Who is Jesus?

Thursday, December 13, 2018

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Dear Editor,

I have been searching for answers to the question: Who is Jesus? I wish to share some of my findings with your readers.

1) The angel Gabriel said unto Mary, “Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favour with God. And behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son and shalt call his name Jesus.” (St Luke 1: 30-31)

2) Soon after, Mary visited her cousin Elisabeth, who was with child – who would come to be known as John the Baptist. As Mary greeted Elisabeth, “The baby leaped in her [Elizabeth's] womb and she was filled with the Holy Ghost” and spoke out with a loud voice: “Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (St Luke 1: 41-43)

3) The angels of the Lord appeared unto the shepherds announcing the birth of Jesus thus: “…unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour [who] is Christ the Lord.” (St Luke 2: 11)

4) Thus by the time of His birth, Jesus was recognised as “Christ”, as “Lord” and as Saviour.

5) There was a time when our prayers ended with the words, “In the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” Today we hear: “In Jesus' name”.

6) The name Jesus is the name given by Almighty God the Father to His beloved Son in whom He is well pleased.

7) Before His birth He was given the name Jesus and acknowledged as “Lord” and “Christ”. He became, “My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased”, to God Almighty. He was arrested, falsely accused, tried, sentenced, scourged, crucified, died, buried, resurrected and ascended into heaven. It was all for our sakes as Christians. Who is He?

8) Throughout the “Pauline Epistles” (Romans to Hebrews) authored by Paul and in the “General Epistles” (James to Jude), the references to Him are as Christ, Lord, Jesus Christ, Lord Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ our Lord, “Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ”.

9) Paul ends most of his epistles thus: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”

10) On the cross, one of the two condemned “malefactors” said to Him, “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.”

11) Thomas, after coming face to face with the risen Lord, exclaimed: “My Lord and my God!”

12) What is most striking however is the last verse of the Holy Bible, Revelation 22: 21: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”

He is Lord, Jesus, Christ, Saviour, Redeemer and more! Amen.

Kenneth N Bingham

Shrewsbury, Black River PO

maresour@gmail.com


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