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This week on "Reaching Your World with Luis Palau", Luis explains the different names of Jesus. As we understand who Jesus is, we are better equipped to share His good news with the people in our lives!
This week we’ve talked about Jesus’ many roles in our lives. He’s a Father to the fatherless, our Savior, and our source of light. But along with these things, Jesus tells us He is our friend. John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” And through His death on the cross, that is exactly what Jesus did.
As a friend, Jesus desires to have a close personal relationship with each of us. He created us, and knows us, and He wants to go through life with us. But often, I think we get caught up in feeling as though He is far removed from what we do in our daily lives. The truth is—Jesus is here, and now, and he wants to go through life beside you. In fact, he lives in you, by the Holy Spirit, if you have received Him as your Savior.
If you haven’t already, I encourage you to pray the prayer of salvation. Or, perhaps you want to renew your prayer. Say with me, “Lord, I know I’m a sinner, and I believe you sent Jesus to die for me on the cross. And through His death, and resurrection, my sins have been washed away. I want to follow you, and I pray that you’ll come into my life and walk beside me, as a Savior, and a friend.”
Who in your life needs this prayer this week? This is Luis Palau.
In America today, college is increasingly important. And after college, many people are going on to get their Masters’ degrees, or Doctorates. And, you know, education can be a very good thing—but it is important to remember that only one teacher can offer us eternal life—and that is Jesus Christ himself!
Other than prayer, one of the main ways Jesus teaches us is through the Book, that is, the Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” And Hebrews 4:12 says that the word of God is “living and active.” These are powerful truths! Through the Bible, Jesus teaches His very will. Just like a class in school which tests our knowledge, life can sometimes test our faith, our patience, our strength, or our trust in God. In these times, my friend, I encourage you to look to God as your teacher. Read the Bible, and study it. Follow the wisdom God has placed within it.
Think of someone in your life who does not yet look to God as their teacher, or Savior. Perhaps this person is in a class of yours, or perhaps they are a neighbor. Pray for this person a lot, then look for an opportunity to share with them the Good News. Jesus is the only teacher who offers eternal hope!
This is Luis Palau.
Recently, my friend John asked me, “Is this world getting darker? Or has it always been this way and we just see more darkness because of the news and social media?” To be honest, I’m not sure. Since the fall of Adam and Eve, this world has been riddled with sin, but is it getting darker? I don’t know, but one thing I do know is that in the midst of the hard events in this life, we have a light. And not just any light: we have an eternal, constant source of hope and light—in Jesus Christ!
Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”. In Jesus, there is no darkness. When we walk with Jesus, we do not need to be afraid of the darkness we see on TV or in events that happen around us. And with Jesus, we can be a light! Matthew 5:16 commands us, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.”
This week, think of a person in your life who may be living in darkness. It may be guilt from something they’ve done in the past. It may be a lie that they’re living, or they may be involved in the occult. Then, talk to them about Jesus—the light of the world. This is Luis Palau.
The Bible says in Romans 3:23 that, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. If you need proof that we are sinners—look around! In this world, we don’t have to look far to see greed, corruption, and violence. But if this is where the verse ended—if we simply fall short, and that’s it, our futures would look pretty grim! Don’t you think? We would have no hope of heaven, and no true purpose for living here on earth!
But, thankfully, God sent his Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins. Romans 3:24 says that by His grace, we have redemption, which is in Christ Jesus. Through Jesus’ death, the penalty was paid for our sins! Through His death, we are rescued, we are saved!
Wherever you are today, I want to remind you that Jesus came to be your Savior. It does not matter where you come from, or what kind of baggage you bring. It does not matter what you’ve done, or where you have fallen short. Jesus loves you, and He created you to have a meaningful relationship with Him. Repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you are saved – rescued.
Today, I urge you to think about people in your corner of the world who need this life-changing good news. Tell them about the Savior we have in Jesus! Pray with them to accept Jesus into their hearts. It will be the best thing you ever do. This is Luis Palau.
When I was a little boy, age 10, my father passed away. Thankfully, I received Jesus as my personal Savior at age 12, and God’s role as a father in my life became very real. Like most boys who look up to their dad, I looked up to my Heavenly Father for wisdom, encouragement, and direction. And you know what? He has never given me bad advice! Through the years, my friends’ fathers have also passed away—but God, our Father up in Heaven, will always remain.
The Bible says in Matthew 23:9, “for you have one Father, who is in heaven.” In this world, many people live without a dad for some reason or another. There are sad situations where dads leave their children, or where relationships are strained. But God promises to always be there. He is always available. He is always by our side. “Though my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will pick me up,” Psalm 27 says.
Who in your life needs the good news of Jesus, our Father, this week? Think about it. It may be a fatherless child, or someone whose dad hasn’t shared with them the good news of Jesus. Then, pray for that person, and look for an opportunity to share with them about our Heavenly Father—who will never leave us or forsake us. This is Luis Palau.
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