John 17:24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
You cannot go to Christ minus God, you cannot go to God minus Christ.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
If you knew whether Jesus was black or white, would it change how you relate with Him? I always ask myself, during his time, there were writers, how is it that no one can give a clear answer about his race? Our relationship with God is spiritual, cannot be manipulated. No amount of research will connect you to God but a sincere heart. John 4:24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” All what was necessary for us to know was recorded. Those who wrote the scriptures, were inspired by the Holy Spirit . People who saw Jesus in his physical being could not connect to him. Even after seeing all the miracles the disciples continued to doubt. It’s the revelation of who Jesus is than the information we can gather about him that will sustain our relationship with Him.
No matter how gifted you are in preaching the Word if God, always remember that, it’s God who makes the ultimate transition to salvation. If a person can find salvation while drunk, through situations that God creates, that should humble us and reminds us that there is nothing we can do to make God relevant. He is self existing, the Omnipotent God.
When Jesus is the one making us to change, the worldly things that seem important, those that attracted us, becomes nothing. On our own we are only capable of destroying ourselves. If man could help themselves or could change on their, there was no need for Jesus Christ to die for us. Acts 9:3-9 As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one! Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink.
John 10:30 I and My Father are one.” The simple way of understanding the trinity, God, The Son, and the Holy Spirit as one, is to think of yourself. You are either a Father, Child, Brother, and Cousin in different circumstances but all refers to you.
Colossians 1:15-16 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see- such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.
Revelation 19:13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
Luke 24:13-16 Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. Every time you bring yourself close to Jesus, He brings himself closer to you. You draw yourself closer to a Him in prayer, scripture reading, and fellowship with other believers. Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”. Jesus is not imagined but revealed.
1 John 2:2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
As you leave on earth, it’s impossible not to fall to sin but Jesus Christ stands in the gap for us. Jesus know our weaknesses and ensures that that which we cannot stand is avoided. Luke 22:31-32 And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
Jesus promised that those that God directed to Him, he will not loose them. He intercedes on our behalf. The devil is roaring like a lion, looking for that time when you are weak so he can pounce. 1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.