God in Human Form
Dr. John K. Mathew
H.G.Wells, an English novelist and historian was not a friend of Christianity. In fact, his biographers portray him as either a skeptic or an atheist. However, his five volumes on world history contain information about Christ than anyone else in human history. According to Tim Lahaye, " beyond all doubt, Jesus Christ is the most discussed, debated and scrutinized person who ever lived".
The historicity of Christ is unquestionable, that people all over the world acknowledge him to be the most outstanding personality ever lived on planet earth. Today, it is not a burden upon Christians to prove the birth of Christ. The simple fact of His birth as a baby in a manger in Bethlehem points to another crucial truth, His Second Coming.
There is a drastic difference between the "Christmas Christ" and the Second Coming of Christ. The first time He came, He came veiled in the form of a child. The next time He comes, and we believe it will be soon, He will come unveiled, and it will be abundantly and immediately clear to all the world just who He really is.
The first time He came, a star marked His arrival. The next time He comes, the whole heavens will roll up like a scroll, and all the stars will fall out of the sky, and He Himself will light it. The first time He came, wise men and shepherds brought Him gifts. The next time He comes, He will bring gifts, rewards for His own. The first time He came, there was no room for Him. The next time He comes, the whole world will not be able to contain His glory. The first time He came, only a few attended His arrival... some shepherds and some wise men. The next time He comes, every eye shall see Him. The first time He came he came as a baby. Soon He will come as Sovereign King and Lord.
Two thousand years ago Pilate, the Roman governor asked a question. " What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah" ?
This is a recurring question we all need to answer. Who is Jesus for us? What shall we do with him ? To quote Lahaye once again, " Even after twenty centuries, He has more defenders and opponents than any other single figure. While there are thousands of academicians with the highest of degrees who willingly confess Him as Lord, there are also thousands of others who would, if they could, destroy His credibility". Who is Jesus for you?.
Many famous writers, thinkers, and leaders of history witnessed to their belief in Jesus Christ.
William Shakespeare: 'Jesus Christ, my Savior'.
W.E. Gladstone: 'All that I live for is based on the divinity of Jesus Christ'.
It can be concluded with the fitting lines of C.S. Lewis, "God has landed on this enemy-occupied world in human form. The perfect surrender and humiliation were undergone by Christ ... perfect because he was God."
Who is Jesus Christ for you?