6th December 2018

The Immortal Lives To Die

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 1:14 (NKJV)

At this time of the year Christians praise and thank God for their Saviour who came to earth, was born as a human baby to live as an example and to die for our sins, redeeming us to Eternal Life.

How can it be that an immortal being dies? That is the question. Jesus, immortal God, became flesh and died on the cross. This was not an after thought resulting from Adam and Eve’s rebellion against their righteous God. In Adam we all have sinned and incurred the penalty of death (Romans 5:12), but through foreknowledge, God prepared a sacrifice for the sin of the world, the Lamb of God (John 1:29). Revelation 13:8 tells us that Jesus (the Lamb of God) was slain before the foundation of the world. The Apostle Peter also wrote, “…but with precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.” Manifest as a baby who grew to be a man, setting us an example, living a perfect life so he could die for the sins of all.

If Jesus Christ did not come in the flesh, if He did not die, if He did not rise from the dead, then there would be no salvation. But the head scripture tells us that He came in the flesh and other scriptures reveal He died on the cross, rose from the grave and is seated on the right hand of His Father. The unforgettable verse in John 3:16 reminds us, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” It was Jesus, the man, who died, and was then raised as our Saviour and Redeemer. In John 10:17 Jesus says “I lay down my life, that I might take it up again.” And remember his reassurance in Matthew 10:28 not to fear those who kill the body, that they are not able to kill the soul.” The immortal cannot die, but because he created all (Ephesians 3:9) and led a sinless life, Jesus’ death paid the price for all sin.

How can it be? It was God’s predestined plan, no one can thwart it. So as the world considers the birth of Christ, let’s remember why he came and give thanks.

Prayer
Father, I do believe that You sent and prepared the Lamb of God to die for mankind. Our Saviour is alive and is with You making intercession on our behalf. In his mighty name I pray in awe.
Amen

Study by Natu Moti

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About the Author:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK, a part of Grace Communion International.

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Worldwide Church of God Birmingham
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