IS JESUS CHRIST SON OF GOD OR THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY? WHO IS THIS JESUS?
watch with amusement the current promo by the Atlanta-based Cable News Network-CNN- billed to air on prime time called "Finding Jesus." It is one of their recycled documentaries broadcast annually. I don't bother to watch such secularization of spiritual issues, where spiritually-obtuse but intellectually-gifted so-called "experts" speak on the un-decipherable matters of life. As Apostle Paul disclosed; "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written; "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent." Where is the wise? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men" (1 Corinthians 1:18-25).
I listened the other day to the chatters of atheists; the arguments of agnostics and am equally amused at the scuttlebutts of-non-Christian religionists, but askance at the nil apologetics of the Christ-believer in their midst in defending his faith. "Jesus Christ doesn't exist, he was a figment! An ignoramus blurted out. "No, Jesus was just a rabbi and prophet, we also believe in him," his religionist side-kick declared. "Even the Christians don't know who he was/is; Son of God or God Himself?" the agnostic participant in the disquisition slipped in. "How can Jesus be the only way, when we also have…" the polytheist submitted, reeling out names of savior wannabes that have passed through the earth. "Whatever you say, Jesus Christ is Lord," the Christian brother facilely submitted. The Christian's response was unimpressive, supinely-jaded and unintellectual. At the level of higher order thinking, "simple faith and belief in our Lord Jesus Christ," which is the aortal of the Good News appears wryly unconvincing. At the University of Lagos during my undergraduate days' way back in my native Nigeria more than thirty years ago, I was a member of Marxist Leaguers, whose pre-occupation was opposed the Christian faith and its adherent believers. We invaded their Bible Study groups on campus to counterfactual their arguments from the materialist perspective. There was this sister, who would plead thus: "Jesus is the answer," and I would counterpunch: "What is the question?" When she quoted Matthew 4:4: "Man does not live by bread alone," I would humorously tease her with my reply: "Yes, it is equally true man cannot live without bread." When she quoted Mark 12:31: "Jesus said Love your neighbor as yourself," I would reply: "But He didn't say you should love your neighbor more than yourself." I was such a d… in those days, but as Apostle Paul later said after the Lord Jesus Christ rescued him: Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief" (I Timothy 1:13). But today, I can declare just as Apostle declared that; "I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, that He considered me faithful and appointed me to service" (I Timothy 1:12). Praise be to the Lord Jesus Christ!
WHO REALLY IS THIS JESUS? It is not just enough to simply have faith and belief in Jesus, you must know the Jesus you believe in. There are many Jesuses on earth and many still in the world today. I do not believe in Jesus, I gave my life to the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth. If your Jesus is not the Lord Jesus Christ, you're chasing a wild goose chase. If the Jesus you serve isn't the Lord Jesus Christ, then you are an idolater. I do not give my life to another son of Adam and Eve like myself; sin-soaked, a liar, and a thief and susceptible to the same issues and complications of life that I am struggling and dealing with. My Jesus Christ Whom I have committed my today, tomorrow and eternity into His secured and assured Hands have the following seven distinct and unique characteristics: He was born by the Virgin Mary two thousand years ago, in the town Bethlehem of Judea in fulfillment of God's Promise in Genesis 3:15: "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel." This Jesus; is the Christ, or Seed without sin, or blemish and lived for thirty-three years with us on this planet earth as "Emmanuel," that is: "God with us" (Matthew 1:23), in fulfillment of earlier prophecies by Isaiah (Isaiah 7:14), Haggai 2:4 and Malachi 4:4-6.
The second attribute of this Jesus Christ of Nazareth is, that He lived a sinless life. He did not have the sin-soaked blood of Adam and Eve in His veins, because the Lord God Almighty Himself was coming to sojourn briefly with His creation. This is love, which man-made religions cannot comprehend. The third unique attribute of this Jesus Christ of Nazareth Whom I have taken as my Lord and Savior is that He died a horrible death on the Cross for my sake and for the sakes of the whole world, in order to satisfy the righteous requirements of a Holy God, who made the Law in Leviticus 17:11: 'For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.' The reason for blood atonement is because "…the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness." Hebrews 9:22). The sin of disobedience that our First Parents, Adam and Eve committed in the Garden of Eden must be atoned or punished. The punishment is death, according to God's Command to Adam in the Garden: "…you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die" (Genesis 2:17).
