Particular: Just the Facts

Particular

Let’s be candid.  Let’s be honest.  Let’s be specific.

I know lots of good folks who say they “know” Jesus. There is a kind of “oh yeah, been there done that” to the way it comes across.  But I remember one story where Jesus was talking to the leaders of Israel, who themselves thought they knew God better than anyone else on the planet.  When Jesus confronted them with this statement, they went ballistic on Him.

John 8:32
And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.

So, I guess the question today, from me to you, is:     “How well do you know Jesus?”

If it causes you pause, if it challenges you a bit, I’m also offering this helpful list of “FACTS” or “Truth about Jesus.” I’m doing it to stimulate you once again to not just know about Him… but to know Him.  Personally engage with the Master of the Universe, and discover something new.  So go get your Bible and sit for a few minutes with the Truth.

Are you ready?

Here we go…

  1. Jesus Was Not Created … Micah 5:2
  2. Jesus Has Never Changed … Hebrews 13:8
  3. Jesus is both God and Man … John 1:1
  4. Jesus Abides Forever … Hebrews 7:24
  5. Jesus is The Creator of Everything … Colossians 1:16
  6. Jesus is All-Powerful … Matthew 28:18
  7. Jesus is All-Knowing … Colossians 2:3
  8. Jesus Came to Die and Destroy Satan’s Power … Hebrews 2:14
  9. Jesus is Holy … Luke 1:35
  10. Jesus is Righteous … Isaiah 53:11
  11. Jesus is Just … Zechariah 9:9
  12. Jesus Had No Deceit … 1 Peter 2:22
  13. Jesus is Sinless … 2 Corinthians 5:21
  14. Jesus is Pure … 1 Peter 1:19
  15. Jesus is the Rock … 1 Corinthians 10:4
  16. Jesus is Gentle … Matthew 11:29
  17. Jesus is Omnipresent … Matthew 18:20; 28:20
  18. Jesus Resurrects … John 5:39; 6:40, 44, 54; 11:25-26
  19. Jesus is Acknowledged by Demons … Mark 5:2,6
  20. Jesus is Worshipped by Man … John 9:38
  21. Jesus is Worshipped by Angels … Hebrews 1:6
  22. Jesus Receives Worship by His Disciples … Luke 24:52
  23. Jesus is Honored the Same as the Father … John 5:23
  24. Jesus Will Receive Worship from Everyone … Philippians 2:10-11
  25. Jesus is Human … 1 Timothy 2:5
  26. Jesus Was Conceived by the Holy Spirit … Luke 1:34-35
  27. Jesus Took On Man’s Body … Hebrews 2:9-18
  28. Jesus Humbled Himself … Philippians 2:8
  29. Jesus Was Subject To Human Emotions … Hebrews 5:7
  30. Jesus Died and Rose Again … 1 Thessalonians 4:14
  31. Jesus Blood Brings Reconciliation With God … Ephesians 2:13-16
  32. Jesus Blood Brings Redemption for Lost Man … Romans 3:24-25
  33. Jesus Blood Allows Man To Be Justified before God … Romans 5:9
  34. Jesus Blood Sanctifies Man … Hebrews 10:29
  35. Jesus Blood Brings Eternal Life … John 6:53-56
  36. Jesus is the Bread of Life … John 6:25-59
  37. Jesus Forgives Sins, Matt. 9:1-7 … Luke 5:20; 7:48
  38. Jesus Will Bring in Everlasting Righteousness … Daniel 9:24
  39. Jesus Will Destroy The Works of Satan … 1 John 3:8
  40. Jesus Fulfilled the Old Testament … Matthew 5:17
  41. Jesus Judges … John 5:22, 27
  42. Jesus Is Our High Priest … 1 John 2:1
  43. Jesus is the Light of the World … John 8:12
  44. Jesus Sent The Holy Spirit To Us … John 15:26
  45. Jesus Will Take His People To Heaven … John 14:3
  46. Jesus Will Return To The Earth After The Tribulation … Matthew 24:29
  47. Jesus Will Return To The Earth In Power & Glory … Matthew 24:30
  48. Jesus Will Complete Revelation … Hebrews 1:1
  49. Jesus Will Never Send You Away If You Come To Him | John 6:37
  50. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life | John 14:6

And this is just the short list…

There’s so much more!

Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!

Particular

 

Knowing and Not Knowing

Daily Post: Hidden

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I’ve always loved mazes, optical illusions, and jigsaw puzzles.  These devices challenge my mind to think creatively for solutions using visual keys.  Apparently the latest “thing” from education to advertising is something called the “wordle.”  Along with pimping up our vehicles or FB profiles, text now takes on a different image.  It’s no longer a monotone black and white world of words.  Today it’s horizontal, colorful, and mildly entertaining to discover what’s hidden in the wordle text images, as seen in the one above.  In the educational world, teachers have learned the pedagogic value of wordles, useful as a text analysis tool, using these images in speaking or creative writing. We’ve come a long way from paintings on the walls of caves.

Wandering through the mazes of popular opinion, conventional wisdom, or long-held traditional spiritual beliefs, often cause a person to be confused or frustrated by a perceived “hidden” message.  Looking at the image above, for example, the largest words are: “like, king, thousand, now,” and “hundred.”  But what does that mean?  What’s the significance?  The other 50-70(?) words surrounding these surely have significance, but how would anyone know the order of things, or be capable of making sense out of them?  It becomes a very subjective experience, which may be great to teach creative thinking, but eliminates all possibility of an absolute interpretation.

Therein lies the universal problem in approaching the Word of God as though it were just some cosmic wordle.  The ancient world, along with many men and women today, while ignoring the veracity of God’s word, have relegated Scripture to the shelves containing fairy tales, myths, and other entertainment fiction.   Here’s the crux of the issue.  Why not consider the Bible today as accurately transmitted down through the ages, in the same way that scholars consider Homer’s Iliad,  Sophocles’ Tragedies, Herodotus’ History, Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, Palto’s Tetralogies, or Demosthenes’ Speeches?  Why? Because the “truth” of the Bible seems still “hidden” to the men and women who make such decisions.  For details on this issue see CRI-The Biographical Test Updated.  If you are interested in such things, you might also find these 25 facts about the Dead Sea Scrolls interesting.

Like the Dead Sea Scrolls, hidden in caves for hundreds of years, the word of God still seems hidden or undiscoverable to the minds of many around the world.  This is due to many factors, but the one that sticks out for me is the simple word “Truth.”  In order to find truth one has to be willing to submit to the premise that there is such a thing as absolute truth.  Not subjective truth, as though looking at a wordle and perpetrating some explanation for the whole based solely on what you see or perceive.  No, not subjective truth, but objective truth, accepting without feelings, ideas, or opinions that one can know absolute truth.

Only when a person casts aside their own preconceived notions will they be able to come close to hearing the words of Jesus in the manner they are intended.

John 8:32
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

It follows then that if someone is still subjectively seeing God’s Word, as only some confusing “wordle,” it is because something is blinding them to the truth.  What could that possibly be?

Paul speaks clearly to this issue.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Objective truth?  Or wordle?

You have to decide for yourself.

Trust me, it’s right there in black and white!

 

 

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