Chief Corner Stone. (1Pet.2:6)
Head of the Church; (Col.1:18)
Shepherd, (John 10:11)
The Stone that the builders rejected became the Chief Corner stone. He came to His own but they did not receive Him. They snared at Him in His home town saying, “Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Jose sand of Judah and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.” (Mark6:3) in some places they said He had a demon and vilified Him. They stripped Him, like a criminal, hung him between two thieves, preferring the release of a criminal Barabbas to Him (Mtt27:26). “Crucify Him, crucify him”, they chanted. They poured scorn on Him crucified Him
But when the righteous demands of a just God had been satisfied, on the third day Jesus was raised from the dead, just like He said. He is the Head of the Church, the First Born From the Dead. He is the Bride groom of the Bride, the Church. He is Number One, towering above all, before all, all and in all. The Church is His Body and He is the Head.. He laid down His life for Her. He is coming back for a radiant, unblemished, ready- to -be -raptured Church, without spot nor wrinkles, pure and white. (Eph5:25-30) “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give the glory to honour to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb is come and the bride had made herself ready.” (Rev,19:7)
As our Ransom He took our place on the cross., paid our price, took our pain, died our death, paved the way- the New and Living Way with His blood, bridged the gap, gulf between the Father and us, reconciled us, broke down the middle wall of partition that separated us from the Father, took the punishment that brought us peace that transcends all understanding, became the scapegoat who took away our sins.
That is why He is called Immanuel, God with us .God came to man so that man may come to God. And when He was leaving He promised to send another Comforter, the Holy spirit who would take His place. So God is still with us. He remains ever-present. Reach out and touch Him with the hands of faith. (Isa7:14)
As your Shepherd, He is your provider and would lead you to green pastures where you will be fed and abundantly satisfied. He will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert. Your barns and store-houses shall be filled. You will laugh at famine, celebrate in drought He make you a well-watered garden and will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory (Phil4:19) He is Jehovah Jireh ( Gen.22:14), The Lord, the Provider.
If you know Him as Lord and Saviour, you are part of the branch of Christ. He is the True Vine. We are he branches. Our life is in His life. That is why we must abide in Him and His word in us. Without Him we can do nothing. Without Him we are empty and useless. He desires that we bear fruit and for out fruit to remain, endure, abound to His glory. We may not like it when we’re pruned. But it is part of His divine plan to make us be more like Him and so He is more interested in our character than our comfort. Pruning can be painful but it is also gainful. (John15:1-7)
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