HOW CAN I KNOW WHEN I HAVE FOUND THE RIGHT JESUS?
I enjoy preaching about the church and believe that in the light of the astounding lack of Bible knowledge that so many people have about the church that such an emphasis is necessary. I love to preach about “The Church of the Bible” and take my hearers on a journey through the Bible to see what it says about the church. I love to preach on “How Can I Know When I Have Found the Right Church?” in which I set forth the distinguishing marks of the church that Christ established. I think in our day and time it would be hard to give too much emphasis to what God has said about the church and what He wants the church to be in all ages.
At the same time, I recognize the importance of preaching about Jesus. Just as I preach about the church of the Bible, I also need to preach about the Christ of the Bible, and do. Just as I preach on “How Can I Know When I Have Found the Right Church?” I also need to preach on “How Can I Know When I Have Found the Right Jesus?” In His discourse concerning the impending destruction of the city of Jerusalem by the Romans (which occurred in A. D. 70) Jesus warned, “For false christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24). Through the centuries, many false christs (messiahs) have arisen. So, how can we know when we have found the right Jesus, the right Christ?
We can know that we have found the right Jesus when we find the Jesus …
- Who was with the Father from all eternity (John 1:1-14).
- Who was born of the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35).
- Who worked genuine miracles to prove that He was the Son of God (John 20:30-31).
- Who went about doing good (Acts 10:38).
- Who came to serve, not to be served (Matthew 20:28).
- Who served as a perfect example for us (I Peter 2:21).
- Who taught that the two greatest commandments are to love God with all of our being and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, and to love even our enemies (Matthew 22:37-40; Matthew 5:43-48).
- Who had a tender heart of compassion (John 11:35; Matthew 9:35-36; Matthew 14:13-14; Matthew 20:29-34; Mark 1:40-42; Luke 7:11-17).
- Who showed mankind what God is like (John 14:7-9)
- Who spoke the words of God (John 12:48-49; John 14:10).
- Who taught with authority (Matthew 7:28-29).
- Who demanded unreserved discipleship (Matthew 16:24-25; Luke 14:16-27).
- Who upheld the sanctity of marriage and condemned sexual immorality in all forms (Matthew 5:31-32; Matthew 19:9). (Note: The Greek word used in these texts is porneia [from which we get “pornography”], and covers all forms of sexual immorality and perversion, including adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, incest, and bestiality).
- Who spoke mercilessly against hypocrisy (Matthew 23:13-36).
- Who was relentless in His opposition to false teachers and false doctrine (Matthew 7:15; Matthew 7:21-23; Matthew 15:7-9).
- Who taught the need for giving attention to the weightier matters while not neglecting the smaller matters (Matthew 23:23).
- Who spoke of the need for being faithful in that which is least (Luke 16:10).
- Who promised to give spiritual rest to those who would come to Him (Matthew 11:28-30).
- Who died for the sins of all mankind (Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:6-11; Hebrews 2:9; Titus 2:11-14).
- Who was buried and rose again the third day (Matthew 28:1-8; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-8; John 20:1-10; I Corinthians 15:3-8; Romans 1:1-4 [note especially verse 4]).
- Who alone can save us from our sins (Matthew 1:21; John 14:6; Acts 4:12).
- Who built His church and of which He is the head, the foundation, and the Savior (Matthew 16:18; Colossians 1:18; I Corinthians 3:11; Ephesians 5:23). (Note: Since Christ is the head of His body, the church, when we find His church we will find Him, for the head will be attached to the body, not separated from it and off to itself somewhere else!)
- Who spoke in plain, unmistakable language as to what one must do to be saved (John 3:3-5; John 8:24; Luke 13:1-5; Matthew 10:32-33; Mark 16:15-16; Matthew 28:18-20).
- Who often warned of hell (Matthew 5:27-30; Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:44, 46, 48).
- Who spoke of a beautiful place that He is preparing for His faithful followers (John 14:1-3; Matthew 5:12; cf. Philippians 3:20-21; I Peter 1:3-5).
- Who will come again and judge the world in righteousness (Matthew 25:31-46; Acts 17:30-31; II Corinthians 5:10).
And this is but “the hem of the garment.” The entire New Testament is an inspired account of who He is, what He did, what He taught, and how who He is and what He did and taught is to be applied to our lives, both individually and corporately in His spiritual body, the church.
June 18, 2019
- June 26: Shackle Island Church of Christ, Hendersonville, TN
- June 30: Shackle Island Church of Christ, Hendersonville, TN (a.m.)