The Greatest Person That Ever Lived
In this world, many people have come and gone! Whether they be rich or poor, strong or weak, famous or ordinary, everyone will eventually die! But Jesus who was raised from the dead, is alive and lives forevermore Re1:18. Truly, Jesus is the most important and greatest person that ever lived. However, more importantly is what will each of us do with this Jesus- accept Him or reject Him as our personal Saviour. Here are more details about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ:
The Ministry of Jesus Christ
Jesus came to earth to proclaim the kingdom of God, to tell people to repent, and to believe the Gospel Mk1:14,15. He came to do God’s will and to finish His work Jn4:34. God sent Jesus so that by believing in Him, we would not perish in hell but have everlasting life Jn3:16. Jesus came to save us from our sins Mt1:21. Unlike any person who ever lived, Jesus also had supernatural powers. He did many miracles, healed and delivered many people who had evil spirits Mk1:32,34; multiplied the food and fed the multitudes Mt14:21,15:38. He walked on water Jn6:19, and calmed the stormy sea Mk4:39. He even raised the dead Lk8:55, Jn11:44. Jesus rebuked the religious leaders of his day Mt23:13-16, inciting them to eventually kill him. Amazingly Jesus had also foretold of his own death and resurrection to his disciples ‘..how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders.. chief priests and scribes.. be killed, and be raised again the third day’ Mt16:21. Being dead for three days, Jesus was resurrected back to life again Mt28:6. Many years later on the island of Patmos, Jesus appeared to the apostle John saying ‘I am he that liveth, and was dead.. behold, I am alive for evermore.. and have the keys of hell and of death’ Re1:18.
The Resurrected Jesus Christ- More Than a Human
When reading the Bible carefully, we learn that Jesus had other superhuman qualities. When Jesus was resurrected from the dead, He now had a glorified body. His visage and body was no longer badly beaten and grotesque, except for the nail prints on His hands and a hole in his side Jn20:27! He could morph his looks such that his disciples could not recognize Him at first. The first time was at the empty burial tomb when Mary Magdalene was looking for his body, only to be talking to Jesus whom she thought was the gardener. She then recognized his voice Jn20:15-16. Another time was when Jesus translated himself nearly an 8 miles distance from Jerusalem to join two disciples as they were walking on the road to Emmaus Lk24:15. At first they did not recognize Jesus because his looks were changed, but later did; their eyes were opened. He then quickly vanished from their sight Lk24:31. Jesus was able to enter in a room on two occasions though the doors were shut as the disciples were shuttered in fear of the Jews Jn20:19,26. He literally walked or passed through the walls. Also, Jesus had no more blood in Him, as his precious blood was spilt on the earth when a soldier pierced his side and it gushed out Jn19:34. Lev17:11 states ‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Thus the blood of Jesus is still here on earth, and is very important for the forgiveness and cleansing of our sins He9:27, 1Jn1:7. It is also important to overcome the devil. Re12:11 states ‘..they overcame (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb..’.
A little known Bible fact is that after His resurrection, Jesus ascended to heaven TWICE! Jesus told Mary Magdalene ‘Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God’ Jn20:17. This was the 1st time Jesus went to heaven and came back. Then eight days later, Jesus told Thomas ‘Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side..’ Jn20:27. After His resurrection, Jesus remained on earth for 40 more days, teaching of things pertaining to the kingdom of God Ac1:3 and was even seen by over 500 people at once 1Co15:6. Jesus finally ascended into heaven the 2nd time Ac1:11, and sat on the right hand of God Mk16:19. He then sent the Holy Spirit to abide in us Jn14:16, to teach us of all things Jn14:26, guide us into all truth, to shew us things to come Jn16:13, and to empower us to witness Him in all the world Ac1:8.
