7524 - Jesus Christ - Disclosure of God


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Long ago God Himself laid the foundation for man’s life when He designated His only son, Jesus Christ, as the One in whom spiritual life is to be found. He is the figure oft prophesied in the Old Testament by the word Messiah. The one who fulfills these prophecies is found in the New Testament under the term Christ. Both words mean the "Anointed One." Anointing with oil was a symbol of being designated or chosen for a special office; thus, appropriately used for Christ as God's anointed Prophet, Priest and King. (Matt. 16 :16; John 1:45; 14:5; Acts 4:12)

In the coming of Jesus to dwell in the flesh, we have a revelation of God more perfect and glorious than any previous revelation through nature or prophecy. The Incarnation makes it possible for us to know what God is like, not in abstract ideas, but in tangible and understandable form, since the character and attributes of Jesus Christ are manifestations of God himself. He is the divine-human being, the God-man, the union of undiminished deity and perfect humanity in one person. Just how much Jesus gave up in becoming incarnate we will never be able to comprehend in this world. (John 1:18; 10:18; 14:5-10; Phil. 2:6-8; Col. 1:15,19; 2:9; Heb. 1:3)

Essentially Christianity is Christ. The person and work of Christ is the foundation rock upon which the Christian faith is built. If He is not who He said He was, and if He did not do what He said He had come to do, the whole superstructure of Christianity crumbles in ruins to the ground. Take Christ from Christianity, and you remove the life and substance from it; there is nothing left other than another religion of mankind. (Matt. 16:16-18; Gal. 2:20; Col. 1:27; 1 Cor. 15:14-19)

The name ‘Jesus’ is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew name Joshua, which signifies "Savior." The angel Gabriel instructed Mary to name Him Jesus even before His conception. The Lord told Joseph that the child should be so named, because He would save His people from their sins. It is by this name that His humanity is emphasized, as in Son of Man, a title by which He referred to Himself more than eighty times in the Gospels. It was further revealed that this Son would be the Son of the Most High, the Son of God. These titles boldly express His deity. The term ‘God our Savior’ is often used as a term which expresses His unity and identity with God. He was called ‘Lord’ many times which signified His authority as a ruler. Jesus Christ is also referred to as ‘Immanuel’ which means God with us. He is also referred to as the King of kings and Lord of lords. These are some of the names used for the Lord Jesus Christ in the Bible. (Is. 9:6; Matt. 1:21,23; 16:16; Luke 1:26-37; John 1:34; 13:6,13; 20:28; Acts 3:15; Phil. 2:11; 1 Tim. 6:15; Heb. 5:10; Rev. 1:5,8,13; 17:14; 19:16)

Jesus Christ was pre-existent with the Father long before time began. Jesus who walked among men did not come into existence during the span of time, but has always existed. Christ transcends time and space. Jesus says, "And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory which I had with you before the world began." thus, making reference to His earlier heavenly fellowship with the Father. He told the Jews, "before Abraham was, I am;" thereby stating that He outdated Abraham. The book of John opens with a revelation that the Living Word enjoyed the presence of Father God when time began. In John's gospel there is substantial identity between Jesus and the Father which did not begin with His physical birth from the virgin, Mary. Isaiah distinguished between 'a child to be born', the baby borne by Mary; and 'a son to be given', the Son of God who was given as a sacrifice for sin. The New Testament confirms that God sent forth this pre-existent Son to be born as a child from the womb of woman. It was in the councils of heaven, long before time began, that the perfect plan for redeeming a fallen human race was agreed upon and Christ was destined to pay with His own blood the price of redemption from sin for all mankind. (Is. 9:6; John 1:1-2; 8:42,58; 17:5; Acts 1:23; 3:18; Eph. 1:7; Phil. 2:6-8; Col. 1:15-17; Heb. 10:5; 12:2; 1 Pet. 1:20)