Why We Love Jesus

John 1:1-14 (KJV)1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

If you ask a Christian why they LOVE Jesus Christ, each person will probably have a different answer. For instance, if you asked Peter the Chief Apostle why he loved Jesushe would tell you:

1 Peter 1:3-5 (KJV) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Peter loved Jesus because our Lord conquered death, and promises that we shall conquer death in Him. Peter loved Jesus because he was kept in a sure salvation. As Peter often misstepped and messed up (and who of us doesn’t) I can say that’s one of the reasons I love Jesus. He gave me a better life NOW and assures me of a GREAT LIFE LATER.

If you asked John Mark why he loved Jesus he would probably tell you that it was because he was saved through the testimonies of Peter and Paul.There is no Biblical evidence that the Mark who wrote the Gospel of Mark walked with Jesus while our Lord was on the earth. But Mark was an Evangelist touched by the Spirit of God. He was one of us of whom Jesus spoke when He told Thomas:

John 20:29 (KJV) ….Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

John Mark – like many of us – failed the Lord at one time. When Paul and Barnabas went to Pamphylia John Mark refused to go with them (see Acts 15:36-41). Because of that Paul didn’t want to team up with Mark anymore, and Mark began to accompany Barnabas while Paul went with Silas. Our God is the God if second chances, the Lord Who can turn a MESS into a MESSAGE. He gave Mark a second chance, and used John Mark to not only spread the Gospel of Christ but also to write the Gospel of Mark.

I must hurry.

Why did MatthewLOVE Jesus so? Because Matthew was a sinner – a tax collectorwho had betrayed his people. Matthew left his crooked ways to follow Jesus, the One he was sure was the Messiah promised of God.

There are a lot of reasons to love Jesus. If you were to ask John why he loved Jesus he would tell you that:

God spoke from eternity,
And the Sound God made was Jesus.

When you speak several things happen at the same time. You first of all form the THOUGHT to speak. You decide you want to say something. It comes from your mind. Then you flex your vocal cords, exhale, and form words with your mouth. What YOU say comes from YOU. You cannot say what I’m thinking unless I say it FIRST and then you repeat it after me. Let’s try it.

What am I thinking now?
Say what I’m thinking.
You can’t – it’s impossible.
MY words come from ME.
Jesus is God’s Word.

We Love Jesus Because We Were Created To Love Jesus

John 1:1 (KJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

When John speaks of Jesus he says that He was “In the beginning”. John takes us to the first line of the Bible that says:

Genesis 1:1 (KJV) In the beginning Godcreated the heaven and the earth.

When God spoke “in the beginning”creating all things it was through Christ He spoke. The writer of Hebrews said:

Hebrews 1:1-2 (KJV) God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds…

Jesus is The WORD of God by Whom God made the worlds. This is the Word Who was WITH GOD. The Apostle says:

Colossians 1:15-16 (KJV) Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth,visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

This Jesus – the Word of God – is no mere Rabbi. He is the image of God, the manifest image. If you want to see God you must look to Him. He is the Creator of all things, and all things were created BY Him and FOR Him. He is the One that Adam walked with in the Garden of Eden. And when Adam fell it was Jesus Who promised as the seed of the woman to one day crush Satan’s head (Genesis 3:15).

John 1:2-3 (KJV) The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

If Jesus was the One through Whom God made all things this makes Him very exclusive. Not inclusive, but exclusive. “Without Him was not anything made that was made”. Jesus was involved in the biggest to the smallest of everything made. He brought the animals to Adam so Adam could name them – but Jesus made them. Jesus’ fingerprints are on every aspect of creation, from the stars above to the tiny hummingbird.

Jesus made the world. Jesus gave the world to Adam. Adam disobeyed Jesus, and gave the world to the devil. But Jesus came to redeem the world. He wanted what was rightfully His returned to Himself. But only He could do this. We were made by Jesus to walk with Jesus. Only when we do so are we in a Paradise.

We Love Jesus Because He Is Life And Light

John 1:4-5 (KJV) In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

Jesus came to a world that should have known Him. He introduced Himself as the source of LIFE and LIGHT. Jesus told us:

Matthew 10:39 (KJV)  He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

When I was younger I used to hear people would take off and wander in order to “find themselves”. Young people would leave high school and home and wander through the world “looking for myself”. Jesus said “If you find your life apart from Meyou will lose your life. There is no life apart from Me.”Jesus is the only Source of life.

Matthew 19:29 (KJV)  And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall RECEIVE AN HUNDREDFOLD, AND SHALL INHERIT EVERLASTING LIFE.

Life is in Jesus.
Joyous life is in Jesus.
Happy life is in Jesus.

Consider the Pharisees. They sought life OUTSIDE of Jesus. They looked to ritual, to clothing, to good works done to be seen of men. They did not understand that life was in Jesus. He kept telling them, but they kept ignoring Him. John Mark the Evangelist tells us of the time Jesus met a man with a withered hand.

Mark 3:1-2 (KJV) {Jesus}entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand.  [2]  And{the Pharisees}watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.

