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"And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him." (Gen.22:2-3)
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Br. Samuel Babu, Believers Brethren Assembly, (BBA), Majlis - Bahrain For the last few days, we have been relentlessly praying for Br. Samuel Babu, who suffered Cardiac Problems and was admitted in Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain. It was well pleasing for our Lord to call HIS child to the Eternal Home, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no tears, no sickness and no death. He went to be with the LORD around 10:30 PM Bahrain Time today (Friday 23rd 2015). Let us uphold the grieving family members to the Throne of Grace. May the Lord bestow upon them heavenly Grace, Peace and strength and console them with the word of God.
Who Jesus is?
Evg. Dharmaraj, Thrissur
The name Jesus appears frequently in the pages of the Bible. It is the Greek form of Yehowshu`a (yeh-ho-shoo'-ah – Joshua) Jehovah-saves. There are various disputes against the historicity of the person Jesus Christ. The validating factors for his existence are never copied in a camera or in any advanced devices. The only available sources are history with its oral tradition and history with its written materials. There is a direct mention by a Roman historian that bares record of Jesus’ execution by the order of Pontius Pilate in the reign of Tiberius Caesar (Tacitus, Annals, 15.44). In Talmud, there is a statement on Jesus’ trial as a sorcerer and one who led Israel away. However, non-Christian sources substantiate the fact of Jesus’ historicity.
There are certain Christian sources that cite Jesus’ historicity. There are numerous accounts of the life and teaching of Jesus in early Christian writings outside the New Testament.
The citation of the existence is correct but the facts about Jesus’ personality may not be. To check up the actual fact let us consider the Biblical resources. 983 times (KJV) the word Jesus appears in the holy Bible. 32 times it appears as Jesus Christ; 91 times as Christ Jesus; 60 times as Lord Jesus Christ. So it is evident that there were many people who hold the title Jesus in the Old Testament as well as in the New Testament.
So, if the question is, who is Jesus the answer is simply – a good name that has a good meaning; God saved (Jehovah saved). But if the question is, who is Jesus Christ, it makes a great difference. The name Jesus signifies saviour. The name Christ signifies anointed. In the New Testament the name Christ is used as equivalent to the Hebrew Messiah (anointed), John 1:41, the name given to the long-promised Prophet and King whom the Jews had been taught by their prophets to expect. Matt 11:3; Acts 19:4.
The name of Jesus is the proper name of the Lord, and that of Christ is added to identify him with the promised Messiah. Other names are sometimes added to the names Jesus Christ, thus, "Lord," "a king," "King of Israel," "Emmanuel," "Son of David," "chosen of God."
Jesus asked his disciples at the time of his public ministry, "Who do people say that I am?" The same question confronts us today: Who is this man? What authority does he have? Why should we trust him? The disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ having made that great confession of him, in distinction and opposition unto them, who accounted him only as a prophet, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God," Matt 16:14,16. The Christian faith centers on Jesus Christ. So, then what is the meaning of Son, if God is one? Scripture is the revelation of God by which we affirm to be the object of our faith, and it says that God is one; "Hear, O Israel; The LORD our God is One”. It is in harmony with the Scripture: At the baptism of Jesus (Mat 3:16-17); in the baptismal formula (Mat 28:19); and in the apostolic benediction (2 Cor 13:14).
To express this doctrine certain propositions are to be involved in the doctrine; they are
1. That God is one, and that there is but one God (Deut 6:4; 1 Kings 8:60; Isa 44:6; Mark 12:29, 32; John 10:30).
2. That the Father is a distinct divine Person, distinct from the Son and the Holy Spirit.
3. That Jesus Christ was truly God, and yet was a Person distinct from the Father and the Holy Spirit.
4. That the Holy Spirit is also a distinct divine Person.
For the Father whom we worship, is often called so only with reference unto his Son; as the Son is so with reference to the Father. He is the "only begotten of the Father," John 10:14. But now, if this Son had no pre-existence in his divine nature before he was born of the Virgin Mary, there was no God the Father some how around two thousand years ago, because there was no Son. So the Bible is clear in portraying the divinity of Jesus, the same essence of the Father.
The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ: The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare:
*        His virgin birth (Matt. 1:23: Luke 1:31,35)
*        His sinless life (Heb.7: 26; 1Pet.2: 22)
*        His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matt.28: 6;Luke 24:39; I Cor 15:4)
*        His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9,11; 2:33; Phil.2: 9-11; Heb.1: 3)
And in John chapter 5, Jesus gives His credentials as to who He is. They are:
*        John the Baptist v. 33
*        The works the Father has given me to do and that which I am doing v.36
*        Even the Father Himself testify of me (v.37)
*        The Scriptures v.39
*        Moses, whom the Jews believed and who was the mediator of the Old covenant v. 46
*        He is said to be the Word who was God, the Creator John 1:1-3
According to John 1:14; Jesus became flesh and made His dwelling among us. Why is His humanity so important? In Hebrews 4:15, Jesus was tempted in every way, just as we are except sin. As such, Jesus can sympathize with our weakness as humans. According to 1 John 3:5, Jesus came to earth in human form so that He could die a physical death and take away our sins. How would we all be affected, if we had no potential for escape from our sins? Jesus is the key to membership in God’s family. When He stooped to our level by becoming a man, He made it possible for us to relate to Him and for God to relate to us through Him.
Our salvation depends on Jesus being both human and divine. But how can this be? How can someone infinite become finite? How can the holy Son of God become a human, in the likeness of sinful flesh?
Our question comes mainly because the only humanity that we can see now is sadly corrupt. But this is not the way God made man. Jesus shows us what true humanity is. For one thing, he shows us a person who is completely dependent on the Father. This is the way humanity ought to be.
Jesus also shows us what God is capable of doing. He can bridge the gap between the creator and the created, between the holy and the sinful. What we might think is impossible, is possible with God. Jesus also shows us what humanity will be in the new creation. When he returns and we are resurrected, we will look like him (1 John 3:2). We will have bodies like his glorious body (1 Corinthians 15:42-49).
In John 14:6, Jesus declares: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” According to Ephesians 2:8-9; “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.” If we can’t build a relationship with God by doing good deeds or repeating rituals, we can do nothing but one- Acts 4:12 is clear, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” With Jesus as our Savior, we can be confident that our salvation is secure.
Jesus is God, He can save your life, give a meaning for your life and secure your life. Accept Him today as your personal savior and Lord. And confess your sin. May God bless you. If not here in this world make sure we see each other in heaven.
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