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Who Is Jesus To Me? Part 1
9/19/2016

Jesus Is Lord

Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”  Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” Acts 9:1-6 (NKJV)

So here is the deal, Saul was a Pharisee and a religious zealot—he was so determined to do what is right, and more than this he believed he was right in persecuting followers of Jesus Christ. One day Paul was on his way to Damascus to round up a batch of new converts to the Christian faith, to bring them back to face persecution or death for their beliefs. In the midst of his journey, he was confronted on the road by Jesus, who asked, “Why are you persecuting Me?”

There are some great truths and application we can learn from this passage of scripture, and from Saul’s ultimate response to Jesus’ question. Let’s look at the first truth from this passage.

·   When we persecute other believers, we are persecuting Christ (Acts 9:4).

Jesus was saying, when someone persecutes Christian believers, they are persecuting Him. Jesus was actually asking the question in a way as to cause Saul to think about what he was doing. And it is something we should be asking ourselves as well, because any time we come against another Christian believer, in word or in deed, we are literally coming against Christ. This is because each of us makes up a part of the body of believers with Christ being the Head (Eph. 4:15). So in effect, we are coming against Christ.

Saul had just been part of a group of men who had stoned Stephen — the first person to be martyred in the Christian faith. Saul had done this because Stephen had shared the Gospel message of Jesus Christ being the Messiah. Stephen’s testimony infuriated Saul as well as others — they could not, nor would not accept Jesus’ deity, and His Lordship. This leads us to our second truth we can learn from this passage of scripture.

·   Jesus Christ is Lord (Acts 9:5).

Saul had witnessed the truth of God’s Word being shared by Stephen, and the seed was planted deep within his heart. Saul had looked upon Stephen, and we’re told in Acts 6:15, Stephen’s face shone like an angel. And so the Lord was now confronting Saul on the road to Damascus.  Saul, knowing it was the Lord of Heaven, had only one question he absolutely needed to have answered, and so as he fell to his knees, he asked.

 “Who are You, Lord?” Acts 9:5 (NKJV)

The answer confirmed what Saul probably already knew in his heart—it was Jesus—He was indeed the prophesied Messiah. And it is equally important for us to know who Jesus is as well, so we can tell others about Him. God’s Word tells us—

·  Jesus Christ is Lord, and He is the Messiah who was sent to save the human race from sin (John 3:16-21). 

·  Jesus was the one who paid for all sin by dying on the cross 1 Cor. 1:19-21; Heb. 10:10). 

·  Jesus is the one who rose from the grave three days after His death (1 Cor. 15:4). 

·  Jesus is the one who sits on the right side of the Father and makes intercession for His Children—those who believe in Him (Rom. 8:34).

There are many today who try to deny who Jesus is. Some will say He was a good man. Others will say He was a messenger from God. While others will say He is just a prophet. Satan will do anything he can to distort the truth of who Jesus is. We need to know and believe who He is if we are to be saved. Jesus is Lord. Jesus is God (See Matt. 1:23; John 1:1-3, 14; Rom. 9:5; 1 John 5:20; 1 Tim. 3:15-16.)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-3, 14 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to Acts 9:1-6, who is the Lord? According to John 1:1 what can we learn about Jesus being God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Who is Jesus to you? Is He your Lord? Is He your Savior? Is He your God?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Read your Bible and share the Gospel message. Don’t let anyone tell you that Jesus is anything less than fully God.

LET’S PRAY:  Father, thank You for Your Son, my Lord, and my Savior, Jesus. Thank You for allowing Him to come and die for me so I can have fellowship with You. Help me to share Him with others today. In Jesus' precious name, amen…

 Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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