Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
As deity, Jesus Christ possesses all the divine attributes: sovereignty, righteousness, justice, love, eternal life, omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, immutability and veracity.
"In many parts of the world, Christmas..."
In many parts of the world, Christmas is a wonderful traditional occasion for families and friends to gather for the giving and receiving of gifts. The greatest gift ever given was prophesied by Isaiah centuries ago: "For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government wi ...[text shortened]... in] the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." John 3:36 (to be continued)[/b]
Jesus Christ is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. John 1:3 NASB "All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being." and Colossians 1:16-17 "For by [in] Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before [or has existed prior to] all things, and in Him all things hold together [or endure]." Jesus Christ declares His eternal existence and equality with God the Father: John 10:30 "I and the Father are one."
At the same time He is eternal God, Jesus Christ in His incarnation became true humanity.
John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." ... "And the Word became flesh, and [tabernacle, lived temporarily] dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten [or unique, one of a kind] from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14
Through this unique Person, God in His Grace expressed His love to the entire human race. His love was demonstrated to us through Jesus Christ who became true humanity to be our substitute and pay the penalty for our sins.
If we are to have eternal life, our sins must be forgiven and blotted out. Jesus Christ did not come into the world simply to perform miracles; to alleviate suffering; or even to teach eternal principles of life and death. He also came for the express purpose of dying [a spiritual death of separation from God the Father] on the cross for your sins and mine and for the sins of the entire world.
"Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." Matthew 20:28 and 1 Peter 3:18a: "For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust,
in order that He might bring us to God." At the cross, Jesus Christ accomplished salvation and He offers eternal life to everyone who will believe in Him.
"And I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand." John 10:28 (to be cont'd)