Jesus Christ

Is Jesus God?

Is Jesus God?

Have you ever pondered the nature of Jesus Christ? Was he simply a wise teacher, or something more profound?

This question has sparked debate throughout history, leaving many to wonder about Jesus’ true identity. Today, we’ll look into John 5:26, a verse that offers a window into Jesus’ relationship with God the Father and sheds light on his divinity.

Understanding the Context

John 5:26 appears in the midst of a narrative where Jesus heals a man on the Sabbath. This act ignites outrage among Jewish leaders who accuse Jesus of violating the law.

In response, Jesus defends himself by clarifying his connection to God.

The Verse Unveiled

Here’s the verse that ignites the discussion:

“For just as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son also to have life in Himself.”

John 5:26

Breaking it Down

This verse packs a powerful punch regarding Jesus’ identity.

  • “The Father has life in Himself”: This establishes God the Father as the ultimate source of all life.
  • “So He has granted the Son also to have life in Himself”: This is the key part! Jesus claims to possess “life in himself,” mirroring the Father. This implies an equality in their nature and power.

Why Does it Matter?

So, why is this claim so significant? It touches the core of Christian belief – the divinity of Jesus. Here’s how it impacts our faith:

  • Salvation: If Jesus is fully God, then his sacrifice on the cross holds infinite value, capable of redeeming humanity from sin.
  • Hope: Knowing Jesus’ divinity offers us unwavering confidence in his power to conquer death and grant eternal life.
  • Worship: If Jesus is equal to God the Father, then he is worthy of our deepest devotion and worship.

A Pillar of Faith

John 5:26 remains a cornerstone of Christian faith. It reveals Jesus’ divine nature and affirms his central role in our salvation and worship.

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Seeing Jesus: The Light of the World in His Miracles

Seeing Jesus: The Light of the World in His Miracles

Matthew 12:22Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see.

Have you ever stopped to think about miracles? Those amazing events in the Bible that defy explanation?

They’re more than just cool stories. Miracles are signs from God, glimpses of something beyond our world, revealing His power, wisdom, love, and glory.

Miracles aren’t limited to the Bible. They’re not reserved for the privileged or super faithful. They can happen to anyone, anywhere, in the ordinary, everyday moments of life. They’re not about showing off, but about bringing glory to God and helping His people.

Jesus: The Ultimate Miracle

The Bible tells the story of Jesus, the ultimate miracle worker. He healed the sick, raised the dead, calmed storms, and even fed thousands with just a few loaves and fishes! (Matthew 12:22, Mark 6:45-52)

He did what no one else could, demonstrating God’s power and love for humanity.

But Jesus is more than just a miracle worker. He is the miracle himself. The fulfillment of God’s promises, the embodiment of God’s love, and the expression of God’s power. Jesus, the Son of God, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sins, and rose from the dead – the ultimate act of love and power. (John 1:5)

Seeing Jesus Everywhere

We see Jesus reflected in His miracles, of course, but also in His words, actions, and character. His compassion, mercy, grace, and truth shine through.

He is humble, obedient, faithful, and holy. Love, joy, peace, and hope radiate from Him.

The Scriptures, the gospel, the church, and even the world around us – they all point to Jesus.

Creation, history, prophecy, and fulfillment – they all whisper His story. From the Law and the Prophets to the Psalms and the Epistles, His presence is woven throughout.

Following the Light

So how do we experience this Jesus more fully?

By faith, by the Holy Spirit, by the Word of God, and by God’s grace. We follow Him by believing in Him, trusting Him, depending on Him, and obeying Him.

Our love, worship, service, and desire to glorify Him are expressions of following Him.

Following Jesus means imitating Him, learning from Him, listening to Him, and living by His example. It means repenting of our sins, receiving His forgiveness, living in the freedom He offers, and becoming His disciple.

It’s about joining His family, participating in His mission, and belonging to His kingdom.

