It intrigued me to read what a famous writer penned. Descartes stated that the atheists’ denial of the existence of God depends on the fact that they ascribe to God affections that are human. They place so much strength and wisdom to their minds that they have the presumption to determine and understand that which God can and ought to do. He added that we should consider our minds as things that are fallible and limited, and God as being incomprehensible and infinite.
The infinitude of names that have been ascribed to the Son of God should make us pause and wonder not only that God does exist but that out of His compassion and mercy He sent His only Son as a sacrifice for our sins. The multitude of healing miracles that He performed and truths Christ laid down for us must bring to our understanding His divine nature. Throughout the Bible we have numerous examples of the names God’s Son was called.
God in His supernatural power gives to His believers and prophets visions and dreams that enable them to see those events He wants them to foretell. So it was with Isaiah, the “gospel prophet,” who foretold the birth of Christ twenty-seven centuries ago. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called WONDERFUL COUNSELLOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE.” (Isaiah 9:6). His prophecy was meant to give hope to an oppressed nation that had disobeyed God on numerous occasions. Righteousness, justice and peace were to be restored to the people at the intervention of the prophet who asked God for their forgiveness.
When Mary was found to be with child, Joseph, her betrothed, thought of divorcing her quietly. An angel appeared to him in a dream while he was considering “these things.” He told him not to fear taking Mary as his wife for she was conceived by the Holy Spirit; “and she will bear a son, and you shall call his name JESUS, for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matt.1:21) All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called EMMANUEL which means, God with us.” (Matt. 1:21)
When the angel of the Lord appeared unto the shepherds tending their sheep out in the field, they were sorely afraid, as the glory of the Lord shone around them. But the angel quieted their fears with tidings of great joy that would come to all people: “For to you is born this day in the city of David a SAVIOUR who is CHRIST the LORD.” (Luke 2:11)
The day after John was baptizing in the Jordan, he saw Jesus coming towards him, and said, “Behold the LAMB OF GOD, who takes away the sin of the world.” And the next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and as JESUS walked John said, “Behold the LAMB OF GOD” and the disciples began following JESUS. He turned and saw them following and said, “What do you seek?” They said to him, “RABBI” (which means TEACHER), “Where are you staying? One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother, Simon, and said to him, “We have found the MESSIAH” (which means CHRIST). (John 1:38 &
In one of His many parables Jesus used the figure of the shepherd and the sheep: “I am the GOOD SHEPHERD. The GOOD SHEPHERD lays down his life for the sheep.” Jesus pointed out to his disciples that He came that they “may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10: 10 & 11). The disciples did not understand the meaning behind His sayings until after His crucifixion.
After the washing of the disciples’ feet, Jesus asked them if they knew what He had done to them. He said “You call me TEACHER and LORD…for so I am.” He demonstrated that His action was an example for them to do the same to one another and told them that a servant was not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than the one who sent him (John 13:13-16).
(To Be Continued)
24th August, 2005
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