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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

How Can Jesus Christ Help Me?

How Can Jesus Christ Help Me?

Is there something that can give us an entirely different outlook on life? You become the esteemed leader of the world, die, and discover it really meant nothing. You proudly lead your nation to defeat all its enemies, save your people from utter destruction, die, and forever weep in sorrow. You are regarded the enlightened person of the East, die, and discover it was only darkness. You gain world acclaim as an athlete piling up goal metals in the Olympics, die and feel it was all an utter waste. Why? How could I have missed life's essential?
Could such things be possible? Is there some vital piece of news we don’t know that can completely revolutionize our lives? I’ve found that there is, and I want to share it with you. And it doesn’t mean we have to be the world’s greatest. It’s in a man who walked among us long ago, who said and did things no other man could. His name is Jesus Christ. 
Jesus Christ alone assures human beings of life after death. Is there life after death? Some persons believe that when you die, you’re dead, lights out, that’s it. Others claim we are reincarnated into many lives. But what proof is there for that? We’re born with no memory of past lives. Babies can’t understand anything but to cry for warmth, food or release. And if they were a frog in their last life or will be in their next life as monists claim, how is that any proof? The only objective evidence of life after death is for some well-known person to die and come back from the dead.
This is exactly what Jesus is claimed to do and with good evidence for it. Among these evidences are Jesus’ predictions of it, his sealed and guarded tomb, his grave-clothes left, angels, soldiers’ testimony, disciple’s initial unbelief, Jesus many appearances, and the impossibility of skeptics disproving it. See my articles: Did Jesus Arise from the Tomb? Is There Life After Death?      
Jesus Christ alone assures us of absolute truth. If the universe is only a matter of chance and always in flux as atheists claim, then there is no absolute truth, or at least spiritual or metaphysical truth. Everything can be explained by evolution and we don’t need a Creator and Sustainer God. But the universe is not eternal according to modern scientific discoveries, that means it had a beginning.
 Now we know something can’t come from nothing-- it doesn’t exist. Something that doesn’t exist can’t bring itself into existence. So a beginning universe requires a Beginner or self-existing Cause sufficient to account for the power and design everywhere present in the universe. In other words, a Self-existent, eternal, Almighty, Person or God exists. That God showed himself in Jesus Christ, the God-man who walked on water, healed all manner of diseases immediately, and arose from the dead. As God-man everything Jesus said and approved, is absolute truth.
Jesus Christ alone assures us we have value. If atheism is true, we are soulless dirt that can be manipulated and murdered without dignity, rights, ethics, justice, or hope. If pantheism is true, we are recycled energy eventually to be reabsorbed into spiritual energy of the universe. Jesus Christ, the God-man said we are made in God’s image which gives us great dignity, rights, justice, love,  and those who would harm us will one day answer to God (Gen. 1:27; Psalm 8:5-6).
Jesus Christ alone assures us we have rights. The one God of all creation gave us humans rights. Do not commit adultery. Do not murder. Do not steal. Do not bear false witnesses. Honor your father and your mother” (Luck 18:19-20; 2 Thess. 1:7-9). God’s commandments impose obligations on us to respect the rights of others, as we would want them to respect our rights. Rights always entail responsibilities. And God will punish those who deny us our God-given rights (2 Thess. 1:7-9). There can be no ultimate authority, truth, human dignity, rights, and ethics apart from the Lord Jesus Christ. The God-man is our only Lord and Savior.
Jesus Christ alone assures us we can be forgiven and counted clean. For He (God) made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor. 5:21). “ (Jesus) who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we might live for righteousness” (1 Pet. 2:24). God’s sent Paul to turn Jews and Gentiles “from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me” (Acts 26:18).
Jesus Christ alone assures us we can be rewarded at the judgment. The Lord Jesus who in love died to pay for our sins and appease the Father’s wrath against sin will judge both believers and unbelievers. Believers will be given rewards for deeds of service done in the body. ”Each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If any one’s work, which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward” (1 Cor. 3:13-14). Unbelievers throughout all the ages will be judged by their works and anyone’s name not found in the Book of Life will be caste into Hell (Rev. 20:11-15).
I love this passage in Revelation 21:3-4. “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
This is the most serious matter of life. God is completely just and knows our secrets and everything about us—whether we’ve entered a love-trust relationship with Him or not. Each of us will be rewarded or punished forever according to our degree of service or rejection—it’s Heaven or Hell forever. What is your choice? Pray Lord Jesus, I have done wrong many times and deserve eternal Hell. But I trust You now to save me from all my sins, to be my Savior and Guide throughout life, and to join you in the new Heaven one day. Thank you, the only Lord God.
U may want to translate these articles and send them to friends to know of the Lord and Savior. We may be busy with a thousand things important to us, but can they be more important than telling others of the Savior when we stand before him at the judgment?

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