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Have You Talked To Jesus?

Have You Talked To Jesus?

Both Christians and Muslims believe that Jesus is alive in heaven.

He can see us. He can hear us.  He didn’t become blind or deaf after He went to heaven.

Have you ever talked to Jesus?

He was a great prophet; and He was also kind and loving and friendly and always willing to listen.

Are we “qualified” to talk to Him?

Jesus said, “I call you friends.”

Isn’t it so amazing how such a great and holy and perfect man can be humble enough to call us, friends, even though we are weak human beings?

If He said it, He meant it.  And He did not change His character after He went to heaven.

The question is: Are we willing to accept His friendship today?

Of course, by friendship I don’t mean, we can be disrespectful or treat Him lightly or dishonor Him.

By “friendship”, I mean giving Him the honor and respect and love and also having the special privilege of being able to talk with Him anytime!

Do you know you and I can do that today?

 

Jesus said, “Come to Me, all of you are tired and heavy-laden; and I will give you rest.”

What an invitation! This invitation is still valid. Jesus never cancelled His call.

This means, when you and I have difficulties and problems that seem hard to handle, we can come and talk to Him. and He will help us and He will give us peace and rest.

Whether you have worries or anxieties or burdens or hurts or sickness, you can talk to Jesus and tell Him about it! Jesus still has the power to heal as He did when He walked on the earth 2000 years ago.

 

How can we talk to Jesus?

Simply by being honest with Him. We can respectfully talk to Him, like we talk to an honored guest in our home.  He is in heaven and He can hear you. Imagine He is with you in your room; just talk to Him about whatever is in your heart. Example: If someone in your family is sick, tell Him. Ask Him to heal, just as He did before. He is still able to do miracles.

Only For Jews?

Only For Jews?

All muslims still mistakenly believe that the gospel was meant only for the Jews and Jesus came only for the Jews.

Let’s hear what Jesus Himself said:
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the WHOLE WORLD as a testimony to ALL nations, and then the end will come.” (Matt 24:14)

His last command to His disciples was:
“Go therefore and make disciples of ALL nations…” (Matt 28:19)

But didn’t Jesus say He came for the Jews?
Yes He did. In His limited 3 years of ministry His priority was the Jews first.  He came as the Jewish Messiah to save the Jews and offer salvation to the whole world.

The Bible is clear. It does not mean the Gentiles have no salvation because Jesus spoke to, healed and ministered to Gentiles too in his brief time on earth. In fact, there are only two times that Jesus praised the faith of individuals. Both were Gentiles!  he fed 4000 people That was in Gentile territory. He also heals a demon-possessed Gentile man and tells him to go home to his town and tell everyone about God.

Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too” (Romans 3:29). Jesus was the Jewish Messiah, but He had come to offer salvation to EVERYONE.
The disciples carried out Jesus’ instructions. In Acts 8, an Ethiopian man receives salvation and baptism. In Acts 10, a Roman centurion receives salvation and baptism.  According to tradition, Matthew travelled to Egypt, Simon to Syria, Thomas to India and so on.

700 years earlier Isaiah prophesied…The Messiah was to be a “light for the Gentiles” (Isaiah 42:6).

If the Messiah had nothing to do with Gentiles, this verse has no meaning.

You and I are Gentiles. But we have this assurance that we can call on Jesus, because “EVERYONE who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 16:31)

Who Is Speaking The Truth?

Who Is Speaking The Truth?

I can think of numerous sayings of Jesus and Muhammad that contradict each other. I’m sure if you study you’ll find many but here are just two to get us thinking about the differences in what Jesus said and what Muhammad said.

 

Jesus said that there is no marriage in heaven.

Muhammad said that in jannah all men will be married to virgins.

Both cannot be right. Who’s speaking the truth? And for what reason would the other one lie???

 

Jesus said that God is our Father and that we can have a relationship with God as His sons.

Muhammad said that God is not a father and we cannot have any relationship with him except as his slaves.

Both cannot be right. Who’s speaking the truth? And for what reason would the other one lie???

A Reading Problem?

A Reading Problem?

When Jesus asked a man, “WHY do you call Me good?”, He was asking “WHY”.

Somehow, many seem to misread it as Jesus saying, “I am not good.” Huh?

Jesus is very plainly asking the man a simple question, because the man addressed Him as “Good Teacher.”
Jesus was NOT saying that He wasn’t a good teacher.  He’s asking WHY.

Then, continuing the conversation, Jesus tells the same man, “Only God is good.”

But somehow, the same people misread it as, “I am not God.”

Don’t read something which is not there, my friends!

Can you follow the conversation and what Jesus is asking the man? Read the whole conversation in context in Mark 10.

