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Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Son of
God and the Son of man. He was prophesied Messiah of the Old Testament and is described
throughout the New Testament as being both fully human and fully divine. As second member
of the God family, He has existed from eternity as the "Word." He divested
Himself of His power and majesty and became a human being to die for the sins of all
mankind as our loving and merciful Savior. He was then resurrected and ascended to heaven
to become our High Priest and the head of all things to the Church. Jesus Christ shall
return to establish the Kingdom of God on earth and rule as King of kings with His saints
Jesus Christ is the. Chief cornerstone and foundation of
Christianity, the focal point of both Old and New Testaments and of biblical prophecy. He
is the one around whom God's plan of redemption and salvation revolves.
Christ as the "Word of God" (John 1:1) has existed with the
Father from eternity. He and the Father together devised a plan to reproduce themselves
and to expand their family by means of the human creation. This creation as accomplished
by the one who became Christ through the agency and power of the Holy Spirit. "For by
Him [Christ] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible
and invisible" (Col. 1: 16). John adds that "all things were made by Him: and
without Him was not any thing made that was made" (John 1:3). Thus the "Word of
God"Christwas also the Creator God, who fashioned the universe and
breathed the breath of life into Adam.
The being who later became Jesus Christ was likewise the God of the Old
Testament and hence the one who walked with Noah and talked with Abraham and with Moses
(John 8:58; cf. Ex. 3:14). He was the God of Israel, the God, of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
the God who gave His law to Moses at Sinai. He was the one who led Israel with a cloud by
day and protected them by a pillar of fire at night. He was Israel's Protector, their
Guide and their "Rock" ("and that Rock was Christ,"
1 Cor. 10:4). He
likewise was the God of David and was the one who dwelled in Solomon's temple. He spoke
through Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and all the prophets and inspired the entirety of the
In order to fulfill the divine master plan of salvation, this great
being divested Himself of all His power, might and majesty and took upon Himself "the
form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men" (Phil. 2:7). As envisioned,
however darkly, by Abraham and Moses, and as prophesied by Isaiah and others, God's
"Word" was now incarnate, the Son of God and the Son of man. As a human being,
Jesus led a sinless, perfect life although He "was in all points tempted like as we
are, yet without sin" (Heb. 4:15). He overcame Satan's temptations and qualified to
replace him as ruler of this world. He was our example who learned obedience through
suffering; He became our Savior whose atoning death paid the death penalty for all the
sins of mankind.
This great personal sacrifice of Christ's crucifixion is a perfect
illustration of Jesus' love and mercy toward us. In Christ's own words the greatest love a
man can have is to "lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13). And Jesus'
sacrifice for us is even more powerfully poignant in that "while we were yet sinners
Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8), "when we were [still] enemies" (verse 10)
and not yet friends, Jesus laid down His life for us. Certainly the giving of His life on
the cross (stake) for all humanity was the greatest example of the greatest love which can be
Christ's resurrection from the dead was the focal point of universal
historyan event of ultimate importance without equal in the unfolding of God's
master plan. His burial for three days and three nights and His subsequent resurrection
was the very sign and proof of His messiahship (Matt. 12:40). His resurrection proved that
man could also be resurrected; it showed the viability of God's plan and was the means by
which human beings could eventually be resurrected to eternal life.
The death of Christthe Creator of everythingwas designed
"from the foundation of the world" (Rev. 13:8) and was able to pay the penalty
for the sins of humanity because His life was worth far more than the sum total of all the
lives of all human beings who have ever lived or ever will live. Upon repentance and
baptism, we have the opportunity to take advantage of Christ's sacrifice to pay the
penalty for our own personal sins, and through God's grace to receive the gift of eternal
lifewhich Jesus Christ's life, death and resurrection made possible.
Christ has now ascended and is exalted at the right hand of God the
Father at the throne of heaven. He is once again actually God, all powerful and shining in
the spirit realm like the sun (Rev. 1:13-16), yet with the same mercy and compassion He
exemplified during His physical life. Jesus is the firstfruits of salvation, the first
mortal to be made immortal, the first human being to become a member of the God family. He
is the Christian's elder brother and the forerunner of our salvation, the consummate High
Priest and Advocate, Intercessor and Mediator before God's throne of mercy.
Although Christ is under the Father in authority, it is through Christ
that we learn of the Father. Christ is the "express image" of the Father (Heb.
1:3), and "he that hath seen [Christ] hath seen the Father" (John. 14:9). Thus we
learn of the Father, of His plan, His ways, His character, His laws and His love, through
His first begotten and His "firstborn" Son, Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ, today, is the living head of His Church, actively,
intelligently and personally guiding and directing it through the Holy Spirit of God. He
is simultaneously fully involved in the relentless sweep of mankind's historical events as
He prepares to intervene in the end time of world history, returning to earth in full
power and authority to take over the governments of this earth and to set up His divine
Kingdom of God as King of kings and Lord of lords.
Christ, who began the creation, will also finish it. After the
completion of His 1,000-year rule, Jesus Christ will turn everything over to His Father,
and God Himself will join His billions of spirit-composed sons as the new heaven and new
earth are created (Rev. 21). God and His family will then rule the universe forever, and
of "the increase of His government ... there shall be no end" (Isa. 9:7).
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used as a personal study tool. Please know it is not wise to take any man's word
for anything, so prove all things for yourself from the pages of your own Bible.
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