The fourth unique attribute of the Jesus Christ of Nazareth is that; after He died on the Cross of Calvary to pay the death sentence on my sins and disobedience, He returned from the dead on the third day. His resurrection on the Third Day gave me power over Satan, Sin and Self. This is very important. It is not enough that Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead, but what does this resurrection achieve for me? That is the fifth uniqueness of Jesus Christ. In fact, His Death and Resurrection are twin attributes. If Jesus' Crucifixion doesn't extend to bailing us out of the prison of Satan and his demons, then the Death on the Cross is of zero-utility, Hallelujah! The sixth unique attribute of the Jesus Christ of Nazareth Whom I serve and believe in is that, He is returning physically to this earth someday to take me home. This place called planet earth is not my home, because common sense tells me so. Since death is inevitable for me one day in the future, this place is not my final abode. Here was how this Jesus Christ of Nazareth Whom I believe presented His Promise: "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe in Me as well. In My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and welcome you into My presence, so that you also may be where I am" (John 14:1-3).
The seventh and final attribute of Jesus Christ of Nazareth is what He says about the fate of every human being that has ever lived, living on earth now and will ever walk on this planet earth. "Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6). Now the final clincher: "Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. "Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you his testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star." (Revelation 22:12-16).
JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH AS LORD: - If there is any human being that lived on this planet earth born of a virgin mother, please disclose that human being. If there is any one like that in your neck of the woods, I want to see that person now and immediately. If there is any human being you know of, who hasn't sinned and claims to be sinless, point that person out quickly. If you know of any human being that dies and on the third day came to life and is alive, please let's talk immediately. If you know of any founder of religion, a guru or master, philosopher, erudite wise person or any of the so-called spiritual ayatollah anywhere, who made this audacious claim: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me," (John 14:6), please point it out. This Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the Only One Who fulfilled these unique attributes and thus merit my worship, adoration and supplication.
A fellow human being like me dealing with the same issues I am dealing with in my life doesn't deserve my worship and faith. A fellow human being born the natural way the same way I was born does not have the moral superiority to claim against and above me. I am sick and tired of anyone who prescribes monotonous rituals day by day and unending placation to a distant and fearful creature I cannot interact and relate to and with, in my life. I am tired of a forlorn belief in a god of incarnation and endless voyages of souls and spirits without rest and resolution. I am fed up with sins as a human being than taking endless journeys of life as a bird, insect or whatever in an afterlife that is dreary and dystopic. A life that is devoid of purpose and fulfillment and offers no hope outside what the Lord Jesus Christ taught is scary and fearful. Like a military general friend of mine often asks; if men will be presented with virgins as rewards in the afterlife as the other religionists are claiming, what will be the reward of women-believers? Will the women be rewarded with 22 virgin husbands and celibates? A prisoner once assured his fellow inmates that they should believe him he would soon set the rest of them free. One asked him: "How can we believe in your promise when you're yet to free yourself?"
We are all prisoners in the prison of life that our First Parents Adam and Eve put us into, because of their First Disobedience in the Garden of Eden. You can argue that statement of fact till eternity, but you cannot deny the rule of evidence. That Adamic Disobedience is called Sin in God's Lexicon, although it is not chic nowadays in the world of moral relativism. Anything that the Creator says is bad is what is called sin. Ok, if you do not believe in the God of Creation, let me put it in your evolutionary lexicon; any act that is morally reprehensible and egregious, even by human standard is known as sin. This disobedient act permeated every human being born of a father and a mother; black, white, male, female, young or old etc. Here is how Paul put it: "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned- "(Romans 5:12). You are disobedient to God, because it's part of your DNA. Jesus Christ didn't share in your DNA like the rest human beings, starting with Adam and Eve. When you exchange your Adamic DNA with that of the Lord Jesus Christ today, by believing in Him, you become a "born-again" child of the Living God. That is why this Jesus Christ is called Lord and Savior. Do you get it now? Hallelujah!