Let me make it clear in simple English. Essentially, this is what Jesus was asking the man. “If you call Me good, and only God is good, does it mean you are calling Me God?”

You still don’t agree, do you?

Then look at this.

In John 10:11, Jesus says, “I AM the GOOD shepherd.” He says it again in verse 14. “I AM the GOOD Shepherd.”

Ooops.

Jesus just called Himself GOOD! And since we are clear that ONLY God is good, therefore, Jesus is saying He is God!
Moreover, in many places in the Old Testament, God YHWH is portrayed as a Shepherd! For example: Psalm 23:1..
“The LORD (Yahweh) is my Shepherd.”

so when jesus says, “I AM The Good Shepherd”, what is he saying?

Jesus is God in the flesh and He is good!

Now what?

So don’t ask where did Jesus say He is God in the Bible. If only you would take the time to actually read it.

Read About The Life of Jesus and Muhammad

Read About The Life of Jesus and Muhammad

Jesus and Muhammad had very different messages. You cannot claim to follow both because their messages were as different as North and South. Can you go in two opposite directions at the same time?

You have to choose one or the other. If you are sincere in knowing the right way and the real truth:

  • Read about the life of Jesus; his words, his works and his teachings.

AND

  • Read about the life of Muhammad; his words, his works and his teachings.

 

Then decide for YOURSELF who you must follow. God has given you a mind. Use it. Don’t let anyone make this decision for you. Not your parents. Not your family. Not your husband or wife. Not your imams or pastors or scholars. Not your Muslim friends or your Christian friends. And certainly not the internet.

YOU DECIDE FOR YOURSELF. And then follow faithfully for the rest of your life.

You can read about the life of Muhammad from the Hadith and Seera.

You can read about the life of Jesus in the Gospels recorded by the sahaba of Jesus: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John.

I can help you if you want, I will send to you a pocket-sized gospel booklet so you can read conveniently in your own time at home. I will pay for the cost of the book and the postage to send to you. My gift to you for free.  Just leave a comment and we can discuss further.

What Is Original Sin?

What Is Original Sin?

Muslims misunderstand what is meant by “original sin”. It does not mean that we have committed the sin of Adam! No, we are all guilty for our own sins!

When Adam and Eve, broke the only command that God gave them and DISOBEYED God, something happened. They were SEPARATED from God. That is why they were cast out from the Garden.  It was not just a physical separation from the garden but also a spiritual separation from a holy God. Man who had been created with a pure nature was now tainted with a corrupt nature as a result of his disobedience. Henceforth, every son of Adam, including you and I, inherit this sinful nature. This is what is meant by original sin.

If you disagree that everyone born of a man and woman is born with a sinful nature, then you are saying that it is possible for human beings to go though their entire life without sin!  Go ahead and try to find a single man or woman out of the 7 billion living today or who has lived in history who is perfectly sinless.  Who is the best person you know? Your father? Your mother? Your imam? Your pastor? Ask them if they have ever sinned.  Mother Theresa was probably one of the most amazing human being to have ever lived but yet even she would say that she is a sinner before a holy and righteous God.

No one escapes the clutches of sin because we all have such a nature from the day we are born. As long as we are born in this world as a son of Adam, we are born with such a nature.

Now listen to this! The only way out is for us to be “re-born” through a “new” Adam!

This sounds like crazy talk. But I can show you in the Bible this very thought.  Read 1 Corinthians 15:21 and 1 Corinthians 15: 45-49.

This new or last Adam refers to Jesus Christ!

If you read this remarkable passage you will see that where the first Adam failed because of disobedience, the last Adam, Jesus Christ, succeeded because of obedience.

Because of the first Adam we are born with a sinful nature. Now, because of the last Adam, we can be born with a new nature, just like the original nature that the first Adam possessed in the Garden at creation before he sinned!

Jesus came to “reboot”, “re-start”, renew what Adam lost. Jesus restores again the kingdom of God by opening the door for us to have a new nature. If we choose to.  He never forces us.

 

This is why 2 Corinthians 5:17 declares: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

You and I, we have a choice.

We can continue in our old “default mode” as sons of Adam with a sinful nature, from the day we are born until the day we die, and then be cast out from God’s presence.

Or…….

We can ask Jesus to do a Ctrl-Alt-Del to “reboot” our lives right now with a brand new nature and spirit.

Have You Ever Asked This Question?

Have You Ever Asked This Question?

Every Muslims favorite question:

“If Jesus is God, show me where does Jesus specifically unequivocally says it?

I was reading from Matthew 4, when it suddenly hit me why all Muslims are taught to ask this question.

 

In this Gospel passage, satan repeatedly challenges Jesus, in this manner, “If you are the Son of God….” then do this…!

