When God Revealed Himself…

COPYRIGHT WARNING

Many people claim that if God exists, there would be evidence of His being. The Bible is unique in its declaration that God has proven His existence, by coming personally to earth. Not as some mythological god as described by the Greeks or Romans, but humbly, in the form of a baby. Born into a family so poor that on the night of His birth, His mother brought Him to the world, in a stable. He lived the first 30 years of His life in total obscurity with nothing written of Him until He appears in the narrative of a few men who gave the world an eye witness account of the things He said and did.

For just three and one half years, the world beheld the glory of the Eternal God, veiled in human flesh. When He came to the world which He had created–to the people who He fashioned in His own image, He was not what the world expected, nor wanted. Though He had done no wrong, nor committed any violence upon any other human being, God, dwelling within the body of a man–allowed sinful and evil men to pierce His hands and feet and nail Him to a Roman cross. He did not resist those who beat Him in the face,  ripped out His beard in handfuls, spit, and mocked Him repeatedly. The Roman soldiers tore His clothes from His back and beat Him until His internal organs began to show.

He gave no defense of Himself, for He was standing in our place of guilt–coming to bear all of our sins, and there was no acceptable excuse that could be made for our guilt.

The angel Gabriel announces the birth of Jesus and informs His mother that a Son is being given by God–to the World, the SON of God, existing forever in perfection and beusty.

Luke 1:30-32 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus

1 Corinthians 15:45-47 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” (Jesus) The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.

The description of Isaiah chapter 9, is fully descriptive of all Jesus came into the world to accomplish.

Isaiah writes multiple prophecies in chapter 9:6-7 concerning the Messiah:

Prophecy 169: He will be a human being.
Prophecy 170: He will be a child.
Prophecy 171: He will be a Son.
Prophecy 172: He will be called “Wonderful.”
Prophecy 173: He will be called a “Counselor.”
Prophecy 174: He will be called “Mighty God.”
Prophecy 175: He will be called “Everlasting Father.”
Prophecy 176: He will be called “Prince of Peace.”
Prophecy 177: Of His kingdom there will be no end.
Prophecy 178: His kingdom will be established upon the throne of David.
Prophecy 179: His kingdom will be of righteous judgement and justice forever.

Dr. Elmer L. Towns, one of the original co-founders of Liberty University, wrote a wonderful paper entitled “The Names of Jesus.”[1] In this document, Dr. Towns describes over 700 names that are ascribed to Jesus Christ. Among these are the titles listed above in Prophecies 171-176. It is by the names of Jesus that we know and understand who He is.

Prophecy 169 describes the Messiah coming to earth as a human being. Not just any human being: The Hebrew word, in Isaiah 9:6, for child is yeled, a young boy or a son—not just any son—but the The Son of God.

The Messiah must be a man

As the last Adam, the Messiah, will be able to identify with our frailties and be tempted in all the same points that we are tempted, while remaining perfect and without sin. As the first Adam made sin a reality for all those who are descended from him, the last Adam—Jesus Christ, made the forgiveness of sins and eternal life a reality for all those who are descended from Him by their faith in His completed sacrifice upon the cross.

1 Corinthians 15:21-22 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

It was important that the one who would be qualified as the Savior of all men must also—himself, be a man. God could not die for the sins of the world, neither could an angel, an animal, nor any other created being. If all mankind were to have a Savior, He would have to come from among us, and be one of us.

This is the first point of Isaiah 9:6, that the Messiah will come to us as a human being.

For unto us a Child is born…

If the Messiah were born by conventional means, through the union of an earthly father and mother, then He would inherit Adam’s sin nature and not be able to offer His life for the sins of the world. In fact, as a sinner, He would Himself require a Savior. This is the basis of the Mormon view of God; that He was once a sinful man who required a Savior (see Prophecy 50).[2] If this was true, then Jesus could not save anyone. Thankfully, the Bible is very specific in describing Jesus, not as a man from his origin, but existing as God—for eternity.

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

Since all things were created by Jesus, the Word, He must Himself, exist before all things. He was not created, but is the source of all creation.

In order for God to accomplish the redemption of all human beings, He would first have to become one of us. Beginning His life as an infant, Jesus was required to learn everything that we must learn. He took the most humble position possible, and endured every difficulty and trial of human life. He did this so that He could experience all of our frailties and fractures and finish His time on earth—perfect and without sin. This was necessary—for If Jesus had failed in even the smallest requirement of God’s law, He could not offer His life for ours. Jesus sacrifice must be perfect, according to the laws of the Old Testament sacrifice for sins.

