Jesus is with us at all times and should be celebrated everyday because of His wondrous works in the lives of all of us. As we celebrate and reflect on His teachings, let us be reminded that He is not in the manger, on the cross or in the grave. He is at the right hand (position of supreme authority) of God serving in His present day ministry as advocate and propitiation for the sins of man. As our advocate, Christ is the one who pleads our case before God the Father as our intercessor whenever we sin or are accused of doing so. He pleads our case as a defense attorney would before an earthly judge in a court of law. A defense attorney is only needed when a person is accused of wrong doing and tried in a court of law. When we commit the sin of omission or commission in word, thought or deed because of ignorance of( not knowing ) God’s Word or failure to make application of the acquired knowledge; then we should confess that we have missed the mark. As we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I Jn 1:9)
Christ hath redeemed us from sin and its consequences. A redeemer must be the closet living relative (kinsman), has the resources to purchase without any assistance and makes the purchases with the same or higher value of that purchased. The life of the flesh is in the blood so our redemption was purchased with the blood of Christ. Our life is so valuable that it could not be redeemed with silver, gold, any form of currency or material wealth. Since we have been redeemed, we should live the more abundant life that Christ has given us. In addition to our redemption, God hath made Christ unto us wisdom, and righteousness and sanctification; That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord (2 Cor i: 30-31; Jer 9:24)
There are ten Scriptures in II Corinthians that profile the roles of Jesus. II Cor 9:15 reminds us that we should give thanks unto God for His Gift (precious) beyond telling [His indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift]. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (Jn 3:16). God’s gift entered the world legally through the womb of Mary as a newborn destined to fulfill all the prophecies about Him. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6).
The five names of the Messiah are:
- Wonderful : A miracle; a marvelous thing and out of the ordinary
- Counsellor: Supreme advisor. The one who is qualified to give counsel and advice to all created things
- The Mighty God: Describes the child divinity. His rule will be for all eternity. He is the all powerful, strong, champion, chief, conquering God who has no limitations and can do whatever He wants, whenever He wants and wherever He wants to. Nothing is impossible with Him or too hard for Him to do.
- The Everlasting Father: Father of eternity. Planner of the ages. Father of all times,
- The Prince of Peace: He shall promote and increase His government and peace. He instructed and demonstrated to his disciples how to live in peace. He instructed them to make the decision not to worry or have any anxiety about anything by accepting and decreeing HIs peace. In His peace there is nothing broken, missing or lacking. The mind, soul, emotions and spirit are in balance and agreement with God’s Word trusting Him as demonstrated through their obedience to all of His Promises. A disciple is a student who is taught by the teacher for the purpose of adherence and application of lessons learned. Thus, the disciple follows the examples and lifestyle of the teacher.
Let’s continue to praise and glorify God for the gift of Jesus Christ. Let us honor Christ by receiving and responding to Him as the Author and Finisher of our faith. The greatest gift that can be given at anytime (especially during the Christmas season) is an introduction of Jesus Christ to those who don’t know Him. The greatest gift that we can give Christ is a dedicated obedient life.