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What is the Gospel for today? part four
Jesus, the Christ is STILL a man!
1. Jesus, the Christ was conceived and grew in His earthly mother's womb, as was every other baby born unto mankind.
Matthew 1:18--"This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit."
2. Jesus, the Christ was born the same way every baby is born; His mother, Mary, labored as all women labor. Mary experiences the pains of birth as all women giving birth do.
Luke 2:6-7--"And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them."
3. Jesus's mother, Mary, and His earthly father, Joseph, adhered to the rituals and customs regarding a male child.
Luke 2:21--"Eight days later, when the baby was circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel even before he was conceived."
4. Jesus, the Christ did possess a human soul.
Matthew 26:38--"He told them, 'My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.'"
5. Jesus, the Christ knew, and experienced, human emotions, thoughts and feelings (hunger, sleepiness, being weary during travel, sadness and crying, etc.).
Matthew 4:1-2--"Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry."
Matthew 8:23-24--"Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping."
John 4:5-6--"Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime."
John 11:35--"Then Jesus wept. " (This happened when Jesus had arrived in Bethany after the death of Lazarus, who He loved very much. Jesus asked the people to take Him to where Lazarus lay, and it was here that His emotions took over, and He cried for His friend.)
6. Christ endured a physical pain during His mock trial, beatings and death on the cross.
Matthew 26:67-68--"Then they began to spit in Jesus’ face and beat him with their fists. And some slapped him, jeering, 'Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Who hit you that time?'"
7. And as He had lived in bodily form, so was He resurrected in bodily form.
Philippians 3:21--"He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control."
The Christ had to come to mankind.
So many people ask why Jesus came to earth, to live as He lived, to suffer as He suffered and to die as He died.
The obvious answer is to make a way for mankind to get back to God. When the Israelites were wondering in the desert those 40 years, God made a way for atonement through the temple sacrifices. In the New Testament, when Jesus was born, God gave mankind a way directly to Him, without sending in a High Priest. Jesus, the Christ became our High Priest.
But the Lord came to provide other benefits to mankind.
1. We will all, every one, participate in the Resurrection of the Dead. For some, their reward will be an eternal life in the Kingdom of God; for others, it will be eternal death to never live again.
1 Corinthians 15:42-44--"It is the same way with the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies."
2. He will establish the Kingdom of God.
Daniel 7:27-"Then the sovereignty, power, and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be given to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will last forever, and all rulers will serve and obey him."
3. Items 1 and 2 (the Resurrection of the Dead and the establishment of the Kingdom of God) will be inaugurated [will formally mark the beginning of] on the Day of the Lord.
Zechariah 14:1-4--"Watch, for the day of the lord is coming when your possessions will be plundered right in front of you! I will gather all the nations to fight against Jerusalem. The city will be taken, the houses looted, and the women raped. Half the population will be taken into captivity, and the rest will be left among the ruins of the city. Then the lord will go out to fight against those nations, as he has fought in times past. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem. And the Mount of Olives will split apart, making a wide valley running from east to west. Half the mountain will move toward the north and half toward the south.
The Great Commission
Matthew 28:16-20--"Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted! Jesus came and told his disciples, 'I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.'”
This commission is for us today. Not just for the pastors and preachers. Not just for the Sunday school workers or the Children's Church workers. ALL OF US! You. Me. ALL OF US!
What is the one thing you liked best about Sunday School as a young child?
NLT (New Living Translation)
The NLT (New Living Translation) was a translation of the Bible that took the classic English language and made it more modern, more up to date, for the reader. It was a process that began in 1989, utilizing 90 translators from a variety of denominations. A second revision was published in 2004.
To make it have more of a modern flair to it, the translators added the following three major revisions:
- Weights and measures, dates and times, etc. are put into modern terms with footnotes explaining the original terms.
- A more contemporary form of the English language was used instead of the complexity of the original English. One example is the verse Luke 23:48: the original text reads, "...they beat their breasts...", the revised text reads, "...they went home in deep sorrow...".
- Gender-inclusive language is used; for example, instead of the sole pronoun "he", "he" and "she" have been added.
Because of the simplistic language, a person who wishes to do a detailed study of the Bible will more than likely not want to utilize the NLT Bible for such a purpose.