Having lived a perfect life as a man, Jesus became the “second Adam,” who perfectly fulfilled the whole law of God. He then presented Himself to the Father, on our behalf, and took the full wrath of God for all sins. Jesus sacrifice was fully acceptable to God, for He rose again from the dead on the third day. If Jesus had made the slightest error in anything that was required of Him, He would have remained in the grave, and He would not have had to power to raise Himself from the dead, nor any of us.

This all began with the virgin birth. Without this fact of the Messiah, there would be nothing else to write or discuss. The Messiah must come into the world by a supernatural process of conception—apart from an earthly father (see Prophecy 1, Prophecy 21 and Prophecy 164). The one who would be qualified to die for the sins of the whole world would have to be born of a virgin, without the sin nature inherited from Adam. He would need to be a direct creation of God planted in the womb of a woman who would bear the sinless Messiah.

Without His conception apart from the seed of a man, the Messiah would be born with a sin nature, just like all of us.

Medical science confirms that a Fetus does not receive its blood supply from the mother but from the father. An Ovum begins to produce its own blood supply immediately after the father’s sperm penetrates the egg, held in the body of the woman. An unfertilized ovum can never develop blood since the egg of the female does not contain the elements which are necessary for the production of blood.[3] This subject is discussed in detail in Prophecy 164.

When the Savior lived among us and became one of us, He would have to remain without sin every second of every hour of every day for all of His life, or He could not be the Savior of all men.

The Bible is specific in that Jesus was fully man, just like every other man. He was descended from Adam, just as all of us are descended from Adam. He felt all of the same temptations to sin that you feel everyday, yet He never yielded to those temptations and committed no sin during the 33 ½ years of His earthly life. These facts are attested to in the New Testament by those who knew Jesus intimately.

Paul described Jesus as “without sin:

Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Peter testified that Jesus was without sin:

1 Peter 1:18-19 “…knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

Jesus claimed to be without sin:

John 8:46 “Which of you convicts Me of sin?”

This is why only Jesus is qualified to be the Savior of the world.

Every other person who has been born and claimed to be “the way to Heaven” was a sinner. According to the Bible, a sinner cannot ever be a Savior. That is why we worship and serve Jesus because only He is without sin.

The Messiah must be God

In order for a sacrifice to be sufficient to pay for the sins of the whole world, it must be of great value. The Bible is specific in that Jesus was fully God. He is the Creator of all that exists (Colossians 1:16-17), and it is by His power that all things are held together. Because Jesus is God and has created all things, His life has infinite value and is more than adequate to pay the high cost of our redemption.

When Jesus was placed on the cross, so also were all of our sins. He took our transgressions and made them His own. In essence, Jesus became our sins.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

In this way, these sins were removed from our record and placed on Jesus’ record. While on the cross, God poured out all His wrath on those sins, and Jesus took the punishment for them. This is why everyone who comes to Jesus in repentance for their sins and asks that He might forgive those sins—they will never see the judgment of God, nor any condemnation forever. Their sins simply do not exist any longer, having been nailed to Jesus cross—fully paid for.

However, those who refuse to place their sins under Jesus’ sacrifice will have to bear the punishment for their own transgressions.

This is the first prophecy of Isaiah 9:6-7, that God would come to us as a human being and bear all of our sins.

The perfect life of the eternal God, living within the body of a man, who was perfect and without sin. Jesus’ life was more than enough to satisfy the righteous requirements of a Holy God to punish the sins of every person who will ever live on the earth.

This child, whom Isaiah predicts will be born to us, has walked the halls of heaven as the ruler of the Universe. When He arrived on earth as an infant, He had to learn how to walk. Although it was His voice which spoke the Cosmos into existence, as a child, He had to learn how to talk. Although He will rule from earth someday as a man, for all eternity, He allowed evil men to torture and kill Him, for this in the singular way in which God has chosen to save human beings—there is no other.

Because there was no possibility of redemption for any person apart from such a great sacrifice, the Son of God became one of us and has done for us what we could never accomplish ourselves. In this great and magnificent act of Love, the Lord has forever revealed who He is. For by dying for us, He has put on publicly display before all creation: God is always good and His mercy and grace are proven by His greatest act of Love—the giving of His Son.


NOTES:
[1] http://elmertowns.com/books/online/names_jesusThe_Names_Of_Jesus%5BETowns%5D.pdf
[2] Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 345
[3] Howell’s Textbook of Physiology, Second Edition, pages 885 and 886



Categories: An all sufficient sacrifice, Empirical Evidence for God, Jesus born to die, Jesus is God, Jesus is the Messiah, The Claims of Jesus, The Existence of God, The First Arrival of the Messiah, The world rejects Jesus

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