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Vol.  9  No. 12 December 2007  Page 9
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Adam Blaney

Let Jesus Be Seen

By Adam Blaney

“I've been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

    Shortly following the magnificent and awesome events surrounding the establishment of our Lord’s kingdom in Acts Chapter Two, we find two of the apostles of Jesus actively working to increase the numbers of this great family. Despite Peter and John’s arrest, Luke records for us, “…the number of the men came to be about five thousand” (Acts 4:4). These men were about to stand before the same accusers and murderers of the Christ Himself. Though we would expect to see in them fear after being witness to such a horrible death of the Lords, they exhibit the exact opposite.

    Peter, by the guidance of the promised Holy Spirit, defended their healing of the lame man and preaching in Acts Three and Four. In his discourse, Peter accuses the men of rejecting Jesus as the “chief cornerstone” and pronounces their eternal demise by his glorious declaration that salvation was in none other, “…for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). These rulers made an interesting observation following this convicting defense. They saw the boldness of the two men, “…they marveled” and “…realized they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).

    What a powerful example Peter and John set for us as Christians today. Simply by acting with such boldness, the Jewish leaders realized with whom these men had been associated:  Jesus! How often do we make such an impression on those with whom we come in contact that they marvel at our portrayal of the spirit of the Lord? It would probably be a safe venture to say such occurrences are rare. As infrequent as it may be in our day, it was the fundamental nature of the life carried by the apostles and those living in the first century. Paul said, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). Notice Paul did not say, “To live is to try to follow Christ,” or, “To live is to be like Christ,” but that living “is Christ” (emp. added). If Paul was going to live on earth, the very essence and purpose of his life would be to the magnification of Jesus the Christ.

    How many of us can say that everything we do in life is motivated and under girded by our obedience, submission and devotion to Jesus? Are we living in such a way that the world can see Jesus in all that we do, or is it only on Sundays and Wednesdays we portray Him? Paul gave orders to those brethren at Corinth to be the kind of example that allowed men to see Christ. He wrote in 2 Corinthians 3:2-3, “You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ…written…not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.” He makes it very clear that the way we conduct ourselves ought to speak to the world the message of the Messiah.

    Oh, what great work could be done in the kingdom if all Christians lived in such a way that, no matter the situation or company, some non-Christian could come in contact with Jesus. Let us make the vow that Paul made—“to live is Christ”—that all those who come in contact with us, may also come in contact with the Savior.

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