At the end of the year there are mostly some figures celebrated where some think he is one and the same person, others consider it two people and others see in that hero of the month one Saint Nicolas, a Jesus Christ and a “Kerstman” (literally translated “Christmas man”) or Santa Claus.
As told in the previous posting there are also people who say we are celebrating the birth of God these coming days. They forget that God has no birth, Him being an eternal Spirit Being no man can see, and as such not a physically perceptible being. Jesus was seen by many and said also that he was or is not a ghost, like his heavenly Father is a ghost.
“No one has ever seen God. The only-begotten god, favored by the Father, explains Him.” (Joh 1:18 mhm)
“All of you look at my hands and my feet. It is me! Touch me and see, because a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”” (Lu 24:39 mhm)
“The God is Pneuma, and those worshipping Him must of necessity worship spiritually and in harmony with Truth.”” (Joh 4:24 mhm)
Some want to give Christ honour and worship him as their god. But that is not what we should do. Certainly not on a day which is in heathen practice used to honour the goddess of light. Jesus being born in Bethlehem on October the 17th should not have his birthday celbrated on another day than the day he is born. Do you celebrate a birthday of a loved one on someone else day of birth? Why then do so many with Christ?
The same with his death, most people remember that on another day, then the day which by God is required to remember. Some find the death of Christ cannot be set up for “admiration”, which we then leave and go onto other things. They have good reason to say we need to take that death seriously. God can not die, so all that take Jesus as their god minimize this sacrificial offer of Jesus. They not only make Christians to be fooled and being fools, but also make a fool of God, Him being very cruel, having mankind to suffer such a long time and even after he played the role of Christ the saviour implying all people would be saved we still are not saved from all the pain and trouble.
Naturally, God is no cruel Being and God does not want to mislead us. God is a god Who does not tell lies.
“God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfil?” (Nu 23:19 NIV)
“Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness—and I will not lie to David—” (Ps 89:35 NIV)
“a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,” (Tit 1:2 NIV)
In the Garden of Eden God had given a promise. With the birth of Jesus that promise became fulfilled. Jesus was namely that person who could bring a solution for the curse of death. As a second Adam He was created by God. It was not God Who waited for many centuries before performing a farce. When Jesus was old enough to start his public life and got himself baptised, God Himself declared that man standing in the river Jordan His beloved son.
“And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”” (Mt 3:17 NIV)
Also at a later point in his public life, the apostles could witness how once more God declared that son of man to be His son and not Himself.
“A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.”” (Lu 9:35 NIV)
It was that son of man who was also called the son of God, who came to tell about his heavenly Father and to explain what his God wanted from mankind and how man could find a possibility to escape from the curse of death and be able to enter the narrow gate of the Kingdom of God.
These coming days lots of people want to remember the birth of their hero, though they use the wrong day for it. Many also have made him their hero without really being aware of whom he really is, and what he really has done; in case Jesus would be God then he would always have done his own will, and then he knew that man can do nothing to him and also is fully aware that he cannot die and as such has nothing to fear of death.
For those who claim he died for them, they should know that when Jesus really died (what he did) this should be one of the proofs he is not God. Furthermore, the death of Christ must create in us the ability to even comprehend what happened and what is still going to happen in the future.
Jesus Christ’s death was a death on behalf of people within whom the power of responding had to be created. People should come to believe in him, his work but even more in him who had sent him. It is by believing in the One Who sent Jesus that we get life.
“I tell you this truth: The person who listens to my word and continues to believe in the One who sent me possesses endless Life. And so that person does not come into condemnation, but has crossed over from the Death unto the Life.” (Joh 5:24 mhm)
When one does not believe Jesus is being sent by his heavenly Father, the person believing that Jesus is God, rejects the Words of God and the words of Jesus, making it for himself difficult to receive endless life, because then he rejects God Himself.
