Addressing various topics and quandaries relating to Jesus was my theme throughout April’s Monday episodes on the podcast, “Turn to God with Carin,” where we share hope for healing. April seemed to be fitting, since most of the Christian world celebrated Easter at the beginning of the month.
When Jesus Christ, the Messiah, was born, over three hundred prophecies in the Old Testament were fulfilled. But that was not why Jesus came…
Although we realize the actual crucifixion and resurrection did not occur on our calendar’s Good Friday through Easter Sunday, as well as the actual ascension to heaven forty days later, this is an excellent time for remembrance, reflection, and celebration of Jesus Christ, and what it all means to each of us personally.
Because of Jesus Christ coming to earth, living in human form, and His being willing to suffer and be sacrificed on the cross even to death, we have opportunity for an eternal future. But it would have all been for nothing if that had been the end of the story: Jesus died and rose again in three days. He defeated death!
History proves Jesus Christ was crucified and resurrected three days later. Not only that, but he continued to appear to many and instructed His disciples on earth during the forty days before His ascension into heaven. And, for those who believe, He remains always with us, through the Holy Spirit (the helper, counselor, intercessor, and so much more) until the day that Jesus Christ returns for both believers who have died and those alive.
How can we become a believer? Believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, believe he suffered and died on the cross to pay for sins, believe Jesus arose on the third day; humbly repent of sinful living and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. How do I know this? The Word of God spells it out plainly in scriptures, such as: John 3:16 and John 14:6.
Do you wonder why people seem to love the cross? Maybe you’ve been asked why you wear it? Reasons for loving or wearing the cross (also known as the crucifix) may vary. And for those who do not believe in Jesus, the purpose or meaning of the cross may escape them. In the episode video at https://youtu.be/sR5WEqWJFpw and via audio on Buzzsprout.com/1275572, I share what it means to me personally.
Briefly, my main reason for wearing a cross necklace is to identify myself for others to see, as my having a personal relationship with Christ, as His believer and follower. It represents my gratitude for what the Lord has done for me to bring me hope for the future while I am living in a chaotic world.
Who did Jesus Christ come to save? Did Jesus come to save those who are perfect, or did He suffer to make a way even for a sinner like me? In that, why did Jesus allow Himself to suffer? We address these questions and so much more in the episode on Video: https://youtu.be/y3JkKYJD6dY and via audio at https://buzzsprout.com/1275572
How awesome it is to know that Jesus Christ was willing to be crucified even for my sake, though I never deserved it! His love for each of us is that great! We have free will to accept Him.
As we navigate this world that is filled with uncertainty, evilness, and many tempting decisions to be made, how can we know: What Would Jesus Do in This Situation? And in that question, we seek answers from in the Bible, which was written thousands of years ago. We may then ask, Is the Bible relevant to what goes on in today’s world?
I assure you that everything we need to know can be found in the Word of God, which is inspired by God; the scriptures are alive, God-breathed. We can read about Jesus’ life on earth in the New Testament and learn about His character; in that, we learn how Jesus would handle every situation we may face. We cover this topic further in the episode video: https://youtu.be/AXAzl9xXAm4, and via audio at: https://buzzsprout.com/1275572
You may wonder, How can I be more like Jesus? Once you’ve become a believer of Jesus, you have the Holy Spirit in you. With the Holy Spirit comes guidance and the Fruit of the Spirit (as described in Galatians 5:22-23). It is up to each person to mature their own fruit.
What is an ambassador for Christ? Is that a vocation option for anyone? How can I qualify for that role? An ambassador for Christ had already made the decision to believe and follow Jesus Christ and as a Christian they have a call to share the good news of Jesus. An ambassador for Christ enthusiastically yearns and pleads for those who are lost to come to Jesus; they set out to add to God’s Kingdom. There is more depth into this topic at the episode video: https://youtu.be/rFThWQYDiqU and via audio at: https://buzzsprout.com/1275572
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