Thursday, August 27, 2009

Jesus Christ (Son of God, Son of Man)

Jesus Christ was born of a virgin Jewish woman. He was born of a human woman in a very human form and through the same human method of birth.

Colossians 2:9 "For in Christ lives all the fullness 0f God in a human body!" Notice that I made a point to put in an explanation mark in place of the period for emphasis on the statement preceding it! We, as Christians, or of Christ's body (the Church) cannot argue with this one, single statement. This is the precedence for any debating Christ's human existence with a godly or perfect (sin-free) spirit.

Jesus was a human. But, he was a perfect human. In fact the only perfect human. But, Jesus was still a human being. Galations 4:16 "God gave the promises to Abraham and his child. And notice that the Scripture doesn't say "to his children," as if it meant many descendants. Rather, it says "to his child"---and that, of course, means Christ (Jesus Christ)."

Philippians 2:5-11 "You must have the same attitude that Jesus Christ had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal's death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all names, that the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, the glory of God the Father."

Colossians 1:15-20 "Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can't see---such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all His fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ's blood on the cross [blood sacrifice]."

Wow! This says alot. In fact, this pretty much explains what God's purpose was for Jesus being His son but in human form. Because God knew that we (humans) would need something real, something believable in order to believe that God himself was real. Even with the previous post about our knowing of God's existence explained in Romans 1:18-21, humans still find a way to deny God or refuse His omnipresence! We always find "another eplaination" or "another theory" of who God is or what God is.......
This must stop! We must realize that Jesus Christ was sent for one purpose and one purpose only, to save humanity by sacrificing himself.

I think that most people (alot of Christians) don't really grasp the reality of how human Jesus really was. We read about his youth, his miracles, his perfection, but we skip the part about his struggles with sin and constant battles with the Deceiver or Satan. We need to understand that Jesus was very human and had the same temptations as we encounter daily. He felt real pain. went through real emotional trials and battles.

John 1: 10-12 "He came into the world he created, but the world didn't recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God."

Jesus represented God on earth to the human race. He was God's Son and chosen One. He was crucified and nailed to the cross so everyone (even as undeserving as we are) could accept his sacrifice and be set free from sin. So we can have everlasting life without going through the same pain Jesus encountered on the cross and before the cross! Although he did not always enjoy parts of his job, he did it none-the-less! He never questioned God and did as he was told. He was a perfect human and now, our ticket to God, our representative or sponsor for heaven, the New Kingdom.

Jesus did take pride in his work and so should those of us who are working for the Kingdom of God. John 4:34 Then Jesus explained: "My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing His work." Let us not forget what Jesus accomplished on earth while he was here. Let us remember daily what Jesus had to go through and the hurdles he had to over-come during his ministry. Let us always be thankful for his work and the work he continues to do to and with us to this day. Let us begin each day giving thanks to God for letting us experience His mercy and faithfulness to us. I urge you to remember, as you experience your daily struggles, that Jesus was also human and what he went through and the struggles he encountered were very similar to ours. If Jesus was able to resist deception by Satan and live on earth in a peaceful manner, so can we! God bless you and may He be with you.

Let our nourishment come from doing the will of God everyday and in every way, Amen!

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