By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
JESUS CHRIST stated: “The Thief (Satan) cometh not, but for to Steal, and to Kill and to Destroy: I am come that they may have LIFE and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the Good Shepherd; the good shepherd giveth His life for the sheep.” (John 10: 10, 11)
The God whom I serve is a good God and a loving, benevolent, caring, merciful and life giving Creator and Heavenly Father! His heart yearns to bless us all. He has no pleasure in the death of anyone, therefore He has NO pleasure in the sickness, weakness, pain, poverty or sinfulness of any human being. He sees the sparrow fall to the ground and has compassion on the lowliest of His creation!
His compassion upon Adam and Eve who had transgressed greatly against His holy and almighty Person is magnanimous. Why didn't He just wipe them out and begin all over again? Why didn't He cage the slimy, despicable Liar called the Devil? Why did He allow the wily old Satan to keep on scheming, perverting and destroying everything he touched?
The Almighty, Eternal God and Creator of all things is also True and Perfect in Righteousness, Fairness and Justice! He forgave Adam and Eve immediately by putting into force His plan of Salvation by initiating the Sacrificial System. The innocent animal which Adam had given a name to and had undoubtedly learned to love in his care of the Garden, would be slain as a substitute to atone for their sins!
JESUS CHRIST: GOD IN HUMAN FLESH!
God Himself performed the procedure to save Adam and Eve, using the skins of the innocent animal to cover their naked bodies while its blood was shed as an atonement for their souls! In His great love, He drove them from the Garden so that they would not eat of the fruit of the Tree of Life and live forever in their sinful state!
He instructed them to regularly offer sacrifices of an innocent animal, so He could keep them in His fold until He would send the Deliverer - His Only begotten Son - to meet the Demands of Divine Justice and satisfy a Thrice Holy God!
His Eternal Son, Who is in the Bosom of the Father, would be incarnated (God in human flesh) to pay the Penalty for Adam and Eve's sin and that of the entire human race -past, present and future - through the sacrifice of himself, thus purchasing our eternal Salvation!
Jesus of Nazareth -True God from eternity and True Man by His virgin birth – came to earth as God's Paschal Lamb. He is the Propitiation for our sins, which means the covering, mercy seat, expiation and satisfaction. God was satisfied with the sacrificial death of His own SON for the sins of Adam, Eve and all of us!
The Bible states: “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the Righteous: And He is the PROPITIATION for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2: 1-2);
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4: 10).
Oh, the love, mercy and grace of the Eternal God in giving of Himself, when He gave His only begotten Son to bear away our sins and carry our sicknesses and diseases to the Cross thereby purchasing our Eternal salvation by the sacrifice of Himself.
Is it any wonder, that we love Him, believe Him and trust Him? No-one else can even come close to be compared to Jesus Christ of Nazareth, our Lord and Saviour, Master and God!
JESUS – His name means the Salvation of God. Yeshua means forgiveness, peace, joy, healing, health, deliverance and eternal life! His name is the Salvation of God! His name means whatever Salvation entails!
He is the greatest, truest, purest, most holy. He is ETERNAL LIFE and there is NO fear, sin, sickness, disease or lack in the Kingdom of God! He is the Way, the Truth and the Life! There is NO other Way to God. He is the Truth and the ONLY Truth. He is the Life and the Giver of Life because He is LIFE!
SATAN IS A LIAR, THIEF & MURDERER!
SATAN came to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus Christ came that we might have life and have it more abundantly! (John 10: 10). Jesus came to bless, not to curse! To forgive and not to judge and to deliver those who are bound!
The Bible says: “For God sent not His Son to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3: 17); “And if any man hear My voice, and believe not, I judge him not, for I am not come to judge the world , but to save the world.” (John 12: 47)
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power Who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.” (Acts 10: 38)
“...For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the Devil.” (1 John 3: 8).
“For as much then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also partook of the same; that through Death He might Destroy him that had the power of death, that is the Devil and Deliver them who through fear of death were all their life time subject to bondage.” (Heb. 2: 14)
WE ARE AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST!
We are Ambassadors for Christ. We are representatives of the Kingdom of God. We are Ministers of the New Covenant. Our duty is to do His will and to do what He did. He is our Example and Role Model. He came to earth to give life and that more abundantly. We must follow in His footsteps!
St. Paul stated: “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the Ministry of Reconciliation. That is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them, and hath committed unto us the Word of Reconciliation.
“Now then we are Ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For He hath made Him to be sin (sin offering), that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5: 18-21) Amen.