Bonners Ferry Baptist Church
What Will You Do With Jesus?
What Will You Do With Jesus?
I have no doubt that this is the most important question that you will ever answer. Some reading this may think that what I have just said is an overstatement. If that is your sentiment, let me encourage you to continue reading and to grant me the opportunity to convince you of the truth of the statement.
If Jesus were merely a religious figure head, a prophet, “a good teacher”, or just “a good man” then undoubtedly my above statement would be extreme. However, through his words and works he has declared himself to be far more. John 1:9 declares Jesus to be “the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” In John 8:12 and 9:5 Jesus declares himself to be “the Light of the World”. It is only in the Person of Jesus Christ and his words that a person can see himself truly, see God truly, and find the remedy for his great need, which is salvation from sin.
Please consider the following truths concerning who Jesus is and then consider what you must do with these truths.
1. Jesus is the Creator
The Lord Jesus Christ did not come into existence at his birth in a manger in Bethlehem. It was there, through the womb of a virgin, that he entered the world; the world that he created.
Genesis 1:1 states “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
John 1:1-3 states “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
Colossians 1:16 states “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: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
These, as well as numerous other passages of Scripture make it plain that Jesus Christ is our Creator God.
2. Jesus is the Christ
By this I am referring to the fact that Jesus is God who became man for the purpose of fulfilling the righteous demands of God’s law, and the promises given by his prophets of a coming Savior.
Jesus is the only begotten Son of God sent into this world to save us from our sins.
Consider the following verses of Scripture:
John 1:14 states “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.”
John 3:16-17 states “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
As a man, the Lord Jesus Christ lived a sinlessly perfect life, and then offered up that life as payment to God for the sins of the whole world.
Consider the following verses:
2 Corinthians 5:21
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
1 Peter 2:22
Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
1 John 3:5
And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
1 Peter 1:18-19
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
What an amazing thought! Our Creator became a man and fully paid for our sins by dying in our place and offering his own sinless blood. Even better is the fact that he raised from the dead and lives to guarantee his promise of forgiveness and eternal life when we place our faith in Him.
3. Jesus is the Counsellor (Mediator)
As mentioned above, Jesus did not remain in the grave but raised from the dead and ascended back to heaven where he is now seated at the right hand of God the Father.
1John 5:7 states “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
Romans 8:34 declares “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”
At this moment, the Lord Jesus Christ lives as the Mediator between God and men. The only way that a person can access God is through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Consider the following verses:
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
1 Timothy 2:5
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
1 John 2:1-2
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
Romans 3:23 states “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
Our sin makes us unfit to enter the presence of God. Through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ our sins are washed away, and his righteousness is given to us in place of our sin.
Revelation 1:5-6 declares “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”
The Lord Jesus lives today to save any one who will believe his word and simply call on him for salvation.
Romans 10:9-10, 13 promises “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
4. Jesus is the Conqueror
One might ask, what if a person chooses not to believe these things concerning Jesus Christ? This is a valid question with a clear answer. While Jesus is presently fulfilling his role as Mediator between God and men, one day this period of grace will come to an end and the Lord Jesus Christ will return as the conquering King.
Revelation 19:11-16 declares “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
When a person rejects the truth of Christ there is no other hope of salvation. The only thing to look forward to is the wrath and judgment of God.
Consider the following verses:
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
2 Thessalonians 1:7-9
And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
1 Timothy 2:3-4
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
God’s Word makes it abundantly clear that the Lord does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked, that he would have all men to be saved, and is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. The question is whether you will align your will with God’s. Through Jesus Christ, he has done everything necessary to pardon your sins and make you righteous. Your part is to believe him concerning your sinful condition, your just condemnation, and the righteousness obtained only in Jesus Christ. To believe on him is eternal life, to refuse him is eternal condemnation. The choice is yours. “What will you do with Jesus?” is the most important question you will ever answer, because your answer will determine how you will spend eternity.
If you have questions, please contact me. I can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at (208)267-3746.