Thursday, November 19, 2009

Christ's Work Today

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only tru God, and Jesus Christ, whom thu hast sent.” (John 17:3)

The letters WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) became popular a few years ago. (It may be grounded in the best seller by Charles Shelton, “In His Steps.”) I believe we need to concentrate on what He has done and what He has said in His word instead of trying to use reason and logic as to what He might do.

Lets understand what Jesus is doing today on our behalf and be challenged to accept our responsibilities in light of that work. We Have:

I. A Present Position.

He is our Chief Cornerstone. “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone.”(Eph.2:20)

II. A present Protector.

He is Our Shepherd. “ I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.” (Jn.10:14)

III. A Present Priest.

He Is Our High Priest, making intercession for us. (Heb.9:24) “ For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands.” (Rom 8:34)

IV. A Present Provider.

He Is The Vine. (Jn.15:1) He wants to live His life through us. We are the branches and he channels His energy through us to bear fruit. “Ye have not chosen me but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, He may give it you.” (Jn. 15:16)

NOTICE Three things that are vital to the Christian in this verse.
A. Go - Missions
B. Bring Forth Fruit - Soulwinning
C. Fruit Should Remain - Discipleship

The Lord gave these same instructions to Adam, Noah, & Abraham. Gen. 1:28; 17:6; 35:11; Matt.28:19,20