Jesus Is:February 28, 2007
Isaiah 9:6-7 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and hs name shall be called Wonderful, Councellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
John 1:1-5 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning was God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
Revelation 22:13 “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”
This morning I went to the wordpress homepage where we all begin our blogging sessions. I noticed in the “Blog of the minute” section, a post entitled “Jesus found dead in his grave.” A story that warrents no logical consideration continues to enjoy the limelight in a world thats all too eager to put God out of its collective memory. I guess there truly is nothing new under the sun when it comes to the hearts of men and their continued rejection of the only one who can save them from sin. Yesterdays post went into calling out a number of falsehoods concerning our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Today I really want to focus on who he is. Things that those who know him are keenly aware of, but we should nonetheless rejoice upon their every rememberance. There’s no paticular order as this post is a most spontaneous one, so here it goes.
John 1:1o “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”
Colossians 1:14-17 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
Jesus is Creator; the image of the invisible God. As one begins to ponder these things we find ourselves venturing into that which the natural mind cannot comprehend. How is God three persons and still one God? How can God be from everlasting? And why would the creator or all that is take on a physical body, come into a world that was ever so contrary to his holy nature, and give his life to redeem the inhabitants thereof? As unsearchable as God is, his incredible love for us is every bit as unsearchable. It simply is beyond any attempt to define its borders with a paragraph. Yet we know that these things, unsearchable as they are, remain true. I read a great post, last night after work, concerning the awesomeness of God. Here’s a link:
Jesus is completly holy. These are attributes that we all know, but they are always good to ponder. He has been the same from eternity past and as a result, has never ever sinned. Not a single time has he ever been corrupted. From a natural standpoint, the thought of having no beginning is, in iteslf, beyond comprehension. When you add to this the fact that during the forever past he has never commited any form of sin, it gives a glimpse into his absolute perfection. This is a very comforting fact; to know that God never changes. Imagine the horror if we were to wake up some morning and learn that God had changed. I’m eternally grateful that we don’t have to concern ourselves with such a thought. He is absolutely perfect and sinless. Any alteration would be a compromise of perfection.
Hebrews 4:15 “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”
It was a most incredible thing. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, by whom all things were created, going into the wilderness where he would be tempted by the devil, whom he also created. After fasting for forty days Jesus was hungry as anyone would be after fasting for forty days. The devil tempted him at the weakest point. “You’re the Son of God; just make these stones bread. You can end the hunger right now with just a word.” You can almost hear the attempted manipulation of the flesh. A soothing tone in his voice; using every trick in the book in an attempt to “alter Gods plan.”
Matthew 4:4 “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
He then takes Jesus to a pinnacle of the temple and quotes from Psalm 91 in an attempt to, once again, cause God to “alter his plan.” The devil wanted to “suggest something” and have the Lord bow to that suggestion. He showed him the kingdoms of the world; saying, “I’ll give you all of this; just worship me.” For the devil, it’s “all about me.” He got into trouble the first time because he wanted to set his throne above the most high. ME! ME! ME! Each time, Jesus used the infalliable word of God to defeat the devil.
In his time of dwelling among us in physical form, Jesus never sinned. He condemned sin in the flesh. When he was on the cross, many were taunting him with “He saved others but can”t save himself” and “If you come down, we’ll believe.” He could have called ten thousand angels and executed justice. But he was obediant unto death. When he said “It is finished” it was indeed finished. He went into the depths, stripped Satan of all authority, and three days later, rose from the dead. I don’t know who it is that James Camerons folks found in that tomb, but I know who it isn’t.
I Corinthians 15:3-8 “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried and that he rose the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of about five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.”
This post could go on, but I’ll end it for now as I have to get some things done. Jesus is returning and this time, every eye shall behold him. I think about that moment often as this is our most blessed hope. This world has nothing that I desire. Nothing here can compare to the living waters that spring up within the saint who’se looking for a city made without hands. An everlasting dwelling wherein righteousness prevails and nothing sinister can ever approach. A place of everlasting bliss which none of us deserve, but are partakers of by accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.
Hebrews 7:24-25 “But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”
Revelation 1:18 “I am he that liveth and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and I have the keys of hell and of death.”