As we follow Jesus, we bear fruit that reflects His character, share the gifts He’s given us, use our talents for His purposes, and fulfill His will. We become reflections of His light, walking in it, shining it brightly, and sharing it with the world; and YES, YOU WILL SEE MIRACLES TOO!

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Seeing God in Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life

Seeing God in Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life

Have you ever felt a longing to know God on a deeper level? Maybe you’ve asked questions like, “What is God really like?” or “How can I have a closer relationship with Him?”

The good news is, the Bible gives us a clear answer. In John 14:7, Jesus makes a remarkable statement: “If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

Jesus is basically saying, “Get to know me, and you’ll get to know God the Father.” But how do we “know” Jesus? This devotional explores how Jesus, through His teachings and actions, reveals God’s character and offers us a path to a deeper connection with Him.

Knowing Jesus as the Way

Imagine you’re lost in a maze. You’re confused and disoriented. Suddenly, someone appears who knows the way out. They offer to guide you, step by step, until you reach safety. That’s what Jesus does for us.

When Jesus says He’s the “way” (John 14:6), “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

He’s saying He’s our guide. He shows us the path to God, a path that was blocked by our sin. He overcame those obstacles through His sacrifice, opening the door to eternal life.

Knowing Jesus as the way means trusting Him. It means believing He knows the best route for our lives and following His lead.

Knowing Jesus as the Truth

Think of a teacher you truly admired, someone who not only presented information but also lived by it. Jesus is that kind of teacher.

He doesn’t just tell us about God; He reveals God’s character. He fulfills God’s promises and embodies God’s truth. Jesus speaks God’s words and does God’s work. He instructs us in God’s ways and corrects us when we stray.

Knowing Jesus as the truth means believing what He teaches. It means accepting Him as our Lord and surrendering to His wisdom and guidance.

Knowing Jesus as the Life

Have you ever felt lost and alone? Like there’s no hope for a brighter future? Jesus offers a solution: Himself.

He’s the source of God’s love and grace. He shares God’s joy and peace. He died for us, conquering sin and death, and now lives to intercede for us. He saves us, sanctifies us, and promises to never leave us.

Knowing Jesus as the life means receiving Him as our Savior and friend. It means allowing Him to fill us with His love and purpose.

The Bridge to God

So, how do we truly know God? By knowing Jesus as The Way, The Truth, and The Life. Jesus is the perfect reflection of God, the embodiment of His nature. He makes God visible to us and bridges the gap between us and the divine.

Knowing God through Jesus isn’t just about intellectual understanding; it’s about a personal relationship. It’s about experiencing God’s love firsthand and living a life transformed by His presence.

This knowledge isn’t something we achieve overnight. It’s a journey of continual growth, a deepening intimacy with Jesus as we walk alongside Him.

Commit to seeking Him more and more, allowing Him to reveal the Father’s heart to you. As you grow in your knowledge of Jesus, you will naturally grow closer to God; as a matter of fact; Jesus IS GOD!

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Who is Jesus? The Son of God Explained

Who is Jesus? The Son of God Explained

John 8:42  Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me.

Let’s talk about Jesus! We’ve all probably heard him referred to as the “Son of God,” but what exactly does that mean?

Is it just a fancy title, or is there something deeper going on here?

More Than Just a Son

The Bible actually mentions the “Son of God” in a few different ways. Sometimes it refers to the nation of Israel, or even kings who were chosen by God.

But when Jesus says it about Himself, it’s something totally different. He’s not just a son in the way you or I might be a son or daughter.

Here’s the thing: Jesus isn’t just a creation of God, He’s actually God himself, existing eternally alongside God the Father. Mind blown, right?

The Ultimate Son

The Bible tells us that Jesus is the one and only Son of God.

He’s not just another spiritual being, He’s the perfect reflection of God’s character. Think about it like a ray of light coming from the sun. The light itself isn’t the sun, but it reveals the sun’s brilliance. That’s kind of how Jesus is with God.

