Faith Baptist Church
4258 Botetourt Road
Fincastle, Virginia 24090
A matter of great importance lies before us as we approach Easter Sunday. As Christians the emphasis is on the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Our entire belief system is founded upon this great biblical truth. True Christianity is made up of those who follow in faith the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We follow him in faith regarding his pre-incarnate existence; through his incarnation; through his ministry on earth and his sacrifice on the cross. We must also follow him in faith regarding his resurrection and ascension and his present session in heaven beside the Father. He is all in all to true believers. He calls on all men to believe in him and to believe in who he is. Let’s take a moment to reflect on who this God-man Jesus Christ is. The best evidence is our Lord’s own words about himself. With the following words Jesus Christ can either be declared as God, or else he is the greatest con artist the world has ever known.
Here is a sampling of our Lord’s words found in the Gospel of John.
"...except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3)
"...whosoever believes in me should not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:15 )
"...he that believes on me is not condemned." (John 3:18)
"...whosoever drinks of the water that I give to him shall never thirst again." (John 4:14)
"...for as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will." (John 5:21)
"...the Father committed all judgment unto the Son." (John 5:22)
"...all men should honor the son, even as they honor the Father." (John 5:23)
"I am the bread of life." (John 6:35)
"I am the light of the world." (John 8:12)
"...to the Pharisees he said, Ye are from beneath; I am from above." (John 8:23)
"Ye shall die in your sins; for if ye believe not that I am he (God), ye shall die in your sins. (John 8:24)
"...for I do always those things that please him ( Father)." (John 8:29)
"If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed." (John 8:31)
"Verily, verily I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." (John 8:58)
"As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (John 9:5)
"I am the good shepherd." (John 10:11)
"I lay down my life for the sheep." (John 10:15)
"I have power to lay it [my life] down, and I have power to take it up again." (John 10:18)
"I give unto them [my sheep] eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." (John 10:28)
"I and my Father are one." (John 10:30)
"I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead yet shall he live." (John 11:25)
"Whosoever lives and believeth in me shall never die, [second death of eternal separation from the presence of God in the lake of fire]. Believeth thou this?" (John 11:26)
"He that seeth me, seeth him that sent me." (John 12:45)
"Ye call me Master and Lord; and ye say well; for so I am." (John 13:13)
After the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Thomas continued in disbelief. He had to see the risen Christ to believe it was true. And after he saw the resurrected Lord and touched him Thomas said unto Jesus Christ, “My Lord and my God.” (John 5:25-5:28)
Take a long hard look at the words of our Savior in the passages given above. There are many more passages we could investigate, but in looking at his words concerning his person and his power we must note several unique things.
He did the things only God could do. He claimed equality with the Father in heaven. He claimed the power to forgive sin. He said he was the only way to the Father. He said he existed before Abraham lived. He claimed to have the power to grant immortal life to those who believed in him. Now, let me ask you, what man can offer these things? I say only God can offer these things.
Yes, the Lord Jesus Christ was certainly more than what many call him today. He was more than a great teacher and humanitarian. He was more than a prophet with a message from God. He claimed to be God in the flesh. If he were to come into our world today as he did over two-thousand years ago he would be treated just the same. The reason I say this is that his words are doubted equally today as they were when he spoke them. He would call unbelievers to repentance and salvation, and for unfaithful saints to a life of godly living. He would expose and denounce all false prophets.
He would turn organized religion on its head and he would harshly scorn religious leaders for accepting praise and veneration which belongs only to God.
He would not comply with the modern day religious ecumenical system that forsakes divine truth to find unity among those of different faiths. He would call pastors on the carpet for not representing his word in their congregations. He would call believers to repentance for sinking their dreams and endeavors too deeply into this world. All in all Jesus Christ would not be very popular today. He wouldn’t do “tricks” to draw a crowd. He wouldn’t embrace our sins and perverse life styles. He would never support those things his Father has called abominations. He wouldn’t be politically correct. His honesty about our lost condition and useless works would eventually get him killed by religious fanatics.
And just like Thomas we practically demand that God show us something if he expects us to follow him.
The Bible says “..the just shall live by faith”. Rom.1:17. The world may search and invent all manner of woven tales in an attempt to discredit the person of Jesus Christ. Most recently someone has said they have found our Lord’s bones.
This shows me even more the validity of the word of God. It has been attacked, spurned, ridiculed, laughed at, burned, and scoffed for centuries, and so have those who believe it. This practice of unbelief will not give way to sight until it is too late for most people, Phil.2:9-11.
The day is coming when the saints will rejoice in their bodily resurrection. Our faith in God’s word will become a living reality at that time Until then we must live by faith, and not by sight. God’s greatest blessings belong to those who walk by faith in his word. We do not have to see to believe in what lies ahead, and for this reason we can start our rejoicing in this life. Biblical faith rewards us in advance of God’s promises, because we know God will keep his word.
To trust God’s word is the highest praise we can give to him, and that it’s all he ask of us.
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