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WHO IS LORD JESUS CHRIST?
 

Even after 2000 years, and even when he had been crucified as a “criminal”, Lord Jesus Christ is the most known, sought after, revered, loved, imitated and even worshiped Person in Human History up to this day. He is called the Saviour of Mankind because he offered his life as a sacrifice for the sins of every person seeking God’s forgiveness. He has, thus, redeemed us from sin and eternal death through his atoning death. He said, “I have come that all may have the fullness of life”.

He is accepted by all Christians as the Son of God and their Lord and Saviour. The Muslims accept him as a great prophet. People of other religions consider him a “Great Man” ( “Mahapurush” or “Mahatma”). Thousands of Great men and women of history, like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Count Leo Tolstoy, Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi, Mahatma Phule, Albert Schwaitzer, Martin Luther King and Blessed Mother Theresa have been deeply influenced by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

His call to us is “Love one another as I have loved you” He again said “Greater love than this no man has that he lays down his life for his friends” “I have called you my friends”. Human concern for one another irrespective of caste, creed, colour or qualification is historically rooted in Jesus’ call to us: love your neighbour as yourself”

Then Who is Lord Jesus Christ for you and me? How relevant is he for you and me today? Let this be our search!

Some one wrote about Lord Jesus Christ in this way: “He was born in an obscure village, of a humble mother. He

grew up in another village. He worked in a carpenter’s shop until He was thirty, and then for three years he was an itinerant preacher. He wrote no book. He never held an office. He never owned a home. He had no family. He never went to college. He never set foot inside a big city. He never traveled 200 miles from the place where he was born. He did none of the things that usually make for greatness. He had no credentials but Himself.

While he was still a young man the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends deserted him. He was turned over to his enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. While he was dying, his executioners gambled for the only piece of property he had on earth, and that was his coat. When he was dead, he was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.” His enemies sealed his grave and even kept security-men to keep strict watch over his tomb!

But he rose from the grave on the third day and appeared to His disciples at several places at different times, and proved to them that he had risen from the dead and is alive. The witnesses of the Risen Lord were ordinary people like fishermen, but by the power of God, they preached about the Risen Christ and died for their Lord, Jesus. The Christians have suffered martyrdom for centuries Yet Christianity has become the world’s most influential religion. The New Testament, the writings on the life and teachings of Lord Jesus Christ, has become the most popular and inspiring book. And countless books have been published on Jesus Christ.

Twenty centuries have come and gone, and today he is the Central Figure of human race. Jesus Christ stands as the most influential person in human history because he lived as the “Man for Others”. His greatness consists in this that he lived and died for us. “I have come not to be served, but to serve and give my life as a ransom for many”.

“I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever were built, and all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that reigned, all put together, have not affected the life of humanity as has this one Man.

He was the ‘tremendous lover’ – who came that all men of good will may have Life.” That was his credit-card! It is nothing but a wonder, a miracle!” (Anon)

Then what was his life? What did he teach? How did he matter to humanity?

   
JESUS CHRIST : THE MIRACLE-MAN
Jesus was a wonderful man, a wonder and a miraculous man. How?
   

When we hear about a miracle, we usually think about some unusual happening, which is the hand-trick of a clever guy (Jadoogar). But when we read the Holy Bible we come across many unusual happenings, not as a clever-guy’s tricks, but as the power of God being manifested, through God’s servants. Miracles are supernatural happenings. The great Israelite leader and prophet Moses was ordered to work signs and wonders in front of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and to ask him to free the people of Israel from their Egyptian slavery. The Prophets also worked miracles, according to the Bible, to confirm that their message was not their own, but from God. Among all God’s messengers, Jesus stands as the unique miracle - man who claimed, not only to be just a messenger of God, but to be the Son of God. The whole life-story of Jesus is nothing but miraculous. The story of Jesus’ birth, as a virgin conceiving a child without a natural father was doubted by Mary, the mother of Jesus, when it was told her that she would conceive a child by the power of the Most High. The doubting Mary got the answer from the angel, Gabriel, that nothing is impossible for God.

But this child, however, has a unusually low-standard birth, in a stable; yet he was sought after by the Magi, the three wise kings from the far East, who saw the sign of his birth in the sky, an unusual star. He was sought to be killed by King Herod, who came to know about his birth as the King of the Jews, but in a dream his foster-father, Joseph was told about the danger, and the child was taken to Egypt to escape the murdering hands of King Herod’s soldiers. The Bible speaks not only about the great teachings of Jesus, but also narrates one after another the different miracles which Jesus performed. He changed water into wine, multiplied bread to feed thousands, he calmed the stormy sea. He cast out devils and healed the lepers. He cured the lame and the blind, and raised the dead. And finally, Jesus not only raised the dead, but he himself rose from death, though he suffered on the cross. Crucifixion of Jesus was a attempt by his enemies, the Jewish priests and teachers of the Law, to eliminate him from the face of the earth. Yet, we see today, that Jesus is the most known, respected and loved person in human history and on earth. His influence has changed man’s understanding of himself and his attitude towards others.

   

Now most people celebrate his birthday, Christmas, all over the world as a happy occasion to rejoice and thank God for Jesus. And the Calendar counting based on his birth, the year of the Lord (Annus Domini = A.D.) has become the most popular Calendar in the world.

Events of his life, one after another tells us that Jesus was the miraculous-man, man of God and that God has manifested himself to us in and through Jesus Christ. Birth of Jesus was a miracle, works of Jesus were miracles and the death and resurrection of Jesus again were miracles and the spread of his name and teachings a miracle. And the celebration of Christmas, his birth-day, too has become a miracle as it is the greatest birthday celebration in the world, which makes all of us happy and gay.

   
Then know more about Jesus. May God bless you and your family, in the holy name of Jesus.
To know more about Lord Jesus Christ:
1. Read the New Testament from the Holy Bible 
2. Visit again www.knowlordjesus.org 
3. Write for “Divya Deepti ” Bible Correspondence Courses.
Address: “Divya Deepti”, ACECI National Office,
10, Bhai Vir Singh Marg, New Delhi -110001
4.

Send your queries to ACECI National Office or to any of the Catholic Enquiry Centres (CECs.)

 
 
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