Tag Archive | personal relationship with Jesus Christ

Matthew 24: 4-5 ” Jesus answered: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, claiming, I am the Christ, and will deceive many.’ “

Elsewhere in Mark 13:6-7,  Jesus told His disciples, “Watch out that no one deceives you.  Many will come in My name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many.”  Now if you’re like me the idea of being deceived by someone attempting to take the place of Jesus…claiming to be His counterpart yet actually being His antithesis is hard to imagine.  But yet Jesus tells us in Matthew 24:24, “For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect – if that were possible.”  And according to I John 2:18 they exist and are among us right now, for it reads, “Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many Antichrists have come…”  So how can we heed this warning from Jesus not to be deceived?  The first thing is to know the truth…the Word of God,  so when we hear lies or warped, twisted truths we will recognize them immediately.  The other is to listen carefully… “If there is denial that Jesus is the Christ from such a man, he is the Antichrist – for he denies the Father and the Son.  No one who denies the Son has the Father; for whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.” (I John 2:22-23)

Ezekiel 33:7 ” Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from Me.”

It was not unusual for God to speak to Old Testament prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, or Ezekiel… by beginning His warning with, ” Stand up and speak to the people.”  That’s what the job of the watchmen was all about…to keep guard and then to lift their voices when danger approached.  Fast forward to today.  As a follower of Christ, do you realize you too are a watchman to this broken world?  The Lord has called you to stand up and speak to the lost, warning them of the impending danger if they continue to ignore Jesus Christ and the gift of salvation.

Revelation 5: 1-3 ” Then I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?’ But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it.”

The angel was asking, who is worthy?  Who is deserving enough, with the power and capability to loosen the seals of the scroll?  And it says… there was no one.  Certainly it couldn’t be sinful man, for like Isaiah when he saw the Lord, we’d all have to exclaim, “Woe to me! I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips.”  But there is One that is worthy of opening the scroll. Only one that lived a perfect and sinless life here on earth.  His name is Jesus Christ, the Worthy One.

Jeremiah 31:31 ” The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.”

It goes on to say in verses 33 and 34, “I will put My law in their minds and write it on their hearts.  No longer will a man say to another, Know the Lord…because they will all know Me.”   This new covenant  is the everlasting and eternal covenant of peace, given to us by the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, if we will but trust in Him.  And when we do…we will truly know  Him with a individual and personal relationship…not settling for just being told about Jesus, but experiencing Him for ourselves.