JESUS said "Behold, i give you the authority.... Luke 10:19
Christmas Reminders 2020
24th December, 2020

The four Gospels provide our principal source of information concerning Christ in His life on earth. Though the Gospels makes them easy to understand, their theological interpretation is by no means uncomplicated. Sections of Scripture constitute a revelation of God and His purposes.
The ministry of Jesus had 3 major spheres which we need to look at. These spheres give us a detailed idea of the ministry of JESUS. It was prophesied about him long before his arrival. The aspects of his ministry and operation of it. Everything that he would bring to pass was under a certain sphere and those are the ones we will look at now.

The first sphere we look at is JESUS as a prophet. Without question, Christ is the greatest of the prophets. His teachings contained in the four Gospels demonstrate a great variety of subjects, his prophecy, and the revelations he gave were more profound than those that are found in any of the recorded prophets of Scripture. In almost every aspect of revelation, Jesus opened a new door to understanding.

Christ was eternally the source of knowledge, truth, wisdom, and light. When He became incarnate, He became a declaration in human flesh of what God is.
Just as Christ, fulfilled to the utmost the office of prophet so also He qualifies as the High Priest, which is the second sphere of his ministry and is the completion of all that was mentioned in the Old Testament priesthood. As a priest, He fulfilled the definition of what constitutes a priest, “a man duly appointed to act for other men in things pertaining to God.”1 Not only in His person but also in His work, Christ fulfilled the ministry of a priest, offering gifts, sacrifices, and intercession. He acted as a true Mediator between God and man. Jesus was in true sense a high priest and he stood up the expectations and requirements of the priesthood, HE was qualified for the office since he was full of wisdom, knowledge and understanding, HE was appointed by the Father, he completed all functions required by the priesthood and it stands to be eternal.

One of the fundamental purposes of the incarnation was the fulfilment of the earthly purpose of God in the Davidic covenant. The Old Testament had predicted the coming of a King who would fulfil the promise of God to David- Isa 9:6-7. When Christ came, He fulfilled all the requirements of the prophesied King, though the full revelation of His work as King was reserved for His second coming. This is the third sphere of his ministry!
Taken together, the three offices of Christ as Prophet, Priest, and King which are the key to the purpose of the incarnation. His prophetic office was concerned with the revelation of the truth of God; the priestly office was related to His work as Messiah and Mediator; His kingly office had in view His right to reign over Israel and over the entire earth. In Christ the supreme dignity of these offices is reached.

What is Christ to us? Have we experienced him as Prophet, Priest and King? These are some questions to ponder on as we want personal experiences with him. Let the ministry of JESUS teach us to operate more like him, after all we are his representatives and co-heirs!
23rd December, 2020

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned (Isaiah 9:2).

Light enables us to see what otherwise in the darkness is not visible. Light is mandatory to live on this planet, without it, we can’t do much of anything. For in the darkness we switch on the light even if it is a simple task that needs to be done. If not the task is cumbersome or the task may not be accomplished at all.
For some, darkness instils fear and inability to function. If we try to walk in darkness in a secluded area it seems to be a fearful task. Fear tries to creep in and our imagination runs wild. When we try to walk in pitch black darkness, we feel hopeless and wandering. That is a life without JESUS!

Without Him everything is purposeless. Wandering around, doing things without confidence and hope and everything that one does seems to be futile. The world and its lusts are not able to bring in fulfilment and completion in us. Be it money or success or pleasures of this world, the lustre of materialism seems to fade away. It is all temporary, it’s like a chocolate, if it’s in your mouth, it tastes good, once you’re done eating, and it’s all gone.  Life seems unpredictable and for some in hopelessness it seems ever diminishing and ends up in death.

What does the light do for us? The light helps us to navigate our way through life, we don’t end up bumping into things and we are able to walk without a doubt or fear in our minds of uncertainties that lie ahead. JESUS as the light gives us an assurance that life is in his hands and that all things will work out for our good, no matter what.

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12.  Thank God for sending Jesus to be the Light that illuminates our lives. JESUS, He gives us hope and purpose. JESUS eliminated darkness (death) from our lives forever and no more does death have a hold on us, forever we walk in the light! He defeated death! He died on the cross and rose again, he is victorious and that victory over death, we have now inherited.  We too will rise with him to live eternally.

