“Your Opinion Of Jesus Please”

Posted: March 31, 2016 in Bible Prophecy, Christian Life, Crowns, Cults, Gospel of John, Salvation

John 7:40-43

Ask the average man on the street what he thinks about Jesus and you will probably get all sorts of answers just as it happened in Jesus’ day. When Jesus asked His disciples. “Who do men say that I am?” they said that some people were saying that He was John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. But when Jesus asked them what they had to say about Him, Peter replied, “You are the Christ/Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:13-16; See John 20:31).

Prophet. The Jews had been taught that God would send another prophet like Moses to them sometime in the future (Deuteronomy 18:15, 18). The writer of the book of Hebrews tells us that both Moses and Jesus were faithful to their calling, and honored, but Moses was inferior to Jesus since Moses was a servant in the house but Jesus was not only the builder of the house but the Son over the house (Hebrews 3:1-6). As a Prophet, Jesus made many predictions about His second coming to earth to rule as the King of kings and Lord of lords (Matthew 24, 25; See Revelation 19:16). He also predicted His coming for the true Christians before the seven years of tribulation (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:9). The last half of the seven years of the Tribulation are also known as the “Great Tribulation” or “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:21). Are you familiar with the order of things to come? If not, we’d be happy to share this information with you upon your requesting it and our FREE “Dispensations Chart.”

Priest. In addition to Jesus’ being a Prophet who conveyed God’s message to mankind (John 1:18), He also functions as a High Priest who is a go between mankind and God the Father (Hebrews 6:20; 9:11). He, not His mother, is the only Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5). We do not pray to her or to the saints to intercede on our behalf. Unlike Old Testament believers living under the Mosaic Law, all New Testament Christians are believer/priests (1 Peter 2:5, 9; Revelation 1:6) and can approach God through our High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:14-16). As priests we can/should offer up to God spiritual sacrifices rather than bloody sacrifices. Do you know what these sacrifices include (Romans 12:1, 2; Hebrews 13:15, 16)? Are you offering them up to God on a regular basis?

King. Jesus is the rightful King of the Jews who came 2,000 years ago. He was/is the greater Son (descendant) of King David (Matthew 1:1-17; 2 Samuel 7:12). Joseph was His step father who passed down to Jesus the right to rule. Do you know why he couldn’t be the actual father of Jesus (Matthew 1:11; Jeremiah 22:24-30). The mother of His humanity (not the Mother of God) was still a virgin up until the time of Jesus’ birth as it had been predicted (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23-25). Later she and Joseph had other children who were Jesus’ half brothers and sisters (Matthew 12:46; John 7:5). She also was from the line of King David through his son Nathan (Luke 3:23-38).

Kingdom. A King needs people over which to rule. When questioned by Pilate the Roman governor about His being the King of the Jews, Jesus responded by saying, “My kingdom is not of [out of] this world” (John 18:36; See Daniel 2:44, 45). Because the Jewish leaders and most of the people rejected Him as their Messiah and King (Luke 19:14), He postponed the setting up of His kingdom to a future date (Matthew 16:20-23; 23:37-39). When He returns after the seven years of the Tribulation, (which seem to be just around the corner), He will put down all opposition and set up His 1,000 year reign on this earth (Psalm 2:7-12; Revelation 19:11-20:6). Many people within Christendom accept the prophecies concerning His first coming as having been fulfilled literally, and yet they refuse to believe that the prophecies concerning His second coming are literal. They use an allegorical method of interpreting the Scriptures and change the normal meaning of words as they were intended to be understood. This form of interpretation began in the garden of Eden when Satan questioned what God had said to Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:1-5). Do you know which part Satan spoke was the truth and which part was a lie?

Messiah/Christ. Jesus fulfilled the predictions concerning the Messiah. As the Old Testament prophets wrote about Him, they weren’t able to distinguish clearly His first coming from His second coming. When Jesus came 2,000 years ago He fulfilled four of the prophecies that Isaiah the prophet had made concerning Him. He preached good tidings to the poor, healed the broken hearted, proclaimed liberty to the captives, and proclaimed the acceptable year of the Lord (Isaiah 61:1-2a). But the rest of Isaiah’s prophecy will be fulfilled at His second coming (Isaiah 61:2b-3). When Jesus read this passage in the synagogue and then sat down after reading the first part of Isaiah’s prophecy He said, “Today this [much of the] Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:21). But rather than accepting Him as their promised Messiah/King , they took offense at Him and wanted to cast Him down from the brow of the hill (Luke 4:28-30).

Opinions. Some of His enemies thought that Jesus was demon possessed and mad (John 10:20). Others accused Him of being an illegitimate, half breed Samaritan (John 8:41, 48). Then there were those who accused Him of blasphemy (Matthew 9:3; See Leviticus 24:16) for making Himself out to be equal to God (John 5:18; 10:30-33). It might surprise you to know that His own half brothers and even His mother, Mary came to take Him away because they thought He was out of His mind when He gathered to Himself the 12 disciples (Mark 3:21, 31-35). This was in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy which said, “…Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted” (Isaiah 53:4). It wasn’t until after His bodily resurrection that His half brothers James and Jude believed on Him as the true Messiah (1 Corinthians 15: 7). These two brothers also wrote two letters to the New Testament Christians that bear their names.

False Teachers. Believe it or not, there are many men and women today who stand in the pulpit claiming to be minsters of God who deny the full deity of Christ (John 1:1; Colossians 2:9), His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23), His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), His substitutionary death for our sins (1 Peter 3:18), and His bodily resurrection from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-8). They also teach another gospel and a works based salvation (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15; See Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Sometimes the conditions for discipleship or spiritual maturity are made the conditions for salvation. It’s known as “Lordship for salvation.” Are you being misled by one or more of them? Ask them what they really believe about Jesus. Are you supporting them with your money based on their promise that if you give them $10 you’ll get back $100? What are and where do you find in the Scriptures the Christian principles for giving today? Is it 10% of your net or gross? Would you be surprised to know that the Old Testament believers, living under the Mosaic Law, had to give 23% of their gross income? Withholding this meant the loss of physical blessings and a curse (Malachi 3:8-12; See Deuteronomy 28:15ff).

Your Thoughts. What are your honest thoughts about Jesus? Is he just a mere man, a good teacher, a famous prophet, or some superstar? In your opinion, is He a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord God? Perhaps you know and believe that He died for your sins, was buried for three days, and then rose again bodily on the third day, and was seen by over 500 witnesses (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). But merely knowing and believing the facts of the Gospel aren’t enough to save you (James 2:19). You must transfer your faith from yourself and your good works over to Christ alone to save you (Acts 4:12; 16:31). Have you done this yet? Are you believing in vain by adding to or subtracting from the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:2; See Revelation 22:18, 19)?

Destiny. Our eternal destiny in heaven or the lake of fire is hinged to the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16, 18, 36; 14:1-3; Mathew 25:41, 46). Please don’t be deceived by the false Christs of the cults who can’t save anyone (Matthew 24:5). We don’t all worship the same God. Make sure you’re saved God’s way – by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Share. Once you’re truly saved, help others by sharing the pure Gospel with them and inviting them to trust our Savior too (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31). Earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” by leading others to Christ (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20).

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