The most published textbook of all time, the Bible, reaches back over 4,000 years. A teacher of history wrote:
“Nineteen wide centuries have come and gone and today He is the centerpiece of the human race and the leader of the column of progress. I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever were built, and all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that One Solitary Life.”
- HE CAME TO REVEAL THE INVISIBLE GOD. St. John tells us, “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him” (John 1:18). Jesus brought God to us in human flesh. Men saw Him, heard Him, handled Him. So, if you want to see God, don’t go to the burning bush, go to Jesus. Jesus Christ is the perfect exhibition of God Almighty. That is why wise people follow His leading (John 10:30, 14:9; Philippians 3:10).
- HE CAME TO FULFILL PROPHECY. Isaiah declared, “Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). God always keeps His Word, even though it may take some years, it always comes to pass. In the Garden of Eden God told Adam and Eve He would send a Redeemer, and in due time He came! (Genesis 3:15). And you know what – Jesus will come the second time when God is ready! (Galatians 4:4).
- HE CAME TO FULFILL THE DAVIDIC COVENANT. God made a covenant with David, that is, a promise. God told David, “And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established forever before thee: thy throne shall be established forever” (II Samuel 7:16). Jesus is of the house and lineage of David, thus Jesus Who comes in David’s line, will set upon David’s throne and , because Jesus lives forever, so David’s throne, or house, will live forever! Wow! (Luke 1:32,33; Isaiah 9:6,7).
- HE CAME TO PROVIDE A SACRIFICE FOR SIN. St. John writes, “And ye know that He was manifested to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin” (I John 3:5). We are all sinners; no one can argue against that. None of us can die for the sins of others because we have sins of our own. So Jesus, who had no sin, took our place on the cross and died for our sins. We didn’t deserve it, but He did it anyway. The good news is, “. . . the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin” (I John 1:7). (Hebrews 9:26).
- HE CAME TO PROVIDE AN EXAMPLE FOR BELIEVERS. Of course, we often fail. He rescues believers every time. Also, living the Ten Commandments’ morality, along with the Golden Rule, brings joy to life (Exodus 25:21; Matthew 7:12).
- HE CAME TO PROVIDE THE REDEEMED WITH A HIGH PRIEST. “. . . that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest . . . to make reconciliation for the sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:17). So Jesus, the wonderful High Priest, died on the cross for our sins, then was raised up and has ascended into heaven where He intercedes for us before the throne of grace! (Hebrews 4:14-16). So, whenever I have a need, or fail Him with some sin, Jesus, our great High Priest, prays for us and represents us to God. This God-to-man assist gives believers a tremendous advantage (II Corinthians 5:19; Hebrews 7:25).
- HE CAME AS THE CREATOR, PROVIDING UNIVERSAL COSMIC ORDER KNOWN TO RELIABLE EDUCATORS AS CREATION SCIENCE. “The birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior. The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity” (John Quincy Adams, Oration on the Sixty-First Anniversary of the Creator-based Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1837).
~ D. Norris