Summary: There have been great leaders, but no one like Jesus!
That Same Jesus
Biblical Text: Acts 2: 36
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
It has been a very long time since Jesus walked this earth in human flesh. The truth is that Jesus was here from the beginning of Creation. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word WAS God. Jesus walked among the generations of humanity, as the third part of the Triune God.
In the Old Testament, Jesus showed up in a fiery furnace to squelch the heat for three young Hebrew boys named Shadrach, Meshack and Abednedgo.
Jesus didn’t just visit the earth. He is the owner of the earth, made flesh. And even though thousands of years have come and gone, there has never been and there never will be anyone like Jesus.
There have been great leaders, but no one like Jesus.
There have been great psychologists and sociologists, but no one like Jesus.
There have been great lawyers and doctors, but no one like Jesus.
There have been great ministers of the gospel, but no one like Jesus.
There have been great orators, but no one like Jesus.
There have been great architects, but no one like Jesus.
There have even been a few great politicians, but no one like Jesus.
And although we have seen a parade of great personalities that have decked our hallowed halls of human history, Jesus stands alone. He is just as influential today as He’s ever been. He’s THAT SAME JESUS that dwelt among the Israelites in the form of the Ten Commandments. You know, the Word we still try to live by!
His incredible personality not withstanding, Jesus daily works of wonder could fill volumes upon volumes of documented testimony.
For centuries, THAT SAME JESUS has turned the World upside down. Peter says He’s THAT SAME JESUS, who was crucified by sinners, and became Lord and Christ…..In other words, He became KING and SAVIOR…..RULER and REDEEMER.
Not an ordinary, run of the mill KING. Whether your African-American, Anglo-Saxon, Asian, Hebrew, male, female, Jew, Greek, black, white, brown, straight hair, kinky hair, blue eyed, brown eyed, tall, short, rich, or poor; you are saved by THAT SAME JESUS.
Journey back to the days before your Salvation….before Confession, and redemption, and justification. Remember those rebellious years when each day held a series of choices, and you chose to take the broad road to destruction. There you were, time after time, wallowing in your own sin, and THAT SAME JESUS was there with you, pulling and tugging, drawing you to Him.
Remember the guilt you felt at those moments when His message managed to penetrate your tough exterior? It was THAT SAME JESUS, standing in the gap, praying for your liberation from sin.
Remember the fiascos, when you tried it YOUR WAY and failed. And our God of love and mercy preordained that a loving Savior should draw you into the family anyway. And somehow, God managed to get His Word to you…THAT SAME WORD that was made flesh and dwelt among us so many years ago. There was no problem too great for Him….no request to great for Him….no failure too difficult to overcome.