“Whoever listens to you, listens to me. Whoever rejects you, rejects me. Also, the person rejecting me rejects the One who sent me.”” (Lu 10:16 mhm)
““For The God loved the world of humankind so much that He gave His only-begotten Son,so that everyone believing in him might not be destroyed but may have endless life.” (Joh 3:16 mhm)
“For this is the will of my Father, so that everyone who beholds the Son, and continues to believe in him, may have endless Life, and I shall resurrect them on the Last Day.”” (Joh 6:40 mhm)
The ones willing to call themselves Christian, should accept Jesus his words and should observe Jesus’ words.
“I tell you this truth: Whenever anyone observes my Word, that person will not experience death throughout the New Age.”” (Joh 8:51 mhm)
Before he died Jesus several times prayed to his heavenly Father, asking Him that His Will would be done, but also one moment dared to ask why He had abandoned him.
“Let your Kingdom come. Let your Will take place, as in heaven, also on earth.” (Mt 6:10 mhm)
““Father, if you wish remove this cup from me. However, let Your will occur and not my own will.”” (Lu 22:42 mhm)
“About three in the afternoon Jesus screamed in a loud voice, “Eli, eli, lama sabachthani?” (or, “‘My God, my God, why have You abandoned me?’”)” (Mt 27:46 mhm)
On that wooden pole, hung a man who never wanted to be a hero, but always wanted to be a servant of his heavenly Father. It was that servant whom God also chose. God did not glorify Himself but glorified His only beloved son, Jesus Christ, who He made higher than angels for the deed he had accomplished.
““Look! My servant-boy whom I chose, My beloved in whom My soul delights! Upon him I will place My Pneuma. He will announce justice to the nations. (Mt 12:18 mhm)
“The God of Abraham, The God of Isaac, and The God of Jacob – The God of our forefathers – glorified His servant-boy Jesus. You Jews handed him over and denied him before Pilate, asking for the other man to be released.” (Ac 3:13 mhm)
“7 You made him for a short time lesser than angels; and, yet You appointed him over the works of Your hands–crowning him with glory and honor.8 You subjected everything down below his feet.” For in subjecting everything down below his feet The God left nothing unsubjected to Jesus. However, at present we do not observe everything yet subjected to him. 9 But, we do behold Jesus–having been made less than angels–now crowned with glory and honor because of suffering the death, so that by God’s unmerited favor Jesus tasted death for everyone.” (Heb 2:7-9 mhm)
Jesus is the man in whom God was delighted and pleased to make him now higher than angels. God was not delighted in Himself. The death of Christ had not also simply to touch like heroism, but it had to redeem us into the power of feeling its own worth. The anointed one from God being prepared to give himself as a ransom offering, so that the debt could be paid and all people could come under the Grace of God, being able, if they want, to be whitewashed to enter the narrow gate of the Kingdom of God.
““‘YHWH’s Pneuma is upon me for He has anointed me to preach Good News to the poor. He has sent me to preach a release to the captives and a recovery of sight to the blind–to send the oppressed away to freedom- (Lu 4:18 mhm)
“26 The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers assembled together, against the Supreme Being and against His Christ.’27 For in truth, in this city both Herod, Pontius Pilate, along with the non-Jews and the people of Israel, gathered together against your servant-boy, Jesus.” (Ac 4:26-27 mhm)
“how The God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with holy Pneuma and with Power. He then went traveling everywhere, doing good and healing all those who were oppressed by the Devil, because The God was with him.” (Ac 10:38 mhm)
God had sent angels and other messengers to the earth. Several prophets warned people for things to come as well for some one to come. That prophet who would come to tell more about God and His Plan was the one who was very close to God and got born some two millennia ago. He was already written in the Book of life, like so many others, but it was because God knew that this sent one from Him would succeed. Christ had to save us from that curse which had come over mankind. But he had also to show people how they could come to God. Jesus is scilicet the way to come to God. He never claimed to be God and by the miracles he did, he always said it was thanks to his heavenly Father that he could do those, because He gave him the authorisation to act in His name and to do those works.
