Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Miracle - Jesus Christ

Jesus is the eternally begotten Son of the Father, the God/Man - 'All things were made by Him' (John 1:3). He conversed in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. He told them 'And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.' (Genesis 1:28). As Redeemer, He gave the Missionary mandate, the Great Commission, to combine with the Dominion Mandate. He also is the Judge. 'For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:' (John 5:22.) 'I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;' (II Timothy 4:1.) Jesus was a living miracle, a supernatural work of God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born, and lived without sin. He died by choice, and was raised unto glory eternal with the Father. As a human, He spoke of spiritual things, the truth about spiritual reality. In John 8:12, Jesus made the claim, stated as factual truth. 'Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.' Could just a man from the country of Galilee, uneducated, without position or accreditation, claim to provide spiritual, moral, religious, and intellectual truth and guidance for all of humanity? Either He was a raving lunatic, a brilliant fraud, or the very Son of God. The past nearly 2,000 years bear witness to the accepting of the latter. Not belief only - but also the conversion and transformation of lives for the better. Indeed, whole societies and cultures have been created in His Name. Unnumbered educational institutions, hospitals, charities, churches, and missions have multiplied in great variety around the globe. The majority of the ground breaking scientists and medical researchers were Christians. The were inspired by Him, spiritually, intellectually, and morally - seeking the benefit of mankind. The Resurrection is a glorified physical body. The Resurrection is considered by many to be the best proven fact in recorded human history. This is from actual eye witness accounts from a multitude of sources, whereas many historical facts are accepted by only one mention in even questionable texts. He claimed, 'By Him were all things created, that are in heaven...' (Colossians 1:16). 'All things were made by Him.' 'In the beginning God created heaven and earth by the Word, Who was with God, Who was God, Jesus Christ' (Ephesians 3:9). Christ keeps the sun shining upon us as well as all creation, 'by the word of His power.' (Hebrews 1:3.) 'By Him all things consist.' (Colossians 1:17.) In the eternal heavenly city, there will be no need for the sun, 'for the glory of God did lighten it; and the Lamb is the light thereof.' (Revelation 21:23.) 'In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.' (John 1:4.) 'In Him we live and move and have our being.' (Acts 17:28). His power sustains everything. If He stopped, everything would also stop. Everyone who lives in this world receives some spiritual light. If not the Gospel, then in the creation, in conscience, the witness of history, etc. They are therefore responsible for their response to that measure of light. If they respond positively, they are to be given more light unto salvation. Cornelius was finally sent to Peter to deliver the complete message of salvation In Jesus Christ. Acts 10:34,35. 34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35 but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. Those who don't accept the message of the light they have, are without excuse and will die in their sins (Romans 1:20; John 8:24). The sad truth is - 'the light is come into the world, and men loved darkness, rather than light, because their deeds were evil.' (John 3:19.) Jesus said to His disciples, in Matthew 5:14 - 'Ye are the light of the world...' They were responsible to spread the light of the Gospel of Christ wherever they went. This is to be carried on by every Christian, the spread of the Gospel throughout the world. Philippians 2:15,16. 15 that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 16 holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain. Acts 4:12. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Jesus as the Bread of Life. John 6:35. 35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. In one form or another, bread is the basic food in most societies of all ages. '...cursed is the ground for thy sake...In the sweat of they face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground.' (Genesis 3:17-19.) To make a living means to provide daily bread, growing the grain, making the bread. Hard work, a difficult environment, the only way to sustain life. The only instance of an exception was the people of Israel, who did not believe God after the Exodus. They were to live in the wilderness for 40 years, neither planting grain nor making bread. God provided for them with the manna from heaven. 'The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.' (Psalms 105:40.) 'Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.' (Exodus 16:4.) It appeared every morning on the wilderness. The only effort necessary was gathering enough for each day, and twice as much on the day before the Sabbath. Psalms 78:24,25, names it 'angels' food'. When Jesus became human, the Jews demanded a sign from heaven, such as how Moses gave 'manna' from heaven. Jesus answered in John 6:32,33. 32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. John 6:48-51, 63. 48 I am that bread of life. 49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. 63 It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. We do not have to understand everything fully, the depths of spiritual truth. Just to believe what we do understand is all that is necessary. John 6:47 - 'Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me hath everlasting life.' Jesus spoke the words of God, and also is The Living Word of God - the truth. Deuteronomy 8:3. 3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. Jesus rebuked satan by quoting Scripture in Luke 4:4. 4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. Jeremiah spoke in 15:16 - 16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts. Uniquely among all written works of all the books ever written are the words of the Bible 'quick (or living), and powerful.' These words can bring life to those who will believe. It is only through the Scriptures that the Gospel came down to us. Jesus said in John 5:39 - 39 Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. II Timothy 3:15. 15 and that from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. Paul spoke to the philosophers of 1st Century Greece of the Creator of the world in Acts 17:27,28. 27 that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28 for in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. The daily bread we pray for should include our needs of daily sustenance, both material and spiritual. Let us look at the miracle of the Resurrection. The founders of every religion, but Christianity, are dead and their graves are known and revered. Christ's tomb is empty. Compared to all tests of historical fact and accuracy, Christ's resurrection has much more evidence for its authenticity than any other event in history before the modern era. Not only all the appearances to various people on different occasions, and places, as well as the empty tomb, and no one (especially His enemies) could produce His dead body. Also, the dramatic change in His disciples, from fearful fugitives to bold proclaimers of His resurrection add together as 'many infallible proofs' (Acts 1:3) that the Resurrection is the only possible explanation. 'He is risen, as He said.' (Matthew 28:6.) That death was the penalty for sin as instituted by God was settled when Adam sinned (Romans 5:12). Jesus spoke more often about hell than anyone else in the Bible (Matthew 5:30; 25:41, etc.). This is the place created for all those who reject Him as Lord and Savior. By His resurrection, He defeated death for all those who trust Him for forgiveness and salvation. John 14:19 - 'because I live, ye shall live also.' Our resurrection will be like Christ's - our bodies will also become glorified bodies - no longer subject to earth's natural forces of decay and death. Philippians 3:21 - Jesus 'shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body.' This renewal shall also extend to the rest of creation - the curse from sin will be removed. Romans 8:21 - 'Because the (creation) itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.' II Peter 3:10-13. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12 looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Thus we shall ever be with the Lord. Even so, come Lord Jesus. Amen! Article Source:

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