Sunday, January 6, 2013

This Man Stands Before You Healed By The Name Of Jesus Christ Of Nazareth

It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.
Acts 4:10

What? It is by the name of someone who was killed like a common criminal, no actually, like a heinous criminal with capital punishment, like death by an electric chair or hanging as a modern day equivalent, that this crippled man regained the strength and ability to stand up again?

Yes, exactly.

But more than that, there's no one else on the face of the earth by whom you can be saved, apart from Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who was killed with that kind of capital punishment but God raised from the dead.

No, I can't save myself from the damnation of hell, and no, you can't save yourself from the damnation of hell, either.

No, Buddha cannot save you from the damnation of hell, because he himself needs to be saved from his own sins.

No, Muhammad cannot save you from the damnation of hell, because he himself needs to be saved from his own sins.

No, no so-called gods cannot save you from the damnation of hell, because there are no "gods" per se. There is only one God according to Jesus.

How arrogant of you to say that! How arrogant of you to say that there is only one person on the face of the earth by whom we can be saved from sins, death and punishment and get to heaven! How arrogant of Jesus to say that!

Well, it would be very arrogant of him like you said if he was a mere man. That's why it is very humble of us who are human-beings to say that "I am no god." But curiously, Jesus said "I am God."

And that person was a person who died by crucifixion?!
How am I supposed to believe such a thing?

Well, I did not write the Bible. I did not write these truths.
Well, don't argue with me, argue with God, or argue with the Bible, the Word of God!

These truths are something I need to wrestle with everyday myself as well.

I love people. I love everyone on the face of the earth. Well, I would like to develop that kind of unconditional love for everyone on the face of the earth, regardless of their race, culture, geographic location or language.

But my love must be based upon the Truth, not lies!
My love must be truthful, not just mushy feelings.

So I dare say, be healed in the name of Jesus!
Be saved by Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

How can I be saved?

When the jailer who jailed the followers of Jesus witnessed a miracle happening to them, and he was at the brink of death because he almost let them escape due to the miracle performed for them. The jailer almost committed suicide, but Paul, one of the students of Jesus, shouted to him, "Don't harm yourself! We are all here!"

He (the jailer) then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household."
Acts 16:29-31

1 comment:

  1. If we compromise we become compromised. Good post!

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