Have You Considered Following Jesus Christ?
Friend, Jesus Christ is worthy of your consideration. He lived on this earth some 2000 years ago, and in the annals of history, He is unique--absolutely unique. You can read His biography in the first four books of the New Testament portion of the Holy Bible. In this tract, references will be made to the Bible. To locate them, refer to the Bible’s index for the book, and then, in order, look for the chapter and then the verses.
Jesus Christ is the Son of the Holy God. He came to this earth in order to collaborate in God’s plan of salvation. That plan was revealed in John 3:16, namely, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God’s great desire was, and still is, that you should enjoy eternal life. He laments that many people are ‘sidetracked’ and are now on the way to perishing, under the condemnation of their sins and under the domination of evil. God hates evil, and He delights to rescue those who repent of their sins and who trust in Jesus Christ. He offers forgiveness of sins and reconciliation with God.
During His years on earth Jesus Christ taught the people much about God. He demonstrated how people, in their spirits, can know God and enjoy friendship with Him. Jesus Christ lived a God honoring life. His godly lifestyle and teachings caused divisions amongst His listeners. Many accepted His teachings and believed that He came from God, but others opposed Him. The opposers finally succeeded in having Him condemned to death. He submitted to His persecutors without complaint, for He chose to do His Father’s will.
Jesus Christ qualified to be the Redeemer. He accepted that role and gave His righteous life as an atonement, or sacrifice, for the sins of mankind. After 3 days in the tomb He arose because death had no claim on Him. Then, after 40 days He was taken up into heaven to resume His former glory. He is now in heaven at the right hand of God interceding for those who choose to trust and follow Him. (Hebrews 2:14-18) How can we follow Jesus Christ?
We can follow Him in His dedication to God, His Heavenly Father. Jesus Christ demonstrated the two great laws of the Bible: “thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. And thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” He kept a close spiritual unity with His Heavenly Father. He enjoyed loving and obeying Him, trusting Him and praying to Him. God was His inspiration and strength; to enjoy God was His daily ambition. (Mark 12:30-34; John 4:34; Luke 2:40,52)
We can follow His example of loving others. He was always ready to help others and to minister to them--not with any selfish motives but with love and concern to benefit them. His passion was to encourage people to love and trust God. Jesus Christ spoke harshly to the proud and unrepentant and hypocritical people. He hoped that that would awaken them to reconsider their ways. (Luke 6:27-36; Mark 7:1-23)
We can adopt his norms of conduct. He was a man of 100% goodwill--devoted to righteousness, integrity and purity. He showed genuine love with no selfish ulterior motives. He lived a sinless life, maintained a clean conscience and obeyed the promptings of the Holy Spirit. He opposed evil, deceit, hypocrisy, insincerity. He taught that the human self-will with its ego and pride, selfish desires and ambitions needs to be disciplined, because it is tainted with sin and it conflicts with God’s goodwill. Likewise, the thoughts of the mind and the lusts of the body need to be disciplined. (Matthew 5,6,7; Romans 12:1-2)
We can respect Him and love Him for His role in God’s plan of salvation. Jesus Christ showed that he has a heart of love just like His Heavenly Father has. Our best response is to be grateful to Him, to accept Him as our Saviour and to appreciate that He is in heaven helping us in our trials and temptations. We are wayward, and we need His help and empowering. (Hebrews 4:14-16).
We can accept His challenges. One of His greatest is found in Matthew 5:10-12: “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven.”
Friend, Jesus Christ is worthy of your consideration. Why not commit yourself to study His biography? Then, why not invite Him to be your Lord? Trust Him, He is personal, He loves you and wants to help you.
Following are a few references in the Bible that will add interest to your study. The Holy Bible is God’s manual of life. Trust it, for it will teach you truth.
Jesus Christ Warns Against Deceptions
Of Satan and his demons
Of trusting in earthly riches, materialism
Of legalism and good works
Of man-made traditions
Of false prophets
Of one’s own heart
Of indifference, lukewarmness
Of despising one’s conscience
Of fear of identification
Jesus Christ Counsels His Followers
To have a repentant attitude
To resist temptations
To follow godliness and self-control
To trust God for daily needs, to be wise
To discipline the self-life
To endure and be overcomers
To enjoy rest in their souls
Jesus Christ Rewards His Followers
With reconciliation and unity with God
With encouragement in their companionship
With heaven and sharing of God’s glory
With acquittal in the Judgment
With divine direction
With truth, freedom from sin’s domain
With everyday blessings