Forsaking All Others
Today, people say they like “Jesus” but that’s where any resemblance to the Jesus of the Bible ends. They want “Jesus Lite”, the one who never raises his voice, never criticizes, never judges, never confronts; always accepts, always loves, always looks the other way. They also want “Jesus Plus”: Jesus plus Buddha, Jesus plus Mohammad, Jesus plus the Pope, Jesus plus Krishna, Jesus plus spirit guides, Jesus plus self-indulgence, Jesus plus Darwin. But the Jesus of the Bible is not like that. He is the same One who said:
You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me...
Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.
1 Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed One. 3 “Let us break their chains,” they say, “and throw off their fetters.” 4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. 5 Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, 6 “I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill.” 7 I will proclaim the decree of the LORD : He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father. 8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. 9 You will rule them with an iron scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.” 10 Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. 11 Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
Lest anyone claim this is only the Old Testament and doesn’t apply, remember that the New Testament confirms it (Rev. 2:27 for example). Throughout the Gospels we see Jesus claiming to be one with the Father; they are inseparable. Even in these OT quotes we see the Son written about.
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left...
”Then he will say to those on his left, ’Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels... I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.“
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: ”Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is “’the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
There is only one Jesus, one Christ, one Name, one Way to be saved, one Truth, one Life. The real Jesus is God in the flesh, who died to pay for all sin, who rose again as predicted, and who is returning someday. All others are impostors. Are you forsaking all others, or spiritually “fooling around”?