Christians have to be ready to face whatever hits us each day as we lived for Jesus.We talked to people and try to bring them to the Lord but what i hear alot is if that person is a christian I rather stay liked I am.Fellow Christians we have to live our life to shine before others so when they see us they see Christ living in us.We have to set the example for others because you never know who is watching you and your walk with jesus Christ.

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