TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, March 20, 2019:
The Son of God; a member of the Trinity: The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
No man ever spoke like this Man!
And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority and not as scribes.
Jesus said, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
There is a crucial question we all have to answer. It is the question Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”
Jesus encountered a wealthy man who called Him “Good Teacher.” The young man was right, for Jesus is both good, completely perfect, and the Teacher. He is the only One who can make this claim.
In this devotional today we want you to see and understand who Jesus is. Jesus is not just a good man or a good teacher. He is the Son of God. He was sent to this earth by God to pay the penalty for our sins. Because we are all sinners we must pay a penalty for our sins and God sent His Son to pay our penalty. He truly is our Savior, our Lord and our salvation. Make sure you know Him personally and after you have asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins develop your relationship with Him.
At the end of the third year of Jesus’ ministry here on earth, the chief priests and Pharisees sent their soldiers to arrest Jesus. When they found Him, He was teaching and they heard Him speaking and left without arresting him and returned empty handed. They had been emotionally, morally and spiritually stunned and reported to the chief priests and Pharisees (verse above) that no man ever spoke like this man.
Jesus, while on this earth, possessed qualities of moral integrity and divine righteousness that marked Him as being different than all men. His claims went far beyond the claims of any rabbi. His teachings were alive with the power of truth and godliness. His compassion for the fallen was genuine and His understanding of the Law astonished all that heard Him.
He was a man, but He alone possessed and displayed the God given credentials of the promised Messiah. Jesus fulfilled all the Old Testament prophesies concerning the Messiah and they were fulfilled literally and exactly as written in the Old Testament. He was the Messiah and He had come into the world for a purpose. Jesus came to do the will of His father. Jesus said, “For I did not speak of My own accord, but the Father who sent Me commanded Me what to say and how to say it.” John 12:49.
Certainly, Jesus was not an ordinary man. No man has done the miracles He has done and no man has made a greater impact on the world. Jesus was unique as a man here on earth.
Jesus was unique in His mission. He knew His mission. He was sent into the world to do what no one else could do. He came to die for sinful man, every man, woman and child that ever lived, so that they might be reconciled to God and have eternal life. In John 10:14-15, Jesus stated His mission: “I am the good Shepherd and I lay down My life for the sheep.”
The writer of Hebrews in the first chapter verses 1-13 clearly states that Jesus was spoken of by the prophets and was above the angels. He would be worshipped by all and would sit at the right hand of God in heaven for eternity.
Jesus was unique in His birth, in His ministry, in His death, in His resurrection and will be unique in His second coming to this world. Do you know this man they call Jesus. He is knocking on the door of your heart now asking you to accept Him as your Lord and Savior. Now is the time for your salvation, tomorrow may be too late.
If you are asked, “WHO DO YOU SAY JESUS IS?” could you say, “JESUS IS MY SAVIOR!”
Our memory verse for this week is found in I John 1:3.
That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
Thank You, dear God, for sending Your Son Jesus to this earth to pay the penalty for my sins on the cross at Calvary. Thank You, Lord Jesus for being my Savior.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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