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Wednesday, March 12, 1997

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Isaiah 49:8-15
Psalm 145
John 5:17-30

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what about jesus?

Jesus "was speaking of God as His own Father, thereby making Himself God's equal." — John 5:18

Jesus is the Son of God. He is God's equal. He is God (Jn 1:1; 8:24, 28, 58). Jesus "grants life to those to whom He wishes" (Jn 5:21). The Father "has assigned all judgment to the Son, so that all men may honor the Son just as they honor the Father" (Jn 5:22-23).

If we hear Jesus and believe in His Father, we possess eternal life, do not come under condemnation, and pass from death to life (Jn 5:24). The dead who listen to Jesus' voice shall live (Jn 5:25). "An hour is coming in which all those in their tombs shall hear His voice and come forth. Those who have done right shall rise to live; the evildoers shall rise to be damned" (Jn 5:28-29). Jesus clearly maintains He is God, the Way, the Truth, and the Life (Jn 14:6), the Resurrection and the Life (Jn 11:25).

How you choose to respond to Jesus will be the best or worst decision of your life. If you believe Jesus, then give your life to Him, worship Him, and tell the world about Him. If you don't believe in Jesus...

Prayer:  Jesus, from this Lent on, I will treat You as God.

Promise:  "Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you." —Is 49:15

Praise:  Marvin was afflicted with cancer, too sick to attend the prayer group. His fellow believers prayed for him in proxy, begging God to heal him. Jesus completely removed the cancer, and within a few days, Marvin was playing golf.

Reference:  (For related teaching, order our leaflet, Accepting Jesus as Lord, Savior, and God.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, August 1, 1996

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 6, 1996