Quotes and Notes for the Day
WHAT THINK YE OF CHRIST ? II
(The Uniqueness of Christ)
We live in a day and age of religious prularism when voices from every corner are claiming that all religions are way to God. Bible believers who proclaim that Christ is the only way to heaven are labeled us being intolerant.The world claims that all religious experiences are basically the same, and that Jesus is only one of the many prophets that ever lived. But the Scripture speaks of the uniqueness and supermacy of the Lord Jesus Christ. And as the Son of God He was unique in many ways.
He was unique and supreme in His heavenly background: Hebrews 1:3, ” who being in the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when had by himself purged our sins sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:”
His birth was Uniquely different from any other birth that has ever occurred in human history. First of all the birth of Jesus was the only birth in the Bible that is predicted 4000 years in advance. Genesis 3:15, one particular seed was predicted: ” And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.“ Here God said there is going to be an age old conflict and enmity between the seed of Satan and the seed of the woman. The seed of the woman is male: ” … thou shalt bruise HIS heel…” and in this conflict both will be wounded. Satan will be wounded on the head and the Lord Jesus will be wounded on the heel; that is He would suffer and die. Praise God the head of Satan would be mortally wounded.
In Isaiah 7:14, The particular sign of His conception was prophesied. ” Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” outside of the Lord Jesus Christ there is no person that did not require a human father. The only one is the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus did not have a human father, even though Joseph acted in the capacity of a human father when He was growing up in tender years.
The place of His arrival was also unique: How unique was the place of His birth? Luke 2:7 reads, ” .. she brought forth her first born son, and wrapped him in a swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” Yes there was no room for them in the “INN.” Now when we think of the word ” Inn” we think of a hotel or a motel, with all its modern conveniences, but in the days of Jesus there was nothing like that.
We have two words in the Greek New Testament for “Inn”. The one word refers to a hotel or a place with host and provisions. The place our Lord was born was no such place. The second word for “Inn” is merely an enclosure with walls and nothing over head, into which travelers could drive for the night; no host, no room, no food, no entertainment! For Mary and Joseph even the cattle stall were filled that night. So they stayed out in the open air, on the bare ground beneath the wide heaven in an open filed with only a blanket on the ground.
“And The laid Him in a manger...” When we think of a manger we think of a pretty little crib with soft mattress and warm woolen blankets. No friends! the word manger refers to a feeding place for animals. Yes the place where the Son of God laid and spent His first night on this earth was the feeding place for the animals.! When speak in theological terms about the humility of Christ about His abandoning of His heavenly attributes, and leaving all the glories and splendors of heaven, and coming to this sin cursed world, that is what the Apostle Paul was talking about in Philippians 2:5-8.
The self emptying of the glory of Christ in His pre-incarnation state from the throne of heaven where legions of angles worship Him to the feeding throng of an animal. inspired the apostle Paul when he said, ” … He made himself of no reputation ..….”. Jesus who was king of kings why humanly speaking should have been born in a palace, but He bypassed His royalty, even bypassed the stable of animals as the place of His birth, and was born in the lowest birth possible for human being.
In Micah 5:2 The particular sight of His birth was proclaimed: ” But thou Bethlehem Ephratah though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth…………………… from everlasting.” While Bethlehem is a little town, and there may have been other babies born that night, how could the shepherds identify that night the right baby? When you are looking for a savior there can be no mistake when you are looking for. If you are looking for someone to save you, you better not make a mistake. Throughout the centuries there have been thousand and even millions of people who have sought for a savior and have accepted the Devils counterfeit.
Here was unmistakable sign where it said two times that “He would be wrapped in a swaddling cloth, and laid in a manger.” The swaddling cloth is a narrow stripes of cloth often used t in the burying of the dead. A unique sign! A mother never wraps a new born and a living babe with the clothing of the dead!! But here is a mother who did! Why did she take those long strips of clothes used for the burying of the dead, to cloth her new born infant? Because God wants to know the world that Jesus was born to die! In the gospel of Luke 23:51-52 The Lord Jesus was wrapped in His death much like He was wrapped in His birth.!!
to be continued…………………………………………
From The Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff