Acts 17:2-3 The Main Point

Man At Cross

As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,” he said. Acts 17:2-3

Every place that Paul would go, he would go to the synagogues and talk to the people about Jesus. The main point he would drive home to them was that Jesus is the Messiah. While many people would believe this, there were also many who would fight him because of this statement.

Belief in God is not something that many people have a difficult time hearing. Most people are a part of some religion that believes in a god. Most of those religions are also accepting of anyone believing in any god that they want to believe in.

The difference comes in when there is only one God to believe in and that one must believe that Jesus, a man, is the Messiah. People must believe that Jesus is the only way that a one can be saved.

People would immediately fight against Paul as soon as he talked about Jesus being the Messiah. This would imply that Jesus is God, and how could a man be God? Yet, it was truth.

There are many Christians who are willing to talk about God in the public, but do not talk as much about Jesus. While talking about God is great, the main point is Jesus. Without Jesus, no one can be saved, regardless of how much they believe in and love God.

When the believer starts talking about Jesus and His being the Savior, people will get upset. They do not want to be tied down to one person or God. They want freedom to believe in anyone or thing that they want.

As you go through your days and are talking to people, what are you bringing up in the conversation? Are you talking about God? Or are you telling them about Jesus?

Jesus and the salvation He provides needs to be the main point in your belief. It is what the people need to hear about. The world needs to know Jesus as the Savior/Messiah, not just as a good man, or just to believe in God.

Let the world know about Jesus and the salvation He provides.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others about Jesus; that the world will see Jesus as the needed Savior; and that many will believe in Jesus through your words and actions.

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Luke 12:8 Publicly Acknowledge Jesus

Public Announcement

“I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God.” Luke 12:8

Jesus was talking to His disciples right before getting ready to speak to a crowd of thousands of people. He had given them several warnings about what to watch out for and what will happen. Now Jesus tells them that everyone who goes public about their knowing Him, will be made known in the heavens by Him.

People are often willing to talk about what they feel about many different subjects in the public. They will talk about their favorite movies, sport team, the latest news, and even the political thoughts about certain politicians or presidents. They will even openly talk about the great adventure they just had or the new thing that they had recently purchased.

However, many people are very quiet about what they believe when it comes to spiritual beliefs. It is often said that their spiritual beliefs are their own personal beliefs and that they do not want to impose them on anyone else.

Fear of what others may think or say runs very high in the lives of most people. In some nations, it is even against the law to publicly speak about what they believe in spiritual beliefs.

Some people will say that they will not physically speak about Jesus, but will let people see their life as a witness.

Without words, people cannot really get to know who Jesus is. They will not know the reason why a person is the way he is. They may see the person is different, but will not know why.

Jesus said that if a person wants to be acknowledged in heaven, he must acknowledge Him here on this earth in public. This is telling others that you believe in Jesus. This is telling others that you follow Jesus. This is telling others about Jesus.

Do not be ashamed of Jesus. You do not have to fear what they can do to you, if you talk about serving Him.

Be willing to share the gospel message with everyone you come in contact with. Do not keep the knowledge of Jesus to yourself. Others need to hear about Him. They need to be given a chance to also follow Him.

As you do this, Jesus will be in heaven proclaiming your name to all the angels.

I pray today that you will know who Jesus is; that you will tell others about Jesus; that you will never be ashamed of knowing Jesus; and that many will come to know Jesus because of your words.