Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Would you die for a liar?

Guess what? Here in a couple weeks I will no longer be in my 20's. I will start headfirst into my 30's. A little weird, but I think I'm ok with it. Turning 30 this month I can't help but to think about how Jesus started His ministry at the age of 30, and he only ministered for 3 1/2 years. In December I will have been here at HBC 3 years. Let me tell you these last three years have flown by. While Jesus' ministry did not last long it impacted the whole world. While no one can deny Jesus lived here on the earth, some question whether he was who he said he was. Some think He was God in the flesh, some think he was just a good person and others think he was some kind of con-artist. When you boil it down people really have one of three views about Jesus. He was either God, a lunatic or a liar. You see you can't say Jesus was just a good man and bypass the fact he claimed to be God. Think about it! How many people do we call a good man that also claims to be God. It doesn't happen. We normally call them crazy! I think one of the best ways to see if Jesus was who he said he was, is to look at those who spent the most time with Him. Here are the names of the men Jesus spent his three and a half years with. These men knew him and were not willing to deny that Jesus was the Christ. Check this out!

Matthew as killed by the sword in Ethopia...Mark was dragged to death in Alexandria...Luke was hanged in Greece...John was boiled in oil and stranded at Patmos....Peter was crucified upside down in Rome...James was beheaded in Jerusalem...James was thrown from the wall in jerusalem and then clubbed to death...Bartholamew was flayed to death...Andrew wsa crucified...Thomas was speared in the east Indies...Jude was killed by arrows...Matthias wsa stoned and then beheaded... Barnabas was stoned to death...Paul was beheaded in Rome.

You see men and women have no interest in dying for liars, but men and women who lives have been changed because of what Christ has done in their lives will. Jesus was who he said he was. The Son of God, the I AM, The LAMP OF GOD, THE LORD OF LORDS, The KING OF KINGS! God bless!

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