“Who is Jesus?” May 17

 

Who is Jesus? A good Teacher? A Prophet? A Good Man? Was He really the Son of God? Or is He a Liar because He claimed to be all these things? More importantly, who is He to you?Who is Jesus? A good Teacher? A Prophet? A Good Man? Was He really the Son of God? Or is He a Liar because He claimed to be all these things? More importantly, who is He to you?

 

Today’s Readings:
2 Samuel 5 & 6
Psalm 63.1-11
Proverbs 16.16-17
John 5.1-23

 

Who is Jesus?

 

John 5.1-23:

Teacher? Prophet? Good Man? Liar?

 

So often people who reject the Gospel claim they believe Jesus existed, that He was a good man or a good teacher. They may even call Him a prophet, but they don’t believe He was God. And they refuse to believe Christianity is the only way to heaven.

But you can’t have it both ways!

Either He is who He says He is or He can’t be a good man or a good teacher. He would be a liar, because He clearly said He and the Father are One.

Verses 17-18, “… ‘My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.’ Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.”

And, in spite of some popular movies and liberal theologians, He said in John 14.6:

 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

So, who is Jesus? Or more importantly, who is He to you?

 

Today’s Other Readings:

 

2 Samuel 5 & 6:

Death by Good Intentions

 

In chapter 6 we have the account of David’s first attempt to bring back the ark. This well-intentioned, but misguided attempt resulted in the death of Uzzah. According to Matthew Henry

“God would hereby teach us that a good intention will not justify a bad action; it will not suffice to say of that which is ill done that it was well meant. He will let us know that he can and will secure his ark, and needs not any man’s sin to help him to do it.”

First the ark was not to be carried on a cart. It was to be carried on the shoulders of the priests, and no one but the priests were to touch it. Perhaps Uzzah had allowed familiarity to breed a lack of respect for the holy things of God.

 

The Ark of Christ

 

The ark was a picture of Christ and the things written in the Old Testament were recorded for us.

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope (Rom. 15.4).

If God took Uzzah’s disrespect for the ark so seriously, what should that tell us about taking our relationship with Christ for granted?

Hebrews 10.29, “Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?”

May we never cease to be amazed by and to worship our God who is the Creator of heaven and earth, and yet, condescended to live among us so He could live in us!

 

Psalm 63.1-11:

When We’re in the Wilderness

 

David wrote this psalm, according to the title, while he was living in the wilderness.

When we feel like we are “in the wilderness” and we wonder where God is and why He is taking so long to change our circumstances, we need to be faithful to worship and seek after God just as David did.

 

Proverbs 16.16-17:

Exiting the Highway

 

Exit sign

We’ve probably all gotten off a highway at some time, either because of traffic or when trying to find a shortcut. Too often, it only gets us lost and frustrated.

Spiritually we can “get off the highway,” as well, and for similar reasons. Sometimes we “don’t like the traffic” of God’s work in our lives and the messiness of relationships with other sinners. Or we want to find a shortcut to our goals or the blessings of God. So we “take an exit” instead of waiting on Him.

Verse 17 says, “The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who keeps his way preserves his soul.”

The highway is always clearly marked and is the safest way to go. In this case it’s the way to avoid the potholes and dangers of sin and its consequences.

 

What about You? Question to Ponder or Journal:

 

journalHave you ever contemplated the importance of the incarnation—the fact that God Himself was implanted in the flesh of a baby, that He lived among us with all the temptations, tests, and trials of life, but without sin?

Because He never sinned, He was the only one who could die in someone else’s place. So while each of us deserved to die for our own sins, He stepped between us and the executioner and said, “Kill me instead.”

Have you started to take your relationship with Him for granted? Have you lost sight of the magnitude of His grace and forgiveness for you personally? It’s only by contemplating the depth of our need for Him and the magnitude of what happened on the cross, that we will love Him the way we should.

The religious men didn’t see their need for a Savior, because they failed to understand their sinful, selfish condition. But to a sinful woman Jesus said:

“Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little” (Lk. 7.47).

Blessings,
Donna


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