A P P E L L A T I O N S Part Two
by Phyllis Inniss
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A P P E L L A T I O N S
After fasting forty days and forty nights, Jesus was very hungry. And the tempter, that wily serpent, Satan himself, who uses our weaknesses to defeat us, approached Jesus in His famished state: “If you are the SON OF GOD, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” In His divine wisdom, the SON of GOD answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (Matt: 4:3)
While astonishing those at the synagogue at Capernaum with His teaching, Jesus was suddenly interrupted by a man with an unclean spirit, who told him, “I know who you are, the HOLY ONE OF GOD”. But Jesus commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man, much to the amazement of those present, who questioned that even the evil spirits obeyed Him. (Mark 1:24).
Jesus had told the disciples not to let their hearts be troubled, that He was going to prepare a place for them. “And where I am you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.” Thomas asked Jesus how could they know the way when they didn’t even know where He was going and Jesus answered, “I am the WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE; no one comes to the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
Paul in his message to the Corinthians reminded them that their ancestors were baptized into Moses and ate of the supernatural food and drank the same supernatural drink that came from the ROCK which followed them and that ROCK was CHRIST. (1 Cor. 10:4) So we know that CHRIST was prefigured for he said before Abraham was He was.
In John’s first letter, he warns the people against sinning. If, however, they do sin, they have an ADVOCATE with the Father, who is Jesus Christ the RIGHTEOUS; not only is He an expiation for their sins but for the sins of the whole world. (l John 2:1 & 2)
In Paul’s letter to the Romans he warned them lest they be wise in their conceit, he wanted them to understand the mystery: a hardening had come upon part of Israel. Until the full number of the Gentiles came in, and so all Israel would be saved; as it is written, “The DELIVERER will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”; (Romans 25 & 26)
The apostles performed signs and wonders with their teaching and were put in prison. The officers found the prison locked and were told the men were preaching in the temple.. Peter and the apostles defied the council and said “We must obey God rather men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus whom you killed on a tree. God exalted Him at his right hand as LEADER and SAVIOUR, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things.” (Acts 5: 25-31)
Pilate, perceiving that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered Jesus up, asked what should he do with the man they called KING OF THE JEWS. And in their cruelty they cried out “Crucify him” And Pilate asked, “Why, what evil has he done? But they shouted all the more “Crucify him”. Envy and cruelty could not triumph over Jesus’ reign. On the third day he rose from the dead and so proved what he had told the disciples and his detractors that he could rebuild the temple in three days. We also remember Jesus’ reply to Martha, I am the RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.” (John 11:25 & 26)
Finally, turning to Revelations, we note John’s vision as giving hope to the persecuted Christians: “they will make war on the LAMB, and the LAMB will conquer them, for he is LORD of lords and KING of kings.” (Rev. 17:14). The victory is the Lord’s and His reign shall last forever and ever: “Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil. 2: 9-11)
Other Appellations of Christ
The Great Physician The Mighty Petitioner Intercessor Redeemer
Man of Nazareth Man of Galilee Mediator Servant
Infinite One Man of Sorrows Fortress Refuge
Son of David Substitute Shield Stronghold
24th August, 2005
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