Thursday, January 22, 2009

Jesus Sure Was Convinced

There were over 40 prophesies in the Old Testament concerning the coming of the Messiah. Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled every single one of those prophesies in the New Testament. Jesus was indeed the Messiah, the Son of God, the One who was promised to come and take the sins of the world onto Himself. From the Gospel accounts of His life, Jesus convinced many people that He truly was the Messiah. He performed many miracles that helped to demonstrate the fact. But did Jesus ever actually say He was the long-awaited Messiah? Yes! In John 4:26, Jesus told the woman at the well, "I am the Messiah." In Mark 14:62, the high priest asked Jesus point-blank, "Are you the Messiah?". Jesus replied, "I am." These are just two examples of Jesus actually saying He was the Messiah.

Some critics obviously do not believe He was in fact the Messiah. On the contrary, they say He was just a man. I don't understand how anybody who witnessed the many miracles that Jesus performed could deny He was the Son of God. But all those miracles aside, I think it was still pretty clear that He was the Messiah just from His personality. Who else other than God's Son could have lived a perfect, sinless life? Think about when he was tempted in the wilderness by Satan. Jesus was offered some pretty incredible things by the devil! If Jesus was in fact not the Son of God, don't you think He would have accepted at least one of the things Satan promised Him? Think about when He stood before Pilate, accused of blasphemy. Jesus obviously knew He was about to be beaten and tortured if He was found guilty. But when asked, he stood silent. Don't you think if He was not the Son of God, that that would have been a good time for Him to admit it. After He was flogged and led to the Cross to die, if he was not the true Son of God, don't you think He would have said something then? And finally, just before He died, why did He ask God why He had abandoned Him? Did you know that Jesus was actually quoting Psalm 22? Considering the incredible amount of stress and torment He must have been feeling at that very moment, if He was not the actual Son of God, do you think He could have even remembered that Psalm? Not only did He convince many people He was the Messiah, including a Roman Guard standing there watching Him die, and a thief on a cross beside Him, not only did he actually say He was the Messiah several times point-blank, not only did He prove He was the One by all His miracles, but He also lived the part perfectly right up until the end. As the Roman soldier exclaimed as Jesus died, "This truly was the Son of God".

I John 4:15 says, "Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God."

Father, I confess that You sent Your only Son Jesus to die for my sins. I accept Your awesome gift. Thank You for being my true Savior. In Jesus name, Amen.

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