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Jesus Is….Son of God; Son of Man

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JesusWhat titles do you have? What titles would you like to have? Doctor? Professor? Governor? Mr. President? Princess? (Seriously!) The appeal is understandable. Those titles carry honor. They carry prestige. Some we can earn. Masters, doctorates and other post-graduate programs are in high demand. Some are simply given. All provide opportunities to have a great or better life.

What about these titles: “Holy One”? “Son of God”? Jesus had the highest of all titles already at his birth. The Bible shares how an angel named Gabriel spoke to a woman named Mary: “The holy one to be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). Jesus is holy. He is the true Son of God. The titles “Holy One” and “Son of God” indicate that all power, wisdom and authority belonged to Jesus even at birth because as true God he possessed them from eternity. His name is above every name and over every title and authority that can be given.

Maybe you struggle with the concept of a God who is over ou universe and a man named Jesus who lived 2000 years ago supposedly has an impact on your life right now. Maybe that’s too much for you to put any stock in, but consider what it means for you if the Bible is true. Jesus, the Holy One, the Son of God, di not keep himself from seeking another title, decidedly a step down. It did not require a four-year graduate program or many evening classes, but it did require humble service, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). Jesus also took the title Son of Man. He came down from heaven to earth to take up our cause and to die a humble death on the cross—a death that should have been ours, because we were born and created to be God’s own, but have instead pursued this title: sinner.

Jesus became our Savior. Even with the title Son of God he willingly took the title Son of Man, in order to die for us on the cross. Jesus loved us enough to do that for us, and now he gives you a new, prestigious title: Child of God!

“The holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” – Gabriel

“The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Jesus


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Jesus Is…The Good Shepherd

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JesusMan Dies to Save Trapped Bunny pops up as you scroll through your news app. You tap on the video. You see what reminds you of the furry little Cadbury Crème Egg mascot trapped in a precarious position. A heroic rescue follows, but the rescuer dies.

You’re baffled, and…you’re impressed! You think, “What inspired that guy to give his own life for a bunny? Sometimes, I forget even to feed my own pet!”

Another headline: Man Dies to Save World.

That headline doespop up when you read the Bible. It may sound like it’s from a too-predictable superhero movie. It may seem too good to be true, but it is true! Jesus is that man. His agonizing, humiliating death on a Roman torture-pole was the heroic rescue of the world. He didn’t rescue it from global warming or hunger or war, but from the single problem at the root of each of those – our sins and the damnation they bring.  Despite what some speculate, Jesus didn’t come to post the 10 commandments at every town hall and enforce them. The world already stood condemned by the law because of its sin. Jesus came to rescue the world, and by the way, “world” means everyone in it, including you.

Look at the extraordinary heroism in Jesus, this world’s rescuer! It was more than heroism. Even though he is true God, Jesus displayed God’s love and God’s plan to give forgiveness and eternal life to all as he lost his own life! Jesus’ life, death, and bodily resurrection show you the very heart of God. This is a headline worth your time. It is worth reading more about. Scroll on.

Here’s a way to picture Jesus your God and Savior: Jesus is The Good Shepherd. He tells you why: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11).We are the sheep. We have strayed and wandered into a precarious and deadly situation because we are sinful.  At some point our “bleating” hearts will cry out in fear, in anxiety, and in distress. We are lost sheep who need a rescue – not just by a hired hand, not just by any shepherd, but by The Good Shepherd. He is not a no-name hero who will be forgotten tomorrow. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who, being both God and man, laid down his life for you.

Your life’s headline reads: Good Shepherd Dies to Save THIS Sheep.


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Jesus Is…Christ

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Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? If you have a “special someone” in your life – whether it is your wife or husband, your boyfriend or girlfriend, or your children – you probably want to start to think about Valentine’s Day and how you can express your love and affection. From chocolates to red paper hearts, there will be many expressions of love and affection exchanged once again this Valentine’s Day.

God has also expressed his love to you. In fact, there is no greater act of love than the life, death and resurrection of Christ Jesus for our salvation. All of the Bible, God’s massive greeting card to all human beings, revolves around this one supreme act of unconditional love!

That tremendous expression of love can be highlighted in a simple little word and title. Unfortunately, we often use this word in vain as we cry out in surprise or curse our bad luck, but Christ is a title of Jesus that truly expresses God’s love for us.

What does the word Christ mean?

Matthew begins his book of the Bible by recording the genealogy of Jesus: “…and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.” (Matthew 1:16). As Matthew sets the tone for his Gospel, he is careful to note that Jesus was revered as Christ. This title is a form of the Greek word chrio meaning “to pour or anoint.” To anoint was to pour sacred oil over someone’s head as a visible sign that God had set him aside for a special task. Jesus bore the title Christ because he was the one God anointed – set aside – to be the world’s Savior.

Another biblical writer, John, reveals Jesus as the Word made flesh and then describes Andrew’s excitement when he met Jesus: “The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (that is, the Christ)” (John 1:41). Andrew bursts forth in joyful acclamation. He used the title Messiah, which is the Hebrew equivalent of Christ, “the Anointed One.”

The Gospel writer John is keen to point out that from the time Jesus presented himself publicly the hope of the ages was intimately associated with salvation in Jesus. Yes, at the time of his baptism Jesus’ anointing as the Christ took place in an eye-opening way: “heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:16-17). Jesus was anointed by the Spirit of God and received the clear approval of his heavenly Father; a divine endorsement!

Because Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed One, he is the one God chose, even from ancient times, to bring salvation; redeeming us from the curse of sin!

There is no greater act of love! Jesus, the Christ, is God’s magnificent valentine to you!

 


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Grow in the Knowledge of Christ

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Grow in ChristPeter addresses his second letter recorded in the Bible to those who have received a precious faith.  He then proceeds to wish his audience grace and peace in abundance through the knowledge of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Peter’s words are also addressed to you. You too have God’s grace.  You too have God’s peace.  You too have received something incredibly precious from the hand of our God.  With that precious gift you have you can now grow exponentially.  You can grow exponentially as you grow in the knowledge of Christ.

Kick off your own spiritual growth and join the family of Beautiful Savior from September 8 – September 29, Sunday mornings following worship, as we study 2 Peter and grow!

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