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04 Jesus

04 Jesus

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Published by: John S. Kodiyil on Jul 24, 2012
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This week's scriptures are on Jesus. Before I met Him, I had many thoughts onwho Jesus was. From Messiah to a long haired hippy, almost everyone I methad a take on Jesus.Now, to me, it does not matter who thinks what anymore, Jesus is who he isand it is upto you and I to choose where we stand on what He said. My job ispartly to make known and pass on information on Jesus as written in the Bible.To illustrate my point, I would like to paste a blog entry I made some yearsback around the time Pluto got demoted from being a planet. Here is areproduction of my blog."
My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us...
We are all familiar with this mnemonic for planets in the Solar system. SincePluto's demotion, I recently saw this - "My! Very educated morons just screwedup numerous planetariums. "My take on this is this: Humans, educated morons or not, came up with thisclassification system in the first place, and therefore inherently have the rightto change it as necessary.Sentimentalism is another thing, but that is not my point.Officially a "planet" is a celestial body that:1) is in orbit around a star or stellar remnants;2) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so thatit assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape;3) is not massive enough to initiate thermonuclear fusion of deuterium in itscore; and,4) has cleared the neighborhood around its orbit.Change any of these parameters, and the celestial body ceases to be classifiedas a planet.God has set down some parameters too. It is all in the Bible.Again, my take on this is that we, in our current state of existence, come toknow of him only after we are born (I mean physically) through some medium(books, audio, grandma, TV etc) or the other.When we do, if we choose to live according to God's parameters, then wequalify to receive what he has to give; both now and eternally, and I gladly addthat he is only too happy and willing to give to those who comply and ask.
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If we don't, then we get to live with and as others who don't; both now andeternally.The difference here is that God does not need to hold a referendum to adopt anew resolution because he has discovered something new, or because he nowhas a deeper revelation of something which he did not have before.The point to note here is that we are composed of materials that disintegrate if we choose to change the parameters set by our creator."-- -- --
So now the choice is ours.If you do not know Jesus, this chapter will introduce you to him. If you would liketo start your walk with him, I have drafted a personal invitation for you at theend of the chapter which you can send to Jesus. All instructions are included :)with love in J
John Kodiyil
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Two thousand years ago a man appeared on the scene of history. He was borninto the world and grew up into manhood just like every other person, but thisman was different to anyone else. He was no ordinary man.A virgin conceived by the Holy Spirit to bring Him to birth. He was God, Himself coming to the earth in human form. He was the "Son of God" (Luke 1:26-35).
"In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and theword was God... The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us. We haveseen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth" 
(John 1:1,14).
1. To Rescue Mankind From Satan's Power
"For the son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost" 
(Luke 19:10) Seealso Colossians 1:13.
2. To Give His Life As A Ransom to Buy Us Back
"...the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life asa ransom for many" 
(Matt 20:28).
3. To Destroy The Works Of Satan In Our Lives
"He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinningfrom the beginning.” "The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work" 
(1 Jn 3:8).
4. To Give Us Eternal Life
"And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in hisSon.He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not havelife" 
(1 Jn 5:11,12). See also John 3:16,17 and John 10:10
5. To Give Us New "Birth" Into The Family Of God
"Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave theright to become children of God - children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God" 
(John 1:12). See also 1John 3:1,2.
6. To Restore Our Fellowship With God The Father
We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may havefellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, JesusChrist" 
(1 Jn 1:3).
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