and…every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11)
The Story of Jesus is a non fiction story. It is really true. We don’t know the exact day, but every time we date a check or a letter we are reminded that at God’s appointed time Jesus was born on this earth over 2,000 years ago. As God’s only begotten Son, his birth was unique in that he is the only person ever born that lived throughout eternity before his birth. Jesus came from heaven and his birth on this earth came about through the virgin Mary. He took upon himself human flesh and became one of us that he might bring God to us and bring us to God.
Jesus’ coming to earth was foretold by prophets in great detail and joyfully announced by angels. The Holy Bible and the Holy Spirit are now with us to help us know the purpose of his coming anew and afresh in our hearts every day. Jesus loved all people and went about doing good everywhere he went on this earth. He had compassion upon the multitudes and upon each individual person and transformed many many lives by his teaching and by his miracles. Jesus lived a perfect life in human flesh for in him there was no sin, and then he willingly and intentionally died and shed his precious blood upon the Cross of Calvary to pay our debt of sin in full and to make us whole in him. After his body was in the grave three days, Jesus arose from the dead and “showed himself alive…by many infallible proofs”; and then, 40 days later, he ascended back into heaven from where he came. Jesus is now sitting at the right hand of the Father to make intersession for us, and it is in and through him alone that we have hope and the assurance of eternal life.
May the Lord help all of us to experience and share the good news of our redemption with as many people as we can and in as many ways as we can. Oh, let us really believe in Jesus and really live for Jesus until the day God calls us to our eternal home or until he returns to this earth as he said he would. Those who reject Jesus and God’s great gift of salvation will be lost forever; but the powerful message of the Cross of Christ is for everyone that will receive it, and it triumphantly proclaims that when we repent of our sins and trust in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are made whole in him.