Jesus Christ; The Man Who Changed The World And Divided Time.


Christians around the world believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Who was this Man that Christians 2000 years later regard and worship as the Son of God?

Was He just a mere man who was born over 2000 years ago in a little town named Bethlehem and was nothing more than a historical figure? What does set Jesus apart from so many that came before Him that claimed to be the Messiah? Maybe He was just another one of those delusional people with a Messiah complex

Is He the Savior of the world as God had promised long ago and prophesied through His prophets? Jesus did not just come on to the scene out of nowhere. He came to the exact appointed time that God had determined before the foundation of the world. Jesus was the only One that ever qualified to be the true Messiah. There are over 300 prophesies in the Old Testament concerning the first coming of the Messiah. They were all fulfilled in Christ Jesus . Here are just some of OT prophesies and the NT fulfillment of them:

The Son of God,  Ps 2:7   Luk 1:32, 35.

The seed of the woman:  Gen 3:15   Gal 4:4. 

Seed of Abraham,   Gen 17:7,  22:18   Gal 3:16.

Seed of Isaac:   Gen 21:12   Heb 11:17-19.

Seed of David,  Ps 132:11   Jer 23:5   Acts 13:23   Rom 1:3.

Coming at the appointed time:   Gen 49:10   Dan 9:24, 25   Lk 2:1.

Born of a virgin:   Is 7:14   Mat 1:22, 23   Lk 2:7. 

Called Immanuel (God with us):   Is 7:14   Mat 1:22, 23.

Born in Bethlehem of Judea:   Mic 5:2   Mat 2:1   Lk 2:4-6. 

Great persons coming to adore Him:   Ps 72:10   Mat 2:1-11.

The slaying of the children of Bethlehem:   Jer 31:15   Mat 2:16-18.

Called out of Egypt:    Hos 11:1   Mat 2:15.

Preceded by John the Baptist:    Mal 3:1   Mat 3:1, 3   Lk 1:17.

Anointed with the Spirit:    Ps 45:7   Is 11:2,  61:1   Mat 3:16   Jh 3:34   Acts 10:38.

Prophet like to Moses:    Deut 18:15-18   Acts 3:20-22.

Priest after the order of Melchizedek:   Ps110:4   Heb 5:5, 6.

Entering public ministry:   Is 61:1, 2   Lk 4:16-21, 43.

Ministry in Galilee:   Is 9:1, 2   Mat 4:12-16, 23.

Entering publicly into Jerusalem:   Zec 9:9   Mat 21:1-5.

His coming into the temple:   Hag 2:7, 9   Mal 3:1   Mt 21:12   Lu 2:27-32   Joh 2:13-16.

His poverty:   Is 53:2   Mk 6:3   Lk 9:58.

His meekness:   Is 42:2   Mat 12:15, 16, 19.

Tenderness and compassion:   Is 40:11 42:3   Mat 12:15, 20    Heb 4:15.

Without guile:  Is 53:9 1Pe 2:22. 

His zeal:   Ps 69:9   Jh 2:17.

Preaching in parables:   Ps 78:2 Mat 13:34, 35. Working miracles, Is 35:5, 6 Mat 11:4-6 Jh 11:47


His bearing reproach:  Ps 22:6 69:7,9, 20   Rom 15:3.

Rejected by his brethren:  Ps 69:8   Is 63:3   Jh 1:11 7:3.

Stone of stumbling to the Jews:  Is 8:14   Rom 9:32   1Pe 2:8.

Hated by the Jews:   Ps 69:4   Is 49:7   Jh 15:24, 25.

Rejected by the Jewish rulers:  Ps 118:22   Mat 21:42   Jhn 7:48.

Jews and Gentiles combine against Him:   Ps 2:1, 2   Lk 23:12   Acts 4:27.

Betrayed by a friend:  Ps 41:9 55:12-14   Jhn 13:18, 21


Disciples forsake Him:   Zec 13:7   Mat 26:31, 56.

Sold for thirty pieces silver:    Zec 11:12   Mat 26:15.

His price being given for the potter’s field:     Zec 11:13   Mat 27:7.

Agony of his sufferings:   Ps 22:14, 15   Lk 22:42, 44.

Sufferings for others:  Is 53:4-6, 12   Dan 9:26   Mat 20:28.

Patience and silence under suffering:  Is 53:7   Mat 26:63 27:12-14.

Smitten on the cheek:  Mic 5:1   Mat 27:30.

Visage being marred:   Is 52:14 53:3   Jhn 19:5.

Spit on and scourged: Is 50:6 Mk 14:65   Jhn 19:1.

Hands and feet being nailed to the cross:   Ps 22:16   Jhn 19:18 20:25. 

Forsaken by God:  Ps 22:1   Mat 27:46.

Being mocked:   Ps 22:7, 8   Mat 27:39-44.

Gall and vinegar being given Him to drink:   Ps 69:21   Mat 27:34.

Garments being parted, and lots cast for His clothing:   Ps 22:18   Mat 27:35.

Numbered with the transgressors:   Is 53:12   Mk 15:28. 

Intercession for His murderers:  Is 53:12   Lk 23:34.

His Death:  Is 53:12   Mat 27:50.

No bones would be broken:   Ex12:46    Ps 34:20   Jhn 19:33, 36.

Pierced:   Zec 12:10   Jhn 19:34, 37. 

Buried with the rich:    Is 53:9   Mat 27:57-60.

Flesh not seeing corruption:  Ps 16:10   Acts 2:31.

His resurrection:   Ps 16:10 Is 26:19   Lk 24:6, 31, 34.

His ascension:  Ps 68:18   Lk 24:51   Acts 1:9.

Sitting on the right hand of God:   Ps 110:1   Heb 1:3. 

Exercising the priestly office in heaven:   Zec 6:13   Rom 8:34.

The chief cornerstone:   Is 28:16   1Pe 2:6, 7. 

King in Zion:  Ps 2:6   Lk 1:32   Jhn 18:33-37.

Conversion of the Gentiles to Him:   Is11:10 42:1   Mat 1:17, 21   Jhn 10:16   Acts 10:45, 47.

His righteous government:   Ps 45:6, 7  Jhn 5:30   Rev 19:11. 

Universal dominion:      Ps 72:8   Dan 7:14   Phl 2:9, 11. 

Perpetuity of His kingdom:    Is 9:7   Dan 7:14   Lk 1:32, 33.

Jesus was and is more than just a mere man. He is truly the Son of God who took away the sin of the world and nailed them to the cross. He rose from the dead, thus He overcame death and defeated Satan. He is the light of the world and He gives eternal life to those who by faith believe and trust in Him as Lord and Savior. He did not just live and died, He divided time. Because of His birth the calendar changed from BC to AD. The world was never the same again after Christ came and He has transformed many lives throughout the centuries.

 

If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, maybe you have heard about Him, maybe somebody told you about the His birth, His ministry, His crucifixion and that He rose from the dead on the third day.  He offers salvation and eternal life to those who repent and believe in Him. This Christmas season, take some time and think, what Christmas is really all about and why Christians celebrate this season. It is not about Santa Claus, gifts, parties etc. It is all about Jesus and the gift of God to mankind.

Jesus came at the appointed time. He died at the appointed time and He rose at the appointed time. His birth has changed the world and it will change you if you let Him. He offers salvation to those who will believe, and they shall not perish but have everlasting life.  Salvation is a free gift of God. All of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, no one can earn salvation or a right standing before God through their good behaviors or good deeds.

 

Various religions are trying to reach God on their own merit, trying to live a good enough life, and maybe God will let them into heaven. In biblical Christianity, God reaches down to man offering salvation through Jesus Christ and through Him alone. God provided as promised a sacrifice for us, all we need to do is receive Him and open our hearts to him.

