"Who do you say I am?"

– Jesus Christ

Jesus, also known as Jesus Christ, was born in Bethlehem, a small Jewish town, around 6-4 BCE. When he was about 30 years of age, he began publicly teaching about the Kingdom of God, performing many miraculous signs. He gave sight to the blind and raised the dead back to life. Jesus also claimed to be God. Some people find this claim very contentious!

Who is Jesus?

Could Jesus really be God?

The great English writer C. S. Lewis says in his book, Mere Christianity:

“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 up with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that option open to us. He did not intend to.”

Not only did Jesus claim to be God, but he also claimed to be the only way to God:

“Jesus told him [Thomas], “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
John 14:6 (NLT)

How Does Jesus' Claims Affect Us?

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For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.  Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he makes sinners right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.
Romans 3:23-26 (NLT)

How is Jesus relevant to us today?

Numerous people have shared about how Jesus has transformed their lives completely after they decided to place their trust in Him and follow Him. Have a listen to the following story.

How can I respond to Jesus?

Responding to Jesus is as simple. We simply need to tell Him that we trust Him and accept His gift of love and forgiveness. And we can be assured that Jesus listens!

You can use these words as simple prayer to Jesus, and ask Him to be your Saviour and Lord today.

“Lord Jesus, thank You for loving me and dying for me on the cross. Your precious blood washes me clean of every sin. You are my Lord and Saviour, now and forever. I believe that You rose from the dead and that You are alive today. Because of Your finished work, I am now a beloved child of God and heaven is my home. Thank You for giving me eternal life and filling my heart with Your peace and joy. Amen.”

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Daily Devo

Daily Devotional Journal

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
Tue, 16 August 2022

Our Primary Concern in Suffering


What is Paul’s concern for the Thessalonians in his praying for them?

Deeper Reflection
WHAT DO WE ASK GOD FOR IN PRAYER WHEN WE ARE undergoing suffering? For many of us, what immediately comes to our mind is that God will deliver us from the suffering. It is not wrong, except that, that tends to be our primary concern.In Acts 12, when Peter “was kept in prison”, the church prayed fervently to God for him (Acts 12:5). God answered their prayer almost immediately: “On the very night when Herod…” (Acts 12:6). When God had already answered their prayer (Acts 12:6-11), the church was still “praying” for Peter (Acts 12:12). And it is very strange that when Rhoda reported that Peter was at the door, the church’s response was “You are out of your mind!” (Acts 12:13-15a); and when Rhoda “kept insisting” that it was Peter, the church “kept saying” that it was not (Acts 12:15b). This strange response of the church shows that whatever they were praying for Peter, one thing for sure was, they were “not anticipating an escape”19. The backdrop to the church praying for Peter was James being killed by Herod (Acts 12:2). So, the prayer of the church “must be for God’s protection and strength in some other way, either in a positive verdict or in some type of lesser punishment”20.Paul’s primary concern for the suffering Thessalonians in his prayer was their relationship with God and the growth of their faith in action (v.11). We need to discern God’s agenda and purpose in our prayer. In Acts 12, God’s agenda for Peter was deliverance, but for James, it was death.
19 Darrell L. Bock, Acts, Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (Baker, 2007), 426 20 Darrell L. Bock, 426

What should be my primary concern in my prayer to God?

Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for pastors and staff: To keep spiritual maturing as their primary concern in life and ministry
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for those in need
  • Pray for self

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