The Revelation of the Divinity of Jesus Christ
Here are some descriptions of the divinity of Jesus Christ by His apostles, who referred to JESUS as God Himself. Jesus is the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of God’s person He1:3, by whom also he made the worlds He1:2. Jesus Christ, who being in a form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God. God also hath highly exalted Jesus, and given him a name which is above every name.. Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father Php2:6,9,10. Jesus is the image of the invisible God Co1:15. Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh 1Ti3:16. Jesus is the Lord of Glory 1Co2:8. Jesus Christ is the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God 1Ti1:17. In Jesus Christ, the whole family in heaven and earth is named Ep3:15. In Jesus dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily Co2:9. For it pleased the Father that in Jesus should all fullness dwell Co1:19. Jesus Christ is the highest name there ever will be Php2:9. Jesus Christ is the blessed and only Potentate 1Ti6:15; the KING OF Kings, and LORD OF Lords Re19:16. Jesus Christ is the faithful witness, the first begotten of the dead and the prince of the kings of the earth. Jesus is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending Re1:8, the first and the last Re1:11. Jesus is Faithful and True Re19:11. Jesus is the Word made flesh Jn1:14, the Word of God Re19:13. In all things, Jesus should have the preeminence Co1:18. Jesus is the great I Am Jn8:58. Of Jesus’ kingdom, there will be no end Lk1:33. Thomas said unto Jesus, ‘My Lord and My God‘ Jn20:28. As we meditate on these scriptures, we can then really begin to appreciate who Jesus Christ is- God Almighty!
Jesus Declared His Own Divinity- the 10 ‘I Am’s in the Book of John
The gospel of John lists 10 I AM’s Jesus used to describe himself. It is the same term ‘I AM’ that God used when He revealed Himself to Moses in the burning bush. In Ex3:14 ‘..God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM.. Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you’. The Jews regarded the term ‘I AM’ as sacred, referring to God himself. Jesus told the multitude, before Abraham was, I AM Jn8:58. This infuriated the Jews, who took up stones to cast at Him, but Jesus passed through their midst. In Jn6:35, Jesus said I am the bread of life; in Jn9:5 I am the light of the world; in Jn10:9, I am the door; in Jn10:11, I am the good shepherd; in Jn10:36, I am the Son of God; in Jn11:25, I am the resurrection, and the life; in Jn14:6, I am the way, the truth, and the life; in Jn15:1, I am the true vine, and in Jn19:21, I am King of the Jews. All of these ‘I Am’s revealed Jesus’ divinity, and His power to bring forth blessings, spiritual growth, salvation and eternal life. Jesus is the Word of God. John wrote ‘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’ Jn1:1-3. Then ‘the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us’ Jn1:14. Without Jesus, nothing was made that was made Jn1:3. Without Jesus, we can do nothing Jn15:5. Without Jesus, we would not know the way to God, the Father Jn14:6. Jesus said ‘ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he..’ Jn8:24. Jesus is the great I Am, the almighty God who came to earth as a man to die for our sins Jn3:16. Jesus said ‘Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away..’ Mt24:35, and ‘All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth’ Mt28:18.
In summary, Jesus had all the attributes of a man, but also that of God, being Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent, all-powerful, all- knowing, and everywhere at one time! What anyone does with Jesus will be of utmost importance in their lives- now and for eternity. There is a heaven to gain, and a hell to shun, and only Jesus can save us from our sins Mt1:21. ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved..’ Ac16:31. Believe not in Him, and thou ‘shall be damned’ Mk16:16. It is as simple as that! Thank God for sending Jesus and thank Jesus that He came, to pay for our sins by dying on the cross to give us eternal life! Truly Jesus Christ is the greatest Person that ever lived!
If you have not received Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour yet, or you want to recommit your life to Him, just say this short sinner’s prayer and ask Jesus to save your soul:
DEAR JESUS, I AM A LOST SINNER AND WANT TO BE SAVED. FORGIVE ME OF ALL MY SINS. COME INTO MY HEART RIGHT NOW AND CLEANSE ME IN YOUR PRECIOUS BLOOD. I ACCEPT YOU AS MY LORD AND SAVIOUR. THANK YOU JESUS FOR DYING ON THE CROSS FOR MY SINS, AND THANK YOU FOR SAVING MY SOUL! Amen!
The Greatest Person That Ever Lived
Since the creation of the first man Adam 1Co15:45, throughout the historical annals of mankind over a 6000-year period, there has never been a more nobler person than Jesus Christ that ever lived- in humility, service, love, and compassion toward all humanity; in dignity, wisdom, majesty, power and authority. Jesus is the Savior of our souls, the Miracle Maker, the Great Physician, the Prince of Peace, the KING OF KINGS, and the LORD OF LORDS, the LIGHT of the WORLD, etc. One day soon, everyone will know Jesus Christ either as Lord and Saviour, or as the Great Judge. There are many books written of Him. The apostle John once hyperbolized ‘..there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written’ Jn21:25. There are also many beautiful songs of worship and praises of Jesus sung throughout the world. One such song is ‘Down from His Glory’ composed by William E. Booth-Clibborn in 1921. It magnificently epitomized the humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ in a very articulate and succinct way. It is sung to the tune of O Sole Mio-My Sunshine. A beautiful rendition of the song can be heard at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmZnXQt_Ato&feature=related
Truly of the billions of people that ever graced this earth, Jesus Christ is the greatest person that ever lived! These are the words to that beautiful song:
♫ Down from His Glory, Ever living story, My God and Savior came, and Jesus was His name, Born in a manger, To His own, a stranger, A Man of sorrows, fears and agony.
