Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord. (BFM).
Romans 5:8 reminds us; “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (English Standard Version).
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God being that He is fully deity and fully human. This is difficult for anyone to just wrap their mind around the concept and belief. Some I have heard compared this to the mythical god Hercules being a mythical god and man. However, this is not a good comparison, for one Hercules is a myth and second he was half and half, not fully depicted as one or the other. So using information from the world’s knowledge is difficult to explain the wonders of God without bordering on blasphemy. Be careful what common understandings are used to explain the mysteries of God and the things of God’s Words!
The birth of Jesus Christ is an amazing recording all in of itself because “He who made the universe came into His own creation to save His people” (BFM). The birth of Christ was amazing in of itself because “He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born to the virgin Mary” (BFM). This virgin birth is central to the believer’s understanding of who Jesus Christ is and is a miracle beyond our full understanding. Why would the Son of God leave His place in heaven and spend a lifetime in a physical body? He came to point us to the Father and give us some guidance and direction on how to live our lives to the fullest with the kingdom of God on our mind.
This goes on to explain the life of Christ. “In His perfect humanity Christ perfectly identified with us; yet He did not sin” (BFM). Jesus Christ was able to identify with His creation by putting on flesh and spending time among the people He created for His glory. “Christ fulfilled all of the righteous requirements of the law – something no other person could ever do” (BFM). Because of His perfect life, He was the perfect sacrifice for the sins of humanity.
The death of Christ is in order to save us from death (eternal separation from God) due to mankind’s sinful nature in the flesh. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23, ESV). Christ’s death on the cross bridged the gap between our separation from God and a relationship with Him for an eternity.
After the death of Christ, He was able to conquer death and overcome the sinful nature that plagues the world and rose from the grave. This is why it is so important for us to spread the Word of God to all people no matter where we may be and their circumstances.
Romans 10:5-17 this passage reminds myself of the importance to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people and not to just sit on my hands letting others do the work.
5 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. 6 But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.(ESV)
As believers, we are all called to spread the good news of Christ to all peoples and to tell those even across the street the importance of Christ being within our lives. One day I anticipate the return of Jesus Christ. I’m not sure how it will look or what will take place, but in reading through the Bible and ending up in Revelations it seems like an amazing event.
“When He returns, He will claim His church, complete His mission, bring all things to consummation, judge the world, and be revealed as the Lord of all creation. Christ’s return will be bodily, visible, glorious, and triumphant. Christians look to Christ’s return with anticipation and hope, knowing God’s purposes will be accomplished and Christ will claim His church and vindicate His people” (BFM).
Believers, let’s wait with anticipation for Christ’s return and also spread the news of Jesus Christ to all people we come across in our daily lives. God bless.