How Does This Affect Us?

Believing that Jesus is the Son of God is a game-changer. Here’s why:

  • Trust and Forgiveness: We can’t earn our way to heaven by being good people. We need forgiveness, and Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross provides that.
  • God’s Presence: By believing in Jesus, we invite God’s Holy Spirit to live within us, guiding and strengthening us.
  • True Worship: Jesus is worthy of all our praise and devotion. He deserves our whole hearts.
  • Living for Jesus: Loving Jesus means using our gifts and talents to serve him and share his message with the world.

Love the Son of God

Jesus isn’t just some historical figure. He’s alive and active today, waiting for us to accept His love and follow Him. So, how can you show your love for Jesus?

  • Read the Bible: This is God’s word to you, a love letter from the Son himself.
  • Pray: Talk to God, thank Him, and ask for His help.
  • Obey Jesus’ Teachings: The Bible is full of practical advice on how to live a life that pleases God.
  • Share Your Faith: Tell others about the amazing things Jesus has done in your life.

Believing in Jesus and loving him as the Son of God is the greatest adventure you’ll ever have. It’s a journey of transformation, purpose, and a love that will never run dry. So why not take that first step today?

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Grace Abounds All the More

Grace Abounds All the More

Romans 5:20

“The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more.”

Challenge of Sin

Sin profoundly impacts everyone. It represents rebellion against God’s will, the violation of His holy law, and the corruption of His good creation.

Sin severs our connection with God’s love, exposing us to His wrath and judgment. It also damages our relationships with others and ourselves, leading to misery and death. Ultimately, sin lies at the root of all evil and suffering in the world.

Our own efforts and merits cannot free us from sin. We cannot flawlessly adhere to God’s law, nor can we erase our past transgressions.

Our sinful nature remains unchanged, and the power of sin overwhelms us. In our helpless state, we deserve God’s condemnation and punishment.

Precious Gift of Grace

Yet, in His boundless love and mercy, God provides an escape from sin and its consequences. He bestows upon us the gift of grace—an undeserved favor and kindness.

Grace is not something we earn; it is freely and generously given by God. It serves as the wellspring of our salvation, sanctification, forgiveness, transformation, peace, and joy.

The pinnacle of God’s grace is found in Jesus Christ, His Son and our Savior. Jesus entered our world as a human, lived a sinless life, and willingly died on the cross for our sins.

His resurrection conquered sin and death, offering us eternal life and reconciliation with God. Through Jesus, we can receive the Holy Spirit and His life-transforming Word, guiding and empowering us.

His unconditional love intercedes for us.

Response of Faith

  • How can we access this abundant grace?
  • How do we experience it?

The answer lies in faith. Faith involves trusting God’s promises, surrendering to His will, and obeying His commands. It justifies and sanctifies us, declaring us righteous and holy through God’s grace.

Faith is not a self-generated work; it is a divine gift. We humbly receive it, recognizing that boasting has no place.

Faith is our lifeline to God and His grace—a channel through which His abundant blessings flow into our lives.

Fruit of Joy

What happens when we embrace God’s grace through faith? Joy blossoms. This deep and lasting delight transcends circumstances, rooted in God’s goodness.

Joy evidences the work of the Holy Spirit, the reward of faith, and the ultimate goal of salvation. It fuels our service and witness, comforts us during trials, and directs praise and glory to our God and Savior.

Joy isn’t a mere feeling we manufacture; it’s a reality we discover. We don’t chase after it; we possess it. Joy overflows from God’s grace within us, radiating outward to bless others.

Remember this kids song . . . it’s not just for kids!

I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy

I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart
Where?
Down in my heart!
Where?
Down in my heart!
I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart
Down in my heart to stay

Chorus

And I’m so happy, so very happy
I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart
Down in my heart.
And I’m so happy, so very happy
I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart.

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