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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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Isaiah 49:8-15
Psalm 145:8-9, 13-14, 17-18
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:  Choosing Jesus has carried Linda through the death of her husband, the murder of her daughter, and her own personal health issues.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape on Developing a Deep Personal Relationship with Jesus on audio AV 52-1 or video V-52.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 29, 2011

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