Monday, April 5, 2010
Who is Jesus To You?
Text:Mark 6:14-15 King Herod heard about this, for Jesus' name had become well known. Some were saying, "John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him." Others said, "He is Elijah." And still others claimed, "He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago."
We just celebrated the Holy Week and yesterday was a celebration of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. But who is Jesus to you?
During Jesus' time, even if his name had become popular, other people had mistaken him as John the Baptist.Others said he was Elijah and others claimed he was a prophet.
Even the high priest doubted that he was the Christ, the Son of God and they accused him of blasphemy claiming he was the Son of God. "Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, "Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?" But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, "I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ,the Son of God." "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied. "But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven." Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, "He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy." (Matthew 26:62-65)
The chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him for claiming that he was the Son of God. "In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. "He saved others," they said, "but he can't save himself! He's the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, 'I am the Son of God.' " (Matthew 27:41-43).
Peter had a revelation of who Jesus was. "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it." (Matthew 16:15-18)
Even the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus during his crucifixion had a revelation of who Jesus really was. "When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, "Surely he was the Son of God!" (Matthew 27:54).
Do you know that demons recognize that Jesus is the Son of God? "When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. "What do you want with us, Son of God?" they shouted. "Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?" (Matthew 8:28-29)
Even Satan himself recognized that Jesus is the Son of God, he just put doubts in his words to tempt Jesus . "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written: " 'He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone." (Matthew 4:6).
Even to this day, Satan recognizes how powerful the name of Jesus is. When we submit to God and resist the devil, the devil will flee from us."Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." (James 4:7)
The name of Jesus is so powerful.If we have personal relationship with him, demons could even recognize if Jesus is in us or not. If Jesus is in us, we can even drive out demons in the name of Jesus. Notice in the following verses that some Jews who didn't have personal relationship with God tried to use the name of Jesus in driving out evil spirits but evil spirits recognized that they just use the name of Jesus but they didnt have personal relationship with Him. "Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, "In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out." Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. (One day) the evil spirit answered them, "Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?" Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor." (Acts 19:13-17).
Who is Jesus to you? Do you recognize him as the Son of God , your Lord and your Savior? Do you also recognize him as the only way to heaven? Do you recognize that his name is so powerful?
John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
John 14:6 says, "Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
What Jesus has done on the cross is very significant. He died to save us and whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Have you already accepted him as your personal Lord and Savior?
If you haven't done it yet, you can pray this prayer with all your heart:
Lord Jesus, thank your dying for me on the cross.Thank you for the salvation.Forgive me from all of my sins. I accept you as my personal Lord and Savior. Write my name in the book of life. From now on, help me to follow you. Make me the person you want me to be. Thank you Jesus. In your name i pray, amen.
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