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Jesus Christ… Which is He to You?

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(Part one of two)

It’s only twenty five days before we commemorate the birth of Christ, but people are sceptical about religion today, especially about Christianity. Perhaps there are some sceptical twinges in your mind. How do we know that Jesus was who He claimed to be?

The media today is often on a prowl for people with personal magnetism, charisma, and power of personality. But only one person has exercised supreme influence over every ensuing generation, touching both peasants and potentates, both rich and poor, both young and old, both men and women. John 12:32 reads: “And when I am lifted  up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” He is matchless in His magnetism.

He stepped from the carpentry shop at age 30 with no formal training in either theology or oratory, yet His first public utterance was the greatest sermon the world had ever heard. The multitudes were amazed at His teaching, for He taught with authority (Matthew 7:28-29). His listeners were astounded at His teaching, and the authorities feared it. He taught that He Himself was the centrepiece of Scripture, of history, and of God’s plan for redeeming humanity. He is matchless in His Teaching.

Christ claimed to be both divine and human, both natures being assimilated perfectly in one personality. Yet His favourite title for Himseelf was “Son of Man.” He had to be a divine being to forgive and save us (Isaiah 43:11), but He had to be human to die for our sins (Hebrew 9:22). Jesus staked His entire reputation on the proposition that He would rise again. He predicted it in the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of His ministry (John 2:19); Matthew 12:40 & 17: 22-23).

The Bible tells us that during the forty days after his crucifixion, He appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God. No other religious leader ever authenticated His message by rising from death and proving himself alive with “many infallible proofs.” Jesus is matchless in both his claims and resurrection (Acts 1:3).

TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY
(Note: Last part to be continued on tomorrow’s issue)




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