I pray wherever you may be in the world regardless of your religious background, to at least take some time to think and reflect on the message that Christians have proclaimed for the last 2000 years. Jesus is truly the Son of God who died and shed His blood for our sins on the cross, offering forgiveness and eternal life to those who by faith call upon Him. God loves you and He does not want you to perish, but you must come to Him by the way that God provided, through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only way to salvation. 

 

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6  “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12

“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.” John 3:16

Christianity; the oldest “religion” in the World.


I believe among others, that Christianity is the oldest “religion” known to man. There are many religions that were way before Christianity that came along about 2000 years ago. Did Christianity begin 2000 years ago with a man named Jesus? Let me begin with saying that Jesus did not come to bring something completely new, He did not start a new religion and new doctrines. God’s truth is never-changing. Jesus did not just suddenly appear and brought a new message or believe to the people. The Old Testament is all about Jesus and the promise of a Savior was given long ago, long before Jesus came to the earth. The first gospel message can be found in Genesis: “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” Gen 3:15.

It is widely understood that this verse is a Messianic prophesy. This prophesy was given by God in the Garden of Eden, you can not go any further back as the Garden. Throughout the Old Testament God gave progressive prophesies concerning the Messiah. In the old the new is concealed, in the new the old is revealed. When we get to the New Testament, and we look back at the Old Testament, it’s all clear.  In the Old Testament the gospel was there from the early beginning. The Bible is a book of redemption. The Bible does contain history like the creation and the beginning of mankind, kingdoms, people and places, but the main purpose of the Bible is redemption, God’s plan of salvation for fallen man.

Jesus is all over the pages of the Old Testament, there are many prophesies concerning His first coming and many allegories that pointed to Christ. Abraham offering up Isaac on Mount Moriah which is the temple mount today, a picture of what God would do 2000 years later. Joseph in Egypt, he was not recognized by his brothers at the first meeting, but they recognized him at the second time they met. A picture of the first coming of Jesus and He was not recognized as Israel’s Messiah, which will happen at His second coming. Moses lifting up the bronze serpent in the wildness on a pole, and everybody that looked up to it was healed, a picture of Jesus lifted up on the cross dying for the sin of the world and giving healing and life to those who would look upon Him and believe. He was the Rock in the wildness bringing forth water, He was the Bread that came from heaven and so much more.

The 70 weeks of Daniel given by the angel Gabriel gave the exact time and day when the Messiah would ride into the city of Jerusalem. Zechariah prophesied that the King would come riding lowly on a donkey. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on what we now know as Palm Sunday. Nothing was by coincidence, God had a divine plan and time schedule and Jesus came at the appointed time, His hour. The day the Lord has made. There are over 300 prophesies concerning the first coming of Christ, and He has fulfilled them all. Jesus was nailed the cross at the time of the morning offering on passover, He gave up His Spirit at the time of the evening sacrifices. This day was also predicted long ago and God had a certain day in mind and Jesus died on that exact appointed day. Old Testament believers were looking forward to the coming of the Messiah, they believed God, thus it was accounted to them as righteousness.

Today we look back at the cross and the finished work of Christ and because we believe by faith we are accounted righteous before God through Christ who is our righteousness. The gospel i.e the good news is therefore much older than 2000 years, the gospel and the coming of the Messiah goes all the way back to the beginning. There are many religions today and in the past, but they are all man-made and they are all man centered. The Christian faith is not really a religion per say, it is a relationship with the true and living God. Christians worship and serve the God of creation, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The God that is truth and His word which is sharper than a two-edged sword. If you read this and you are of another faith, like Islam or maybe Hinduism etc. consider Jesus and the claims He made. He came to die in our place, God did what we could not do for ourselves. He gave His only begotten Son. Jesus said that He came to set us free from bondage. Are you in bondage to sin or religion? Do you want to be forgiven of your sins and have eternal life? Jesus promised that those who would believe will never die. He died for us and rose from the dead to overcome death and give eternal life to those who would believe. Jesus is God and only God can forgive sins, all other gods are impostors and they do not exist.

