This time of the year!

It is again this time of the year.  You know, chocolate eggs and bunnies are all very in vogue.  Why the bunnies and eggs?  The ruler of this world, the devil, does not want to be reminded of the irrevocable loss he suffered in his effort to get rid of Jesus.  So he tries to deflect it and scrap/erase the name of the Victor with another narrative – chocolate bunnies and eggs. 

Please don’t ignore the reason for this time of the year: the King on the Cross.   The King who died, was buried, resurrected, went back to heaven and sits at His Father’s right hand.  It is amazing that sections of the Church joins the confusion: was Jesus crucified and resurrected and did He ascend to His Father?  Some believe and some doubt.  

Who loves doubts about Jesus’ mission?  It is His enemy, Satan.  However, the facts are,  

  • If Jesus and the Cross is not real, then the Resurrection is not real.  
  • If the Resurrection is not real, the Gospel would not have spread all over the world. 
  • If the Gospel did not spread, we would not have it.  
  • But we do have it.  That means: 

The Resurrection is real because the Cross was real, because Jesus is real.  

Some notes: 

Jesus said to His disciples how the Gospel will spread, 

‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’  Acts 1:8

The Gospel did not spread by the sword or by laws.  It spread because people  recognized the miracle of a resurrected Jesus, 

‘After His [Jesus] suffering, He showed Himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that He was alive.’  Acts 1:3

And He will come back as the disciples saw Him go,

”They were looking intently up into the sky as He [Jesus] was going [back to His Father], when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky?  This same Jesus who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven.”‘  Acts 1:11

What do the bunnies and eggs prove?  Jesus is alive and well.  And those who have faith in Him will never be disappointed.

One Gospel, one Book

The Bible is the most precious book of all time.  Why?  It reveals the hope of eternal life,  

‘…This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel.’  2 Timothy 1:9b-10 

The Gospel testifies that eternal life came through our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  We might think that the ‘Gospel’ is only the four books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  Amazingly the ‘Gospel’ includes the Old Testament.

‘Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the Gospel of God — the Gospel He promised beforehand in the Holy Scriptures regarding His Son, who as to His human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by His Resurrection from the dead….’  Romans 1:1-4

Therefore Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, tells us that the Old Testament is also the Gospel.   Jesus Christ, the omniscient Son of God, agreed,

“He said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter His glory?’  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself.”  Luke 24:25-27

‘Moses and all the Prophets’ was a direct reference to the ‘Scriptures.’  That is the Old Testament.  At the time Jesus spoke, the New Testament was not yet written.  The Epistles also form part of the Gospel, 

‘His [Paul’s] letters also contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.’  2 Peter 3:16    

Thus the Old and New Testament are the Scriptures, the Gospel.  We have 66 books that together reveal God’s plan for man through Jesus.  Which ends in immortality for the elect, chosen, loyal followers of Jesus.  Revelation 17:14b  

Who does God say Jesus is?

In this blog we want to give attention to one of the statements in the comment of the Belgian Biblestudents on the blog, ‘Who is Jesus?’ They declare that, ’Clearly all those Bible text giving clarity that Jesus is another being than God.’ 

We do not agree.  According to our understanding, God the Father endorses that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Son of Man, is fully God and part of the Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Let us explain,

#  Scripture is quite clear that God is the highest authority in the universe.  That means what He says, goes.  It can be accepted as the truth.  The following verses show God’s supremacy.

  • ‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator [‘Possessor’ in some translations] of heaven and earth.’  Genesis 14:19
  • ‘You [God] alone are the Lord.  You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them.  You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.’  Nehemiah 9:6
  • ‘…God is the King of all the earth; sing to Him a psalm of praise.’  Psalm 47:7
  • ‘But the Lord is the true God; He is the living God, the eternal King.’  Jeremiah 10:10
  • ‘Amen!  Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honour and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever.  Amen!’  Revelation 7:12

#  As the above verses show, God is the highest authority in the universe.  All of creation belongs to Him.  What did He say about Jesus? 

  • “But about the Son He [God] says, ‘Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the sceptre of your Kingdom.’”  Hebrews 1:8
  • “He [God] also says, ‘In the beginning, O Lord [Jesus Christ], you laid the foundations of the earth and the heavens are the work of your hands….’   Hebrews 1:10

#  Conclusion

God, the highest authority in the universe, calls Jesus ‘God,’ and ‘Lord.’  

To be continued.

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