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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

Meet Jesus

To know Jesus is to love Him. It means that we understand what He did for us, how He laid His life down for us, how He loved us when some of us did not love ourselves.

29 Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me (NLT, John 20).”

The word blessed in the Greek language, as it is used here, means supremely blessed, fortunate, well-off, happy; with the idea that congratulations are in order. Why are people blessed who know Jesus? Who is Jesus and what did He do to cause those of us who know Him to be blessed?

Who is Jesus? Among many other things, Jesus was a person who had an extraordinary birth; unlike any other birth in the history of humanity. Luke chapter one tells us,

31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” 34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” 35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.

Jesus was born through the power of the Holy Spirit, to a young lady who was a virgin. The verse goes on to say that the baby will be holy (set apart for a special purpose, sacred) because the power of GOD placed the child in her womb.

Before He started His ministry, the bible tells us that Jesus was a builder. The gospel of Mark chapter six says, 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. He had a regular job just like them, they knew Him, worked alongside Him, knew His family, and because of that they had a hard time believing that He was the Messiah; the promised savior.

15 He taught regularly in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. 16 When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. 17 The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come. 24 And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown.”

As He began to start His ministry, Luke chapter four, in the verses above, tells us that Jesus was a teacher of GOD’s word, a preacher of the gospel, and a prophet.

The book of Hebrews chapter three verse one says, Therefore, brothers and sisters, holy partners in a heavenly calling, consider that Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession (NRSV). This lets us know that Jesus was an apostle and high priest. A high priest was a person dedicated to the LORD, ritually pure, a servant of GOD, and responsible for the cleansing or guilt of the whole nation (the fate of the people depended on the priest), among other things. An apostle is defined below.

John chapter ten says, 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. Another name for a shepherd of people is pastor.

Paul tells us in the book of Ephesians chapter four, 11 The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ. The verses above show that Jesus walked in all five gifts.

Jesus was the model. He gave all five gifts and taught us how to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. An apostle is a messenger sent by GOD. A prophet not only tells of future things to come, they also encourage, exhort, and edify. An evangelist is a person who brings the good news of the gospel message of Christ. A pastor is a shepherd of people, caring for them and guiding them. A teacher is described as one who brings light. Teachers not only reveal truth, they also show people how to do things. In this case, Jesus shows us how to live out the truth of the gospel.

40 As the sun went down that evening, people throughout the village brought sick family members to Jesus. No matter what their diseases were, the touch of his hand healed every one. 41 Many were possessed by demons; and the demons came out at his command, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But because they knew he was the Messiah, he rebuked them and refused to let them speak.

Luke chapter four tells us that Jesus was a healer, and He delivered those who were demon possessed.

Jesus was the Messiah, the Christ. The word Messiah is Hebrew, and the word Christ is Greek. They both mean anointed one. The term carries with it the idea of a savior, as well as one chosen and approved by GOD. Both kings and priests were anointed as a public sign that they had been chosen for that sacred and important task. The process involved smearing oil on a person symbolizing that they have been set apart to do the will of GOD.

In the book of John chapter one it says,

32 And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.”

In this case, Jesus is anointed with the Holy Spirit and not oil.

Peter also testifies in the book of Matthew, 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven.

Jesus was divine, but humbled himself and became a human. He didn’t think that it was unfair to be equal to GOD, and to also live and exist as one of us. That’s who Jesus is. The Lord, who voluntarily put aside His divinity to liberate us, His people! Blessed be His name forever! Philippians chapter two explains it this way,

6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

John the Baptist, in the gospel of John chapter one adds, 29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This means that Jesus took away all of the sin that exists in the world. What does that mean? It means that people who put their faith, their trust in Jesus, have their sins taken away and they are free to have a relationship with GOD the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit which leads to eternal life in paradise instead of hell.

The book of Romans chapter five further points out,

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 9 And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

So, when we asked the question about what Jesus did, this is it. He died for us. His blood made us right in GOD’s sight. He saved us from GOD’s condemnation. Jesus restored our friendship with GOD; the friendship that was lost when humans first sinned against GOD in the garden of Eden (the book of Genesis chapter three). All of this is cause for us to rejoice because our relationship with GOD has been renewed. We are now friends with GOD again.

To know Jesus is to love Him. It means that we understand what He did for us, how He laid His life down for us, how He loved us when some of us did not love ourselves. Jesus is the lover of our souls and the One who saved us from an eternal hell. Jesus is the One who taught us the true meaning of love. He taught us what it means to be self-less. What sets Jesus apart from philosophers, other prophets, holy individuals, religious leaders, those we call saints, martyrs, etc. is that when He laid down His life for us, He was given the power by GOD to pick it back up again. The book of John chapter ten says,

17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.

In addition, as if that wasn’t enough, Jesus also enabled us to carry on His mission. Those of us who know Jesus are blessed because we get to tell others about how wonderful and amazing the Lord is. We are empowered to spread His message of love to all the world.

In the gospel of John chapter 14 Jesus says,

12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!

We are able to ask GOD, in the name of Jesus, for anything that we need to do the same works that Jesus did and even greater works. Why? Jesus tells us in verse thirteen that He wants to bring glory to the Father by granting us what we need to do His will.

18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28).

May we all rejoice in this Jesus, who is Lord, and carry out our assignment with all the power, authority, and blessings granted to us in His name. Amen (may it be fulfilled).

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:

“I confess all my sin, known and unknown, and ask You, GOD to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. I want Jesus to come into my heart to make me new in Him. I believe Jesus is Lord over my life and over everything that exists. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into who GOD wants you to be and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with the LORD.

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