My continual prayer is to decrease, so that Jesus may increase.
C.S. Lewis said this, "Give up yourself and you will find your real self..."Our purpose, our being, even our true personality can only be found in the One who created everything that makes us, us. Our uniqueness reveals just one more of the many facets of God's nature. Jesus Christ revealed the fullness of it by being, in very nature, God.
1} Jesus was fully God and fully man.
2} Jesus was tempted, but he never sinned!
3} Jesus came for sinners (that's all of us)
4} Jesus was obedient to his Father's will, even to dying on a cross.
5} Jesus loved like this world has never seen before.
6} Race, class, title, tradition--all meant nothing to him.
7} Jesus always spoke the truth, even if some were offended by it. He loved enough to speak it.
8} There was nothing false about him.
9} One of Jesus' closest friends handed him over to be killed.
10} Even knowing that this friend would betray him, Jesus lovingly washed his feet.
11} Jesus healed the deaf, the blind, the mute, the lame, the sick, the diseased, the possessed.
12} Jesus was compassion in action.
13} Jesus despised hypocrisy.
14} Jesus was completely real. All the time.
15} Jesus fed the hungry.
16} He loved to go away to a quiet place to pray--he did this constantly.
17} Jesus prayed for you in the garden right before he was crucified.
18} Jesus prays for you today.
19} Jesus frequented the home of "sinners" and those who were looked down upon
20} Jesus forgave the men that nailed him to the cross.
21} With his death, Jesus purchased our freedom.
22} Many of Jesus' closest friends, the disciples, were just ordinary, everyday kind of guys. Some were even despised.
23} Jesus could look straight into a person's soul and tell them what was there.
24} Jesus walked on water just to reach his friends.
25} He even let Peter walk on water, too. (now that's fun!)
25} Jesus commanded the storm to be still. The wind and the waves obey him!
26} Jesus broke many of the "religious" rules of the time--he didn't always wash his hands before eating, he healed people on the sabbath, he spoke to women of "bad reputation"
27} Jesus wept when one of his best friends died. (Even knowing that he would raise him from the dead, he was moved by the tears of his dear friend Mary)
28} Jesus welcomed little children. He held them and blessed them.
29} Jesus used a little boy's meager lunch of two fish and five loaves to feed five thousand people.
30} Jesus was passionate about respecting his Father's house and not making it into a den of thieves.
31} Jesus drove the irreverant and thieving merchants out of the temple with a whip for taking advantage of people in the Lord's house.
32} Jesus was never inconvenienced by a person's need--he was always willing to heal them.
33} Jesus rebuked sin and exposed pride.
34} He called men to repent, to turn from their sins and receive eternal life.
35} Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, after which a voice was heard from heaven saying,
"This is my son, in whom I am well pleased."
36} Jesus related the Truth of His Kingdom in short, simple stories.
37} It was Jesus' desire that everyone would be saved.
38} He was fearless.
39} When he was tempted by Satan in the desert to rely on himself instead of on the power of God, he resisted every temptation with the Word of God.
40} When he needed the comfort of his friends the most, they fell asleep.
41} Jesus teaches us to love our enemies, to bless those that curse us.
42} Jesus was obedient to his Father in all things, even death on a cross.
43} Jesus only did what he saw his Father doing.
44} Everyday Jesus seeks out the lowly, the sick, the wretched, the filthy, the weak, the shamed.
45} Everyday Jesus brings hope.
46} From sun-up to sun-down he loved, he taught, he gave, he healed, he blessed.
47} Jesus was more concerned about what was inside a man than what was on the outside.
48} Jesus fulfilled over 400 prophecies in the Old Testament. Mathematically, that is impossible for one man to do.
49} Jesus carried with him no possessions, save the clothes on his back and the sandals on his feet.
50} Jesus feels the pain of other's.
51} Jesus is the best listener.
53} Jesus knew that Peter would deny knowing him, yet he told Peter that he was praying for him and that when he returned he was to strengthen his brothers. (Wow...what grace.)
54} Jesus gives us second, third, fourth, fifty chances to start over.
55} Jesus gave mercy to those others condemned.
56} Jesus teaches us to forgive when someone wrongs us even seventy times seven.
57} Jesus claimed to be the Son of God.
58} He called sin, sin.
59} He always loved the sinner.
60} He urges us to turn away from our sin and to turn to him, that we may have LIFE and life more ABUNDANT!
61} He lived a selfless life.
62} Jesus bring us a PEACE that is not of this world!
63} Jesus came that we would know JOY! And that our joy would no know bounds!
64} Jesus laughs with us, weeps with us, walks with us, and carries us.
65} Jesus abhorred false piety.
66} Jesus performed hundreds of miracles a day!
67} Jesus is the only way to Heaven. He himself said this.
68} Jesus also said that we could have whatever we asked In His Name.
69} Jesus gave his disciples the authority to do miracles In His Name.
70} Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
71} Jesus is "MIGHTY TO SAVE"!
72} Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
73} Jesus is our strong tower, our refuge.
74} Jesus always believed, always loved, always hoped in you.
75} He is your wonderful counselor.
76} He is your closest friend.
77} Jesus cares for you.
78} Jesus wants your love, too.
79} Jesus knew where he was going and what he was doing.
80} Jesus knew the word of God--he was the Word of God!
81} Jesus is STRONG to deliver!
82} When you are weak, Jesus carries you.
83} When you seek him, you will always find him.
84} When you are at the end of your rope, Jesus will rescue you.
85} Jesus is faithful.
86} Jesus is valiant.
87} He is patient.
88} Jesus is kind, he is never pushy.
89} Jesus waits. for. you.
90} Jesus whispers to your soul...can you hear him?
91} Jesus longs to wrap arms of love around your wounds.
92} His love for you held him on the cross.
93} Jesus was tortured, beaten, ridiculed, mocked, and despised...willingly.
94} Jesus knows what loneliness feels like.
95} Jesus knows what it feels like to be forsaken.
96} Jesus didn't stay in the grave. Death has no power over him!
97} Jesus promises to RETURN to judge the world.
98} Jesus defeated Satan! He has overcome this world!
99} For all who would believe in him, Jesus gives everlasting life!
100} He's asking you, "Do you believe? Am I who I say I am?"