“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. “You shall have no other gods before Me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.” Exd 20:2-5

Many religions have made their own gods made out of wood, metal, in the likeness of man, they worship the creature rather than the Creator. These gods do not move, they can’t hear or speak. They are dead, they cannot give life eternal, only the true and living God of the Bible can. There is only one way to be reconciled to God the Father, and that is through His Son Christ Jesus. May you find Him and feel His peace and His love. May you realize how much He loves you.

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

“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.” John 3:16

The Trinity; is it biblical?


The doctrine of the Trinity, simply stated, is as follows: The Bible teaches that there is one eternal God who is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. He is the only God that exists. However, within the nature of this one God are three persons, or three centers of consciousness – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three Persons are co-equal and co-eternal. They are also distinguishable or distinct from one another. These three distinct Persons are the one God. Everything that is true about God is true about the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. While the Bible teaches that the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Spirit is God it is wrong to say that God is the Father, God is the Son, or God is the Spirit. God’s nature consists of three distinct Persons. Therefore it is incorrect to limit God to one particular member of the Trinity.

We find all three members of the Trinity at the baptism of Jesus.

“As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased”. Mat 3:16, 17
 
God the Father acknowledged God the Son, while God the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus.
The doctrine of the Trinity was not clearly formulated until after the New Testament was written. However there are anticipations of the doctrine in the Old Testament. A hint of the doctrine of the Trinity can be found in the first verse of the Bible. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Gen 1:1

The Hebrew word for God is Elohim. Elohim is a plural noun but it is used here with a singular verb bara. In the remainder of the Old Testament, when Elohim speaks of the true God, it is always used with a singular verb. The conclusion to be drawn is that in some sense God is both singular and plural. The doctrine of the Trinity states this – within the nature of the one God there are three eternal persons. We find a further hint of the Trinity in Genesis 1

“Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth” Gen 1:26
 
The phrase “let us” again gives the idea of plurality. The word “Us” cannot refer to angels because angels do not create.
Therefore, in the first chapter of the Bible we have a hint of the Trinity with the plural title Elohim used with a singular verb and God speaking and saying, “Let Us.”

The words “Let Us” is used elsewhere of God speaking in Genesis. After Adam and Eve sinned the Bible records.
Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.” Gen 3:22

At the incident at the Tower of Babel we read God saying.
“Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” Gen 11:7
 
Isaiah the prophet recorded God saying.
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me” Isaiah 6:8

There is one statement in the Old Testament that gives a fairly clear indication of the Trinity.
“Come near me and listen to this: “From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret; at the time it happens, I am there. “And now the Sovereign LORD has sent me, with his Spirit. This is what the LORD says – your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.” Isaiah 48:16, 17
 
In verse sixteen, God the Son is speaking. He identifies the Father [the Sovereign Lord] and His Spirit as having sent Him. In the next verse, the Son is clearly spoken of as the Lord. Consequently these verses identify three distinct Persons who are God without denying the fact there is only one God.

The concept of the trinity is clearly taught in the Bible, there are many more verses in the OT and of course in the NT where the trinity is more explained. People that try to deny the triune nature of God, do so to diminish Jesus and His deity. The baptism of Jesus mentions all three, Father Son and Holy Spirit. When Thomas who was doubting that Jesus had risen wanted proof. Jesus appeared to him: “Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” John 20:27, 28
 
Thomas clearly calls Jesus God. In Acts we find Peter calling the Holy Spirit God when he confronted Ananias about his deceit: “But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? “While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” Acts 5:3, 4
 
Peter clearly calls the Holy Spirit God. There is one more example, in the account of Steven who was the first martyr we read this:  “But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” Acts 7:56, 57
 
Here we can clearly see that the Holy Spirit was indwelling Stephen, God the Father on the throne and Jesus standing on the right side of the throne to receive Stephen.

The trinity or triune nature of God is clearly taught in the Bible and was not made up later as some claim, there are some religions like Islam, Cults and even some Christian denominations who would deny the trinity. I personally can not see why anybody would or can deny the trinity given the overwhelming evidence in the Bible about the triune nature of God.