Greetings Readers:) aka “Hey, how are things going??” Busy day, eh? Especially, Wednesdays… every day— my primary objective is living the “Truth” (Spiritual/Biblical Values, etc) and helping my family/friends (aka fellow-fragile-life that I know more closely and are a direct part of my life; you know– those who know me better or like/love me (despite being familiar with me and my quirkiness, my talkativeness, my imperfections/limitations, etc.) and continue to put up with or tolerate me, and helping my community any way i can (mostly i care about spirituality/spiritual health/needs of said community)…working out of my comfort zone mostly and finding-a-comfort-zone ?
Okay, this past Sunday my family/friends and i heard an “accurate” bible-based talk: “Who REALLY IS Jesus Christ?” An important/complicated question for consideration…in particular to some of us this time of year. Excellent talk helping make the distinction between knowing the man and knowing the messiah. (my intention was to transcribe my scribble notes… too tired, and too grieved, and wiping away tears to concentrate too much on that task.)
Christendom’s popular iconic images/ideas of “Christ” portray him as a “baby” (in a manger) or as (a “criminal”) crucified on a “cross”…
Although many believe that Jesus was crucified—executed on a cross—the Bible reports: “His own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree.” (1 Peter 2:24, King James Version) Bible writers used two Greek words to refer to the instrument of Jesus’ execution—stau·rosʹ and xyʹlon. Many scholars have concluded that these words refer to a beam or an upright stake made of one piece of wood.
On the night of the annual Jewish Passover, Jesus instituted a simple procedure with his followers and commanded them: “Keep doing this in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:24) Hours later, Jesus was put to death.
Bible writers compared Jesus to the lamb sacrificed at the Passover. (1 Corinthians 5:7) Just as the Passover celebration reminded the Israelites that they had been freed from slavery, so the Memorial of Jesus Christ’s death reminds Christians that they have been freed from sin and death. The Passover, held on Nisan 14 according to the lunar calendar, was a yearly celebration; the early Christians likewise observed the Memorial once each year.
Despite having a perfect mind and body, Adam disobeyed God because he selfishly desired something that did not belong to him. (Genesis 2:16, 17; 3:6) Later, God’s chief enemy, Satan, suggested that no human would unselfishly obey God, especially if his life were on the line. (Job 2:4) Yet, the perfect man Jesus obeyed God and remained loyal to him, even undergoing a disgraceful and painful death. (Hebrews 7:26) This completely settled the matter: A human can remain faithful to God under whatever test or trial may be brought upon him. [excerpted article: Why Did Jesus Die?]
“The kingdom of the world did become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will rule as king forever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15) When you remember Jesus Christ, consider what he is doing now. Jesus is ruling as a heavenly King. God’s Word prophesied regarding Jesus: “With righteousness he must judge the lowly ones, and with uprightness he must give reproof in behalf of the meek ones of the earth.” (Isaiah 11:14) Those appealing qualities belong, not to a newborn baby, but to a mighty Ruler. [excerpted article: Remembering Jesus]