Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The One, The Only, Jesus

Throughout the Bible there are more than 200 verses that make reference to Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God…THE ONE, THE ONLY, JESUS! Within these verses, there are many descriptives for Jesus and one is as true and accurate as all the others that we find in the pages of God’s word.  This descriptive is LOVE. 

When we look at Jesus we should, we must always see love.  Love was a central part of Jesus’ 
life and ministry.  Time and time again, Jesus reminds us of love--to Love God, to love our neighbor, even love our enemy.  Jesus not only taught those around Him to love 
but, in his life, He lived this love completely, perfectly and without prejudice. 

Without doubt, one of the most famous passages in all the Bible includes one of if not the most familiar verses that speaks of love.  John 3:14-17 (HCSB)  "Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.  For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone 
who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into 
the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him."

In this passage we are given evidence of the love of God.  But if we continue to read in the NT 
we see that not only does God love—He is love.  John 4: 6 (HCSB)  "And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him."  And from this Love, God sent His Son [His only Son]—Jesus. Jesus speaks of himself as being God incarnate, the fleshly and physical manifestation of God’s love.  In Jesus’—through His act of love—all can have life and all can know love—the love of God found in The One, The Only, Jesus. 

Jesus came: 

In love—for a lost world of sinners 
For love—to show the glory and grace of God the Father 
With love—to redeem us and call us His very own 

Because He is love! 

This is, in part, the story of Jesus—who was more than a good man, an excellent teacher, a political radical or even a delusional martyr.  He was and is the Messiah, the Son of God…THE ONE, THE ONLY, JESUS! 

A wonderful descriptive of Jesus from an unknown author titled "Behold the Man!"

He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another
village, where he worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty. Then for three years he was an
itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. e never held an office. He never had a family or
owned a home. He didn’t go to college. He never visited a big city. He never traveled two-
hundred miles from the place where He was born. He did none of the things that usually
accompany greatness. He had no credentials but himself. He was only thirty-three when the tide
of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied him. He was
turned over to his enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross
between two thieves. While He was dying his executioners gambled for his garments, the only
property he had on earth. When he was dead. He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity
of a friend. [Twenty-one] centuries have come and gone, and today he is the central figure of
the human race. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the
parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life
of man on this earth as much as that one solitary life.

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