We have been given a free will to accept this light of the glorious gospel of grace, and all who trust in Him for salvation will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life as an abiding presence within. JESUS is also the only Light, there is no other that can illuminate one’s life. He saves, he delivers, he blesses, he rescues. Jesus is the one and only true Light – that eternal light that shines in us will never fade away, as we accept the light, salvation is ours for the talking. For salvation is found in no other name, but the wonderful name of JESUS.

Let this light shine bright in you and your family! Shalom!

22nd December, 2020
As we see in the dictionary the word authority is the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience. We all know what it is and sometimes we appreciate the authority that people or persons have over us and sometimes it’s just burdensome when it’s in the wrong hands. Some of us, are deemed to live under authority and some of us rebel against it when things are not going in a certain way that we think is fit.
“Authority” is a major biblical theme. The Greek word for “authority” is exousia (sometimes translated as “power”). It is mentioned 102 times in the New Testament.
While we are on earth, we see many people, persons or groups having assigned authority over us through a consensus. But the ultimate authority who we recognise is GOD that Father, it is who He is from the beginning. When we speak of GOD having authority it is understood that GOD has the right to command and enforce obedience since he is the creator and maker of all things.
JESUS CHRIST, our Lord and King is the authority who we recognise to be the ultimate standing authority. Through the Word, we see he had eternal authority before the existence of all things, his authority as the son of the living GGOD, and his authority that will reign for ever.
In addition to the Lord’s authority over creation, we recognise Him to have hold over the current scenario of all existing life. Paul, the apostle spoke of this that it is by the authority of Christ that “all things hold together” (Col. 1:17,). Further, Jesus, in connection with his creation role, is said to “uphold all things by his powerful word” (Heb. 1:3).
When Jesus was fully man and fully GOD while here on earth, he walked in his divinity, he did not sin and exercised power over all things, there was nothing overpowering him.   He remained obedient and humble under the authority of His Father. Jesus in flesh exercised authority over demons (the demons asked the Lord’s permission to enter a herd of swine when they had to leave after tormenting the man for years, Mk. 5:6-7), over nature (Christ “rebuked” both the wind and the sea, the fig tree since it had no fruit), Over living creatures (to pay taxes Jesus used the fish of the sea, he directed his disciples to get a donkey as he prepared to enter Jerusalem), over sickness (The healing miracles of Jesus involved of a wide variety of ailments, e.g., leprosy (Mt. 8:2ff), congenital blindness (Jn. 9:1ff), restoration of a severed ear (Lk. 22:50-51), deafness and impediment of speech (Mk. 7:32ff), etc), over sin (Jesus said to the crippled man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Only GOD who has authority can claim to forgive sin), over death (There were three cases during Christ’s ministry when he raised people from the dead—the daughter of Jairus (Mt. 9:18-26; Mk. 5:21-43), a widow’s son (Lk. 7:11-15), and Lazarus of Bethany (Jn. 11:43-44) and over his own death.
For us to submit under the authority of Jesus Christ, the Son of God is to have life. It is to have faith and believe on Him and his Word. It is under that authority that we can have a fulfilment that otherwise is non-existent. Our submission under such authority is driven out of love. It is His love that brings about our submission, not compulsion or fear.
It is with Joy, that we hail our King!
21st December,  2020

GOD's WORD acknowledges time and again in various scriptures:
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. (Romans 10:10-11)
For this reason also, God highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)
Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things, and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him. (1 Corinthians 8:6)
He has sent his word to the descendants of Israel and brought them the good news of peace through Jesus the Messiah. This man is the Lord of everyone. (Acts 10:36)
But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defence to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. (1 Peter 3:15)
For there is no distinction with God between Jews and Greeks, for all have the same Lord, who is generous to all who appeal to Him for help. (Romans 10:12)
For a Saviour has been born today in the city of David, who is Christ the Lord, God's specially chosen one (Luke 2:11)
20th December, 2020

On that day, Jesus commissioned his disciples, and said to them, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). This was the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was given to the disciples, it was an era of salvation, empowering and guiding believers. The Good News of Jesus Christ spread like a wildfire which was impossible by human strength. It was GOD in action which came to term by the empowerment of the disciples through the Holy Spirit.

