WHY JESUS? Knowing Him

It’s a question that demands answers. Why Jesus?

He wrote nothing.  He owned nothing.  His entire life was invested in His message, which He left in lives- not in books.  That message was simple, yet profound, powerful, and life transforming.  On one of His trips, He came into Galilee and announces:  “All the preliminaries have been takes care of, and the rule of God is now accessible to everyone.  Review your plans for living and base your life on this remarkable new opportunity.” That opportunity?  A life built on Him and His teaching.  Living at the ultimate level.  The question is:  When was the last time you felt your life was at its peak?

"Why Jesus?"

"[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power out flowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His suffering as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]." Philippians 3:10 (AMPC)

"My little children, for whom I am again suffering birth pangs until Christ is completely and permanently formed (molded) within you. " Galations 4:19 (AMPC)

Often in life we are conscious of desires and we set goals to achieve them. In this process of living life, feeding our desires and energetically striving to reach our goals we face one of the most dangerous forms of human error – forgetting, losing sight of, what we are striving to achieve.

Life and its challenges have a way of getting us sidetracked, losing clarity of focus or even worse – broken focus. This can be especially true of our Christian experience.

The goal, the aim, the purpose of the Christian life is simply to know Jesus as Christ and Lord and to become one with Him.

A triumphant Christian life is only possible in union with Him.

His message to every sinner is – “Come unto Me.”
His message to every believer is – “Abide in Me.”

 "But the one who joins himself to the Lord is mingled into one spirit with Him." I Corinthians 6:17 (TPT)

“Joins” means “to unite, to knit or weld together, to join together, to make two into one.”

Every increase is spiritual life, spiritual growth, spiritual strength, spiritual effectiveness and spiritual service to the Lord is dependent on a greater measure of the knowledge of Christ.

"Eternal life means to know and experience You as the only true God, and to know and experience Jesus Christ, as the Son whom You have sent. " John 17:3 (TPT)

Eternal life is more than extended, endless life, timelessness. There is nothing in human language to define the scriptural meaning of eternal life. Eternal life is a quality, a nature, God’s divine uncreated life that flows into our being when we acknowledge Jesus as our Lord.

Every word of God, truth of God, law of God that your hear, receive and live brings into your life an increase of energy and vitality.

This infusion of “eternality” into our mortal human beings lifts us up out of our circumstances and instill within us hope – confident expectation of good.

You always need to increase your knowledge of Christ since life is intended to mean a “growing” knowledge of Him as Lord within us. Life is increased by knowledge which is transformed into spiritual energy. The word “know” indicates the most intimate knowledge of another person. It is personal, intimate, experiential.

"For our spiritual wealth is in Him, like hidden treasure waiting to be discovered—Heaven’s wisdom and endless riches of revelation knowledge. " Colossians 2:3 (TPT)

Discussion Questions:
1. Paul had three great desire for his life in Christ- that he might know Him, that he might gain him, that he might be found in Him.  Can you say this about your spiritual life?

2. How can you progressively come to know Him in the fullness of His being?

3. How can you be "found", placed in Him, secure, and at peace?

Prayer Focus
Pray that as His Holy Spirit will impart and implant some new fragment of spiritual apprehension of Christ, that you will be conscious of divine energy which lifts you to another level of power and authority, to a higher spiritual ground.

Next Steps
To "know" Him requires obedience.  Give out "Why Jesus" invite cards and plan on being at theChurch Saturday, November 23 @ 9am to help distribute the Saturate Toledo door hangers.

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