Who is Jesus Christ? (updated 2015)
By Clifton Eaton
Harmony Baptist Church
There are certain global issues facing the world today. These include climate change, hunger, diseases, terrorism, and the distribution of the world’s resources. The nations of the world are uniting themselves to deal with these issues. The United Nations Organization was formed for this very purpose. Many now believe that perhaps we should just dispense with national borders and have one world with one leader in order to deal with these issues most effectively. Many of these decisions are based on the false assumption that there is no God, and that man is the ultimate authority on matters pertaining to life. The Bible tells us that there is a God who created the universe. It is He who is the ultimate Authority, and it is He who determines not only the destiny of the universe, but the destiny of everyone and everything in it.
The Bible also tells us that the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s only Begotten Son, who came to earth 2000 years ago, will return as the Ultimate Ruler of the world. WE KNOW THAT THE BIBLE IS THE INSPIRED WORD OF THE ALMIGHTY GOD, AND THAT IT IS TRUE, BECAUSE OF FULFILLED PROPHECIES.
The history of the world was told in advance 2500 years ago by the prophet Daniel (Daniel 2:36-45). He wrote among other things that, “the time of the end, many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” (Daniel 12:4).
The Lord Jesus Christ prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem, the Jewish diaspora, their re-gathering as a nation, and their reoccupation of Jerusalem. Jerusalem was destroyed in AD 70. The Jews re-gathered as a nation in 1948. The Jews recaptured Jerusalem in 1967.
A large number of persons who are not Christians believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was just a man from Nazareth of Galilee who lived and died 2000 years ago. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Lord Jesus Christ was and still is the Eternal Word of the God of the universe. In order to redeem and reconcile mankind back to God He became a human being and lived among us (John 1:1- 14). His death paid the penalty for the sins (evil deeds) of the whole world. He rose from the dead, ascended back to heaven, where He is now seated at the Right Hand of God The Father. The presence of the Holy Spirit in the world today convincing, convicting, and converting humans attests to this fact. The Lord Jesus Christ will return to judge both the living and the dead (2 Timothy 4:1). However we do not have to face Him in judgment. If we confess and forsake our sins, “He will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). He will then receive those of us who put our trust in His finished work of redemption, as children of the living God (John 1:12).
The first reference to the Lord Jesus Christ in the Hebrew Scriptures appears in Genesis 3:15, where He is described as the Seed of the Woman who would bruise the serpent’s head. If we accept that the Book of Job was written before the five books of Moses, then the first reference to the Lord Jesus Christ is in Job19:25. There He is described as the Redeemer who lives and who would “stand at the latter day upon the earth.”
The Hebrew Scriptures are replete with references to the Lord Jesus Christ prior to His coming to earth. These show very clearly that the Lord Jesus Christ was not a mere man but the Eternal Word of God veiled in flesh. THE OLD TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES WERE NOT WRITTEN BY CHRISTIANS!
We will now examine some of these references TO THE Lord Jesus Christ:
1) Jesus is Mahalael, the blessed God who would descend teaching (Genesis 5:15-21). The Gospel is veiled in the Meanings of the Names of the Patriarchs in Genesis 5
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2) Jesus is the Priest Forever after the Order of Melchisedec (Genesis 14:18ff; Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 7:1-3)
3) Emmanuel- God with us (Isaiah 7:14).
4) The mighty God, the Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
5) JEHOVAH TSIDKENU (The LORD our Righteousness) (Jeremiah 23:5-6; 2 Cor. 5:21).
6) Will return to the earth when the Gospel has been preached to all ethnic groups (Matthew 24:14)
7) Will return as the Judge of the whole World (Matthew 25:31-45).
8) The Word of God Incarnate (John 1:14)
9) God the Son (John 1:18).
10) Loves you and died for YOUR sins (John 3:16)
11) To be honored as we honor God the Father (John 5:23)
12) The Great “I AM” (John 8:58)
13) Resurrection and Life (John 11:42).
14) The only Way to God the Father(John 14:6)
15) Is in the Father and the Father in Him (John 14:10)
16) The End of the Law (Romans 10:4).
17) Eternal Life (1 John 1:2)
18) Alive forevermore and has the keys of Death (Revelation 1:18).
19) Is worshipped in Heaven as God the Father is worshipped (Revelation 5:13)
20) King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16).
“EVERYBODY OUGHT TO KNOW WHO JESUS IS!” OUR ETERNAL DESTINY DEPENDS ON IT!! JESUS SAID, “UNLESS YOU BELIEVE THAT ‘I AM’ YOU SHALL DIE IN YOUR SINS” (JOHN 8:24). THE GREATEST SIN THAT ANYONE CAN COMMIT IS THAT OF DYING IN THEIR SINS!
