August 2, 2018 Give Thanks


2 Corinthians 2_14


Matthew 16:15 Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

Who Do You Say I Am

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Matthew 16:15 

After having been in public ministry for a while, Jesus asks the disciples who the people think He is. They give the answers of different prophets of the Old Testament. Then Jesus asks them directly who they think He is.

The question of who Jesus is or was is still being asked to this day. Every year around Christmas and Easter, the news media is flooded with questions and answers on who Jesus was. The impact Jesus had on this world is still affecting people to this day.

There are very few people in the world today who deny that Jesus actually lived and died on this earth. The evidence of His existence is too great for any rational person to deny that He was a person. The question though that needs to be asked is not if He existed, but who was He?

People have not really changed their answer since the days Jesus asked the disciples that question. Although people today do not claim that He was one of the Old Testament prophets, many still look at Him as just a prophet or a teacher. Millions of Muslims will see Jesus as a great prophet. Millions of Buddhists will see Him as a great teacher. While both are right in that He was a great prophet and teacher, He was more than that.

Peter saw Jesus as the Messiah, Savior, Son of God. This was a lot more than just a prophet or teacher. This could also not be seen by just looking at Jesus. Looking at Jesus, He was just a regular man, just like everyone else. Looking with the eyes of God into the spiritual realm, revealed that Jesus was much more, He was God’s Son, the Savior.

As you read this, think about who you say Jesus is. Who is He really to you?

You cannot rely on the answers of other people, your parents, friends, or church. You need to have your own answer.

Read the Bible and see what it reveals about who Jesus is. Once you have made your decision, you must be willing to let others know also.

If you are truly open to what the Bible says, you will also be like Peter and realize that Jesus was much more than just another man.

Who do you say Jesus is?

I pray today that God will reveal who Jesus is to you; that you will know for yourself who Jesus is; that you will have a personal relationship with Jesus; and that you will share with the world who Jesus is.

Don’t Be Afraid: Good News

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

While some shepherds were out tending their sheep, suddenly an angel appeared in the sky, causing the shepherds to be afraid. He told them to not be afraid because he was there to bring some great news. This news was that a savior had been born.

At the time of this event, Israel had already been destroyed as a nation for several hundred years, and the Romans were in control. The Romans were very harsh in that if they did not serve Rome correctly, they would be killed or put in prison. The people had to pay a very high tax to support the Roman government. There appeared to be no hope for them at all.

Today, nearly 2,000 years later, many people live as if there is no real hope. Everything seems to be falling apart and chaos seems to reign. Bills are due, vehicles break down, families fight, there are wars and violence everywhere, crime seems to be winning, corrupt lifestyles appear to be gaining power, and no one appears to be in control.

In spite of all that is going on in this world or in your personal life, there is still good news. Jesus said that you are not to let your heart be troubled and to just trust in Him, because He will give you His peace.

Jesus was the Savior who was born that day in Bethlehem. He was the One who the angels said was good news. He is still the good news for you today.

Just as Jesus was the Savior for the shepherds and Israel, He can be your Savior today. Even though everything may look hopeless in this world, Jesus brings a hope for a future, an eternity in heaven filled with abundant life.

Accept what Jesus is willing to give you today. Trust that He is the One who will save you. Rejoice that God is still bringing good news to everyone as you celebrate Christmas today!

Have a very Merry Christmas!

I pray that today you will know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior; that you will know the peace God is providing you; that you will not be afraid of this world; and that you will tell others about Jesus.

Merry Christmas 2015

“But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

After all of the hustle and bustle, the day has finally arrived. The day that many people look forward to. The day children live for. It is Christmas morning.

Many people are getting up to go open some gifts under the tree. Some will have many gifts, some will only have a few. Some people will be alone, while others are with large families. It is a time of fun and laughter.

It is a great joy to see the excitement in a person when he opens the gift you gave and loves it. To watch the children tear into a gift to see what is inside brings great joy. It is fun to see children jump for joy at the gift they just opened. Then the fun of playing with all the new “toys” that everyone received.

Yet, in all of the excitement and joy, that I pray you have, remember why you celebrate Christmas. The angels had brought news of great joy to the shepherds. This news was that a Savior was born to save them. This was Jesus.

That message is still the same today. Christmas is remembering the time God sent His One and Only Son to this world to save you. It is easy to think about Him saving the world, but remember it was to save you. You are a part of this world that He came to save.

As you give and receive gifts this morning, remember the greatest gift that God has already given you. Remember who Jesus is.

Have you opened the gift God has given you? Do you use the gift God has given you?

Worship the Lord your God today for the gift He has given you. Remember Jesus in everything you do.

May you have a very Merry Christmas in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.

Luke 2:10-11 Merry Christmas

“But the angle said to them, Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

Two thousand years ago the angels came to some shepherds in the field and gave them this message. When they saw the angels, they were afraid. The angels were told them to not be afraid, that they were bringing great news. That news was that the long-awaited for Messiah had arrived.

