February 2023

Revealing of “The Christ”

We are now in the church season of Epiphany, which is the revealing of Jesus as the “Christ,” who is the Savior that God promised to Adam and Eve.

About 700 years before Jesus’ birth, Isaiah 7:14 prophesized that “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” (God with us in human form). Also, around 700 years before Jesus’ birth, the prophet Micah prophesized where the Savior would be born, Micah 5:2, “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

Christ and Messiah mean the same, “anointed one,” and the name Jesus means “He Saves.”  Jesus would show the world that he is truly God and was able to save by performing miracles. Only the voice and hand of the creator could do the miracles Jesus did. Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into the finest wine at a wedding in Cana. Other miracles included the curing of 10 lepers, feeding the 5000 with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish, giving sight to a blind man, making a man who was crippled from birth able to walk, and raising Lazarus from the dead. These are just a few of his miracles, he did many more than what is recorded in the Bible. As a result of these miracles, many believed he was their Savior.

One would think that by performing all these miracles, everyone would believe that Jesus was the promised Savior. That would not be the case, many believed, but not everyone. Many Pharisees, teachers of the law, and High Priests of that time and other Jews did not believe Jesus was the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament. They were looking for an earthly Kingdom where the Messiah would be an earthly King, and Jesus did not fit their vision of a savior, so they needed to get rid of Jesus.

Jesus did many miracles during his 3-year ministry, proving he is “The Christ,” the Messiah prophesied from long ago. He lived a perfect life and became poor in order to become a King for all people. Through living a perfect life, Jesus took away all the sins of the world, and through his crucifixion and rising from the dead, Jesus conquered death so that all who believe in him as their Savior will have eternal life with him in heaven.

What does this mean? This means that Jesus is the Savior God promised Adam and Eve and did everything that was necessary to save everyone. There is nothing any person can do to save themselves, Jesus has already done it all by himself. Believe it.

Come! Learn more about how Jesus is the Savior God promised. Learn of His unconditional love for everyone. Come learn about how you can be sure you are saved simply by God’s grace and not from good works. Come learn and feel the joy and peace of mind that comes through faith in Jesus as your Savior.