Herald Journal Columns
March 10, 2003
Pastor's Column

What (would) does Jesus say?

By Rev. Leland Bendix, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Annandale

We often hear "What would Jesus do?" or "What would Jesus say?," but I am afraid that we don't pay enough attention to what Jesus said.

We not only have the quotations of Jesus recorded in the Bible (which in some is easy to find because it is printed in red), we also are reminded that Jesus is the living Word, the Word become flesh. (John 1:14)

The Word of God (the Bible) was given to us by Him to bring us to faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior, "But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." (John 20:30 NIV)

Jesus says in regards to the Old Testament, "You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life." (John 5:39-40 NIV)

It is evident by these passages that the Bible declares what and who Jesus is and what He would have us do and say. We need to be in the Word, that is, to study the Bible, for the Bible is where we hear God speak, and there we find God's will for us.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal Life." (John3 :16 NIV)

This is the message of hope and joy, God's love for us was so great that He was willing to sacrifice His only Son so that we through Him could have eternal life.

He bore our sins and died for them so we, through faith in Him, could have life.

Jesus said, "If anyone loves me, he will obey My teaching." (John 14:23)

Jesus sums up the law by saying that it is fulfilled in two great commands, to love God with all our heart, soul and mind; and the other like unto it, to love our neighbor as ourselves. The Bible tells us how we do this ­ read it.

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