Monthly Archives: September 2015

Jesus Is The One Who Would Come Later.

“Paul said, ‘John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the One coming after him, that is, in Jesus.’ ” – Acts 19:4

John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin, preached a message of repentance and baptism, yet he told his followers that his ministry was in preparation for the ministry of Jesus. “He is the One Who comes after me, the straps of Whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” (John 1:27) “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes One Who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11)

When he introduced the people to Jesus, John made it clear that this was the Man he’d been preaching about, Who would follow his ministry. “This is the One I meant when I said, ‘A Man Who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me.’ ” (John 1:30) Jesus is the fulfillment of both Old Testament and New Testament prophecy – He is the One Who came and the One Who is coming again. “I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and He was given a crown, and He rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.” (Revelation 6:2)

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Jesus Is The Servant Of All.

“He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him.” – John 13:5

Jesus is both a servant to His Father and a servant to His people. “Indeed, Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire agaknst Your holy servant Jesus, Whom You anointed.” (Acts 4:27) “Stretch out Your hand to he and perform signs and wonders through the Name of Your holy servant Jesus.” (Acts 4:30) “The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant, Jesus. You handed Him over to be killed, and you disowned Him before Pilate, though he had decided to let Him go.” (Acts 3:13)

Jesus is our perfect example. He told Hid disciples (that includes us!) that true leadership begins with service. “Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, ‘Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.’ ” (Mark 9:35) Jesus was God in the flesh, yet He was not above passing out food. “Then Jesus served them the bread and fish.” (John 21:13)

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to served others and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28) Jesus is the perfect servant-leader.

Jesus Is The Christ.

“Give me an upright heart, which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside. Bestow on me also, O Lord my God, understanding to know You, diligence to seek You, wisdom to find You, and faithfulness that may finally embrace Your through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Thomas Aquinas (*quote, not Scripture)

The apostle Peter knew the truth about the identity of Jesus; even though Peter certainly had his faults and even denied knowing Jesus, he was usually unashamed to speak the truth about his Lord. ” ‘ But what about you?’ Jesus asked. ‘Who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ.’ ” (Mark 8:29) “Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ ” (Matthew 16:16) “To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who will also share in the glory to be revealed.” (1 Peter 2:21)

Peter saw Jesus Christ as a true example, and encouraged other believers to follow after Christ. “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.” (1 Peter 2:21)

Many others saw Christ as incredibly important, such as Jude: “Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, to those who have been called…” (Jude 1:1a)

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Jesus Is The Cornerstone.

“How perfect that Jesus, an experienced carpenter, knew all about building. He Who knew the importance of a cornerstone, became the very foundation and cornerstone of our faith.” – Unknown (*quote, not Scripture)

Jesus is both the foundation and cornerstone of our faith. “For in Scripture it says, ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious Cornerstone, and the one who trusts in Him will never be out to shame.’ ” (1 Peter 2:6) We are told that we have security in Christ for that very reason. “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of His household, built in the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Homself as the Chief Cornerstone.” (Ephesians 2:19,20)

This is a true comfort for those who follow Him – as long as we remain in Him, we will never be shaken. “So this is what the Socereign Lord says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.’ ” (Isaiah 28:16) “Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” (Matthew 21:42)

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