"Must" Information from Jesus Christ

J. D. Conley
April 14, 2013

Whenever Jesus used the word "must" the information was, and is essential. "Musts" are necessary. They are not open to any alteration whatsoever. The Lord's life was filled with "must" statements. At twelve He announced "I must be about my Father’s business" (Lk.2:49). Around age thirty He began to preach "I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also..." (Lk.4:43). As He preached He declared, "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: for the night cometh, when no man can work" (Jn.9:4). He pointed out the "must" of constant prayer (Lk.18:1). He sensed the need (must) of visiting in the home of a man who had been rejected by his own people, (Lk.19:5). He saw His passage through Samaria as a "must" in order to influence a whole village who had ignorantly departed from true worship of God, (Jn.4:4,22,39). Disciples of Christ must follow closely what we have learned from God's Word, "Therefore we ought (must) give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip" (Heb.2:1). We must focus on the kind of people God expects us to be: "Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought (must) ye be in all holy conversation and godliness " (1 Pet.3:11)? Everyone must see that salvation is in Christ alone: "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).

Are you in Christ? You must be in order to be saved. Jesus says we must believe in Him as the Son of God (Jn.8:24), repent of our sins (Lk.13:3), confess Him as Christ (Mt. 10:32), be baptized for the remission of sins (Mk.16:16), and live faithfully until death (Rev.2:10). Jesus says "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the father, but by me" (Jn,14:6).