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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

John 8:58

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I AM!”

 Such a bold statement demands a response.  There is no option to "wait and see" or to react passively.  When the Jews heard what Jesus said, they picked up rocks to stone him immediately.  The weight and implications of what Jesus said about himself are immense and cannot be ignored.  Jesus claims to be greater than Abraham, the Sovereign I AM, the God of Abraham, Israel, Isaac, and Jacob.

And yet, so many upon hearing that Jesus is God react as if it were no big deal.  Perhaps they do not yet realize the vast implications of it or are jaded and cynical, but whatever the reason they do not react.  They neither pick up rocks nor bow down to worship.  They sit on the sidelines of a battlefield pretending that the war does not affect them.

With this truth claim, you must choose to accept or reject Christ.  There is no middle ground.  There is no "true for you but not for me."  The entire world is caught up in the battle between heaven and hell and all those who do not choose a side will be enemies of both and friends of neither.

Here's a secret:  The battle has already been decided and the war won by Christ, the war fought to save those that were lost, namely you, me, and the rest of mankind.  So now it's time to choose:  Believe Christ or stone him? It's up to you.

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