When Muslims pose this question, “If Jesus is God…”  to Christians, they are throwing at the followers of Christ, the same challenge that satan threw at Christ!

 

In fact, if you look closely at this question, you’ll realize this was satan’s modus operandi all along, right from the time of Adam and Eve.

Do you recall satan’s words to Eve? He challenged the words of God like this, “Is it really true that God said…” (Genesis 3:1 NET), Satan is challenging God, challenging the Word of God.

 

Do you realize that during the crucifixion of Jesus, satan was there too? How do I know?

Look at Matthew 27:39-43.  Many people, the chief priests, scribes and elders mocked and derided Jesus saying, “If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

It’s the same satanic strategy of challenging Jesus’ divinity!

At the cross, satan used people, even the religious authorities, to challenge Jesus’ divinity. Today satan still uses people, 1 billion muslims, to ask this same question…”If Jesus is God…”

 

Wake up O ye muslims!  Open your eyes and your heart! Don’t fall into satan’s trap! Satan has you right where he wants you! Enslaved and doing his work for him!

Just as satan challenged Christ then, the followers of satan challenge the followers of Christ today.

What Did Jesus Say About Himself?

What Did Jesus Say About Himself?

Muslims always ask where in the Bible does Jesus claim to be God.

If you actually read the Bible, you will see plenty of evidence of who Jesus really is.

For example, do you know who sends prophets?

Of course. God alone.

Yet, in Matthew 23:34, Jesus says: “Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes….”

Jesus has the divine power and authority to send prophets.

Jesus also made this promise. “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” (Matthew 18:20)

How can Jesus be everywhere that his followers, throughout the ages, are gathered, all over the world, unless he is omnipresent? Sure, because only God is omnipresent.
What will happen at the second coming of Jesus?
In Jesus own words… “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.(Matthew 24:30-31)

Did you get that?
Christ will return as the eternal ruler of God’s kingdom.

Did you notice who will send the angels? And who the angels belong to? And what will the angels do?
HE, The Son of Man, will send HIS angels and they will gather HIS elect (chosen ones).

Do you ask yourself why people will mourn when they see Him?
Could it be because of the coming judgement and in regret because they never knew who Jesus really was?
Who will be the Ultimate Judge on Judgement day?

Jesus says, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. (Matthew 25:31-33)

Who sits on the glorious throne? Jesus. ALL THE NATIONS will be gathered before HIM.
And who will give out the rewards on Judgement day and allow entry into heaven?

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. (Matthew 25:34)
Who has the power to send people to hell?

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. (Matthew 25:41)

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The Last One Sent

The Last One Sent

In Mark 12:1-12, Jesus teaches about the Parable of the Tenants.
Please read this passage and think carefully about what Jesus is saying.

This is the story of a man who plants a vineyard and then rents it out to some farmers/tenants.
Later on the man sends his servants one by one to collect the harvest. But they are all beaten or treated shamefully or killed.

What does this story really mean?

The man in the story represents God.  The servants represents His prophets that He sent.  They were abused, shamed and killed by those very people He sent them to.

So what did the man do? Let’s look at the following 3 verses:

Verse 6: He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all saying, “They will respect my son.”

Verse 7: But the tenants said to one another, “This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and the inheritance will be ours.”

Verse 8: So they took him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard.

(bold emphasis mine)
What do we learn from Jesus’ parable? Three truths.

1. After sending all the prophets, God sent His Son, Jesus, last of all.
2. No other servant or messenger was sent after Him
3. The Son was killed

[You can read the rest of the parable Mark 12:1-12 to see what God does next.]

 

“Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.”

(Hebrews 1:1-3)

The Prophet That Moses Wrote About

The Prophet That Moses Wrote About

Moses recorded what God said.

“I (God) will raise up for them (Israelites) a prophet like you (Moses) from among their brothers (the 12 tribes of Israel). And I will put my words in his mouth, and he (the prophet) shall speak to them (Israelites) all that I command him.” (Deuteronomy 18:18; words in parentheses mine)

WHO IS THIS PROPHET MOSES WROTE ABOUT?

Jesus said: “If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say.”(John 5:46-47)

HE WROTE ABOUT ME!

Jesus Himself is declaring and admitting that Moses wrote about him!

 

In fact all the prophets wrote about Jesus.

“Then Jesus took them (disciples) through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” (Luke 24:27)

 

Jesus is the ONE. Jesus is the Way and the Truth and the Life.

So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I AM HE and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. (John 8:28)

If you do not believe that Jesus is who He claims to be, this is what will happen to you…..

Jesus continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You belong to this world; I do not. That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I AM who I claim to be, you will die in your sins.” (John 8:23-24)