WHY Did You Get Up This Morning?
Why did you get up this morning? I will tell you why:
So that by the grace and mercy of God you maybe have another day… and maybe not the entire day, but maybe a portion of it as another opportunity, maybe your last… to come to faith in His Son our Lord Jesus Christ as the way, the truth and the life.
Do you have any understanding from the repeated use of the word “maybe” how very temporary your life is? Let me give you an example from the Holy Bible (italic emphasis mine):
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. (James 4:13-14)
You might say, ‘Oh, OK… the Bible! A cobbled together bunch of ancient fables and other assorted hogwash. I don’t believe any of it.’
If that comment, or any comment like it, reflects what you believe about the Holy Bible, I can tell you with impunity that is because you have obviously never read it.
Read… really read… about the Holy Bible here.
If you are an intellectually honest person, you will now readily admit that the Holy Bible is ‘not a bunch of ancient fables and assorted hogwash’. If so, thank you… and let us go on: I knew there was something about you that I liked!
You might say, ‘Well, what about Jesus Christ? Do you really expect me to believe that He is all that He said He was? C’mon… He was just a man! How about a little reality here?’
OK, fair enough. Did you know that God provided literally hundreds of proofs in the Holy Bible regarding Jesus Christ to uniquely identify Him as the Messiah? You didn’t know that?
Read… really read… 365 prophecies regarding Jesus Christ as the Messiah here.
After reading the prophecies regarding Jesus Christ as the Messiah, I hope that you are, and will remain, impressed regarding one indisputable fact:
EVERY ONE OF THE 365 PROPHECIES HAS BEEN FULFILLED!!
By this time, you should be scratching your head and mumbling ‘Gosh, what are the chances of that??’ Indeed, my friend… except that it isn’t chance. God doesn’t do chance.
I can feel your resistance crumbling…do you have a lingering doubt? That is hard for me to understand, but it is OK, because there is more. Do you take comfort in probability? Does the rationality of mathematics appeal to you? Let me show you, with mathematics, the odds against anyone being able to fulfill all of the prophecies regarding Jesus Christ… it will literally astound you.
Read… really read… about the ‘impossible’ odds that Jesus Christ overcame to claim His titles as KING and LORD, SAVIOR and MESSIAH here.
Perhaps you are a person who loves a great story… are you a good listener? If you need a bit more convincing regarding Jesus Christ, here is a short, but compelling, sermon that you will enjoy from a man of God who knows how to get a point across… it is called ‘Who is this Man who Defies the Grave?’, and it explains clearly why Jesus Christ rightly lays claim to being who He said He was (please click the link below, then click the ‘Listen’ tab, and the sermon will play):
You have read enough… you have heard enough… you know that, in your heart, you are convicted that ‘Jesus Christ is LORD’. Do not be surprised at that… it is the soft, gentle prodding of the Holy Spirit, who has told you all that you need to know about He who came into the world to save the world, full of grace and truth. All that I have introduced you to today should leave you nodding in total agreement with this observation from C. S. Lewis, one of the greatest Christian writers:
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him [Jesus], ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things that Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic, on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg, or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher.” -Mere Christianity, pg. 52
Welcome to fellowship with the Savior of the world, my friend. If you have come to belief in Jesus Christ as the way, the truth and the life, the only way to salvation and eternal life, then you are marked and sealed this very second by the Holy Spirit against the day of judgment, as God’s treasured possession (italic emphasis mine):
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:13-14)
I knew that there was something I liked about you!!