John 18:34 Who Is Jesus To You

“Is that your own idea, Jesus asked, or did others talk to you about me?” John 18:34

Jesus had been arrested and was brought before Pilate for trial. Pilate did not really want anything to do with Jesus. One of the first things Pilate asks Jesus is if He really is the king of the Jews. Jesus asks him if that was his own idea or from someone else.

Jesus was very popular at this time. People everywhere knew about Him. Many knew Him, or of Him, because of the miracles He had been doing. Many also saw Him as the new king of the Jews.

They remembered the prophecies of the prophets that God would send one to be king and rule over them. While many loved Jesus, there were also many that did not like Him. He was changing their ways of living. Either way a person thought of Jesus, there was lots of talk about it. It was not stated in complete secrecy.

Even today, many people may talk about Jesus. Children are sometimes raised in a Christian home, being told to believe in Jesus. When children get older, often they leave the church, because church was something their parents did, and it was not for them. Believing in Jesus is something the parents believed. The children do not have that belief in their heart. They have not experienced the personal relationship with Jesus.

Who is Jesus to you today? Is He just the One you worship and talk about on Sundays? Is He just the One your friends or spouse believes in? Or is He your personal Savior, and Lord, ruler of your life?

Too many people have all of their belief in Jesus just based off of what others say. You need to have a direct relationship with Him. You need direct realization for yourself as to who He really is in your life.

Are your beliefs in Jesus your own? Or are they just what others have told you? Have you seen the miracles of Jesus in your own life? Or just in the lives of others? Is Jesus your personal Savior today?

I pray today that you will see Jesus for who He really is; that you will have a personal relationship with Jesus; that you allow Jesus to be your Lord and Savior; and that you will tell others of what you know of Jesus.

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Mark 12:34 Not Far But Still Away

“When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.” Mark 12:34

One of the teachers of the law came up to Jesus and asked Him what was the greatest commandment. Jesus answered the first is to love God and the second is to love your neighbor.

The teacher was pleased and agreed with Jesus. He even states that these things are more important than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices. It is at this point Jesus states that he is not far from the kingdom of God.

Notice that the teacher of the law knew all the right words. He knew what was the most important commandments. Yet, despite knowing all this “good” information, he was still not in the kingdom of God. He was not far, but He was still outside, away from the kingdom of God.

Many people today know all the good things of God. People will tell you that you are to love God and your neighbors, and to not sin. Yet, their hearts are not in a relationship with God. They do not have a daily relationship with Jesus.

Outside of trusting in Jesus for your salvation and following Him, you will not get into the kingdom of heaven. Going to church and speaking all the good words will not get you into heaven. Even reading the Bible everyday will not get you into heaven.

Only trusting in Jesus for your salvation and following Him will get you into heaven. If you love God, you will obey Him. You will want to obey His laws, not because they are the laws or to keep from getting into trouble, but because of your love for Him.

Are you “not far” from the kingdom of God? Or are you in the kingdom of God? Where is your relationship with Jesus today?

Are you just speaking the right words? Or are you in a relationship with God?

Are you just going through the motions? Or are you living the life God has for you?

Get into the kingdom of God today. Trust in Jesus for your salvation and build your relationship with Him.

I pray today that God will draw you closer to Him; that you will be on a close relationship with Jesus; that you will live the life God has for you; that you will be in the kingdom of heaven; and that you will love God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Hebrews 10:22 Get Close to God

“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22

We are encouraged to “draw near to God”. What does this mean? Drawing near to someone is to get close to that person. This is talking about being closer than just being physically close. Most people work around many other people in the workplace and yet are never “close” to most of those co-workers. This closeness is to get to know that person. We are to get to know the heart of God. What does God like? What does He hate? What does He desire? How does He feel about different things? All these questions cannot be answered unless you are close to God.

Along with getting close to God it must also be done with a sincere heart. This is coming to God to really want to be close to Him and follow Him. Often people come to God just to get out of a bad situation, not to serve and love Him. Others come to God only to keep from going to hell. We must come to God wanting to be near Him because He loves us and we love Him. As it has already been shown, God loves us and is here for us and for our best interests. Our interests are not always the best thing for ourselves. We must trust God to lead correctly and know fully in our hearts that He will do so.

The reason we can approach God in this manner is that because of the death and resurrection of Jesus our sins have been wiped out. No longer is there a guilty conscience condemning us to death…we have been forgiven. Satan will try to get you to think differently, reminding you of past sins. We are a new creation, a holy people.

Today get close to God. Throughout the day spend time in prayer to God. Spend time worshipping God all day. Read His Word and meditate on it. Study the Bible to find out what God has to say. Get to know God on a personal basis. Work to know God like you know the back of your hand.

I pray that today God will draw you closer to Himself; that God will reveal more of Himself to you; that God will help you to have a sincere heart; that God will help you to see that He has forgiven you of all sins; and that God will help you to be more like Jesus each day.