What ARE Jesus’ Credentials: His Presence Today…

Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”

John 7: 37 “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink”

John 14: 27 “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

John 6: 35 “I am the Bread of Life.  He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.”

Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

John 10: 10 “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

If you want, reread all the scriptures above and look for the past tense verbs. See many?

There aren’t any.

Why…because Jesus is alive today. His presence is very evident.

Paul Little states that “know Christ is God because we can experience Him in the twentieth century” [update to today, the twenty first century].

Kenneth Latourette, the historian states that “Jesus is the most influential life ever lived on this planet. The influence of Jesus on mankind is today as strong as it was when He dwelt among men.”

The irony of this is that Jesus was a man who lived a humble life and His ministry lasted only three years.

What has brought all this about?

Again, one can reread the Scriptures that opened this post.

Reflected in the scriptures is peace of mind. This past week a celebrity announced that she loved drama in her life.  The “drug” she needs she admitted is adrenalin.  For most of us, that is not a requirement for life.  Most of us want peace.

Sin is a daily factor for me [what about you?]. I can’t get through a day without committing transgressions.  The life of Jesus gives me a way to deal with my human weakness and grow in my relationship with Him.  It is called grace and forgiveness and Jesus explained it so well in His life and He knew we needed help in this area of life

Loving my fellow man is a need today. We have not figured out how to do this.  We have our prejudices and they play out every day.  Instead of seeing the heart of man and how God is in that heart, we still focus on the skin color, the clothing, and the speech.  Quickly we label people and discount their worth.  Jesus reminds us not to do this, not only with His words but also how He spent His time on earth—with outcasts.  Mark 2: 17  “On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

I don’t want to be confusing by citing words from a person of another century but when one turns to the words of the atheist William Lecky, even he admits that Christianity and the life of Jesus is long-lasting and fulfills the needs of humanity: “It was reserved for Christianity to present to the world an ideal character, which through all the changes of eighteen centuries [Lecky was born in 1838 and died in 1903] has inspired the hearts of men with an impassioned love; has shown itself capable of acting on all ages, nations, temperaments, and conditions; has been not only the highest pattern of virtue but the strongest incentive to its practice; and has exercised so deep an influence that it may be truly said that the simple record of three short years of active life has done more to regenerate and soften mankind than all the disquisitions of philosophers and exhortations of moralists.”

Of course the experience that one has with Jesus is not conclusive. Nonbelievers can easily discount that as the subjective rantings of an insane person or the expression of a dreamer who wants something from life that is not available [peace, forgiveness and love for others].

For me, it is very real and when one turns to humanity, Jesus taps into the need we all have if we would only admit it. The problem with nonbelievers is they won’t admit their needs.  They have no spiritual hunger.

Are they thirsty, restless, frustrated and incomplete?

Maybe so.

Do believers in Jesus have these adjectives applied to them

No, they ARE satisfied.

They know Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

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