Meanderings of a Minister


Have You Seen Jesus?
April 22, 2011, 1:42 am
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I really enjoy introducing people to important people I know.  I guess networking has been impressed upon me as an important activity for people to be involved in for the purpose of expanding their potential list of friends, their list of business contacts or their list of possible mentors and helpers.  Out of all the important people I have known in my life, there is no doubt One that stands above the rest.  His Name is Jesus and He is God the Son.

I would expect you to roll your eyes at this point and say something like, “You’re a preacher!  You’re supposed to say stuff like that!”  Nevertheless, it is still true.  There are a number of reasons that this is the case.  First, the obvious reason can be taken from Jesus’ own words in John 14:6, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”  What Jesus was plainly stating is that Jesus is the only way to heaven.  No doubt, you have heard people say, and maybe you have even said, “But don’t all religions lead to Heaven?”  Maybe you have even heard people say that everyone goes to Heaven.  Jesus does not agree.

Second, not only is Jesus the only way to Heaven, and we could stop right there, but another reason that Jesus is such an important person is because He is the only person to actually conquer death and the grave.  Let’s face it.  Everyone you know has a terminal condition.  Literally, each breath we take is a breath closer to the day we will die.  Although people have searched for the fountain of youth, no one has found it and, apart from some science fiction stories, no one will except for Jesus Christ.  Herschel Hobbs, the famous Baptist theologian stated, “After the resurrection story, none of Jesus’ enemies visited the empty tomb out of fear.  None of His friends visited the empty tomb out of knowledge.”  The very people who had the greatest incentive for disputing the story of Jesus’ resurrection admitted to the empty tomb by making up stories about how it could be.  They did not even try to contradict the fact there was an empty tomb.  Jesus was the only One to ever resurrect from the dead by His Own power!  That makes Him important.

Lastly, Jesus is important not only because He is the only way to Heaven, not only because He is the only Conqueror of death and the grave, but also because of Who these things showed Him to be.  Have you ever thought about why the Jewish people were so mad at Him?  It is simple.  “The high priest stood up and said to Him, ‘I adjure You by the living God, that You tell us whether You are the Christ, the Son of God.’  Jesus said to him, ‘You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of Heaven.’  Then the high priest tore his robes and said, ‘He has blasphemed!  What further need do we have of witnesses?”  In other words, Jesus had claimed to be God and, according to their rules and ignorance of the fulfillment of scripture, He deserved death.  In actuality, this showed Him to be God.  Only God can raise the dead.  Only God can overcome the effects of the grave.  Only God can restore.  Only God can forgive sin.  Only God can give lasting hope.  Only God can give eternal life.  Only God can superintend nature.  When Jesus rose from the dead, He showed that His claim to be God the Son was not the claims of a liar or a lunatic, but the factual statement of a loving and just God that cares deeply for people and desires that men everywhere would bow their knee and confess with their mouths that Jesus is Lord.

This Easter, amidst the bunnies, eggs, candy, dresses, outfits and parties, let’s not forget the true impact of the empty tomb.  Let’s not forget the One we serve.  Let’s not forget Jesus, the Son of God and God the Son.

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