Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Jesus Christ, Son of God - April 12, 2011

Proverbs 30:4 (New International Version, ©2011)
4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down?
Whose hands have gathered up the wind?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is the name of his son?
Surely you know!

John 1:1-5 (New International Version, ©2011)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Matthew 3:13-17 (New Century Version)
13 At that time Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan River and wanted John to baptize him.14 But John tried to stop him, saying, "Why do you come to me to be baptized? I need to be baptized by you!"
15 Jesus answered, "Let it be this way for now. We should do all things that are God's will." So John agreed to baptize Jesus.

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he came up out of the water. Then heaven opened, and he saw God's Spirit coming down on him like a dove.17 And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love, and I am very pleased with him."

John 3:16-17 (New King James Version)
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Romans 1:4 (New International Reader's Version)
4 By the power of the Holy Spirit, he was appointed to be the mighty Son of God because he rose from the dead. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.

Probably the most controversial claim that Christians make is the very claim made by Jesus himself, that he was the Son of God, and as such God in the flesh. The Bible narrative begins to speak of this from Genesis, and if you keep the coming of Jesus in mind as you read through the Old Testament, you will find it pointing to Jesus Christ. The Jewish people waited for a coming earthly king, a Messiah that would rescue them from oppression, but in the coming of Jesus all mankind would be rescued from the oppression of sin.

If people would only realize that the offer of Jesus Christ is very simple and easy. It doesn't require anything of you but to acknowledge your a sinner, that you can't be made right with God on your own, your acceptance of Christ's death on the cross as payment for all your sins, and your acceptance that Jesus is who he said he was by rising from the dead. You don't have to go to a particular church, wear any particular clothes, say any particular chants, bow this way or that, do anything special but accept God's free gift of salvation.

For human beings that is almost too easy. We think that we have to do something to get something; we have to work to earn something. We are controlled by the saying that nothing in life is free. This is not always true when it comes to God. He made all things, provides all things, and can give us what is pleasing to Him. Why would we rather make it hard on ourselves? Why would we rather turn our backs on what God offers us freely?

Every year there are a couple of times when the gift of God takes center stage in our world. That is during Christmas and Easter. He gives us the opportunity each and every year to remember what He has done for us. No matter how society would love to kill that reminder, it remains as the two most significant days in all of the world, celebrated and remembered by most all cultures and religions. How many non-Christians put up a Christmas tree and exchange presents?

Now is the time to accept the wonderful offer that God is making to us all. Jesus Christ is here; will you accept what he has done for you?

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