Friday, 28 July 2017

Today Reminder (Who is Jesus) – 28 July 2017

A reminder for today
Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. (Mark 13:31)

Who is this amazing God that we worship? How do we know Him and how do we look at Him? Here are a few ideas I read that I would like to share with you.

Jesus is recognized as both Yahweh and Elohim in the prophecy in Isaiah 40:3: “Prepare the way of the Lord [Yahweh]; make straight in the desert a highway for our God [Elohim].” This verse was written in reference to John the Baptist preparing for the coming of Christ (as confirmed in John 1:23) and represents one of the strongest affirmations of Christ’s deity in the Old Testament. In Isaiah 9:6, we likewise read a prophecy of Christ with a singular variant (El) of Elohim: “And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God [El], Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Jesus is Theos. The New Testament Greek word for God, Theos, is the corresponding parallel to the Old Testament Hebrew term Elohim. A well-known example of Christ being addressed as God (Theos) is found in the story of “doubting Thomas” in John 20. In this passage, Thomas witnesses the resurrected Christ and worshipfully responds: “My Lord and my God [Theos]” (John 20:28).

Jesus is called Theos throughout the rest of the New Testament. For example, when a jailer asked Paul and Silas how to be saved, they responded: “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household” (Acts 16:31). After the jailer believed and became saved, he “rejoiced, having believed in God [Theos] with all his household” (verse 34). Believing in Christ and believing in God are seen as identical acts.

Jesus always spoke in His own divine authority. He never said, “Thus saith the Lord” as did the prophets; He always said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you. . . .” He never retracted anything He said, never guessed or spoke with uncertainty, never made revisions, never contradicted himself, and never apologized for what He said. He even asserted, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Mark 13:31), hence elevating His words directly to the realm of heaven.

Most importantly is that His followers worshipped Him as God and when He returned to heaven, they went on and carried the gospel all over the world regardless of persecution and troubles that they faced. This in its own should boost your faith to a new level and now knowing that Jesus is God you should understand more of who Jesus is and the magnitude of what He did on the cross. You are saved and so blessed. Come with me today as we rejoice and praise His name. Our God lives and He is coming back soon.

Lord, let us understand that there is power in your name and let us fully comprehend the nature of who you are. Lord, you are our God and we love you with all our hearts. Let us be victorious and show you to this dark world. In Jesus name.

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus.