I know you already know this, I mean, who doesn’t know that Christ is love, right? This is so elementary you say. Christ is the son of The Most High God. He came down from heaven to die on the cross for our sins. He was born to earthly parents, Joseph and Mary and had other siblings. He rose from the dead, and he is our intercessor and advocate who sits at the right hand of the father pleading our case. There is so much more you can say about Christ you say? Of course there is! But my question to you is…do you really know him? Don’t be alarmed, this is not a call to take a walk down to the alter to receive him as your savior, (though if you have never done so, today is as good a day as any). No, this is not an alter call, simply an invitation to take a deeper look at who Christ really is, and then determine if we truly know him as we should.
Christ means anointed and by virtue of the fact that the Hebrew language came first, his Hebrew name Yashaya, is more reflective of his true function as savior. His function before he came to earth however is different. Genesis 1:1 tells us that Christ bare record in the beginning and functioned as a creator. The creator that was sent in the beginning to create us is Christ – John 1:1-2. He was always powerful! Christ is the author and fore runner of the word we read. He was the word made flesh. Everything that was made was by Christ under the authority of the father. He loved us so much because he loved what he created. Everything was created in the beginning, which means no new spirits are being created. We were all with him in the beginning and he knew us.
There was total darkness in the beginning and God shone a light. What was that light you ask? Christ was the light – John 1: 1-5. He delivered us from the power of darkness – Colossians 1: 13 – 14. When we don’ t have Christ the light, by default we are being led by dark forces.
Christ was the first born of every creature, which makes him the higher creature of God and makes him a higher power. In all his power, remember that Christ is not God! The Most High decreed and Christ executed the creation. We should never worship the son and neglect the father, he is the mediator between us and always has been. Remember the story of the three righteous men thrown in the oven? Guess what…It was Christ in the oven with them.
1 John 5:7-8 tells us that three bear record in heaven, the father, the son and the Holy Spirit and they are in one accord. Christ plays as a function of the body, since they are not all the same and have different functions. The rock in the wilderness that Moses struck was Christ too. Even Paul affirms that the rock was Christ in 1 Corinthians 10:4. Of course the relationship is a symbolic one, and not referring to his essence. The rock provided water for Israel and it was smitten in the process, just like Christ was smitten in his work of providing salvation.
After his crucifixion, Christ had the function of going down to hades where he took power over that realm and conquered death. After his death, be became more powerful, and a cloud received him out of the sight of the apostles, and he shall return the same way. We have redemption through his blood so our sins can be forgiven, there is no redemption without bloodshed. Romans 5:7-8 tells us of the love Christ has for us. Scarcely will anyone die for a righteous man, yet Christ died while you and I were unrighteous. The simple truth is if not for his sacrifice, we would all be dead! We have been allowed a period of grace because Christ is patient with us as we continue to believe in him. He came to lead us out of this dark world and those that don’t believe in him are condemned already, since they have no advocate at the throne pleading on their behalf -John 3:18-21.
The conclusion of the matter is that Christ is so much more than you can even begin to imagine or perceive. He is coming back to those that need him and to restore the earth to its right order. If you don’t know him, I urge you not to harden your heart and get in a relationship with him today. He is waiting with his arms outstretched to welcome you home. Get in the bible, search him out, repent by following God’s laws statues and commandments, ask him to reveal himself to you and ask for his forgiveness. Only peace, honor, love and respect should be on our lips when we speak concerning our savior. Christ is love!
Till next week, shalom and blessings!