WE KNOW THAT THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD BECAUSE IT IS TRUE. IT IS TRUE PROPHETICALLY. DANIEL CHAPTER 2 CONTAINS THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN ADVANCE. PROPHESIES CONTAINED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT ARE BEING FULFILLED TODAY, THESE INCLUDE FOR EXAMPLE, ISRAEL DESTROYED AS A NATION IN AD 70, WAS REGATHERED AS A NATION IN 1948, AND RECOVERED JERUSALEM IN 1967. THIS WAS PROPHESIED IN LUKE 21:5-24. ALL THE WORLD CAN NOW VIEW SIMULTANEOUSLY ANY EVENT TAKING PLACE ANYWHERE ON EARTH (REV. 11:1-13), AND WE NOW USE WWW (HEBREW FOR 666) TO BUY AND SELL (REV.13:16-18).
THE BIBLE IS TRUE HISTORICALLY. ARCHEOLOGY CONFIRMS ITS CONTENTS. THE BIBLE IS ALSO TRUE EXPERIENTIALLY. THE EXPERIENCES OF GODLY INDIVIDUALS DESCRIBED IN THE BIBLE ARE SIMILAR TO THE EXPERIENCES OF GODLY PERSONS LIVING TODAY.
There is Purpose to our Existence
By Clifton Eaton
Harmony Baptist Church
"Life is a joke as all things show it. I thought so once and now I know it." So reads the epitaph on someone's tombstone. On the other hand the renowned poet, H. W. Longfellow, reminds us, "We can make our lives sublime, and departing leave behind us footprints on the sands of time." Is life really just a joke or is there meaning to life? Must we live life as an empty purposeless dream or should life challenge us to leave footprints on the sands of time? Why are we here and where do we go from here? These are some of the questions religion seeks to answer.
Many people believe that there is meaning and purpose to the existence of the universe, and that there is meaning and purpose to the life of every individual. They believe that it is up to the individual to determine whether his life will be a joke, an empty dream, or whether it will be an opportunity to leave footprints on the sands of time.
Christians, for example, believe that we are all stewards of our lives entrusted to us by God, and we will one day be required to give to God an account of our stewardship. This is a sobering thought since many believe that they do not need religion. Others profess that there may not even be a God. Still others believe that there is no life after death and so the purpose of any religion is that we lead good moral lives here and now. Considering the alternatives, I have decided to approach life from the Christian perspective.
From the Christian perspective not only is there a God who created the universe and everything in it, but that God over a period of 1500 years revealed His attributes and purpose through holy men who wrote them in books. Sixty-six of these books have been collected into one book that we call the Bible. Furthermore, as His final revelation, God actually visited the earth 2000 years ago in the Person of Jesus Christ. While Jesus Christ was here on earth, he confirmed that the thirty-nine books written up to that time were written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches that God is omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient (knows all things), and omnipresent (everywhere at the same time). He transcends the universe, but at the same time He is imminent to the universe and everyone and everything in it.
God is a person who loves everyone, and desires everyone to have a personal relationship with Him here and now, and then to live with Him forever. He established both physical and moral laws to govern the universe and everyone and everything in it. The physical universe functions according to these laws. The lower animals by instinct also function according to these laws. However, He gave man a free will thus making man a free moral agent and man chose to live contrary to God's moral laws. This has resulted in evil deeds called sin. Sin may be described as man's rebellion against God. Sin alienates man from God and results in suffering and death.
Jesus Christ stated that His purpose for coming to earth was "to give His life as a ransom for many." This means He was to die as a sacrifice to pay for the sins of mankind. Jesus was crucified on a Roman cross. But because He is the Son of God, He rose from the dead and is alive today seated at the right hand of God the Father. He has promised to return as the judge of all mankind. At that time, He will put an end to all evil, and receive His followers so that they can spend eternity with Him. His true followers make up the Christian Church. The Christian Church has been entrusted with the task of spreading this good news, called the gospel, that eternal life is available to all who will repent of their sins and put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Without this hope, life has no meaning. Any religion that would qualify as a religion for daily living should impart this hope of eternal life. If we do not have this hope of eternal life, then indeed, "life is a joke as all things show it." However, with the hope of eternal life, "we can make our lives sublime, and departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time."
BECOMING PART OF GOD'S NEW REDEMPTIVE DESIGN
Jesus invites us to become a part of His new redemptive design (Matt 11:28-30). The availability of this wonderful opportunity is the Gospel. Gospel simply means good news. This opportunity was not cheap. It cost Jesus His life. But it is free to you and me. The Gospel is summarized in 1 Cor. 15:3-4. The end result of believing the gospel and accepting Christ appears in 1 Thess. 4:16-18.
The steps to take in accepting Jesus Christ are:
(a) Realize that you are a sinner (Rom. 3:23).
(b) Realize that right now you are under a sentence of death (Rom. 6:23).
(c) Realize that Christ died in your place (John 3:16; Rom. 5:8).
(d) Confess your sins and ask God for forgiveness (1 John 1:8-9).
(e) Accept God's free gift of salvation by trusting Christ as your savior (Ephesians 2:8-9).
(f) You then become a child of God by the work of the Holy Spirit, and a member of God's family (John 1:12).ALL GOD'S PROMISES ARE NOW YOURS!!!!!!!