Is it not tragic that the majority of the world is either ignorant of Jesus or else hates the very sound of His name?
We are reminded in the news daily of these expressions of hate the world has for Him. When First Baptist Church, Dallas, posted billboards saying “America is still a Christian nation” only to have the signs removed, by order of the mayor, we are reminded that while America may, in fact, be a Christian nation, according to 1 Corinthians 4:3-4, the devil has a chokehold on our nation — and the world.
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world (Satan) hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
I love to study about and preach Jesus. That is my life’s calling. He is the very epicenter of scripture. When He walked upon the earth, He was God incarnate in the flesh 2000 years ago. God came down and “tabernacled” among us. He is the second Person in the Godhead-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He was present with God in eternities past — He was there when God spoke the firmament, the earth and every living thing into existence. And He is seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven today. One day God will send Him back to snatch away all who have trusted in Him and take us back to the Father.
The Old Testament is replete with types or figures, which foretell Jesus. God told Moses in Numbers 21:;9 to make a brass snake, attach it to a pole, and if a serpent bit any of the Israelites who were in the wilderness in search of the promised land, all they had to do was look upon the brass snake and they would live. The Apostle John explains the application in John 3:14-15. “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so, must the son of man be lifted up. That whosoever believeth in him (Jesus) should not perish but have eternal life.”
Isaac was a picture of Christ; His birth was miraculous (Genesis 17:15-19) Isaac was Abraham’s “only begotten son, from whom would come to Israel.” (Hebrews 11:17) Isaac was offered up as a sacrifice to God (Genesis 22)
Christ’s birth was miraculous (virgin born). He is the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16), and He became our sacrifice as payment for sin. (John 3:16)
Jesus lived an absolutely perfect life. He committed no sin, had no evil thought, and was only interested in pleasing His Father. He did everything right — and everything He did was according to God’s perfect timing; He never once strayed from the will of His Heavenly Father; not even when He was bearing all the sin of all mankind on the cross.
But one thing which has really moved me about Jesus — and it has not been very long since this truth hit me — if one studies the seven last sayings on the cross, which Jesus uttered, they will find that one of those sayings had to do with His making sure he was leaving his mother in capable hands.
“When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.” John 19:26-27
There is no doubt this disciple “whom he loved” was none other than John. John was very close to the Savior. Jesus designated him to care for Mary because He knew she would be in good hands.
Why didn’t Jesus choose His own siblings to care for her? Because they were not believers in Him at the time. James, Jesus’s half-brother later saw the light and became a great leader in the Jerusalem church. But at the time of the crucifixion, Jesus was not going to leave his mother with non-believers.
That kind of comprehensive care Jesus expressed toward His mother is the same kind of attention and concern Jesus has for you today. You can trust Him. If you want to spend eternity with Him, you must trust him.
What’s not to love about the Savior of the World?
Paul Gauntt currently serves as the pastor of First Baptist Church of Palmer.