WHAT A COSTLY ASSUMPTION!

WHAT A COSTLY ASSUMPTION!

When Jesus was twelve years old He went with His parents for the first time to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover.
At the end of the feast, while Jesus tarried behind in the temple, His parents went on in their journey without Him, and without them realizing that Jesus was not journeying with them. They supposed or assumed that Jesus was in the travelling company. What a costly assumption!

Similarly, there are many people in the world today moving towards eternity without Jesus Christ and sadly, without them knowing or realizing it, but supposing that Jesus Christ is with them. This is certainly a very costly assumption!

THE LIFE JESUS GIVES

THE LIFE JESUS GIVES

Simply put, what Jesus Christ came to offer the fallen mankind is “Life.” Jesus stated His mission loud and clear, saying, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10 NKJV).

If what Jesus came to give us is life, then it simply means that life is all that we need. But, does that mean we didn’t have life before Jesus Christ came into the world? Obviously, we had life, but not God’s kind of life! We were born with a natural life, but what Jesus came to give us is a divine life, the kind of life that is in God (John 5:21, 26). How is the divine life Jesus came to give us different from the natural life we already have in us?

THE MAN JESUS

THE MAN JESUS

Jesus was fully God and fully man while He was in the world. However, while in the world, the Lord Jesus chose to operate as a man under the power of the Holy Spirit and not as God. This is why Jesus had to wait to be anointed with the Holy Spirit and power before He began His public ministry (Matt. 3:16, Acts 10:38).

Jesus endured or went through His sufferings, trials, temptations and persecutions in life not as God, but as a man like us. This is the only way He could be qualified to become our High Priest…

HE MUST INCREASE

HE MUST INCREASE

John the Baptist was undoubtedly a great man of God. The Lord Jesus testified to his greatness, saying, “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist…” (Matt. 11:11 NKJV).

John was indeed a man of great influence, authority, popularity and honour. When he began his ministry, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, great multitudes of people responded positively to him and began to follow him (Matt. 3:5-6). However, John the Baptist knew that he was not in the ministry or in the world to simply draw people’s attention and affection to himself, but to Christ…

OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD (Part 2)

OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD (Part 2)

When the King of Syria was waging war against Israel he became greatly dismayed and confounded when all his secret plots and strategies to waylay the King of Israel were thwarted, having been disclosed to the King of Israel.

After a careful enquiry, the King of Syria discovered that it was Elisha the prophet of God in Israel that was exposing and disclosing to the King of Israel all his secret words, plans and plots. Therefore, the King of Syria became very angry and sent a great army with horses and chariots to arrest or kill Elisha (2 Kings 6:8-22)…

OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD (Part 1)

OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD (Part 1)

Until Satan (the source, author, or originator of evil) and all those who have yielded themselves to him as instruments of wickedness are judged and cast into hell fire at the end of this dispensation of grace, evil cannot be completely eliminated from this world.

It is therefore not out of order in this present evil world for the righteous to suffer unjustly, for you to be denied your rights, for your good deeds to be repaid with evil, or for you to be persecuted, maltreated or maligned for the sake of Christ. Nevertheless, God does not expect you to be overcome or overwhelmed by evil…

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