That message is still real even today. Many people look out on the world and see trouble and hardships. They do not see much good occurring. Watch the news and all you hear about is wars and killings. It does not look like God is anywhere to be seen.

When Jesus was born, Israel was controlled by the Roman Empire. Things did not look good. It did not look like God was in control or doing anything. Yet, God was at work.

As you celebrate Christmas today, remember why Jesus came to this earth. He came to die for you in order to save you. Not only did He come to save you, He also wants to save everyone in the world.

If you were told that there was a way to live forever, never get sick, and never have sorrow or pain, would it not be the best news you could possibly get? This is what the angels were bringing.

This is great news. It is joyful news. It is good news among all the bad news you see everywhere else.

Christmas is not just about getting and giving presents, although those are good things. It is not just about getting together with family and friends, though, that is good also.

It is about God giving us someone who can save you from your sins. It is about God showing His love to you. It is about God showing He cares for you. It is about the best news the world could ever receive.

Today may have pain and sorrow, but there is a hope for tomorrow. Look forward to the day Jesus either calls you home, or returns to bring you home. Rejoice in the great news you have and tell others about it.

I pray today that you will have great joy in knowing Jesus; that you will have joy in looking forward to the return of Jesus; that you will tell others of this great joy; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Merry Christmas! May you know the love and joy of our blessed Savior and Lord Jesus Christ today and everyday!

Matthew 16:15 Who Is Jesus To You

“But what about you? he asked. Who do you say I am?” Matthew 16:15

Jesus had just asked the disciples who the people say He is. They told Him that some think He is John the Baptist, others say Elijah or another prophet.

Jesus then asks them who they personally think Jesus is.

Even today the question is still asked of who Jesus was. Every year around Christmas and Easter, there are many news articles and talk shows about who Jesus was. Some are about whether Jesus really existed or not, many are about who He really was.

In reality very few people try to deny that Jesus ever existed. What is up for debate is who Jesus was.

Even Muslims, who are anti-Christians, believe that Jesus was a great prophet of God. Followers of Confucianism will even state that Jesus was a very wise person.

People everywhere usually agree that Jesus was a very good person and an excellent teacher. Just like in the days when Jesus walked on the earth, no one can bring about a true accusation against Jesus in which He as bad or acted in the wrong.

Now every one of these beliefs about Jesus are true. None of these thoughts can be denied, but Jesus is much more.

Peter answered Jesus calling Him the Son of God.

This is where most people in the world are different from a Christian. Even though Islam accepts Jesus as a great prophet, it does not accept Him as the Son of God.

To a believer Jesus must be the Son of God. He must also be Lord. The term ‘Lord’ is to mean the ruler or authority to be obeyed.

Along with His being Lord, Jesus is also the Savior. Jesus is the only one who can save you. You cannot be saved by your good works; or by the church; or by your money; or by your position; or by your knowledge. It is only in Jesus can you be saved.

You must have this view of Jesus today: that Jesus is the Son of God; the Savior; and the Lord of your life. Anything less than this and you are missing who Jesus is. Do not be like the world and make Jesus smaller than He is.

I pray today that God will reveal to you who Jesus is; that you will know Jesus more and more each day; that you will make Jesus Lord of your life; that Jesus will make you more and more like Him; and that you will reveal this revelation of Jesus to everyone you meet.

1 John 2:22 Who Is A Liar?

“Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist–denying the Father and the Son.” 1 John 2:22

John just finished warning about antichrists and telling you that you have the truth. Now he asks the question of who is a liar.

No one really likes to be called a liar. Even people in the world do not like that title. Everyone believes that they are speaking the truth.

Yet, here, John tells you that anyone who denies that Jesus is the Christ is a liar. Many people around the world think of Jesus as a great philosopher or teacher, but nothing more. The word “Christ” means the anointed one, or the messiah.

Yes, Jesus was a great philosopher and teacher, but He was so much more. He is the Messiah, the one who saves. Jesus is the Anointed One–chosen by God to save the world. As a whole very few people in this world see Jesus this way.

Jesus is seen as no different from Muhammad or Buddha by most of the world. In America, it is becoming very common for people to state that you can worship Jesus while worshipping Allah. These are lies of the world.

Jesus is either nothing, or He is the Messiah. He has no equal and cannot be served in that way of thinking. If anyone thinks differently of Jesus, they are a liar. John even calls them an antichrist, one who is against Christ Jesus.

John had written that Jesus said He is the way, the truth and the life and no one can get to God the Father except through Him. This is truth. Anything different is a lie.

Do not allow yourself to believe the lies of this world. Do not allow yourself to follow anyone who teaches a lie of this world. Do not be a liar today. Make Jesus your Savior today. Do not deny Jesus in anything you say or do.

I pray that today God will reveal how Jesus is the Christ/Messiah; that God will help you to see the lies of this world; that God will reveal false teachings to you; and that you will make Jesus your Messiah, Christ, Savior today.