Christmas – Jesus the Messiah, King of kings, Lord of lords

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“For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over His Kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7 NIV)

One of the problems with prophecy, even accurate prophecy straight from God, is that it can be misinterpreted.

God sent His prophets in the Old Testament, (before the birth of Jesus), and told them in advance that Jesus would be born.

God even gave Isaiah the prophecy above.

The people of Israel however misinterpreted that, and other, prophecies about the reason for the birth of Jesus – so instead of looking forward to the birth of God’s Son in human form and all that He would do in reconciling humanity back to God – they were expecting someone who would free them from captivity.

Basically, they were looking forward to a great general, a warrior, a king.

At Jesus crucifixion a sign was even placed on the cross above the head of Jesus, that actually read “King of the Jews”.

And the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek so everyone could read it.

“Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: ‘Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews’.” (John 19:19 NIV)

The fact Jesus was real in history cannot be disputed.

The only thing that can be disputed is what we do with that knowledge.

Flavius Josephus, (born AD 37/38 in Jerusalem, died AD 100 in Rome), was a Jewish priest, scholar, and historian who wrote valuable works on Jewish history.

His major books are History of the Jewish War (75–79), The Antiquities of the Jews (93), and Against Apion.

In Rome, Josephus had been granted citizenship and a pension.

He was a favourite at the courts of the emperors Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian.

Most of what we know of ancient Roman history and their emperors comes from Flavius Josephus.

Flavius Josephus wrote: “Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man; if it be lawful to call him a man. For he was a doer of wonderful works; a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men among us, had condemned him to the cross; those that loved him at the first did not forsake him. For he appeared to them alive again, the third day: as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.” – Josephus (Antiquities of the Jews – Book XVIII Chapter 3.3)

Even the Muslim Quran (written around AD 610) recognises Jesus as a prophet (eg: Surah Al-Baqarah; 2:136) and a ‘messiah’ (eg: Surah Ali-Imran; 3:45).

So, history proves Jesus was real.

And the true meaning of Christmas was intended as a celebration of His birth.

Christians though must never lose sight of the fact that while Jesus came to earth the first time in human form as a baby, the Bible clearly states that Jesus will return again.

But this time Jesus will come as the ruler of the earth (Revelation 1:5) and ‘King of kings, Lord of lords’ (Revelation 19:16).

And once again each person must decide what they are going to do with that knowledge.

For the Bible tells us that when Jesus returns “at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow [in submission], ….. and that every tongue will confess and openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord (sovereign God), to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11 AMP)

So, there will be no misinterpretation this time around.

Everyone will know exactly Who Jesus is.

And everyone will have to individually answer to Jesus for how that knowledge affected their lives and the way they lived.

Merry Christmas to all. ❤️ ✝️

“Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” (Luke 2:14 NLT)

 

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