chairAre you old enough to remember the television show, To Tell the Truth? It was a game show where a description was given of an individual based on unusual experiences or occupation, then three people would appear before the contestants. The contestants could ask the three individuals questions to discover who the host described. The central character had to tell the truth when answering the questions, but the two imposters were able to lie. When it was time for the reveal, the host would say,

Will the real [person’s name] please stand up?”

I couldn’t help but think of that show this morning. I’ve recently encountered a person asking a lot of spiritual questions. She doesn’t even know it, but I believe she’s searching for the real Jesus. Her questions are searching for the validity of Jesus.

The Jews did the same thing, I’m sure. Their whole lives they’d heard about Messiah and the various prophesies spoken about Him. There are 354 prophesies spoken about the Messiah that Jesus fulfilled. You can confirm them yourself by going here.  I encourage you to do it.  By doing so, you will come to know the real Jesus youself, not what has been passed down by tradition or legend, but the Jesus of the Bible.

In a world with so many different religions and forms of Christianity, it is important to know what you believe and Who you’re following. Jesus Himself warned of false prophets in Matthew 7:15,

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”

I don’t know about you, but I only want the real deal. Give me the real Jesus or no Jesus at all. In so many churches today, we’ve limited Jesus, making Him less than He is. We tell Him what He can or can’t do. Does He heal people today? Does He do miracles today? Well, it depends on who you ask.

What does the Bible say about Him? Does He heal, release captives, and do miracles? I don’t believe He’s changed. In fact Hebrews 13:8 says,

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Who are we to say what He does or doesn’t do anymore? The real Jesus, the one spoken about from Genesis to Revelation, is the only Jesus I want. What about you?

Enjoy one of my favorite songs written by my worship pastor, Daniel Bashta. It speaks to this very thing.