Is Jesus Christ Worth the Risk?

Did you know that the birth of the Messiah sparked an end to human secularism which continues to this very day? Oftentimes I have pondered the rise of human secularism in American culture, but as the clock continues to wind down to the return of Christ and the end of time there is something taking place which is largely ignored or unrealized. We are observing, one day at a time, the culmination of God’s plan for His ultimate victory.

Together: God and the Word were in the Beginning

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2 and “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.” John 1:1-3 HCSB. The significance of God, Elohim, and the Word, the Son, being together in the Beginning of time as we understand it cannot be underestimated. The point being that God introduced Himself in human form, in the flesh, became a man 2 thousand years ago. We humans cannot overlook this fact for if we do so our place in God’s scheme of things is also overlooked and underestimated. Sadly, if this is done one’s eternity with Him is tragically denied. “For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.” John 3:17-18. Too many individuals in our lifetime call themselves agnostics or atheists or simply refuse to believe in the only begotten Sons, and by doing so, “Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And anyone not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:14-15. Why would anyone choose to deny what the Bible tells us is beyond my understanding.

God did become a man and was born of a virgin

Matthew’s gospel narrative outlines the genealogy of the Messiah in 1:1-17 which points to, “The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After His mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 So her husband Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly. 20 But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” 1:18-21. Mary “was pregnant by the Holy Spirit” and God chose to make His entrance into this world as naturally as was possible, “because He will save His people from their sins.” Many do deny this and the question then is, “is being in denial worth the eternal risk?”

Mary was engaged to be married to a carpenter whose name was Joseph and the Roman emperor wanted a census to be taken which meant that everyone had to return to their birthplace. “And Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David, 5 to be registered along with Mary, who was engaged to him and was pregnant. 6 While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 Then she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and she wrapped Him snugly in cloth and laid Him in a feeding trough—because there was no room for them at the lodging place.” Luke 2:4-7. Therefore the birth of the Messiah, God’s only begotten Son, took place in an insignificant village in the area of the world which became Israel in 1948.

History is eternally changed

When Jesus was about 30 years old he met “John the Baptizer” at the River Jordan and, “John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were flocking to him, and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins. 6 John wore a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7 He was preaching: “Someone more powerful than I will come after me. I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the strap of His sandals. 8 I have baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” 9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. 10 As soon as He came up out of the water, He saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending to Him like a dove.” Mark 1:4-10. This baptism publicly introduced Jesus Christ to the world which dramatically changed history, His tory.

Jesus’ first miracle changed water to wine and from that moment everyone wanted Him around for miraculous purposes and His second miracle demonstrated this fact, “When they entered Galilee, the Galileans welcomed Him because they had seen everything He did in Jerusalem during the festival. For they also had gone to the festival. 46 Then He went again to Cana of Galilee, where He had turned the water into wine. There was a certain royal official whose son was ill at Capernaum. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and pleaded with Him to come down and heal his son, for he was about to die. 48 Jesus told him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” In spite of this, Jesus healed the man’s son from afar. What we see here and often is that Jesus knows the heart of everyone which determines the eternal destination of everyone. And this is what changed eternal history…a personal relationship with God by faith in His Son. “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, 5 made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! 6 Together with Christ Jesus He also raised us up and seated us in the heavens, 7 so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace through His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— 9 not from works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:4-9.

This relationship with God the Son provides every person an opportunity that has eternal consequences and this changes everything because this is a faith relationship, not one constructed upon how good one might be. It is faith upon the Risen Savior.

“I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they know Me, 15 as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 But I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 This is why the Father loves Me, because I am laying down My life so I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down on My own. I have the right to lay it down, and I have the right to take it up again. I have received this command from My Father.”

Is your eternity worth the risk?

Some seem to think the risk of denying the Christ is of no consequence, really? Read this and understand. “Then He told them a parable: “A rich man’s land was very productive. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What should I do, since I don’t have anywhere to store my crops? 18 I will do this,’ he said. ‘I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones and store all my grain and my goods there. 19 Then I’ll say to myself, “You have many goods stored up for many years. Take it easy; eat, drink, and enjoy yourself.”’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is demanded of you. And the things you have prepared—whose will they be?’ 21 “That’s how it is with the one who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:16-21. At best a lifetime is very short-lived on this earth and then judgment comes. Most believe that this life is all that there is, but the fact is that God’s eternity awaits everyone. One eternity is Hell and the other is Heaven…is your decision to say ‘no’  and find out? The Bible is true and tells us that to follow Jesus by faith is eternity with Him. You are encouraged to believe now for tonight your life may be demanded of you and then the judgment.

But remember, Jesus is Lord.

 

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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