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Summary: There is no single thing that makes Christians different from the world than an active, vibrant, intimate, and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Without Jesus we are not only in the world but we are of the world. But unfortunately, too many Christi

Things That Make Christians Different From The World: Jesus Christ

Of all the things that make Christians different from the world NOTHING AND I MEAN NOTHING is more important than Jesus Christ. The main reason that we were created was to worship and praise God but since Adam and Eve messed that up for us long ago we all now need a Savior to get us back right with God and that Savior is Jesus Christ.

The Bible is more than plain in telling us not only about Jesus but exactly why He came to earth to begin with. He came to earth to be our personal Lord and Savior! In the Book of Acts chapter 4 verse 12 Luke wrote this to us: 12 "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."

Jesus Christ, the Holy One, The Messiah came to earth from glory to do something that only He could do and that thing was to take on the sin of all mankind once and for all. Now while Jesus was a great teacher as we see from His early childhood, in Luke chapter 2 verses 41-49 we read this about Jesus as a young boy.

41Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover.

42And when He became twelve, they went up there according to the custom of the Feast;

43 and as they were returning, after spending the full number of days, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. But His parents were unaware of it,

44 but supposed Him to be in the caravan, and went a day's journey; and they began looking for Him among their relatives and acquaintances.

45 When they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem looking for Him.

46 Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.

47 And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers.

48 When they saw Him, they were astonished; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You treated us this way? Behold, Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You."

49 And He said to them, "Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father's house?"

Even though Jesus was regarded as an amazing young man here the real reason that He was at the Temple was because He already knew that He was here on earth to do His Father’s business and that business was saving the world from its sin.

I have often talked with people who ask why is there so much evil, sickness, and suffering in the world? The world clearly recognizes that this world has major problems but as clear as the world is on this they can’t bring themselves to see that there is a perfect solution to all of these problems and His name is Jesus Christ.

Jesus came to this earth to bring truth and salvation to a lost and dying world. Unfortunately, the world is in darkness and just can’t see the Truth (who is Jesus Christ) or hear the truth.

In the Gospel of John chapter 1 verses 1-5 we read this:

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 He was in the beginning with God.

3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.

5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

Jesus Christ is life! The only life. Many people in the world want to believe that that this life is all that there is and that spending eternity with Jesus in heaven is just a myth and make believe. This passage of Scripture shows us plainly that Jesus is the light of the world and many in the world just can’t see Him because of their being in spiritual darkness and suffering from spiritual blindness!

This is where we come in. Since we are saved and born again believers in Jesus Christ, we are now the light of the world and we are to be in the world letting our lights shine for the kingdom every day and everywhere we go.

We have been given our marching orders through the Great Commission and those orders are to go into every nation preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to reach people and help them to realize that they need to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. We are to be the hands, feet and mouth of Jesus wherever we are or wherever we go.

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