Have you ever heard of Jesus? Who do people say that he is?
What have you heard?
Some have called him Elijah; others, John the Baptist.
What do you say?
I’ve heard some people refer to him as Lucifer’s brother.
Yes, and there are those who believe we evolved from monkeys.
One of the prophets, the divine light, one of many gods, and eternal guide, to name just a few other purported names and views.
His name is used in many ways depending on the user’s belief. For instance, some use the name when they are mad or upset. Others, when they need heaven’s intervention. Many like to throw it on the end of a sentence as an exclamation point! Considering how many people speak the name, for one reason or another, it must really be a powerful name.
But what you heard? What do you believe?
Some have called him the son of David, the bright and morning star, everlasting father, mighty God, and prince of peace.
Down through the ages people have had varying opinions of this one called Jesus.
Do you have an opinion?
I’ve had different opinions through the years; especially the first twenty one years of my life. I remember when he was a non-entity to me. Jesus? Never heard of him. That’s when I was ten or eleven.
My twelfth birthday rolled around and I attended a Methodist Sunday School class a few times. My opinion quickly changed from a non-person to a mystery man who wore sandals and rode donkeys while crowds threw a bunch of sticks at him. Hosanna didn’t sound like praise. It sounded more like, “Get him! Hit him with the sticks!”
I learned a lot more about Jesus, and a lot quicker, once I began hanging out with older kids. I learned Jesus had a middle name that began with the letter “F”, that he was always ready to damn something, and that he didn’t like cute girls, rock and roll, long hair on guys, cigarettes, drugs or alcohol.
Yep. I never did meet a cute girl in church.
All my teen age friends agreed with me. Jesus might have been cool when he was alive, but that was then. I was told, over and over, God is dead.
My opinion changed when I was twenty one. That’s when I met this one I thought was a non-entity. I found out he did take a beating, and that he took it for me. Oh yes, and he took one for you.
He didn’t come to curse or damn anything. Instead, he came to try and release mankind from the curse they were covered in.
Cute girls? It’s amazing what happens to a person’s eyesight after Jesus has had some time to tweak their heart.
I don’t know what you have heard, or what you believe about Jesus. But whatever it is, you will conduct your life accordingly. And wherever you finally end up, you will be there because of what you’ve believed about Jesus.
Once there was a woman with a severe bleeding problem. She had it for twelve years, and though she kept spending her money on doctors and treatments, she never got any better.
One day she heard something about Jesus. I don’t know what she knew beforehand, maybe nothing at all. But now things were different. She heard he was healing people.
And she believed. And she acted on what she believed. And her life was changed.
“She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe.”(Mark 5:27 NLT)
If you haven’t heard this yet, hear it now. Jesus loves you. He’s not willing for you to spend eternity in a hell prepared for someone else. He wants to make you a brand new person with a new mind, new language, new beliefs.
He did it for this twenty one year old; thirty nine years ago.
How about you? Isn’t it time you really considered this one called Jesus?
What you believe determines your actions. Your actions determine your destiny.
So what have you heard? What do you believe? Where are you headed?
And does that make you happy?