What condescension, Bringing us redemption, That in the still of night, Not one faint hope in sight. God, gracious, tender, Laid aside His splendour, Stooping to woo, to win, To save my soul!
Without reluctance, Flesh and blood His substance, He took the form of man, Revealed the hidden plan. Oh glorious myst’ry, Sacrifice of Calv’ry, and now I know Thou wert the great “I Am”.
Oh how I love Him, How I adore Him, My breath my sunshine, My all in all, The great Creator became my Savior, and all God’s fullness dwelleth in Him. ♫
When one meditates on these profound and powerful lyrics, a brief description of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, we can begin to appreciate that it was the Holy Spirit who inspired Booth-Clibborn, the grandson of the founder of the Salvation Army William Booth, to write this song. Jesus said ‘The Holy Spirit shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shew it unto you’ Jn14:26. The apostle John wrote ‘We love Him because He first loved us’ 1Jn4:19. The more we learn about Jesus and what He did for us, the more we will love Jesus Christ, the greatest person that ever lived, even as the refrain of the song goes ‘Oh how I love Him, How I adore Him’!
Jesus Christ- Both God and Man
That Jesus was both God and a man is an astounding fact that defies imagination. God came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ to reveal Himself. Jn1:18 states ‘No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him’. Thus, to the extent that we know of God is only to the extent we know about Jesus! We know of God’s great love by what Jesus did for us through His life, death, and resurrection. We know of God’s hidden plan and inheritance for us to the extent that Jesus revealed them through his apostles and prophets. Jesus said ‘I and the Father are one’ Jn10:30. He said ‘..ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions.. I go to prepare place for you.. I will come again to receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also.. if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him’ Jn14:1-7.
Jesus came to give Himself as a sacrifice for our sins, and also as an example for us to follow in order to gain God’s great reward and inheritance. By studying Jesus humanity and divinity, we can learn the great things that God has in store for us. We need to know more about Jesus Christ to learn of God’s hidden plan for our future, for certainly our time on earth is quite limited. The greatness of Jesus Christ can be found in who He is, why He came to earth, what He did for us, what His promises are to us, and how they will soon be coming to pass!
Jesus- the Man
The Bible tells us how Jesus, who is the Word of God, was manifest in the flesh 1Ti3:16, Jn1:14, Jn3:13, Php2:6,7. Jesus was sent by God to save the world Jn3:16. His name shall be called Emmanuel, God with us Mt1:23- God living among us. Jesus had a normal childhood and was in every aspect a man. Jesus was fathered by the Holy Ghost and born of the virgin Mary Mt1:20. Jesus’ birth was a very humble one. He was born in a stable, laid in a manger, a feed trough for domestic animals. He was raised as the eldest son of Joseph a carpenter and was likely a carpenter too, until he began his ministry at age thirty Lk3:23. Jesus also had four half-brothers and at least two half-sisters Mt13:55. Before Jesus was two years old, King Herod sought to kill Him. Joseph took Mary and the child Jesus and fled at night into Egypt Mt2:14, over 100 miles away. Shortly after Herod died they returned to settle in Nazareth, in Galilee Mt2:23. His first quoted words in the Bible at age 12 were ‘I must be about my Father’s business’ Lk2:49. Jesus increased in knowledge and stature and in favor with God and with man Lk2:52.
