Who is Jesus Christ?
There is only one Jesus in the whole New Testament, and He is the Lord of the Seventh-day Sabbath [Matthew 12:8; Mark 2:28]. If you have a different Jesus, than He is not the one who is the same yesterday, today and forever [Hebrews 13:8] I am the Lord that changes not!
Would the real Jesus please stand up! He Himself said that in the last days there will be many false Christ's to follow. The name 'Christian' was not yet known then. They were known as the 'Followers of the Way'. Jesus is a way of life and He is the way, the truth, and the life!
In the new testament, He made two astounding claims. One, He said 'before Abraham was, 'I am'(John8:58) The Jews understood rightly because instantly they picked up stones to stone Him. In Exodus 3:13,14 Moses had asked God his name. and God answered: "I AM THAT I AM", i.e. the self-existing One. The second claim of Jesus is that he is the Lord of the seventh-day Sabbath.
Self existence is equated with being uncreated or underived. The prophet Isaiah says of CHRIST: " For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be on His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Councilor, The mighty GOD, The everlasting Father, The prince of peace." Isa.9:6
The Gospel writer John says, 'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, the same was in the beginning with God, all things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made',John 1:1-3; Acts 13;33; Ps.2:7
Ephesians 3:9 says: 'and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hidden in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ!' And Colossians 1:16 says: 'For by Him (Christ) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in the earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him!'
Hebrews 1:2 says: 'God has spoken in the last days unto us by His Son, who He has appointed Heir of all things, by Whom He also made the worlds (plural)!'. No wonder that Jesus takes the rightful title of Lord of the Sabbath Day (Gospels of Matthew 12:8; and Mark 2:28). As I move among the Catholic and Protestant Churches, I hear plenty Lord, Lord, but they refuse to let Him be Lord of all! In heaven apparently everyone worships Jesus on that day (Isaiah 66:22-24). And why not obey the fourth of the 10 Commandments now and here for by the law is the knowledge of sin (Romans 3:20) and all have sinned (v.23).
JESUS CHRIST being GOD in the flesh, saved everybody on the cross. That means, He made atonement and paid the price of our sins for us. Now He must become your personal Saviour from, not in sin [Matthew 1:21] by simply accepting Him just as you are. Only He can and will change us. Then JESUS says: "Come and follow Me." People of the world see the Christian life as too restrictive. They do not see the love, peace and joy that comes from following JESUS who gives us a foretaste of paradise here and now. The reason that you will see so many unhappy Christians, is the fact that they do not detach themselves from the world before joining JESUS. They try to live a double life with the pleasures of this world of sin and the sinless JESUS at the same time.
Who belongs to Jesus? "Those who belong to Christ have crucified their old nature with all that it loved and lusted for."---Gal.5:24, Phillips.
"According to His divine power has given unto us all things unto life and godliness....that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption that is in the world through the lust of the flesh.---2.Peter 1:3,4.
The new heaven and the new earth that I will make, says the Lord, all flesh shall come to worship before Me from one Sabbath to another Sabbath day ( Isaiah 66:22.23 ). It does not say from one Jesus to another Jesus shall all flesh come to worship before me as many Protestants are now starting to say.
If Jesus is now our Sabbath rest, and we Protestants certainly rest in Jesus, and if every day is now the Sabbath Day as many Protestants are now saying than the verse in Revelation 1:10 would read ridiculously, I ,John, received the Revelation of Jesus Christ on every day. This makes no sense.
Then some Protestants say that Jesus is now our Temple Sanctuary in Heaven. If this was so, would our Lord Jesus Christ need cleansing (Dan.8:14)? How ridiculous! this would border on blasphemy, don't you think?
Jesus is also found in the prophecies of Isaiah: " For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be on His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The prince of peace."---Isa.9:6 KJV.
Jesus Christ is not a created being. This view by the watchtower society is built on a misconception of a text in Revelation 3:14 "the beginning of creation". This is wrongly interpreted to mean that Christ is the first being that God created; that God's creation began with Him. This antagonizes the scriptures which declares that Christ Himself created all things.
The word 'beginning' here is the Greek 'arche', which has two meanings, head or chief, which would really be translated the head of creation or chief creator. same as the word in chief- or archdeacon.
