Bro. Charles Trantham, Pastor
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Sunday Evening Service *6:30 PM
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"To renew your love for Christ,
review His love for you" -Anon
He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
Jesus Our Redeemer
John said, “ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God. So the first thing we need to state about Jesus is the fact that he is God. He has always been and will always be. The Word was with God from the beginning and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Revelation 5 says that no one was found worthy to open the book with seven seals so John wept. The elders comforted John by telling him that the lamb slain from the foundation of the world had prevailed to open the book. No one was worthy except God himself. Jesus God’s son gave up his deity to become man so that he could taste of death for all mankind. God has said that the wages of sin is death. Man is unable to do anything about his sinful condition so he is bound to pay the wages for sin unless someone intervenes in his behalf and pays that debt for him. John also tells us that because of God’s great love for us that he sent Jesus to do just that very thing. God stated that there could be no remission of sin without the shedding of blood. Jesus came to earth for that very purpose, to shed his blood a ransom for many.
God sent word through the prophet Isaiah and others that he was going to do this for man. One thing that he told them about this saviour was that for a sign for them to know that this was him, he would be born of a virgin. That would be a sign no one could duplicate, only God could do that. Another reason for his virgin birth was so he would not inherit Adam’s sinful condition making him unworthy to be our passover lamb with-out spot or blemish. In order for him to be our saviour, his virgin birth must be accepted.
I And The Father Are One
When Jesus came to earth, he brought with him all the characteristics of the father. Jesus said, “ I and the father are one.” He also said, “ If you have seen me, you have seen the father.” Every attribute that the father possessed, the son possessed. The Bible says that God is love. If the father is love then the son is love. We saw that attribute in Jesus while he was on earth. We saw his love for man in the compassion that he had for people. Isaiah was quoted by Matthew when he said, “He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.” We saw his compassion when he would heal the sick, when he would give sight to the blind, and when he healed the lame. We saw his heart heavy with grief and compassion at the death of Lazarus. We saw that compassion come pouring out in the garden when he prayed for his disciples and us future believers. He prayed that the father would sanctify us through the truth and keep us from evil. He prayed that we all be one with the father.
Another word that we could use to describe Jesus is humble. Speaking of himself Jesus said, “ Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart....” Jesus was God but he humbled himself in obedience to the father, came to earth, tasted death, even the death on the cross. Jesus never claimed any glory for himself. Everything that he said or done was for the glory of God the father. He taught us humility when he washed the disciples feet. The Psalmist says “ The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” That example of humility is one of the most important things Christ taught us. For a man to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, he must humble himself as a little child. For a man to live the Christian life, he must humble himself to the obedience of Jesus. Always putting the father first, then the wants and needs of others above his own. Jesus in response to the desire of James and John to sit at his right and left hand in glory, said, “ But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be chiefest, shall be servant of all.”
Jesus' Drawing Power
Many other characteristics could be mentioned in describing Jesus. Some of them would be his humor, his fairness, his courtesy, his appreciation of peoples faith. He was also consistent in his teaching and practiced what he preached. But the one trait that really set him apart was his drawing power. While he was on earth multitudes came to hear him teach, to see him heal the sick, and to be healed themselves. The most amazing aspect of his drawing power was how it greatly increased at his death. Jesus said, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” There is only one way to the father, that is through the Son. And no
man can come to the Son unless the father draw him. That great love that God has for the world is still drawing men to him through his son Jesus because of Calvary.