Do you know Jesus?
We are all going to die one day. Are you ready?
Jesus has come so you may live abundantly on earth and eternally! (John 10:10, Romans 5:17)
Ask Jesus to reveal Himself to you and be alert to promptings in your heart and opportunities that come your way.
Get to know Jesus online: http://www.yesheis.com/en/
Go to the source himself: What Did Jesus Say? http://www.whatdidjesussay.com/
Some people say they can only believe in things they can see. God came as a human being so we could see, touch and know him. Jesus was a real person who lived on earth for about 33 years more than 2000 years ago. His life changed our world in ways that positively impact us even today. Have you looked into the historical evidence for Jesus’ life? Considering how long ago he lived – it is amazing how many sources refer to him and the richness of the accounts of those who knew him.
The story of Jesus told by an eye witness has been made into a movie following Matthew’s account word by word. See: The Visual Bible.
The most amazingly detailed accounts are in the very ancient text – the Bible. As well as the books of the New Testament which were written after Jesus lived on earth the Bible includes including the Old Testament – books written thousands of years A.D. that have detailed prophetic descriptions which foretold specific details about Jesus’ life and death:
- Frank Viola & Leonard Sweet, The Jesus Manifesto www.thejesusmanifesto.com
- Philip Yancey The Jesus I Never Knew http://www.philipyancey.com/the-jesus-i-never-knew
God, who is Spirit, represented himself to us in human form as Jesus his living son so we too might know God as our Father and know God understands life on earth!
Hear who Jesus is: through this audio blessing.
Do you know Jesus personally? You can personally encounter Jesus while you are live on earth – through His Spirit who walks and talks with us!
Knowing Jesus is about beginning a relationship – rather than joining a religion!
On earth Jesus was a gracious, humble, tender man who connected with children, the sick and outcast, prostitutes, Roman soldiers and corrupt business people. He brought down the anger of the religious leaders because he turned things upside down – coming to serve, asking us to be like children. Jesus is still exactly the same today. (Hebrews 13:8)
Jesus does not impose himself. He offers us the choice to know him personally. (Revelation 3:20) It is the offer of abundant and eternal life. It is a choice we can accept or reject. It’s a choice that has eternal life and death consequences.
Jesus came and died so we can live eternally because God already loved each person in the world. But you have to know him to love him and to know how loved you are. It is the best and most intimate relationships available to us.
If Jesus seems far away to you – ask yourself if you would be willing to take one step toward him?
If you are curious, hopeful or just plain empty – ask Jesus to reveal Himself to you. Say, “Jesus, what are you saying to me?” Often people feel they haven’t heard from God because they didn’t recognise that it was him when they heard a prompting in their heart or a voice in their head.
Because God is a spirit we need to learn how how to hear Him. God speaks in many ways. You may hear a still small voice, become aware of impressions, mental pictures, memories, songs, Biblical references, changes in your circumstances and spontaneous personal contacts. We need to learn to distinguish God’s leading from our own thoughts and Spirit led circumstance from coincidence. We are told to test the Spirit. We can trust the Spirit of Jesus, who comes in His name. See section on this website called Know My Voice.
Are you living abundantly? Will you live eternally? See other people’s journey – how death and the value of life became real. See how Jesus changed their lives in this film by Billy Graham.
Explore sites on how to receive Jesus.
- Your Destiny Your Choice – cartoons www.ydyc.org
- www.reasonforfaith.org.au – Melbourne events
- Do you know why Jesus is good news?
Some people think that facing God will make them feel bad but Jesus came to save not to condemn. (John 12:47)
When we are set free through the gospel of Jesus Christ, we know our sins are not counted against us and we are righteous in Him! (2Cor 5:18-21) We can enjoy living in God’s Kingdom – through righteousness, joy and peace in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17); free of condemnation; with His Spirit living in us; as sons and co-heirs; able to reveal Jesus’ kingdom on earth – His glory in our world. (Romans 8:1,11,17-21)
- Grace and peace to you from … Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power forever and ever! Amen. (Revelation 1:4-6)
Hear the joy in this:
- It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah. (Ephesians 2:1)
- It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on. This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom. (Galatians 5:19)
Jesus introduces us to His Father and Spirit
It is wonderful journey – learning why God’s Son needed to become human and how his death could be counted as the penalty for our sins – leaving us free to receive reconciliation with God as our father. Jesus took our condemned place and restored us to a place of relationship with our Father.
