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February 5, 2016

SIMPLE MESSAGE: THE MESSIAH

by Leslie John

Leslie M. John

The creator of this universe, Lord Jesus Christ was born in a manger in a place where not even the poorest of this earth could imagine having their child born. Jesus was the Messiah, and King of Jews.

Jews never recognized him as the Messiah, inasmuch as they were expecting their Messiah to be one who would regain their lost kingdom on this earth, and to be born in the house of king. Jesus was the Son of man born of the Virgin Mary, who was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit.

Joseph, who knew not Mary before Jesus was born in her womb, was reluctant to take her as His wife, but when the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said to him “Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost” he did as the angel of the Lord said to him and took her as his wife (cf. Matthew 1:18-25).

The angel said to Joseph that Virgin Mary will bring forth a son, whose name shall be JESUS, who will save His people from their sins.

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21)

Jesus was born and grew up in the house of a poor carpenter. Jesus walked on this earth like a poor man, and lived a poor man’s life style and had no place to lay his head. He said of himself as recorded in Matthew 8:20 “And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

Jesus was a man on this earth, yet he was God.

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1 Timothy 3:16)

The words of Jesus proclaim the eternal truth. It is not disgraceful to be poor, and that is why God chooses poor in heart and humble in Spirit, for his service. Jesus was exemplary on this earth. He condescended and came into this world as man to save us from perishing.

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 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 2:5-10)

In one of his messages the Lord said that it is easier for a Camel to go through an eye of a needle than a rich man to enter in to heaven. His life ended in a borrowed tomb signifying that he had nothing of his own on this earth. Everything in this world was created by Him and the purpose of his coming in to this world was not to live like rich do, but to make poor in Spirit rich in the Kingdom of God.

The journey of Jesus on this earth from the time of his birth to his crucifixion and his burial was of serious consideration by everyone. Unless one accepts him as one’s personal Savior one will not be saved. We owe Him worship for the great sacrifice he had done in taking upon himself our sins. He redeems any man from the bondage of sin and gives us eternal life to him provided he confesses Him as Lord and believes in heart that God raised Him from the dead.

“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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10)

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