By Chidiebere Dennis Owah.
WHO IS THIS JESUS CHRIST?
When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Who do men say that I the Son of man am? (Matthew 16:13)
Folks, as we build up to the festival of Christmas which marks the commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ over two thousand years ago, it would be fit and proper for us to do an exploratory series of discussion on this platform that will attempt at profiling the personality that constitutes, as it is popularly said, the reason for this season-that is our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. This, I want us to meditatively embark upon in the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile, let us begin with the following:
1. THE ETERNALITY AND DIVINITY OF JESUS CHRIST:
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. (Micah 5:2; Hebrew1:8)
Jesus Christ has been and will ever remain in existence throughout all eternity. In fact, he did not begin His existence either at conception in Nazareth nor His birth at Bethlehem. He asserted that before Abraham (or for the Muslims Ibrahim) had been born, He is (John 8:56-59). His existence predates the annals of humankind, and, as a matter of fact, has no beginning nor end. He could be likened to no religious founder or leader of this world. He is the Ancient of Days. The Everlasting One. He declared in Revelation 1:8,” I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty”.Indeed,He is eternal and divine.
2. THE EXHIBITION AND DECLARATION OF JESUS CHRIST:
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. (Matthew1:21).
The exhibition, presentation or appearance of Christ after many years or ages was for the purpose of the redemption and salvation of mankind. His appearance was not for the purpose of the scenario of frivolities and frolicking that characterizes the modern-day festival of the remembrance of His birth during Christmas. Of course, you know no sensible man can take a decision to die for such a debased and degraded purpose. He came principally and purposely to emancipate us from the shackles and manacles of the Enemy of our souls-Satan.
3. OUR EMANCIPATION AND DELIVERANCE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST:
If the Son, therefore, shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. (John 8:36).
Freedom or emancipation from captivity to sin, Satan and evil habits can only come through the finished work of redemption that Christ did at the cross of Calvary. At the cross, he shed his lifeblood for our sins and opened the door for our liberation and total emancipation from the power and propensity to sin.
Now, how do we benefit from this emancipatory work he did? It comes through repentance from sin and faith in the gospel or this good news of his death for your sins. That is exactly what he expects of us in commemoration of His birth. Have you done that? May God help you to do that this season in Jesus name.