Jesus came in the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men Php2:7. Upon first seeing Jesus, John the Baptist exclaimed ‘Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world’ Jn1:29. At age 30 years when Jesus began his three-year ministry, he said ‘My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work’ Jn4:34. Jesus had passions like all of us- being tempted yet did not sin Heb4:15. He hungered and thirsted; he suffered, felt pain and agony, and also wept Jn11:35. He had strong emotions of love, friendship, and even disgust. He had a special love for the apostle John Jn20:2 and Mary Magdalene, whom He had cast out seven devils Mk16:9. He hated the phony religiosity of the scribes and Pharisees, rebuking them for their pride and hypocrisy Mt23. Jesus of Nazareth was a man approved of God among the Jews by miracles and wonders and signs which God did by Him Ac2:22. He humbled himself, and ‘became obedient unto the death, even the death of the cross’ Php2:8. Jesus became both the High Priest Heb5:10 and the sacrifice for our sins once and forever He10:12. Though Jesus did not travel more than a 50 miles radius in his ministry, his influence and power are known and felt worldwide today, over 2000 years and will be forever. There was no man ever like Jesus in power, but also in love and compassion for people. God came to earth as the man Jesus, who will soon return one day in the Rapture for those who love and obey Him. Jesus is our Blessed Hope, our great God and Saviour Ti2:13! Please return later for Part II which will reveal some very little known facts about the humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ, who this person Jesus really is, and how we can appreciate Him even more!
Jesus Is Coming Again- the Rapture, and the 2nd Coming
In previous posts, I wrote of the Signs of the Coming Antichrist- the Dark Knight Rising, and Why Jesus Came. In this post, we will also be looking at Why Jesus Is Coming Again and what He will accomplish as the KING OF KINGS, AND LORD of LORDS Re19:16.
As the whole world degenerates into increasing corruption, immorality, and sin, Jesus will deliver us from God’s wrath to come 1Th1:10. Jesus will take us to heaven in the Rapture as He promised in Jn14:3, even as He was also bodily taken up Ac1:11. This scene will soon be played out along with the economic collapse of all nations when God will pour out His anger on a reprobate world as in terrible scenes found in the book of Revelation.
There will be 42 months of great tribulation upon the earth under the tyrannical rule of the Antichrist. This period prior to Jesus’ return to earth will be a most brutal, horrific, and cataclysmic time in the history of mankind. Jesus said ‘For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved..’ Mt24:21,22. The world will be in Great Tribulation with millions upon millions of people slaughtered in wars and death due to thirst, starvation, pestilence, disease, and by great earthquakes and natural disaster. It would be the time of the world domination of the Antichrist and the False Prophet for 42 months Re13:5; an absolute dictatorial system of rule and religion, subjecting people to forced worship of the Antichrist, in an economic system unsurvivable unless one takes his 666 mark Re13:17. The resources of the earth will be greatly diminished and will be rationed! This is already beginning to happen. All forms of freedom will be taken from them, and all will suffer great deprivation, fear and oppression!
Jesus will then return the 2nd time to earth to battle the Antichrist and the False Prophet Re19:11-20 and cast both of them into a lake of fire. He will then have Satan bound and cast into the bottomless pit for a thousand years Re20:1,2, and will establish His glorious kingdom on earth Re20:4. Jesus said ‘And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory’ Mt24:30. He said ‘..Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory’ Lk21:25-27. Re 1:6 tells ‘Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him’. We will now look at scriptures of the soon coming of Jesus Christ!
Jesus Will Come to Deliver Us From the Wrath to Come
- Lk21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
- Lk21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
- Heb2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation..
- 1Th1:10 ..wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
- 1Th5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Re3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Jesus Will Come For Us In the Rapture- Our Blessed Hope
- Jn6:41 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
- Jn14:2,3 ..I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
- 1Th4:16,17 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
- Tit2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Jesus Will Come to Judge and Bring Judgment to the World
- Ps96:13 ..for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.
- Mal3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth?
- Jn5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
- Ro14:10 ..for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
- 2Co5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; ..according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
- Jn9:39 ..For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
- 2Pe3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
- Re11:18 ..the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged..
Jesus Will Come Again to Battle the Antichrist, the False Prophet, the Kings of the Earth, and their Armies
- Is13:9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger..
- Zec12:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
- Zec14:1-3 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh.. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken ..Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations..
- Jude14 Enoch also, the 7th from Adam, prophesied.. Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints.
- Re19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
- Re19:19 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet .. both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
In this 2nd and final coming, Jesus Christ will fulfill all that is written of Him in the Bible; to establish God’s kingdom on earth, in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost Ro14:17. All those who are called, and chosen, and faithful Re17:14, those who had part in the first resurrection, the Rapture 1Th4:16,17, the overcomers Re2:26,27 will then reign with Jesus for a thousand years Re20:6!
Please stay tuned! My next post will be JESUS, THE GREATEST PERSON THAT EVER LIVED! Thank you!