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Showing posts with label Jesus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jesus. Show all posts

Who is Jesus

Jesus Christ, also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth, is the son God and is the central figure of Christianity. Bible has two main divisions, Old Testament and New Testament. Old Testament keeps referring about a Savior who was to come to save us and the New Testament talks about the birth and works which confirmed the prophecies and references which were made in the Old Testament. Jesus Christ is the base of the New Testament. Christians hold Jesus (Jesus Christ) to be the awaited Messiah of the Old Testament and refer to him as Jesus Christ or simply as Christ or Jesus or Emmanuel.

Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, performed miracles, taught about salvation, spoke in parables to people, died sacrificially by crucifixion to achieve atonement, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven, from which he will return in the end times. Jesus came to this world for us and our salvation  He came to show the way for us to attain eternal life, which was not available in the Old Testament. This new experience of being in Jesus Christ is also called being Born Again. 

Lord is Good to all and he has Good plans for us

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
[Jeremiah 29:11]

We all know God is our creator and being the creator he should be having plans with making us come to this world. When we think of plans, the way and purpose of planning  we should not compare it with the way planning is done by us. We make plans with a self in mind. We also plan for others, usually whom we know, just because that person is close to us or we consider ourselves close to them. Here if if we are planning for others we have a self in mind. But when we are trying to understand the plans made by our creator, we should first erase all thoughts we have about planning and the concept behind it. This is because if we try to understand plans of God with our SELF in mind we may not be able to completely understand the purpose of those plans.

Death came to all men, because all sinned

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned
[Romans 5:12]

Adam was the first man created by God the Father, mentioned in the first book of Bible (Genesis), and bible also says that Adam was the first man to sin. With sin coming to this world, death also came. Hence for everyone in this world who has sinned there is death. Now if we say that, we or anyone who has not sinned, does not have to face death... Then I would say that this is an incorrect statement, as all those born in this world have sinned. There is no human being here who had has born and not sinned. Bible also highlights this in Romans 3:23.. Know about teaching from Romans Road

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"

A Lamp that burns and gives light to others

John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.
[John 5:35]

A Lamp is known to everyone especially in the interior villages where they cannot imagine a day without a lamp especially in the night times. Even to us in the cities also we have a revised version of lamp which we call as candles. Now a days power cut is a normal scenario, and if its during night times then the first thing we go look for is a candle or lamp if we have one. I remember my parents buying a small lamp model in my childhood. IT was very similar to the one we see in villages. It needed fuel (kerosene) to burn, which we use to fill everyday as we have power cut regularly.

The verse in context also talks about a lamp and the use of it especially the heat (burned) and vision (light) that others around that lamp got. Now based on the above explanations we can highlight few words which are Lamp, Light, Fuel and Night. All these are very common words and we in our daily life either experience or talk about it. Have we ever tried to link all these and understand the deeper knowledge and revelation that these words have in them. Let me try to help you understand as per my knowledge.

He Calls His Own.. and they Follow

The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
[John 10:3-4]

When our parents call we respond immediately and reach them if we are far at that moment. If my friends call our for a gathering at home, we make sure to be there at the gathering time. When people who know us call us aloud in the midst of a gathering we usually tend to recognize that voice and will follow to that place. It does not matter where the call is from, if we make to that place or individual... we finally tend to get mingled with them and the their environment. This is very common for us as we know this world and its rules and scenarios.

What Must We Do?

Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
[John 6: 28-29]

How often have we asked this question with a sincere intention to know it?
"What is the work God requires?" is a question we all should ask with a sincere intention, to make sure we fulfill the plan that our Lord has for us. If we ask a similar question to our superior is a normal secular work environment, we have to be ready to get some set of instruction which is accompanied with rules and deadlines. In end we may feel that it was our mistake and fooloshness to have asked such question. This nature of response makes our heart hard to ask such question in future to anyone. This may stop our ability and capacity and also reduce the expectation of others from us.