Jesus Came and He's Coming Again
Do you believe Jesus came as a babe? Do you believe that an angel called Gabriel came to a virgin and told her she would conceive a child? Her name was Mary. Luke 1:23-32 records that event. Then as we look at Luke 2:7 we find Mary giving birth to her firstborn son in a stable.
In a dusty, dirty stable that smelled of dung, hay and the scent of many animals, Mary was about to give birth. She struggled in pain and joy to bring our Savior, Jesus, into this world; A world that He, Himself, had created (John 1:1-3).
Jesus is the Son of our wonderful, magnificent creator God and the second person in the Godhead. The One Who agreed to come to earth as the one and only eternal sacrifice, was made manifest in that tiny little bundle of joy.
As God placed the care and responsibility of that tiny baby in the hearts and hands of Joseph and Mary, His plan had begun. Yes, God’s plan had begun. The Son of God that would redeem sinful mankind and once again place them in right standing with God had entered the world as a human being. The plan was set in motion, too late to stop now. The plan all the Old Testament prophets had prophesied about.
As Mary lay in pain, straining and struggling to bring forth the Son of the Almighty, the people outside that stable were unaware what was happening. Mary labored to bring forth the God-man that would be the central figure in God’s plan and the world did not have a clue that Jesus was about to step into their world. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords was making His debut, and life on this planet earth was caught up in the affairs of life and did not know what was taking place. Why?
The Old Testament prophets had prophesied His coming. Isaiah had foretold the Savior’s birth in Isa. 7:14.
The job of proclaiming the birth of Jesus should have fallen on the shoulders of the Scribes and Priests, as official interpreters and teachers of the law. They should have recognized the fulfilling of the prophecy. Because of their traditions the Law was not a moral and spiritual help to the people, but rules and regulations that kept them from true access to God, and truth had somehow gotten lost among those traditions. Is it any wonder the Lord Jesus rebuked them so severely. Would He have reason to rebuke the spiritual leaders of today?
Then there were the Pharisees, who were nearly always mentioned together with the Scribes which virtually formed one party. They were a “religious” people who in their zeal for the Law almost deified it. Their attitude and worship was only an outward formal and mechanical thing. They did not do things because it was the righteous thing to do, but because it was the formal, correct and acceptable thing to do. And they did not know what was happening either. Does that sound like the people of today?
There are literally thousands of people today who call themselves born again Christians that have never had a personal experience with Jesus. Some of them do not even realize they are not in the family of God. Why? The reason is simple. The spiritual leaders of today have never explained to them their need to repent, or why they need a Savior.
Multitudes go to church every week and pretend to worship God, because it is the socially acceptable thing to do. My friends, when you stand before God, and you will stand before Him, it will be too late then to accept that One Who came and died for you.
The hustle and bustle of life continued on while Jesus was growing up. His life was not one of play. He spent much of His time, I’m sure, fellowshipping with His Father God and He could confound the teachers of the temple at the age of twelve.
The Bible does not give us any information about Jesus’ life from the age of twelve until that memorable day He walked up to John the Baptist at the river Jordan and was baptized. Then a voice from heaven was heard as God proclaimed Jesus His Son and that He was well pleased with Him.
The Son of God had lived thirty years on this earth and only a very select few knew who He was. Well, the time had come for people to find out who He was and why He was here. It was time for Him to get on with what the Father wanted Him to do.
But notice how sensitive He was to the Holy Spirit. He did not wonder where His first meeting was going to be or if He had enough money to start. After all those years studying and learning the will of God, one would think He was ready to preach and work miracles, but no, the first place the Holy Spirit led Jesus was into the wilderness. First He had to deal with Satan.
Now it was time, and what a ministry. He preached, He taught, He cast out devils. He healed the sick, He walked on water, rebuked the wind and sea and talked to trees. He made the blind to see, the deaf to hear, cleansed the leper and made the lame to walk. He even raised the dead. He went about doing good. He touched a lot of lives when He walked the earth, and He has been touching lives and making them whole ever since.
His cross was heavy, but He picked it up daily and carried it. He requires us to do the same. Luke 9:23 says,
He even puts if a little stronger in Matthew 10:38, which says,
Then came that fateful day when the way to the cross led Him through the garden of Gethsemane. As He humbly fell on His face before God the Father, Luke 22:42-44 says He cried out,
Jesus was God’s Son, but He was also man. He was flesh and blood and He did not want to die the harsh and horrible death of the cross. Crucifixtion is a very cruel and horrendous way to die. Jesus did not win victory on the cross. On no, His great victory came in the garden of Gethsemane, when He prayed and accepted the Father’s will. He now had the strength to go to the cross and die for all humanity. Hebrews 5:7-9 says,
By learning obedience and accepting that death sentence He followed through to the cross, the grave and arose from the dead proclaiming His victory. HALLELUJAH!!!
But then such as now a lot of people were too busy to know what was happening. After all, they had a living to make and those old prophets had been babbling about His coming for years. Surely they had plenty of time. They would think about this Jesus another time.
Yes, the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, means everything to his world. More than people realize. Just as the birth of our Savior was prophesied and came to pass, so His coming again has been prophesied and will come to pass.
Friends, search diligently for the Word of God says you will spend eternity in heaven or hell. His Word is true and just as He came the first time, He is coming again. Be ready, He is the One you can put your trust in.
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