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Series: Luis Palau | The Names of Jesus

Jesus is many things: our Father, friend, Savior, our light, and more. This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis looks at some of these various aspects of who Jesus is. As we learn more about Him, we can better share His Good News of salvation with people in our world. 

Never Ashamed of Jesus Christ Friday, December 6, 2019

I never want to be ashamed of Jesus Christ. I remember a speech delivered at a presidential prayer breakfast. God was mentioned several times, but Jesus, only once. That was it. It was apparent that people did not want to speak the name of Jesus so as not to give offense.

But faithfulness calls for Christians to speak boldly and clearly for Jesus Christ. It’s not enough to say “God”—everybody does that. “God” could be anything—a myth, a sports hero, a tree in an old-growth forest. I understand wise speech. But accommodation is insulting to the very One to whom we owe everything.

If I’m invited to speak as a Christian evangelist, I’m going to speak about Jesus Christ, because Jesus is the Creator of heaven and earth, God’s unique Son, and our Lord and Savior.  Hebrews 2:11 says Jesus is not ashamed to call us brothers or sisters. Then why should we be ashamed to speak His name?

What’s more, are non-Christians often more eager to hear about the Lord than we Christians are to share His Good News? I find those we fear may be the most closed-minded actually are the most open to talk about Christ. So, let’s share courageously.

Pray for me—for boldness and for God’s enablement to stir other Christians everywhere to be bold. Let’s you and I be witnesses to a world desperately in need of Jesus Christ.

This is Andrew Palau.

Jesus, our Teacher Thursday, December 5, 2019

In America today, college is increasingly important. And after college, many people are going on to get their Master’s 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.

Jesus, our Light Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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.

Jesus, our Savior Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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.

Our Father Monday, December 2, 2019

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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