Some people see Jesus as accessible but fear the Father or the Holy Spirit. In fact they are one – exact representations of each other.
- The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. (Hebrews 3:1)
- Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, all who have faith in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. Anyone who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?” Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. (John 14:6-21)
Spend 40 Days of Delight getting to know Jesus through the eyes of one of his closest friends, John who give us an eye witness account of what Jesus and our Father are like: 40 Days of Delight
Do you know Jesus as your first love?
Have you been in love? This person is more important to you than eating or sleeping and thoughts of them infuse your mind night and day. You see everything differently – your whole outlook changes. You are alive – in the alertness of your perception and appreciation, having a fresh sense of wonder, and vivid consciousness of the present, history, future, and count the passage of time differently. Your recognition of relationship connections changes and your priorities shift. You are fixated on the other person – seeing them in their rich diversity and essence and you define yourself in a new way.
Have you forsaken Jesus as your first love? (Revelation 2:4) Keep your love for Christ as fresh as when you first loved.
- We love Him, because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)
- Christ’s love has moved me to such extremes. His love has the first and last word in everything we do. (2Cor 5:14 Message )
- Jesus revelation to the church: But I have this [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love]. (Revelation 2:4 Amp)
- The Message is as true among you today as when you first heard it. It doesn’t diminish or weaken over time. It’s the same all over the world. The Message bears fruit and gets larger and stronger, just as it has in you. From the very first day you heard and recognized the truth of what God is doing, you’ve been hungry for more. It’s as vigorous in you now as when you learned it from our friend and close associate Epaphras. He is one reliable worker for Christ! I could always depend on him. He’s the one who told us how thoroughly love had been worked into your lives by the Spirit. (Colossians 1:5)
- If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end. Love never dies. (1 Corinthians 13:1-8 Message)
- So keep at your work, this faith and love rooted in Christ, exactly as I set it out for you. It’s as sound as the day you first heard it from me. Guard this precious thing placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works in us. (2 Timothy 1:13)
We invite Australia to focus on Jesus as our first love and not to be afraid to say ‘YES’ to Jesus and let Him have victory in every aspect of our hearts.
‘We have many doors in our heart-home and He stays within the confines of whatever boundary we allow Him.’ Sandy writes, ‘I was overwhelmed with His love, desire, and yearning to be allowed access into our lives. And then I saw the truth that He had been knocking on the doors of our families, homes, churches, denominations, schools, cities, states and countries. He has had this same quest throughout all history. He has wanted to find a resting place where He could swell in reciprocal love and be fully accepted and embraced.
But we set up our own boundaries for Him. And to some degree we have resisted Him, grieved Him, quenched Him, despised His voice, scorned His words, defamed Him and spoken evil of Him. His love is so deep, so passionate, so intense that no amount of rejection and suffering has kept Him from His quest. He has been relentless to find His resting place, where His fullness can dwell without restraints, without measure, with the fullest expression.’ Sandy Warner, Intercessors Arise p206-7
Do you love Jesus more and more?
There’s always more to him…
Sometimes we get stale with God because we have put our relationship, our communication with him into a format – a box that has quashed the Spirit and killed spontaneity, life and relevance.
Explore in the bible how often God invites us to seek him out – to purse him! There are many references to a hide and seek that is playful and enticing. God hides in order to be found. We have to want more before we will find more. We have to hunger for Him before He will satisfy. Our God offers us a relationship that begins now but will go on offering us eternal layers of wonder, joy and fulfillment.
- 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting to know Jesus more deeply. www.40daysofprayer.com.au
- Daily Readings to deepen your love of Jesus. Oswald Chambers (b.1874) My Utmost for His Highest www.utmost.org
- God Calling: Two anonymous listeners from the 1930’s www.twolisteners.org