They Were Astonished At His Doctine

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When James and John left their fishing business and followed Jesus, this is the first thing they noticed about him:

And they were astonished at his doctrine; for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.  Mark 1:22

What is the doctrine of Jesus Christ, and what is so astonishing about it? Look at what Jesus said about himself:

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me that ye might have life.  John 5:39

I am the way the truth and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me.  John 14:6

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  John 14:1

There are millions of us who believe that these words are true, and that Jesus is the only way to heaven. And there are millions of people who simply will not believe it. They acknowledge the existence of  God. They acknowledge Jesus as an enlightened teacher or prophet. But they refuse to accept the fact that Jesus is the only way to heaven.

I saw a bumper sticker the other day which read, “God’s too big for just one religion.” And millions of people believe that this is true. This kind of thinking allows them to design their own religion. It makes sense to people who don’t know anything about the one true God. It seems right.

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.  Proverbs 14:12

God is a lot smarter than we are. His ways are different than ours. That’s why he is God and we’re not. The smartest thing you will ever do is to align yourself with the One True and Living God. Get into an alliance with him, a covenant relationship, that is only available through his Son Jesus Christ.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  Isaiah 55:8-9

It all comes down to this. Do you believe what God says in the Bible about his Son Jesus, or not? It’s your call.

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.  1 Timothy 2:5-6

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