We have this same problem again in Jude 9 where it speaks of Michael the chief or archangel, which does not mean He is an angel but the commander of angels. He cannot be an angel for He is above them (Hebr.1:4). He created them and is also their Father. I brought my two sons into the world, therefore I am their Father.
Jesus Himself said that He is the Alpha and omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Neither should we imagine that Christ is a creature, because Paul calls Him the first born of every creature, for the very next verse calls Him to be Creator, and not a creature.---Col.1:15,16.
Jesus Christ is not Lord of Sunday. This belongs to Anti-Christ. Jesus never went to Church or Synagogue on Sunday's so we cannot and should not follow Him there. We are not to go to Church every day because six days shalt thou labour and do all thy work (Ex.20:8).
You can only rest on Sabbath and in Jesus after you have laboured six days and came out of the slavery of sin which is symbolized by Egypt and Sodom. (Revelation 11:8).
Jesus says that he/she that is not for us, is against us! There is no neutrality in the war between good and evil Satan and Christ are waging (Rev.12:17). While most Protestants are now denying the application of God's holy Law to born again Believers, God says, here are they which keep the commandments and the faith of Jesus Christ (Rev.14:12).
Earth is preparation day for heaven. God will not take 'Rebels' into His unspoiled paradise. You cannot separate love from God's commandments nor can anyone separate Christ from His Seventh Day Sabbath. There have never been nine commandments!!! What God has joined together, let no man separate.
There is a difference between the real Jesus and Anti-Christ!
In order for Jesus to be tempted like us and yet to be without sin, He had to have not the immaculate nature of Mary, but our fallen sinful nature after the new spiritual re- birth.
Jesus was never born with our carnal mind because he was conceived not of Joseph but of the Holy Spirit in a virgin. So this makes the human part of Jesus like us born again Christians. Jesus could not even use His own divinity to help and perform miracles to benefit others. He overcame the way we do, by asking God for constant supply of fresh grace to help in time of need and live by faith only. If He had sinned, Jesus could not be our Redeemer and needed one Himself.
God is all knowing
Jesus restricted Himself to the full knowledge of the Bible and reading man's hearts or minds. He had to in order to be our perfect example and not have an unfair advantage over us. But as God, He certainly is all knowing. [1.Peter 2:21; John 10:30; Hebr.12:4; 1.Jn.5:7].
God is all powerful
Here again our Lord Jesus was restricted. He said without my Father I cannot do anything. This should also be our motto.
Jesus and God are one.
On the cross Jesus cried "My God, My God why hast thou forsaken me". Does this mean that Jesus was not God because He called on God? No, Jesus repeated an old testament psalm, a prophecy of His crucifixion. [Psalms 22:1]. We too, just as Jesus did, have to quote scriptures against sin and temptations. Jesus did this when tempted of the Devil. The Devil quoted only half twisted verses to Jesus. Jesus knew His Bible and so must we.
Jesus and His Mother?
Nowhere does Jesus say that Mary was divine! On the contrary. He asked, who is my mother? He that does the will of My Father in heaven, the same is My mother and brother. In Hebrews it says that Jesus is after the type of King Melchedesec who had neither Father or Mother, beginning or end [Hebr.7:3]. Melchedesec means King of righteousness or right doing!
The Apostle Paul asserts that JESUS CHRIST is our "ROCK" of salvation of the O.T. [1.Cor.10:4] and therefore the very GOD who gave us the Manna [vegetarian diet] and His Sabbath in the wilderness before He gave His law of the 10 Commandments on Mt.Sinai to Moses. To show that CHRIST is the Lord of the Sabbath [Matthew 12:8] back from the creation of this world [Genesis 2:1-3], He told the Israelites as they came out of Egypt, he would feed them daily with Manna or angel's food, except on the Sabbath. They had to gather a double portion on Fridays. This shows us the unbroken chain of the Seventh day from Eden lost to eternity [Isa. 66:22,23] when everyone will obey the Sabbath belonging to CHRIST!
Protestants experience the new birth by relying on the word and spirit of God. Catholics on the other hand relate it only to the sacrament of baptism. But the biblical convert becomes a partaker of the divine nature of God (2.Pet.1:4). and the Spiritualist believes somewhere in between.
"Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He (Christ), so are we in this world."---1.John 4:17. Our love for Him and His holiness and righteousness gives us this great boldness.
What saddens me greatly, is the fact that in search engine ranking on the world wide web, Jesus is not listed very high. Q.: How does He rank with you?