By Al Colombo
Who and what was this man we commonly know as Jesus? Was He just a man, or was He actually the Son of the Most High, the I AM that created the world and everything in it? Is Christ still alive today, seated at the right hand of God? Will He actually come to judge the living and the dead at the end of this generation of things? This writer is not qualified or worthy to offer comment in this regard, but he is also compelled to do so for the sake of my earthly friends.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was crucified on a hill in Jerusalem, now called Mount Calvary. It was there that Jesus was nailed to a tree, in the form of a cross, and set vertical next to two common criminals. One of them was forgiven of his sins by Jesus, simply because he believed that Jesus was (and is) the Son of God and he was willing to take a public stand to that effect.
"And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, 'If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.' But the other answering rebuked him, saying, 'Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.'
"And he said to Jesus, 'Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.' And Jesus said unto him, 'Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.'" (St. Luke 23:39-43)
Jesus demonstrated that He, alone has the power to save man from his sin. Our Father in Heaven has told us this by way of his servants--those who wrote of Him and His intent so long ago.
A little while after that, Jesus willed Himself to give up the Spirit and to die on that cross. What was His purpose? It was to reunite mankind with His God, the Most High, the I AM. The only way that this could be accomplished, however, was for Jesus to take on our sins. This He did by hanging and dying on the cross. Because of his selflessness and willingness to die for man, you and I now have a chance to see our Father's Heaven.
How do we know that Jesus was who He said he was--the one and only Son of the Most High? First, there are bits and pieces of information in a historical sense that point to the fact that His existence was real. Second, we know this because of the many eyewitness accounts given by those who had seen Him speak as well as those who knew Him.
We also know that Jesus was the Son of the Most High because of the many miracles that He did perform. For example, many people of that time saw Jesus turn water into wine. It was at a wedding feast that Jesus was asked by His mother, Mary, to turn water into wine. Jesus was a bit perturbed with her at the time, in a loving way, because the hour had not come for Him to go public.
"And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, 'They have no wine.'
"Jesus saith unto her, 'Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come.'
"His mother saith unto the servants, 'Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.'
"And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two of three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, 'Fill the waterpots with water.' And they filled them up to the brim.
"And he saith unto them, 'Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew:) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom.
"And saith unto him, 'Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.'" (St. John 2:1-10)
There were many, many more eyewitness accounts of miracles performed by our Lord, Jesus Christ.
"This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him." (St. John 2:11)
Another of those miracles, performed in the vicinity of Cana of Galilee, was that of the healing of a young boy.
"So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.
"Then said Jesus unto him, 'Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.'
"The nobleman saith unto him, 'Sir, come down ere my child die.' "Jesus saith unto him, 'Go thy way: thy son liveth.' And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.
"And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, 'Thy son liveth.'
"Then inquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, 'Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.'
"So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, 'Thy son liveth': and himself believed, and his whole house.
"This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judaea into Galilee." (St. John 4:46-54)
Of course there were many other miracles, such as the time he multiplied the five available fish into thousands to feed thousands. St. John confirmed the fact that there were a multitude of miracles that Jesus performed while on earth.
He told us, "This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. And 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. Amen." (St. John 21:24,25)
There is another way that we can know that Jesus lived and that He continues to live. We can know this through the inner communication system that Jesus set up so born-again Christians can commune with Him by way of the Spirit, also called the Comforter. This Christ foretold before His death and subsequent resurrection.
Jesus Christ was more than a mere man--He was the Son of the Most High, the I AM. Although he was born to mortal parents--through a Virgin birth--His true nature was before that of His earthly birth.
For those who have a problem believing in a "Virgin Birth," please consider the fact that any and everything that man has and does first was made available by the Most High, our Creator. The writer, since his spiritual rebirth in the spring of 1968, has known that the Father often communicates with man through His creation. Yes, there was a time when He communicated by verbal means, but because of man's alienation from God, due to man's rebelliousness toward His Word, all outward, verbal communication with man was stopped. It was to address this very point that Jesus Christ came to earth.
Putting it in perspective, St. John tells us in Chapter 1, Verse 3, "All things were made by him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made."
He who created all that we see and all that we are certainly possesses the keys to all creation, thus making it quite possible for the Most High to perform something as trivial (to Him) as a "Virgin Birth." After all, the genetics necessary to give Jesus the tools that He would need to fulfill His purpose required the purest of DNA. In order to do this, Jesus had to be born of the Holy Spirit, not of mortal man.
There is little doubt that in order to do this the Most High had searched throughout all earth time within this generation of His earthly creation in order to find a suitable host--which was the Holy Mother of Jesus: Mary.
First and foremost, Jesus' true nature was spirit, not flesh. Even more importantly, you and I share in this same arrangement in that our true and rightful nature is that of energy, not flesh. Our bodies are merely an interface with which to interact with this portion of creation. These bodies are merely vehicles through which you and I are able to move and affect things herein. In the case of Jesus, however, His history and His position in the scheme of creation started much earlier than our own.
Jesus, in the spiritual realm, was the builder of all you see around you. The line between the invisible world of the spirit, and that which we see with our eyes, may not be readily evident. But to the spiritually astute, meaning those who understand to at least some limited extent the study of metaphysics, both are but equal manifestations of a single force. We know this "force" as the Father, the Most High. This writer suspects that Jesus, Himself, was created by the Most High before even the earth came to be.
There are a number of passages in the New Testament where eyewitnesses tell of the many facts concerning creation that Jesus had shared with them during his time on earth. The lessons that these writers offer us provide us with a cursory glimpse into the real world of Jesus. This world, naturally, encompasses both the visible and invisible.
First, in St. John's writings, Chapter 1, Verses 1 through 5, we are told about the hierarchy inherent in the way that the Father and Jesus worked to make earth and everything else that we see all about us:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." (St. John 1:1-5)
The Word was, and is Jesus Christ. By this passage, we are told that in the beginning Jesus resided with God ("the Word was with God"). We are told that the things we see around us were "made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made."
We are also told that Jesus is the Son of the Most High in St. John's statement, "In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."
In other words, Jesus came to earth to teach mean ("In him was life; and the life was the light of men...."). And, as we know today, many folks do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God, further proving the validity of St. John's statement, "and the darkness comprehended it not."
We are also told, further on in the same book of the Bible, an eyewitness account of God's own admonition that Jesus Christ is His Son. St. John told of a man named John, the Baptist. This John's mission was to prepare the way among men before Jesus Christ arrived. This he did by preaching repentance and baptism.
"There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to hear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
"But as many as received him, to them save he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
"And the Word was made flesh, and dewelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father.) full of grace and truth." (St. John 1:6-15)
There is little doubt that the structure of creation is daunting. Earth scientists continue to study and catalogue its mysteries. Many of these scientists have missed the point, however. Such a vast array of highly organized laws could never "make" or "create" themself. Such a feat can only materialize through the actions of an organizing consciousness with purpose. To believe otherwise is pure folly, just as it is folly to believe that a house can possibly build itself--even over a million years.
The process of study will continue until the end of this generation of things--for there is no end to our Father's house.
To add to the mystery, St. John tells us of another lesson imparted by our Lord, Jesus, that points to a larger system of things at the creation level.
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me," Jesus told his disciples this just before He was put to death. "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. 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. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know." (St. John 14:1-4)
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