This man had been going to Church regularly. He was in the Synagogue, which is the Jewish Church. This man came to Church because his hand was withered. He couldn’t work. He couldn’t do what he needed to do with that useless hand. So he came to Church looking for help.What did the man with the withered hand find at the First Pharisee Church? He found people watching him, but not helping him. He found judges but not helpers. In fact, the Pharisees watched Jesus to see if He might heal this poor man on the Sabbath day. They saw the Sabbath Day as a ritual, not as a time when people came together to worship the Lord.

Did you come tonight to worship Jesus or to just come and occupy space?
If you’re here you should want to enable Jesus.
You should be praying that Jesus will manifest Himself and heal others.
You should be praying that someone finds life in Christ.

We come to Church to see Jesus. We study our Bibles to see Jesus. The Pharisees were in Church just to judge, to find fault. God help us when we are Pharisees!

Mark 3:3 (KJV) {Jesus} saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.

Jesus called to the man with death in his body. Stand forth. Stand up. Let Me deal with your deadness.”At that point the man had a choice. He could let the Pharisees influence him and ignore Jesus … or he could do as Jesus commanded. This is the way of salvation. When God calls, we must move. When Jesus says “Follow Me”we must ignore all else and follow Him. When Jesus says “Stand up and come to Me”we must do this. The CHRISTian way is first of all CHRIST. Do as He says.

Mark 3:4 (KJV) {Jesus} saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.

The darkness has no reply to the Light that is Christ, and death cannot ever understand Life. They could not openly dispute Jesus for they knew their argument was foolish. If Christ could heal, then Life was in Christ and God was His Father.

Mark 3:5-6 (KJV)  And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.  [6]  And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.

The answer of the world is to kill the Light that is Christ, to destroy Him, and to offer no hope for anyone. The darkness hardens the heart of those who embrace it. But Jesus is life. He is light. He is able. He brings life where all others bring condemnation and death.

We Love Jesus Because John The Baptist Endorsed Him

John 1:6-9 (KJV) There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

In the Old Testament God promised that He would send a Herald before the Messiah, the Greatest of all Prophets.

Isaiah 40:3-5 (KJV)  Thevoice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  [4]  Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:  [5]  And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

Malachi 3:1 (KJV)  Behold,I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

John the Baptist was this Messenger. He would “clear the way of the Lord”. The Bible tells us through Matthew:

Matthew 3:1-3 (KJV)  In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,  [2]  And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  [3]  For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet {Isaiah}, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

When John preached, he preached of One Who was greater than he was.

Matthew 3:11-12 (KJV)  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy {Spirit}, and with fire:  [12]  Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

John preached Christ as He is. He is LORD. He is JUDGE. He is JURY. Jesus would baptize the faithful who followed Him with the Holy Spirit and with a fire in their souls. But those who reject Christ shall be burnt as chaff with unquenchable fire. Christ has the keys to death and hell. He gives life, and gives light. But He separates those who reject Him into eternal damnation. John witnessed that he was not the Christ, but that Jesus was coming. On the day that Christ came to John’s camp meeting he declared:

John 1:29 (KJV) …Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

John saw Jesus as THE Lamb of God. Not “One of His Lambs” but “THE LAMB”. John preached an exclusive Jesus Who came to save whosoever will.Not everyone is saved because not everyone believes in Christ. But John believed in Christ, and taught that those who believed in Him would be saved and anointed of God. The Bible says in Hebrews:

Hebrews 4:2-3 (KJV)  For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.  [3]  For we which have believed do enter into rest,…

John preached Christ as the Only Lamb of God, and asked his hearers to believe this. When we believed Him and received Him we were blessed by Him.

We Love Jesus Because He Gives Us New Life

John 1:9-13 (KJV) {Jesus} was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Christ must be received as He is in order to receive the benefits He offers. The world does not receive Christ’s benefit because He was in the world and the world was made by Him, but the world does not know Him. The Bible declares:

2 Corinthians 5:15 (KJV)  …{Christ}died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

Receiving Christ makes a change in our lives, a change for the better. We become Sons of Godbecause of Him. We live like we are God’s offspring. We love life, we love one another, and we love the Lord. Sons of God are born into the Kingdom of God. As Jesus told Nicodemus:

You must be BORN AGAIN.

Born not of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of the will of God. When we receive Christ Christ gives us life. He offers this life to whosoever will.

John 1:14 (KJV) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Christ was made flesh so that we could be made Sons.
The Eternal Christ was made flesh and dwelt amongst us because He loves us.
He took upon Himself our flesh and, dying once, defeated death.
So that in Him we can have eternal life both now, and into eternity.

May God touch your hearts with His Word.

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A searching Pastor, I am looking for a people who love the Lord and love one another. Daily I pray for the Church. Most of what the world sees today is not the Church, but clubs pretending to be the Church. God is calling to Himself a people willing to be righteous, not self righteous, serving not served. I am called to pastor God's people, those who want to change the world by willingly and willfully following Jesus Christ. Only God is able to change the world, and we must follow His Christ. He is able! Praise His Name! Come quickly Lord Jesus!
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