CELEBRATING JESUS CHRIST: WHO IS HE?
Obinna Emmanuel Obasi
This is wishing everyone merry Christmas. In my location, the day (25th December, 2018) is over, but the Spirit of Christmas lives on. Let us see the main takeaway we got out of Christmas experience.
(1) God Became Man, As Was Prophesied:
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And
the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name
will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of
His government and peace There will be no end,
It becomes clear in the above Scripture that the referenced Child is the Son, and the Son is the Wonderful, and the Wonderful is the Counselor, and the Counselor is the Mighty God, and the Mighty God is the Everlasting Father, and the Everlasting Father is the Prince of Peace, and the Prince of Peace is the Everlasting King whose increase of government and peace has no end. This is the identity of One who is True Man and Complete God.
The deity of Jesus Christ is also revealed in the New Testament: “For in Him dwelleth the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” (Colossians 2:9). The Godhead (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) is the same described by the referenced prophecy in Isaiah above.
Jesus Christ is God the Creator: He has been God from the beginning, He created all things, and there was not anything created that was not created by Him (John1:1-3). Also, we learn: “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him.” (Colossians 1:16).
(2) Christmas Is the Celebration of Jesus Christ.
Jesus is the Gift of God to mankind to demonstrate His love for us: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The many gifts that exchange hands during Christmas started with God giving us Jesus, Jesus giving us His life on the Cross of Calvary, the Maggi giving gold, frankincense and Myhre to the Baby Jesus, the shepherds giving Him praise and worship, and you and I giving our lives to same Jesus by receiving Him as our Lord and Personal Savior.
(3) You Must Accept the Gift Before Celebrating It
It makes sense to receive the gift and make it your own before you can celebrate it. That is the way it makes sense. Celebrating Christ (as gift of God) should mean receiving Him by believing in Him and making Him one’s Lord and personal Savior: this is the only way to be saved unto everlasting life (John 3:18a).
(4) Whosoever Rejects Jesus Christ Is Already Condemned
It is written: “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:18).
(5) Jesus Is Coming Again Soon!
In the previous coming of Jesus, He was a born child that was given as the Son of God to prepare us for HIS SECOND COMING. The angels said: ‘”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 1:9-11). He is coming soon to judge the living and the dead (2 Timothy 4:1).
(6) What Hope for the Unbeliever?
There is still hope for anyone who has not yet believed in Jesus, but who would decide to do so now. Jesus said He did not come to condemn anybody yet, but to save all who would believe in Him (John 3:17). The question becomes: When is the best time to be saved? The answer is that now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). Tomorrow might be too late.
(7) Receive the Gift of Eternal Life, Accept Jesus Today
Repent, and return to the Lord your God, and He will receive you (Acts 3:17-21). You didn’t need to please Him before He loved you: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8). Our sin is not able to kill Him again, for He lives forever.
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Rev. Obinna Emmanuel Obasi