"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path". Ps 119:105
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
This study we will consider the Lord Jesus Christ - the centre of the purpose of God.
Jesus was the name given to the little babe born at Bethlehem nearly 2,000 years ago. The name means 'Saviour' and the name was given as the angel instructed:
'Christ' is really a title and means 'anointed', therefore 'Specially chosen'. Jesus was THE CHRIST just as John was spoken of as THE BAPTIST.
God's Purpose in the Beginning
In the last lesson it was shown that God planned in the very beginning, in Eden, to provide a Saviour - one who would overcome the power of sin. The lesson showed that the one who would bring such blessing upon the human race would be in the line of Abraham. Mary recognised that her son was the one promised and in her Song of Rejoicing she sang,
The prophet Daniel spoke of the time when the Messiah would appear. The prophet Micah wrote of the place of his birth. Matthew records the visit of the Wise Men to Herod. Notice how many times Matthew records that events happen in fulfilment of the words of the Old Testament prophets
It was God's purpose from the beginning to send Jesus and, when the right time came, God's purpose was put into effect. John wrote, 'The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth' (John 1 v 14).
Why Did Jesus Come?
A well-known verse quoted before in these studies says,
Jesus was given to the world by God in a very real sense. The angel Gabriel had appeared to Mary to tell her she was to have a son. Mary asked how this was possible as she was a virgin. The angel replied,
This, too, had been the subject of prophecy as Matthew records (Matthew 1 v 22-23).
You may know that in Old Testament times, animals were sacrificed as a continual reminder of the consequence of sin and of a way of deliverance. The man who offered, recognised that death was the result of sin, and sometimes he had to associate himself with the death of the animal as a sign that he recognised this principle (Leviticus 1 v 3-4). Paul wrote, 'The wages of sin is death' (Romans 6 v 23).
In the Letter to the Hebrews, three points about sacrifices are made very clearly:
The Bible makes it clear that what the sacrifice of animals could never do, Jesus was able to by giving his life as a perfect sacrifice:
A New Beginning
The Bible shows that as Adam brought sin and, therefore, death into the world by his disobedience, so Jesus by his perfect life, 'brought life and immortality to light' (2 Timothy 1 v 10).
Because Jesus lived a perfect life, when he died it was 'not possible' that he should remain dead (Acts 2 v 24). God raised him from the dead.
The contrast between the effect of Adam's disobedience and the effect of the obedience of Jesus is referred to many times:
As we follow the pattern set by Adam, so we can be related to the pattern set by Jesus. We can be related to the life he came to bring:
Study 4 explained that man naturally is mortal and dies and that faith is needed to relate him to the life that God has offered. That lesson pointed out that this has only been made possible by the work of Jesus:
So the salvation that God offers is conditional, 'God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish ...' (John 3 v 16).
This is why the Son of God was called Jesus:
The Work of Jesus Now
After his resurrection Jesus ascended to heaven. At his ascension, two angels declared he would return again:
Peter said that Jesus would remain in heaven until the 'restitution of all things' (Acts 3 v 19-21).
Jesus will return to fulfil the rest of God's purpose in him. Meanwhile, He is a mediator - one who is in between God and man. He is described as a High Priest who can intercede for us to the Almighty:
The Letter to the Hebrews explains that because Jesus lived his life on earth and was made in every way 'like unto his brethren' (Hebrews 2 v 17) He can understand how we feel and can be sympathetic to our needs:
To get to know God's word properly we need to read the Bible for ourselves.
Study 9 Questions
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