Destroyed by Jesus!
I wonder have you a nickname? Some nicknames are insulting, but others tell you something about the person. For example, I am sometimes called "the Bible man" because I love teaching about God by telling stories from the Bible.
In the Bible God made Himself known by many different names such as "the Saviour", or "the Creator", or the great "I am". Another name He makes Himself known as is "the Rock". 1*. - the One who is very strong and secure, our refuge and salvation. God the Rock is further described as the "cornerstone" or "capstone" - that key stone that is essential to support or hold a building together. 2*.
It is not surprising to find these names used by God are also applied to Jesus in the Bible, because Jesus is God - God the Son. 3*. Jesus is the One you must rest you faith and confidence in for Salvation and security. Peter knew Jesus was the only Rock, and said this about Him - "Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."! 4*.
Most people and most religions reject Jesus as being the only Rock of Salvation, and want to replace Him with someone or something else! Any person or thing that takes the place of Christ is an "anti-Christ" - "anti" means in place of. The Bible warns us that "many antichrists have come." 5*.
Throughout the Bible it was clearly foretold that the Christ would be rejected, even by the very people He came to live among!
Jesus had this to say about His rejection - "The Stone the builders rejected has become the Capstone?"' 6*.
Jesus, the Rock, was being rejected by the religious people around Him. Nevertheless He would still be the all-important "capstone" whom they would need to turn to and depend on if they were going to be saved. Jesus went on to warn them that, "Everyone who falls on that Stone will be broken to pieces"! 7*.
Many fall against Jesus the Rock! They refuse or ignore the teaching that Jesus is the only Priest and Saviour. They are tripped up into letting someone else bless them and forgive their sins! Instead of trusting in Jesus they are falling AGAINST Him and they "will be broken in pieces"! Instead of being saved by Jesus they will be destroyed by Jesus! Jesus, the Rock, also spoke of their destruction in another way when He said those on whom He falls "will be crushed." 7*.
"The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest Jesus immediately, because they knew He had spoken this parable against them." 8*.
How very foolish those are who think they can disagree with God and get away with it! It will not only be individuals that Jesus will "fall on" in judgment, but also on nations and religions. 9*.
Don't resist Jesus the Rock as those we read of in Luke's Gospel chapter 20, verses 17-19. Instead build on the Rock by obeying Jesus' wonderful message and trusting Him as your only Priest and Saviour. 10*. Do this and you will be saved by Jesus!
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Bye for now,
John Nixon, Ballincollig, Co.Cork, Ireland.
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Bible quotations from N.I.V.
1 Deuteronomy 32:4, 15. 1 Samuel 2:2. Psalms 18:2,31,46.
2 Psalm 118:22. Ephesians 2:20-21.
3 Titus 2:13. 2 Peter 1:1. Matthew 16:16-18. 1 Corinthians 3:11.
4 Acts 4:10-12.
5 1 John 2:18. Matthew 24:4-5.
6 Luke 20:17.
7 Luke 20:18.
8 Luke 20:19.
9 Jude 14-19. Daniel 2:34,35,44,45. Psalm 2.
10 Matthew 7:24-29.