10-12-2016 Jesus Is The Messiah

A Samaritan “woman said to Him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming’ (who is called Christ). ‘When He comes, He will tell us all things.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I who speak to you am He(John 4:25-26 NKJV).  She went into her city “and said to the men, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” (John 4:28-29 NKJV).  After they went out and heard Jesus, “they said to the woman, ‘Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world’” (John 4:42 NKJV).  Even Samaritans saw that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah of the Old Testament.   Only the blind still look for Messiah to come! They should say, “we wish to see Jesus” (John 12:21 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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JESUS WAS A REFUGEE

A refugee is defined as a person forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.

Martin O’Malley (Democratic candidate for President of the United States) said Jesus was refugee (“Remember: Jesus was refugee child who fled death gangs.”).

Was Jesus a refugee? It is true that Jesus’ step father (Joseph) fled the wrath of Herod when Herod sought the death of the One that he felt threatened his position as king over the Judean province (Matthew 2:1-18).

Is that a refugee in the same sort of way that some are fleeing from other countries? A refugee in large quantities or in small numbers is still a refugee. There is a significant difference, however, in the two accounts.

First, one dealt with salvation history, that is, the Lord’s plan to save man from his own personal sin which leads to eternal destruction (Romans 6:23).

Second, it was the Lord’s sending of the family of three to the location wherein they went.

Third, it was the Lord who provided the means they used to get to their location of safety.

Fourth, Joseph and Mary returned to the land of Israel because of the very point of salvation.

Fifth, the refugees in today’s context are not the same. Whether this country accepts or does not accept is in direct relation to Islamic ideology that seeks to destroy American culture.

Perhaps there are other reasons that one might bring to our attention that contrasts the two scenarios. Whether there is or not, like many political candidates (Republican and Democrat), when one thinks that something related to Jesus can be used in his or her favor, He is wielded.

Jesus was not a refugee in the context of today, but as He was then, He is today the only Savior given to man whereby one can be saved (Acts 4:12).

 

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The Limited, Unlimited

Christmas is over and the wrapping paper is discarded. The toys are being ignored and Christmas cards are in garbage bags.

The things of this world fade with time. Man’s idols and empires are dead and false messiahs are in their graves. Money is shredded and material wealth is languishing in landfills. Everything in this world will expire because the fleshly is temporal (2 Peter 3:7-11).

If we desire a gift that will be timeless, we must turn to the spiritual for answers. It is the only thing that lasts (Matthew 25:31-34, Matthew 25:46).

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So, why is Jesus the limited, unlimited? What does He provide for us?

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God in the Flesh

On Sunday morning, I will be speaking on “God in the Flesh” from John 1:1-5,14. What a powerful and challenging topic! It is difficult to explain the unexplainable.

Without faith, how can we understand what it means to be God and man at the same time? Our text is so powerful that we can spend a lot of time on the subject. I plan a two-part series, trying to help my audience understand this difficult subject.

John’s gospel is not a biography but a treatise to prove the premise in John 1:1-5.14. John’s prologue is so overwhelming that no human being could ever live up to it. John spends the rest of the book laying out evidence to prove his case. Everything in this book is designed to illustrate his point. It comes to fruition when Thomas cries, “My Lord and My God!” in John 20:28.

What is the best way for you to explain what it means for Jesus to be God and man?

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Jesus, Savior and Redeemer

Some of the members of Grand Blanc Church of Christ and I have been engaged in a study of the Major Prophets since the fall of 2010, beginning with the book of Isaiah. We are studying the 42nd and 43rd chapters and I noticed something.

Jesus is “savior” and is denoted as such in Isaiah 43:3. His name means exactly that.

Jesus is “redeemer.” Just as Boaz plucked off his sandal in token of redemption of Ruth and Naomi, Jesus allowed his life to be plucked from him, along with his blood, in redemption of us.

Jesus is the servant identified in Isaiah 42, and is the one in verse 7 who will “bring prisoners from the prison” of sin.

How much more should we love him who first loved us? He is our near-kinsman, for he is the only one who could redeem us from our sin.

After reflecting on this, I read with new appreciation: “I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them,” (Isaiah 42:16 NKJV).

God be praised, for he has saved us, redeemed us, and led us to understand and walk in ways we have not known.

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Summing Up The Bible In One Sentence

The Bible is about the coming of Jesus as our Savior, His teachings, & our necessary obedience to those teachings in order to attain heaven.

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Isaiah 9:6 "For unto us a Child is born,…

Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a Child is born,  Unto us a Son is given;  And the government will be upon His shoulder.  And His name will be called  Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,  Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

This is a verse that sadly, even  many Chrisistians only look at or refer to at Christmas time when peoples thoughts are  about  Jesus and  His birth.  I know that He was not   born on Dec. 25th but  we need to  use that  opportunity to reach  folks who at  other times  would not  be  as responsive.

But the  main  thrust of this short  passage to me is that at  all time  of the  year and  forever it gives  us a picture of  the Lord Jesus and  who He was, is and  is to come.  Thanks be to  the  heavenly Father  that we have a  Savior who  is called ” Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,  Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Theses traits that He has help us  understand  just  how  much the Godhead loves us!   We  can  rest  assured  that the Lord Jesus will always be there  for  His people showing the  example we  need to   be fruitful, productive  members of  His Church who are always ready to reach the  lost and strengthen the saved.  So, when you  hear these words in Is. 6:9, and  I  hope that it  is not  just at Christmas, share them with others  and  stop to praise our “Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ!”

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