The True Christ is the Christ of Truth

Daily God Walk for Monday, January 18, 2009

Jesus answered, “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” – Matthew 24:4-5

 There were religious zealots when Jesus walked on earth just as there are today. The Jews had their share of radical zealots who claimed to be the Messiah and who had caused such a stir that Rome had to send in troops to subdue their followers. Jesus was not the first to be executed for claiming to be Christ.

Rome’s tolerance for local religions was a two sided coin. On one side it helped appease the people and on the other side it inspired radical zealots to attempt overthrowing the government.

We have seen our share of those claiming to be the Christ in modern times and have seen the devastation that has caused. In this passage Jesus was warning that there would be no more deliverers to come after him. All who claimed to be who he was would be false and would be considered antichrist.

One of the reasons Jesus didn’t go around claiming to be Christ, except when he was questioned, was that he wanted to show the people that he was more than just a man making claims. At one point he said, “If you don’t believe me for the words sake, believe me because of the miracles you see me do.”

We have been setting the stage for getting an understanding of the political times into which Jesus was born, but in truth, there was little difference between then and now. We must be just as careful today that we are not carried away by the doctrine of some religious zealot who leads people away from the simple saving message of Jesus, the Christ of Redemption.

Just as Jesus reached the people with a simple message that was confirmed by signs and wonders, so we must today influence our generation. Not with eloquence, or better arguments, but with the power of the Holy Spirit.

 Principle:  Jesus was the Christ of truth and power.

 Affirmation:  I am convinced that Jesus is the true Christ of God.

 Prayer:  Lord, help me to be aware of the false Christs around and their doctrines that can lead me astray. In Jesus name, amen.

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