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Why Did Jesus Christ Come?

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Why Did Jesus Christ Come?

“For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Why did Jesus come? Over two thousand years have passed since the Lord Jesus died and rose victoriously from the grave and this question remains the most asked question ever. At the crucifixion, Jesus went through a great deal of pain. He was wounded, bruised, beaten, abused and made a public spectacle by the same people He had healed, fed, comforted and protected. They spat on Him and made a crown of thorns for His head. They crucified Him and left Him to die between two thieves like a criminal. Though men rejected Him, He didn’t condemn man in His hour of agony, but gave Himself as a ransom for all. His suffering came to a climax when He cried out, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34). David, in Psalm 22:1, also asked, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?”

Maybe you have also asked God this question, “Why me, God? Why should this happen to me?” Jesus went through deadly pain and suffering to put an end to this cry of many. He took your place and He did it so you could live triumphantly. Ephesians 1:5-6 says, “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

This is why He came: to give you a new identity and awaken you to the Fatherhood of God. This new identity is that you’re a child of God and you have His life in you. What glorious news! He endured the pain for you; He suffered so you’d never have to suffer. He did it all for you. You could never repay, but today you can thank Him from the depth of your heart.

FURTHER STUDY: ISAIAH 53:3-5

The Reason For Your Hope

“And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept” (1 Corinthians 15:17-20).

Sometimes, when a man is pressured by the circumstances of this life, his faith is challenged and thoughts that question the essence of his hope are stirred up in his heart. Someone once asked, “What’s the reason for our hope?” Well, it’s not unusual for this kind of question to arise in people’s hearts, especially after an unforeseen tragic event. The Bible says, “…Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15 NIV). As believers, we must fulfill this responsibility by constantly reaffirming people’s hopes in Christ Jesus, in spite of the presumed helplessness and hopelessness. Paul, in his epistle to the church in Corinth said, if Christ hadn’t been raised from the dead, then our faith is mere delusion; futile and fruitless, and our hope is inconsequential. We would have been the most miserable lot on earth. But Christ has been raised to life and He’s alive forevermore. The reality of the resurrected Christ is the essence of our hope. Hallelujah! The reason you can face the future with courage, confidence and assurance of faith is that Jesus Christ is alive and He’s living inside you. No wonder the Bible says Christ in you is the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).

What should you do when you face challenging situations? Will you respond in fear or in faith? Maybe you’ve just received some dreadful news about someone or situation that has brought fear into your heart. Just say out loud, “Christ in me is the hope of my glorious future!” You might not be able to change the past but Christ in you is the hope of your glory for today and tomorrow! However, you should understand that nobody is promising you bread and butter; nobody is promising you crackers and cheese, for things will definitely get tougher as this age winds up. Jesus said, “…be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). In other words, you can put your confidence in Christ for He’s your peace and strength. Don’t be afraid of the machinations of evil men, for the Lord will turn whatever the enemy meant for your destruction to your advantage. Stay in peace and rest in confidence for Christ in you is the hope of glory.

FURTHER STUDY: 1 JOHN 3:2-3; PSALM 31:24

The Living King

“Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle” (Psalm 24:7-8).

We have a King and the King we serve is living. In 1 Samuel 8 the Israelites demanded for a King; they wanted an earthly king to rule them but God wasn’t happy with their request because He had a plan. God’s plan was to make His Seed our King and that King is a reality today. Jesus Christ is our living King. Hallelujah! Matthew 2:1 says, “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” The Bible declares in 1 Timothy 6:15 that Jesus is the Lord of lords and the King of kings. The Bible also declares in Revelation 2:8 that “…These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;” Jesus Christ is the one that was dead but now is alive. We have the living King. Great men have lived upon the earth; many kings have come and gone; David lived and reigned as a king and his son Solomon ruled after him, but they both died. However, the Lord Jesus Christ, the One whom death couldn’t hold down, is living today. The Bible says He is the beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega. There is a life for the king and there’s no king without a kingdom. A king can only reign in his kingdom. The Bible declares concerning our King that “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11:15), and also that “the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Romans 14:17). Our King has brought His Kingdom to reality, and He’s living and reigning in our lives. Hallelujah!

FURTHER STUDY:  PSALM 10:16; PSALM 47:7

 

The Biggest Thing In Christianity

“And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:4).

Christianity is not a religion; it is the life of God at work in a man. There is one truth at the heart of Christianity that made it possible for us to receive that life, and that truth is the biggest thing in Christianity. It is what separates Christianity from religion, and without embracing this truth, it is not possible for a man to be born again. The biggest thing in Christianity is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The biggest thing in Christianity is not that Jesus was born of a virgin, even though that qualified Him to be the Saviour of the world. However, if God didn’t raise Him from the dead, there wouldn’t have been salvation. The Bible says that Jesus was delivered for our offences, and raised for our justification (Romans 4:25). When He died, we died in Him, and when He was buried, we were buried in Him (Romans 6:3-4). When He was raised from the dead, we were raised together with Him from the dead, unto a new life (Ephesians 2:6). If Jesus was not raised from the dead, then we are not justified and that means we are still in sin. But thank God that He arose from the dead! The Bible says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9). If you don’t believe that God raised Jesus from the dead, you cannot be saved, for it is one of the requirements for salvation. Take some time out today to meditate on the resurrection of Jesus and what it means to you. The resurrection of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, remains the bedrock of Christianity. You are born again, with a new life, because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the biggest thing in Christianity, because without it, there is no salvation

FURTHER STUDY: COLOSSIANS 2:12; 1 PETER 1:3

Live In His Name

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth” (Philippians 2:9-10).

Just before His ascension, Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:18-19). All authority in heaven and in earth has been given to Jesus, and He has given you the power of attorney to live and function in His Name. Everything that exists in this world is subject to the Name of Jesus. Now, when you see the Word “name,” don’t just think about the “spelling” of the Name “J-E-S-U-S.” The word “Name” refers to more than His identity. It refers to His authority and His character. As far as God is concerned, the day you were born again, you ceased to live in your name; you are supposed to live in the Name of Jesus. That means you are supposed to function in His place, with his authority and in His character. What a thought! You are supposed to act for Jesus. When you speak, it ought to be with the same words, the same power and the same authority as though Jesus Himself were the one speaking. Listen to me, no matter how nice your own name sounds, it’s nothing compared to the Name of Jesus! When you wake up to this truth and start living in His Name, your life will be full of power and glory. I encourage you to take advantage of the power of attorney that has been given to you. You represent Jesus today, so take some time out and meditate on that Name. Let the full weight of the power behind that Name of Jesus come home to you, and then begin to live in His Name.

FURTHER STUDY: MARK 16:17-18; ACTS 3:6

 

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