Greetings and good morning, brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series
where we seek to explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years,
the heavenly Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them
with you. This morning we will ponder our lives as we seek to understand the meaning of the
inspired message from Jesus: the mercy of the Son.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Mercy of the Son
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among
men whereby we must be saved." Acts, Chapter 4, Verse 12.
"What must I do to be saved?” is the question many believers ask.
And Jesus says, "believe in me, and I will save you, but are you willing to be saved? Are you willing
to pay the price of salvation?"
“How much does it cost?" we respond.
Jesus replies, "It requires as the price of faith only that you believe."
"Lord I believe, but help my unbelief!"
"If you will follow me and walk away from the material things of this world, you will soon know the
fullness of that sublime hope---faith."
"But how do I follow you? And how will you save me?"
Jesus says, "To follow me, you must follow in my way, and not only will I give you eternal life, but
I will save you from yourself."
"I think I understand about eternal life--that is life without end--but how will you save me from
myself? I would think you would save me from the injustices I experience daily, and from the many
physical ailments that rack my body."
We continue to question our Lord and time passes. Our conflicts remain, though we have joined the
church and tell everyone we know about the Lord.
"Well, I joined the church. We have a good time on Sunday mornings praising and worshiping your
name. The other day, I ran into an unbeliever, and began to tell him about you, but before I could
finish, he cut me short. He said that he had gone to a couple of church meetings, and everybody there
was very enthusiastic about you, and seemed to be having a good time, but he thought they talked
about a lot of stuff that he could not experience. He said that after all the enthusiasm had died down,
and he met them on Monday, he could not tell the difference between some of them and himself. In
fact he said that some of them were even worse than he was, and a whole lot worse than some so-
called sinners that he knew.
After he said that, I sat down and thought about it, and had to admit that he was right a lot of the
time. Tell me, Lord Jesus, what is going on? Is the devil that powerful that he can influence believers
to act worse than unbelievers? I thought all power in heaven and earth had been given into your
hands. Is it true that your Father gave us to you, and that no one can pluck us out of your
hands? Please explain."
Jesus responds, "My child, I can understand how these things can be very perplexing to you since
you have such a limited viewpoint. From my perspective, these things are absolutely clear. Even so,
you should understand that people say and do many things. Some say they believe in me and really
do not. They do not follow in my way--the way of love. Others, out of ignorance, say they do not
believe in me but they do. They follow in the way of love. While, still others have never heard of me
and thus don’t know the way of love."
"My child, there are many reasons why people say they believe in me. Some do so out of fear of
future punishment. Some do so because of family and friends. Others do so because it is socially
acceptable. Still others do so because they have nowhere else to turn. But, my child, you should
discern that no one will follow me truly until they become thoroughly convinced that my way is the
best and only way. And my way is the way of love, patience, mercy, and forgiveness. Do not become
discouraged. All will eventually recognize my way as the best and the only way, and they will pursue
it with all their hearts and souls. Every head will bow, every knee will bend and every tongue will
confess that I am Lord."
"But Jesus,” we ask, “I would like to know the reason for the evil in the world. What about all my
pain, sorrow, and disappointment--my anxieties in this uncertain world?"
"My child, can you not discern that the only cure for evil in the world is goodness, and the essence
of goodness is love, patience, mercy, and forgiveness? If you are tied to the way of the world, then
you must go the way of the world with its anxieties and uncertainties."
“If you would follow me, you must cease to be concerned with yourself. You must cease to cling to
me like a drowning man. You must stand up with my Spirit of Truth, and go boldly and aggressively
where ever there is evil and wrongdoing. By the very life you live, you will vanquish evil and all
will be able to see the better way and will know that it is the only way. And as you walk in this
marvelous light, the shadows of pain, sorrow, and disappointment cannot exist."
This concludes today's message on understanding the meaning of the inspired message from Jesus:
the mercy of the Son. We hope you find something in this message to ponder and pray about as you
go about your day. Until next time, this is Dr. James Perry.