Monday, 22 December 2014 14:13
(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATION: “...`Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger’...” (Luke 2:11-12, the Holy Bible).
KNOWING WHY WE CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF JESUS: So, as we go through the homestretch in our preparations for Christmas 2014, we should have realized by now that to understand why we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we must shun the material festivities that we have been used to, and instead focus on the real reason for all these annual December celebrations—Jesus Christ.
Do we really know Jesus Christ? Do we know why is the whole world celebrating his birth? Today, as we begin the countdown for Christmas 2014, let us pause, and consider several parts of the Bible, the book which describes Him well, which can help us understand who He is.
JESUS IS GOD AND SAVIOR: In the Old Testament of the Bible, it is clear that believers saw God as their only Savior and no one else. Thus, in the Book of Psalm and in the Book of Isaiah, for instance, the reference to any “Savior” has always been God Himself. Inevitably, for these early believers, there is only one “Savior”, and that is God, no one else.
This is subsequently repeated in important parts of the New Testament, the most telling of which is Luke 1:47, and 1 Timothy 1, 2 and 4. But there is something more in the New Testament about who this “God and Savior” is. In Titus 2:13, it is there written, “our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ”. Indeed, Jesus is God and it is His being God that enabled Him to be the Savior of all sinners.
“GOD CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN AND ASSUMED HUMAN FORM AS JESUS”: Here is more on Jesus being God: In Isaiah 7:14, a prophecy was made that a virgin will conceive and give birth to a boy who will be named Emmanuel (which means, “God is with us”). In Isaiah 9:6, this prophecy was made clearer by the clarification that the boy will be called “Mighty God, Everlasting Father”.
In Matthew 1:18-25, it was explained that the virgin’s name was Mary, and that the boy she was to give birth to was to be named Jesus (“because he will save his people”). Then, in John 1:1-14, it was there stated that God is the Word, the Creator of all things, the Giver of life, the Light that came into this world but was not accepted by His own people, and is the One who came down from heaven and assumed human form.
SEEING JESUS IS SEEING THE FATHER: In John 14 of the Bible, Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, makes a stunning, although not much-publicized, claim about who He really is, in answer to a question by Thomas. Jesus said, anyone who has seen Him has already seen the Father as well, and that anyone who knows Him, Jesus, knows the Father as well (a proof that He, Jesus, is the Father and the Son at the same time, and that He, Jesus, is God).
Here is that part of John 14: “Thomas said to him, `Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus answered, `I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him’...”
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