Just as there are certain truths to know and agree with to be a doctor, or a police man, or a government official, so there are truths to know and agree with to be a Christian. You cannot claim to be a Christian and deny these truths. Jesus gives us several of these crucial truths in our passage.
There are certain essential doctrines that one must believe to be a true Christian. In the conversation with the rich young ruler, Jesus covers several of these essential doctrines. This is crucial for us to understand.
We live in a world that can easily leave us hopeless and full of
despair. However, when we look to Jesus we can find an enduring and
everlasting hope that can lift our hearts and protect us from the difficulties and trials of
"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,because he will save his people from their sins.” - Matthew 1:21
Jesus came on a rescue mission and He wants to make sure that you are part of the people He came to save.
Jesus asks the ultimate question. This is the question that everyone must answer and answer correctly to spend eternity in heaven.
Jesus goes against the religious system of His day. He makes it clear that a person cannot save himself by his own works and his own efforts. Salvation is God’s doing, not man’s doing. He demands that his disciples understand this.
The more we study Jesus, the more we love Him. He cares for both our physical needs and more importantly, our spiritual needs.
The nation of Israel had rejected Jesus, just as many people do today. The Lord is crystal clear in this passage, that anyone who rejects Jesus is vulnerable to a much worse spiritual condition.
It helps us in our spiritual walk when we understand who GOD truly is and how AWESOME He is in comparison to us as people. We must continually remember: He is BIG; we are small.
Pastor Jim shares the message at our Christmas Eve services. Merry Christmas