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Series: Luis Palau | Who is Jesus?

Jesus Christ is our Savior and God, but He is also the baby whose birth we celebrate at Christmas.  How can this be?  Who is Jesus really?  This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis looks at this question and gives us a lot to think about as we head into the Christmas season. 

Jesus is Honored Above all Things Thursday, December 14, 2017

We can never honor Jesus Christ too much. In the Bible, Jesus is honored in four major, distinct ways above all things. 
 1. As the creator of the universe. We see this taught in John 1:3, Colossians 1:16, and other verses. The implication is clear: We are part of Christ’s creation. No wonder He values us!
 2. As the sustainer of the universe. Hebrews 1:3 says Jesus is “sustaining all things by his powerful word.” We experience that strengthening as we read God’s Word, pray, worship the Lord, mingle with the church, and love our neighbors.
 3. As the Savior of the world. Hebrews 1:3 says Jesus has “provided purification for sins.” How astonishing that you and I are purified, washed, and redeemed because of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross—for us and for our sins. That is the Good News we must share with people in our world.             4. As the Lord of all. Hebrews 1:4 says Jesus sits “at the right hand of God in heaven.” In Bible times, priests never sat down. Jesus Christ could sit down, however, because His priestly work of redemption is complete once and for all. And in His seat of highest honor, Jesus never stops praying for you and me.

Let’s never, ever stop worshiping and honoring our Lord Jesus Christ!

This is Luis Palau.

Jesus is Greatly Honored by the Father Wednesday, December 13, 2017

​During this season, we remember the remarkable first Advent of Jesus Christ. Only God could script something so unexpected, so radical. This is God Himself entering fully into humanity—supernaturally conceived in the blessed virgin Mary, nurtured in His earthly mother’s womb, and born into humble circumstances.

Humble circumstances, of course, aren’t the end of the story. Hebrews 1:2-3 tell us that God the Father has honored Jesus Christ in four distinct ways.
 1. As the unique Son of God. Jesus alone is God the Son.
 2. As the heir of God. God has “appointed [Jesus Christ the] heir of all things.” All things means we are part of His inheritance, now and forever.
 3. As the manifestation of God. The phrase “the radiance of God’s glory” speaks of a flood of resplendent light. The word “radiance” means an outshining, not a reflection. The moon reflects light; the sun radiates it—and so does God the Son.
 4. As the ultimate revealer of God. The phrase “the exact representation of his being” reiterates the fact that Jesus is fully God—equal to and yet distinct from the Father and Spirit. He is the visible image of the invisible God.

One encounter with Jesus Christ is enough to change someone instantly forever. That, my friends, is Good News worth sharing. Today – in your world!         

This is Luis Palau.

Jesus Offers Foretastes of Heaven Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Two thousand years ago Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry spoke deeply to the men, women, youth, and children around Him. After all, Jesus gave them amazing foretastes of what is eternally true for each of His followers. Those foretastes of heaven covered a wide horizon including seeing individuals raised from the dead, seeing others healed physically, and seeing still others come alive spiritually by Jesus’ power.

Let’s not make the mistake, however, of thinking that these wonderful foretastes of heaven aren’t ours to experience today. Even though our salvation is all-encompassing, it doesn’t mean we never get sick, never suffer trials, never fear life-threatening disease, and never face temptation. It’s counter-intuitive, but each of these troubles help you and me long more than ever for heaven.

Let me make this highly applicable. Our sins - past, present, and future - are all forgiven once for all and forever, and yet we experience God’s forgiveness anew each time we confess our sins. The Lord wants us to enjoy this foretaste of heaven not occasionally, but every day. 

I urge you to keep short accounts with God. It will put joy in your heart and help you better reach your world for Christ.

This is Luis Palau.

Who Jesus Christ is in Me Monday, December 11, 2017

In a classic Peanuts cartoon, Charlie Brown hears that Snoopy is writing a book of theology, and tells him, “I hope you have a good title.” Snoopy lifts his hands off the typewriter, closes his eyes, and thinks to himself, I have the perfect title. He then types, “Has It Ever Occurred to You That You Might Be Wrong?”

Joking aside, the reality is you and I have learned and experienced much that is true. Truths we can’t review too often. One way is to review the dozens of “Who I am in Christ” statements compiled and popularized by Neil T. Anderson, and more than doubled in size by others. Untold millions have experienced spiritual healing, health, and hope by reading them.

What happens, however, when we turn the equation around? What comes to mind when we ponder “Who is Jesus Christ in me”? For me, what instantly comes to mind is my life verse, Galatians 2:20, which says: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

“Who Jesus Christ is in me” truly makes all the difference in the world. And it is Christ in us who makes it possible for us to reach our world with His Good News of salvation.

This is Luis Palau.

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For articles and resources to grow your own faith and help you share it with others, go to our website – palau.org.  Click on the “Resources” button on the palau.org home page and you will find material by Luis and Andrew Palau that you can tap into. 

Reaching Your World: Next Week

The Reason for the Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as the song says. This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis joins in the celebration of Christmas with reminders of the One whose birth we commemorate and the reason He came to earth.

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