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The Unique Christ

The Unique Christ

Dr. Benjamin George

God Reveals Himself to Man Through Jesus Christ

It is impossible for man to find the invisible God by searching for Him! God is Spirit and not man. No one has ever seen God or found Him. People have all kinds of notions about God but no one has known Him.

However, God in His mercy and love for man, has been revealing Himself little by little through prophecies, visions and dreams to searching men of different ages and backgrounds. The Bible says, “In the past, God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word” (Heb 1.1-3).

God Reconciles Man To Himself Through Jesus Christ

The Bible, tells of the creation, especially of man, in these words, “the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Gen 2.7). Then it unfolds the story of man turning away from His creator God, seeking to do his own will and pleasure. He disobeyed God and did wrong and became a sinner. Man’s sins separated him from the life and fellowship of God. He incurred God’s wrath and judgment leading to spiritual and physical death (Gen 3.23).

But the Bible tells us, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (Jn 3.16,17). The apostle Paul reveals to us, “God through Christ reconciled to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death (on the cross) to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel” (Col 1.20-23; Rom 5.10).

Jesus Christ – The Incarnate Son of God

From the beginning, Jesus Christ was with God in heaven. He was Himself God. He became man (Jn 1.1). We call it incarnation. He was born as a babe in Bethlehem in Palestine, to a virgin called Mary, two millennia (two thousand years) ago. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end” (Lk 1.26-35). The angel of the Lord told quoted to Joseph from the prophet and said: “His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us”. (Mat 1:23).

John the disciple wrote, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (Jn 1.14,18). He was God’s gift to man. So Jesus was called the Son of God (Jn 3.16). He called Himself ‘Son of man’ because He was Mary’s son (Mt 8.20; Mk 6.3).

Jesus Christ – His  Ministry and Miracles 

Jesus grew up with his parents, Joseph and Mary, in the town of Nazareth (Mt 2.23). At the age of thirty, He began to preach and teach the kingdom of God. He declared the good news of God’s love and forgiveness. He helped the poor and needy and healed all the sick who came to Him with every kind of disease, and delivered the demon-possessed. By the many miracles He did, He proved Himself to be the Son of God with the power of the Holy Spirit (Mk 6.2; Jn 10.32; 14.11; Act 2.22).

Jesus Christ is the Only One Who Died for Man’s Sins!

The Jews were expecting their ‘Messiah’, the ‘Deliverer’ promised by God and they waited eagerly for Him. But when God sent Him not as a prince born in a palace but as a babe in a manger in Bethlehem, they could not and did not believe in Him. Their rulers refuted Jesus’ claims to be the Son of God, the Messiah – the anointed One sent by God! They persuaded the Roman Governor, Pilate, to crucify and kill Him (Mt 27.26). All this happened in fulfillment of the prophecies through the prophets and Jesus’ own pronouncements. Jesus had already warned the disciples that His enemies would ill-treat Him and put Him to death on a cross; He would give his life a ransom for sinners; but He would rise up from the grave on the third day (Mt 16.21).

So Jesus died on the cross at Calvary outside the city of Jerusalem, bearing the sin of all. He was buried in the tomb of a rich disciple, Joseph of Arimathaea, in the presence of many. His tomb was sealed by the Roman governor and the soldiers guarded it (Mt 27.57-66). In all of history, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the only One who died to pay the penalty of man’s sin.

Jesus Christ Is The Only One Who Rose From The Dead!

Jesus rose from the dead on the third day as He had said he would. The first to know about His resurrection, besides the angels, were Mary, His grieving mother, Mary Magdalene and their friends who went to the tomb to anoint His body. The same day Jesus appeared to the eleven disciples also (Jn 20). Indeed, Jesus was with the eleven disciples on a number of occasions, talking with them and at times eating too, proving to them that He was truly alive (Jn 21). The apostle Paul mentions in his writings that later Jesus appeared to more than five hundred of his disciples at one time of whom many were still alive at the time of his writing! (1 Cor 15.6).

Jesus Christ is Alive and is With Us Today

Jesus ascended to the Father in heaven and is now seated on the right hand of the throne of God (Act 1.9-11; Rev 5.1). From the Father, He sent down His own Spirit – the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity – to His disciples. Thus Jesus fulfilled His promise, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Mat 28.20). Jesus Christ is alive today, unlike any other great leader, religious or otherwise. He is able to hear and answer the prayers of everyone who calls on Him. Jesus asked His disciples to trust in Him and ask Him for whatever they needed (Jn 14.14). Not only that,  He also intercedes to God the Father in heaven on our behalf (Heb 4.14-16; 7.25).

Jesus Christ is Coming Again to Rule the World

Jesus told His disciples, “I am going to my Father’s house to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (Jn 14.2,3).

Jesus is coming again to establish His kingdom on earth and reign over all the people in righteousness and peace. At the trial of Jesus, the Jewish high priest asked, “Are you the Christ, the Son of God?” Jesus replied, “I say to you, in the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven” (Mt 26.63,64). 

Long before the birth of Jesus, God had promised through the prophet Isaiah, the birth of His Son who would be the Ruler of the world, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time forever” (Isa 9.6-7).

Jesus Christ will Judge all Men for their Deeds

The Bible clearly says that Jesus is the only One appointed by God to judge the world of sin. The apostle Paul once preached about the judgment to come and said, “In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man (Jesus) he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead” (Act 17.30-31). Jesus said, “The Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done” (Mt 16.27).

Jesus Christ Is The Only One Who Can Forgive Our Sins And Save Us 

Many people believe that God will simply forgive their sins just for the asking! But it would be injustice on the part of a just God to simply forgive us our sins because we merely asked for it! And it will be ignorance on our part to blindly believe that a God who is far more righteous than all earthly judges will forgive our crimes without us having to pay the penalty.

No other religious leader however great, except Jesus Christ, has died for man’s sin! Because Jesus died on the cross for the sin of the world, He can pardon all who ask Him for the forgiveness of their sins. When anyone acknowledges Jesus as their Saviour and Lord and commits themselves to follow Him daily, He grants them salvation from sin and eternal life.

Jesus Christ without Equal!

The world has never seen or heard of anyone like Jesus, admits everyone of all persuasions! We have had many spiritual and religious leaders, and good men they were. But they all have died and were buried. Their remains are still in their graves. However much we reverence their tombs and continue to trust in them, they are not able to hear us or help us today! 

None of them ever claimed that they would rise from the dead and come to our aid, and nobody expects it! Only Jesus Christ, the God incarnate, who was and is and is to come, and is the same yesterday, today and forever, is our certain help for today and sure hope for the future! (Rev 1.8; Heb 13.8).

Commit your Life to Christ

You need to believe in this unique Christ Jesus and commit your life to Him. Only then will you know the love of Christ for you and His power in your life. Commitment is a matter of your will. Once you make a commitment, you will have the determination and the discipline to keep it!

If you haven’t committed your life to Christ, why not do it Now! Or, if your commitment is only partial, make a fresh and full commitment to Jesus Now! He will begin to change you and make you like Him. 

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