Who Is Jesus?

Pastor's Corner

Who Is Jesus? What words can we possibly use to describe him? Jesus is . . . creator, redeemer, sustainer, and provider. He is the heaven bringer, truth revealer, and hope giver. He is the bright light in the darkness. He is the friend of sinners, the healer of the broken, and the calm in the storm. He is the only way to heaven, the only truth that frees us, and the only life that transforms us. Jesus is the one hope of humanity. The one sacrifice for sin. The one way to the Father. He lived for you, on the cross died for you, and from the grave he rose for you. The amazing thing is that this glorious Jesus passionately loves you! He desires to know you and share his life with you. Jesus is deserving of our extravagant devotion, adoration, and worship!

Luke 23:34-38 (NLT) "Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. The crowd watched and the leaders scoffed. “He saved others,” they said, “let him save himself if he is really God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” The soldiers mocked him, too, by offering him a drink of sour wine. They called out to him, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”

(Read all of Luke 23 here)

Extravagant Love

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We worship a God who has extravagant love for us! Not only does the Father of heaven send his son into the world to show us the way, the truth and the life. The Son of God willingly dies for us on the cross to demonstrate that great love. And who kills Jesus? We do! On the cross Jesus dies for the very people who reject him, deny him, and crucify him. In love Jesus prays, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” The only response to this extravagant love is to respond with our own extravagant love, worship, and thanksgiving. 

Ephesians 2:4-5 (ESV) "But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ, by grace you have been saved.”

(Read all of Ephesians 2 here)

The Master Builder

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God desires to be the master builder of your life! Your father in heaven desires goodness and blessing for your marriage, parenting, occupation, and ministry. This will only happen when you follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and the wisdom found in the scriptures. Jesus says in Matthew 7:24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” God has vision, inspiration, and direction for your life if you are willing to seek Him to discover it. 

Psalm 127:1 (ESV) "Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stays awake in vain.” 

(Read all of Psalm 127 here

Faith in God's Word

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Jesus did not leave his first disciples in the dark about his coming death and resurrection. He told them plainly, but they still failed to understand him. God has provided us his word so that we can read and learn from it. When the bible teaches us to do or not do something we are called to agree and obey. When God’s word tells us that something has happened or will happen we are called to trust and have faith. There will be times when you struggle to understand things in the bible.  First, pray to God and ask for understanding. If you continue to struggle, try asking questions of others believers. God’s Word will bless, correct, and direct your life if you take it to heart and put it to action. 

Matthew 20:17-19 (NLT) "As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside privately and told them what was going to happen to him. "Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die. Then they will hand him over to the Romans to be mocked, flogged with a whip, and crucified. But on the third day he will be raised from the dead.”

(Read all of Matthew 20 here)

Let's Go Fishing

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Peter and Andrew were the first two disciples to be called by Jesus! The call that Jesus gave these brothers is the same call he gives to everyone. Jesus is saying to you today, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” We follow Jesus by reading the word of God and building our life upon it. Whether you have known Jesus for a long time or you are just getting started, the call is the same. We each are called to follow Jesus and go “fishing” for others. So that they too might be saved and follow Jesus.

Matthew 4:18-20 (ESV) "While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him."

(Read all of Matthew 4 here)

Lean on Jesus

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God’s grace surrounds us, supports us, and sustains us. God does not abandon us in our weaknesses. Instead carries us when we cannot carry ourselves. If you are feeling weak today, rest in the arms of Jesus. He is not ashamed of you. Today God says the same thing to you as he did to Paul the Apostle, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Put your trust in the Lord! By faith lean on Jesus and his strength will carry you through anything.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (ESV) "But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

(Read all of 2 Corinthians 12 here)

The Faithfulness of Jesus

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Right standing with God is found by placing our faith in the faithfulness of Jesus. We can never work for our salvation. We can only receive and rest in the saving grace that Jesus extends to us through his sacrificial death and resurrection. On the cross Jesus took upon himself our broken record of sinfulness and shares with us his perfect record of righteousness. Faith in Jesus means to receive forgiveness and enter into the new life that God has for every person.

Romans 4:1-5 (NLT) "Abraham was, humanly speaking, the founder of our Jewish nation. What did he discover about being made right with God? If his good deeds had made him acceptable to God, he would have had something to boast about. But that was not God’s way. For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”  When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned.  But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners." (Read all of Romans 4 here)

The Source of All Goodness

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James 1:17 (ESV) "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change."

(Read all of James 1 here)

God is good! He is the source of all goodness and he doesn’t change. So much of life is fluid and changing. It is good to know that the very source of our salvation and blessing is a solid rock. Jesus is the only firm foundation of your life. If you seem to lack God’s presence and blessing in your life . . . check your foundation! If you discover you are building on something other than Jesus simply stop and pray. Ask Jesus to take his place as the firm foundation underneath your feet.