New Series: Getting To Know Jesus

How much do you know about Jesus the Christ, the Son of God? Do you believe that He is the Christ, the Son of God? When it comes to Jesus, there are many different views that people have. When Jesus asked His disciples in Matthew 16:13-14 what people said about Him, they gave Him various answers. The passages says, “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”

During His ministry Jesus was accused by some to have a demon, John 10:20.  The text says, “Many of them were saying, “He has a demon and is insane. Why do you listen to Him?” There were others who couldn’t see who He really was, because they simply saw the boy of Joseph and Mary.

What about you? If someone were to ask you who is Jesus, what would you say?

How can one really learn about Jesus? Where can we go to learn about His life, His teaching, His miracles, His death, and His resurrection? The answer is the Bible.

This series of lessons that I will be posting the next 6-7 days will assist you in learning the facts about Jesus. More importantly, it will help you to know what Jesus desires from us in our lives. The information in this booklet will come from the gospels. The word Gospel means good news. There are four books in the New Testament that are referred to as the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). These four books provide us with the most information about Jesus than any other book/s in the world!

If you want to get to know Jesus, then you must open up your Bible. As we dive into our study you will learn a lot about Jesus and the Bible. As you study, I want you to be thinking about one question that you will need to answer.

“If Jesus is the Son of God, will you submit to Him no matter what the cost may be?”

Be thinking about this as we study. Jesus wants you to submit to Him. Salvation is free, but there is a cost if you decide to follow Him. Listen to the words of Jesus in  Luke 14:25-27.

“Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, ‘If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be my disciple.”

Thank you for reading. Here’s what’s on the schedule in the coming days. If you have questions, please let me know.

  1. The Certainty of These Things
  2. Basic Facts About the Gospels
  3. The Names of Jesus
  4. His Teaching
  5. The Miracles of Jesus
  6. The Death, Burial, and Resurrection
  7. Salvation, Commitment, the Lord’s Church

What Makes The Resurrection Unique?

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What is it that makes the resurrection of Jesus so important? What makes it so unique? Here’s why I’m asking this question. When you study the Bible you will find that a lot of people were raised from the dead.

  • Elijah raised the widow’s son from the dead, 1 Kings 17:21-22.
  • Elisha raised a boy back from the dead, 2 Kings 4:32-35.
  • In 2 Kings 13:20-21, a dead man who was thrown in the tomb of Elisha came back to life!
  • Jesus in Luke 7:11-16 would raise a widow’s son to life.
  • Jesus raised Lazarus who had been dead for four days back to life, John 11:43-45.
  • After the death of Jesus some who had died were resurrected, Matthew 27:52-53.
  • The apostles had the power to raise people back to life, Acts 9:36-43.
  • I’ve said all of this to show that there were quite a few who were raised from the dead.
  • Jesus was too, John 20:1-7. But what made His resurrection so unique? How would you answer that? Let’s consider a couple of things.

Some reasons that make the resurrection of Jesus so unique. 

First, Jesus predicted His death and resurrection and it came to pass as He said it would. Jesus told many that He would die and be raised from the dead, John 2:19-22; Matthew 12:40. Unlike the others who were resurrected, none of them predicted their death, much less their resurrection. But Jesus did. People can make claims of what will happen, but claims have to be backed up. That’s what Jesus did, John 10:17-18. That’s what makes His resurrection even more special.

Second, the prophets predicted the resurrection of Jesus. None of the prophets predicted the resurrection of the men and women we read about. But the prophets predicted the resurrection of Jesus, Acts 2:25-28.

Third, Jesus rose from the grave never to die again. While others were resurrected, they eventually died. None of them are still alive on the earth. If they were, they would have more Twitter followers and more Facebook likes than anyone in the world! And none of them ascended into heaven alive. But that’s not the case with Jesus. Jesus rose to life never to die again, Romans 6:9. He ascended into heaven never to die again, Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 1:17-18. His resurrection is unique because He will never see corruption again, Acts 13:34.

Fourth, the resurrection of Jesus is unique because it declared Him to be the Son of God. The resurrection of Jesus pointed to His divine nature, Romans 1:4. A miracle itself didn’t mean that the person who worked it or who it was performed on was deity. The resurrection of people like Tabitha didn’t mean she was deity. But in the case of Christ, it did. Now we need to consider another question.

How important is the resurrection of Jesus to us?

How has the resurrection of Jesus affected our lives? How should it affect our lives? Check out this blog I did a few years ago about the impact it should have on us.

While it’s great to know these facts about Jesus and His resurrection, they must change our lives for the better. The resurrection of Jesus changed lives in the first century, Acts 2:37. It caused people to change how they would live, Acts 19:17-19.