“Upon approaching Jesus he said to them, “All authority in heaven and upon earth was given to me.” (Mt 28:18 mhm)
“Also, the Father has given to the Son to perform judgment because he is the Son of Humankind.” (Joh 5:27 mhm)
“Jesus answered him: “You would have no authority against me if it had not been given to you from above. For this reason the person who handed me over to you has a greater sin.”” (Joh 19:11 mhm)
“Jesus said to Thomas: “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one can approach the Father, if not through me.” (Joh 14:6 mhm)
“I am the Gate. If ever anyone should enter through me, that person will be saved, and will enter and leave and shall find pasture.” (Joh 10:9 mhm)
“It is by Jesus also we now enjoy an approach to God through His unmerited favor in which we now stand. Also, we may boast in the hope of God’s glory.” (Ro 5:2 mhm)
In such a way might Jesus be our hero, because he was able to put his own will aside to do the Will of God, his heavenly Father, and because he managed to bring together Jews and non-Jews, uniting them under his name, making them part of “the Body of Christ”.
“Because by means of him we Jew and non-Jew are being gathered together in one Pneuma to approach the Father.” (Eph 2:18 mhm)
“which he originated in our behalf in a living and fleshly-slaughtered manner by means of the curtain that is, his flesh –” (Heb 10:20 mhm)
“Do you not realize that your bodies are Christ’s members? Shall I, therefore, take away Christ’s members and make them a prostitute’s members? May that never occur!” (1Co 6:15 mhm)
“All of you were bought with a price. Now, actually all of you glorify The God in your Body.” (1Co 6:20 mhm)
All should know that there is no salvation in someone else and there is also no other name given by whom we can be saved.
“And there is no salvation in anyone else, and no other name under heaven given to humans by which we must be saved.”” (Ac 4:12 mhm)
Al through the Scriptures (Old and New Testament) signs are given so that people could come to recognise the promised one from in the Garden of Eden and from all the prophecies given in ancient times. But it is given to each individual to make his own choice and either to believe or not to believe.
“Therefore, they asked: “So what sign do you perform so that we might see and believe you? What are you working?” (Joh 6:30 mhm)
Our understanding of who Christ Jesus is and what he has done has to come by our knowledge of the Scriptures. It is by our will to come to accept the words of the Bible like they are written and not how certain ‘theologians‘ and churches want you to believe that there should be placed or be read.
God not being a liar and not being a god of confusion, has given His clear Words. And for those things which might have formed confusion or would not have been so clear, Jesus came to declare and explain them.
Christ’s death is certainly heroic, but he does not ask us to praise him as a hero. He asks us to think of those around us. You might see the real heroes of mankind in those who are ready to do all they can for those around them. 2020 got millions of real hero’s all over the world. Doctors and nurses who gave the best of themselves to safe the lives of many. They are the heroes of today.
When we understand the death of Christ we shall experience shame in ourselves. When we would have ignoring the restrictions demanded by the government, we would be the wrongdoers bringing so many in danger. Then those calling to meet in churches or to keep gathering here and there, would be the anti-hero, the egoïst, who perhaps at a certain time came in the hands of those present time heroes, trying to safe lifes.
Jesus then will look down and keep in mind what happened. In the end he shall be there to judge. We do not have to judge, but we may warn. Out of love for our neighbour, we should warn.
Some do find it not heroic to die for God, perhaps they shall think differently when they consider a man dying for other people. What Jesus did was a specific act which no man ever tried to do before and no other man has done yet. But the heroes of today, those working in healthcare, have shown they are also willing to be a servant to other people, like Jesus was a servant to mankind. That “servantship” or “ministry” is was Christ Jesus requires from all who want to follow him. Like Jesus had put himself aside, real followers of Christ also have to put themselves aside.
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