“And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.”
– Acts 5:42
Jesus Christ is our message. All other truths, however glorious they are, must be subservient to this one theme- Jesus Christ. He is God, the living God. He is Jehovah, the Lord of glory, the eternal Word made flesh. He is true God who fully became man. As one said, “He who sees the Son sees the Father in the face of Christ. Christ was not God because he was virgin born. He was virgin born because He was God.”
This God became a true man, a true human being; He claimed to be God. “I and the Father are one.”
C. S. Lewis- “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said wouldn’t be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic, like a man who says he’s a poached egg or he would be a liar and a devil from hell. You must make your choice. Either this man is the Son of God or a madman or worse. But don’t come up with any such nonsense about his being only a great human teacher. He hasn’t left us that choice and He did not intend to.”
Who He is to us:
God Almighty Jehovah
The eternal I AM
The Son of God
The Lord of Glory
The Saviour of sinners
The Saviour of the world
The Lamb that was slain
The only revelation of God to man
The One Mediator between God and man
The Door to heaven
The Way, the Truth, and the Life
The Light of the world
The Bread of life
The Living water
The Lion of the tribe of Judah
The Eternal Life
The Shepherd of our souls
What He did for us:
He obeyed the Father
He performed miraculous signs and wonders
He walked among men
He loved sinners
He revealed the Father
He never sinned
He fulfilled the law in our behalf
He obeyed the holy law of God for us
He went freely in place of us to embrace a rugged cruel method of capital punishment- the Roman cross
He bled and died there as a substitute in our place
A ransom, payment for sin
He bore and took the full holy wrath of Almighty God for us
He died taking on Himself all our wrath, bearing all our punishment, satisfying the demands of holy justice
His life and his blood were the perfect payment, successfully atoning for every sin
He was buried for three days
He rose again the third day
He ascended to heaven
He is exalted to the Father’s right hand
He’s been given all authority now in heaven and in earth
He’s reigning in the universe
He’s coming again
He is saving all sinners who will come to Him, bow the knee, yield to His Lordship, repent and believe the gospel, and turn to him as Lord. He is Lord of all.
The early church ceased not to preach Jesus Christ. He’s the Christ, the Son of the living God. The whole gospel is contained in this person of Jesus Christ our Lord. This is the message of the true church– Jesus Christ
Our message is not:
Religion and the equality of all sincere faiths
The preservation and improvement of the world
Our message is– “Daily . . . from house to house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” The gospel, the gospel of the grace of God, the gospel of Jesus Christ. The truth about Jesus Christ- it’s the only thing God has to say to this world.
So cease not– Just keep telling people
There’s a God, He;s the only true and living God.
He made you; He owns you; He will call you to account; He’s the judge of all the earth.
He has ordained a Saviour and a Judge, His Son Jesus Christ.
He died to forgive your sins. He’s the only Saviour. Come to Him. Believe on Him. Give yourself away to Him as your Lord.
Speaking of the preciousness of this exclusive message, some in history have said:
Christ’s blood is heaven’s key.
The doctrine of the death of Christ is the substance of the gospel.
Jesus Christ never died for our good works, which were not worth dying for. He died for our sins.
One drop of Christ’s blood is worth more than heaven and earth.
God had condemned sin before, but never so perfectly as in the death of His Son.
Death stung itself to death when it stung Christ on the cross.
At Calvary’s cross–
God put all our sins upon His Son
“He who knew no sin was made sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
There God condemned sin, massacred sin, put sin to death, and conquered it forever on that tree in our Saviour who died there.
Cease not in telling it. Cease not in preaching it. Ceasing not in believing it. Cease not in take all your consolation from it. Out of the cross flows all our hope, peace, assurance, help, strength, and every drop of mercy that comes to us. Cease not staying at the cross. And cease not telling others, even if they kill you for saying it.
– Mack Tomlinson