IF JESUS IS LORD, HOW CAN HE ALSO BE HIS SON? It's like asking, how can Mr. Barrack Obama be president of the United States between 2009-2017 and still be the husband of Michelle Obama? Or how can Mr. Obama be the father of Malia and Sasha while he is also the son-in-law of Mrs. Marian Shields Robinson? It is akin to asking; How can I, Moshood Ademola Fayemiwo, be the husband of Dr. Margie Marie Neal and still be called the father of Fola and Femi or the columnist of The Christian Walk? The Lord Jesus Christ Who, was being baptized in the Jordan River in Luke 3:21 was the same Voice that came from heaven and said: "You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased" and the Holy Spirit that descended on that Day like a dove are all One and the same. That was why our Lord Jesus Christ said later in John 10:30: "I and the Father are One." But you say, how can this be? If this is not spiritually true, then the Lord God Almighty cannot have the unique three attributes of being Omnipotent Omnipresent and Omniscient. This unique attribute He replicated in human beings when He was about to create us by giving us spirit, soul and body. In fact, Apostle John elucidated on this further in his epistolary. As he disclosed in 1 John 5:7: "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." For harmony of the Gospel, John added for the benefit of human beings who may argue as they do today: "And there are three that bear witness on earth, the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one." (1 John 5:8).
But someone asked: "But Jesus Christ didn't refer to Himself as God? Maybe you haven't read the Holy Bible very well and allow the Holy Spirit, the Author to open your eyes. In fact, this was the main reason the Jewish Establishment handed Him over to the Romans to be crucified in accordance with His Plan, in order to save the human race. They told Him, they weren't against Him for His miracles. "We are not stoning you for any good work," they replied" (John 10:33a). The Pharisees loved the miracles of Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry, although many of them were envious of Him. The Sadducees didn't believe in the miracles, while the ordinary people were simply mesmerized. But the bone they had with Him was that, Jesus Christ told them "I AM THAT I AM" which is the NAME of Jehovah Yahweh. "We are not stoning you for any good work," they replied, "but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God."
IF JESUS IS NOT GOD, THEN HE IS NOT THE LORD Let's get this straight right here and right now; if Jesus Christ of Nazareth is not the Lord God Almighty, then He cannot and should not be worshipped. If He is a distinct spiritual entity from the Creator Himself and we are still looking for him or as the CNN promo titled: "Finding Jesus" then all born again redeemed children of the Living God are doomed. Since the Jehovah Lord God Almighty warned He is a Jealous God and would not share His Glory with anyone, if this Jesus Christ is not God in the flesh, all of you that are reading this, including this writer are doomed. If you do not believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior and He is God in the flesh, you are not a Christian, period! The CNN promo is misleading, because no one needs to be finding Jesus; He is already here and has found you. All you need is embrace and confess Him as Lord and Savior, period!
LETTERS THIS WEEK:
My dear Daddy in the Lord; good evening from Nigeria. I am happy to inform you that God has answered almost all the prayers you made on behalf of me and my family.
For God to increase my anointing and spiritual vibrancy.... answered.
To serve God in spirit and truth .... answered.
God's favor and peoples' Favor / destiny helpers.... answered/ being answered.
To finish my school construction .... still in progress and He will still answer it.
Male and female. After 5 years of marriage, my wife tested positive in pregnancy test I did yesterday.... answered. By God's power she will give birth and our baby will be born this year. She should be 2-3 months pregnant.
My vision of raising the foundation of many generations to come to pass.... around the corner.
For God to open my spiritual eyes...being answered.
Daddy I said let me give a report on how things and situations have really changed. The branch of Assemblies of God Church where I am pastoring was opened by me 14months ago. I am making serious progress. I got admission this year to study for my master's program in pharmacology at Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki.
I just want to inform you sir, that God has started answering your prayers for me and my wife. May God continue to use you to deliver humanity in Jesus name Amen. God, bless you sir. We love you so much. Your spiritual son, Pastor Ohams---- From Pastor Ohanme Eugene Chimereucheya, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Eastern Nigeria.
Thank God Almighty for your life. I remember your agony about all these needs and the assurances of our Lord Jesus Christ to meet all our needs in accordance with His Promises: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest," (Matthew 11:28). Let me know when the baby arrives, so I can come for the christening, if my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ tarries. Say me hello to your lovely wife.
Note: I asked this fellow worker and writer of this letter if we should disclose his full identity in this column, and he gave us the go-ahead.
Good day sir. I have two challenges presently, 1. I don't know why my file that I need for my international passport in the immigration office in Ogun State is missing. I can't understand it. 2. The most challenging is the state of my spiritual life, I go to church, I have confessed my sins truly unto God, and I study the Holy Bible, but recently I noticed that I find it difficult to enjoy church service, spiritual things seem too challenging for me. Please what can I do? Thanks. ---M. A, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Western Nigeria.
I have already told you what do. Thanks, and remain blessed in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.