As our heart is to our body, so is the Holy Spirit to us. Without our heart, we would be dead, yes we were dead without JESUS and the Holy Spirit! We would be dead in our relationship with GOD without the working of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit makes us “alive with Christ” (Ephesians 2:5).
In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples and He gave them power and wisdom and the disciples were made to be Christ’s witness in all the earth. We as the disciples of JESUS, we need to learn how to rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit who makes us effective witness to proclaim the gospel of our Lord JESUS CHRIST.

As we grow as being faithful in JESUS, the Holy Spirit helps us to live by what we share, He gives us the power to do what was not possible with us to do prior to receiving JESUS in our hearts. Forgiving, resisting temptation, standing in integrity and loving GOD’s people is now simplified by the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit resuscitates and regenerates us so that we can see and understand the things of God (John 3:3; 1 Corinthians 2:12). The Holy Spirit brings us closer to GOD and helps us build a stronger and deeper relationship with our Father in heaven, He dwells in us to help us to understand the working of the kingdom principles and relativity. The Holy Spirit gives us ears to hear and respond to the call of the gospel (John 6:44), resulting in salvation and holiness.

Jesus said the Spirit will come to comfort and teach us. There are times of despair and times when we feel incompetent, the world and its pressures bring it on us, that is when the Holy Spirit with his still small voice will gently nudge you and comfort you to a renewed joy and a stronger mind. That is when there is a change and it develops us to be more like JESUS. The working of the Holy Spirit is now evident in you and that’s the sign of companionship with the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:22 – 23).

The Holy Spirit forever renews us into the call of Salvation, to which we said Yes!
19th December, 2020
God our Father in his Word has made known to us that he is a singular authority in the universe and that is this revelation of himself has been unfolded in various aspects in the Word. The whole and sole person of completion is achieve in JESUS CHRIST our Lord and Saviour and this is the ultimate knowledge of He who was, is and who is to come.

Jesus said in the Word, that no one goes to the Father but through him. Our sin had made a wall between us and our Father and that had been broken down when JESUS paid the price for our salvation.  It applied to every person, no matter who has sinned and have fallen short of the glory of our Father. And the only way to the Father is through Christ, our Lord.

GOD our Father simplified the process for our salvation! He didn’t complicate it by adding different routes, he made one way, a singular one, a simple one, and his name is JESUS. It is by the name of JESUS that we are all saved. JESUS Christ is the single intermediary and singular Mediator between God and man. It is stated in the Word that there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved.  This here demonstrates God’s wisdom and grace, so that it wouldn’t cause confusion for mankind, He did not give multiple ways. It is through JESUS alone he can have fellowship with the FATHER now, JESUS is that exclusive single door to get through to the Father. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

It is no longer difficult to understand it, even children understand this. The salvation plan of our Father that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again, so that whosoever believes on HIM, will not perish but have everlasting life. JESUS was chosen to become flesh, leave his heavenly throne, dethrone himself, come to be a simple man, be the sacrifice and bring the redemption plan to pass. He was chosen to be our intercessor, to plead to our Father on our behalf. He was chosen to be our mediator through whom we could have fellowship with our Father. He was chosen to be advocate, to defend those who truly believe in Him and walk in his precepts. We have seen the glory of the FATHER shine through the one chosen for us!
Timothy 2:3-6 tells us the wonderful plan that God has for all his children on earth and in heaven. To bring this plan to success was no child’s play, there was a sacrifice involved a price to be played there was no hitching a free ride to town. JESUS was slain for this!

There is something very important that we have to understand here, who is saved and how?
15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died (which states all of mankind) by the trespass of the one man (who is the first Adam), how much more did God’s grace and the gift (the gift of redemption) that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many (which is all of humanity)! 16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned (for all mankind) through that one man, how much more will those (for those who accept JESUS as Lord and walk in his footsteps) who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign (are given power and authority) in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

In layman’s terms a mediator sits between two parties who are at a disagreement and help bring them together. An advocate however does not go in-between; he sits with you and represents you.

Jesus is both, a mediator and an advocate. GOD’s Word in 1 John 2:1-2 says - My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. This advocate relationship describes those for whom Jesus stands for those who follows in his precepts. He mediates for everybody else. There is a distinction here for people, those who follow and those who don’t but for both these sections of people there is always an affirmative result.  

How beautiful it is for us who believe, we have been called by Jesus to follow in his footsteps. We have a level of responsibility to GOD’s Word and so we will be rewarded as his faithful.