The “I Musts” of Jesus

The “I Musts” of Jesus                                                              April 21, 2024

            I once heard a preacher make light of his fellow preachers for tossing around words like “must” and “have to.”  I didn’t agree with him, for the Bible clearly uses such words.  But the longer his barb has hung in my mind, the more I think I understand what he meant.  We do toss those words around a little too lightly.  They are designed to be heavy words.

            The word “must” first appears in the New Testament in Matthew 16:21 as Jesus began warning the disciples of His impending crucifixion.

            In Luke 4:43 Jesus issues the “must” of responsibility”: “I must preach the Kingdom of God to other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.”

            Luke also records for us a transaction that lets us know that sometimes the needs of others came into His scope: “When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house'” (Luke 19:5).

            On two occasions Jesus shows us the importance of obedience to the scriptures with the “musts” that He issues (Luke 22:37; 24:44).

            And the words of necessity are clear from the lips of the Lord when ot comes to worshipping His Father (John 4:24).

            In John 9:4 Jesus teaches says: “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.”

            Of course we know that the greatest question ever asked involves a “must”: “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30).  But even after that question has been answered and followed correctly, there are still some “musts” for the Christian.

            For a culture that prides its postmodern self in not accepting being “told” what it has to do, there are “musts” for any person who would be a follower of Christ.  Among those must clearly pointed out by Christ are: denying self and taking up one’s cross (Luke 4:43; 9:23), inconveniencing ourselves to meet the needs of others (Luke 19:5), and being involved in the work of God (John 9:4-5).

            I didn’t ask it lightly:  What must you do?

By Dale Jenkins (via Bulletin Gold)

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