The resurrection of Jesus is to be of first importance in our lives, 1 Corinthians 15:1-3.

  1. Many have been taught about the resurrection of Jesus for a long time. But do they really believe it to be true? They should! We should. God has given us evidence for us to know that it is true. The evidence should change our lives! (For more study on the resurrection of Jesus, I recommend studying Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. I also recommend checking out my book recommendations. Under the religious section consider buying books #7, #8, and especially #11).
  2. Because of the resurrection of Jesus, our relationship with Him should be the most important relationship in our lives.
  3. The resurrection of Jesus should change how we view life. What is it that really matters in life? Is it how many Facebook likes we get on our posts? Is it whether we have the latest phone? Is it how popular we may be at school? Is it how far we succeed in sports? These things will come and go.
  4. What really matters is the fact that Jesus rose from the grave. What really matters is that God came in the flesh and lived on this earth to save us from sin. What really matters is realizing that one day we will die and be raised and stand before Him, Acts 17:30-31.
  5. The truth is that the resurrection of Jesus should impact every decision we make We measure our time by the life of Jesus.

His life should affect how we spend the rest of our days.

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The ABC’s Of Jesus

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Many are thinking about Jesus and rightfully so. He was buried, and rose from the grave on the first day of the week, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. While there were many Easter bunnies and Easter egg hunts, let’s remember our great King. Who is Jesus? How might you answer if someone asked you? I love my ABC’s and so I would like to share some things about Jesus and how we should respond.

A: He is Amazing

B: He was Before all things

C: He Cares for you

D: He is Deity

E: He is Everlasting

F: He is Faithful in all things

G: He is God in the flesh

H: He is Holy

I: He came Into the world

J: He desires to Justify all men

K: He was Killed on a cross

M: He desires all Men to be saved

N: He Never disappoints

O: He wants us to Open Our hearts to Him

P: He Provides true Peace

Q: Will never Quit Loving Us

R: He was Resurrected from the grave.

S: He is the Source of Salvation

T: He created Time

U: He wants U

V: Victory is found in Him

W: He is the Way and He is Wonderful

X: eXamine His word

Y: He wants us to Yield to Him

Z: Let’s be Zealous for Him.

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Count The Cost

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“A pair of dead birds greet visitors at the chained front door of what would have been the YMCA on Dishman Road in Beaumont Texas. The birds likely flew in an opening in the rear of the 22,000– square– foot unfinished building, ripped open by vandals or transients looking for a place to get out of this season’s unusually cold winter. The owner, Wells Fargo, is looking for a way out of the property it acquired through foreclosure after the YMCA declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy and construction halted in February 2010. For about $2 million dollars you could own this facility .”

I read this in a newspaper about five years ago while  living  in Beaumont Texas. It made me think about  the words of Jesus in Luke 14:25-33. Jesus talked about discipleship. Those who follow Him must count the cost. Jesus demands total allegiance. While many might initially begin to follow Him, they fail to finish because they didn’t count the cost.

Jesus’ words in this text are some of the most challenging He taught. There is no middle ground when it comes to following Him. Being a disciple of Jesus is a life-long endeavor. There is no halftime, vacation, or sabbatical. How do you think the great crowds felt when they learned this.?

How do we feel when we hear these words from Jesus? Let’s consider a few thoughts from what Jesus said.

1. What is the cost? The cost of following Jesus is everything!  Despite the large crowds that were following Him, Jesus didn’t attempt to soften His words. His words were demanding, stringent, and probably shocking. To be a disciple of Jesus you must hate everyone including yourself, Luke 14:26. Jesus must be first. Jesus must come first before anyone else.  Many are surprised when they read the word “hate.” Certainly, we are to love all men. It’s the idea of “loving less or by comparison in his love for Christ.” We must love Jesus more than anyone else, including our selves. Half-hearted discipleship will not work. An every once in a while kind of discipleship will not work. Read Revelation 3:15-17, as an example

2. Can We Do It? Is it possible for us to put Jesus first above everyone and everything? The answer is YES. It is. Otherwise, Jesus would not have told us to do it. But it will require a lot of work. While our reward will be great, it will come with a price. But anything worthwhile comes with a price. The price of redeeming us required sacrifice on the part of Jesus, Ephesians 1:7. Therefore, we shouldn’t be surprised that the same will be true for us. We can do what Jesus says. We will have to trust Him at all times. We will have to remember the big picture: eternity with Him.

3.  Will We Do It? We are to count the cost. We don’t want to be like the man who began to build but then never finished. When I’m studying with people and teaching them about Jesus, this is one of the passages I share with them. I want them to see what Jesus says about discipleship. It really is a serious matter and one really needs to consider what Jesus about it. As Christians, let’s be sure that we finish. As Paul said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up