THE ULTIMATE HUMILITY

Can you imagine nothingness? I don’t mean anonymity. I don’t mean unnoticed or alone. I mean complete nonexistence. The answer is simple: you can’t. You can’t. I can’t. Nobody can. It is impossible to imagine the absence of existence. The quest itself forfeits that ability because you are using thought. Out of nothingness we all were created by the Lord, whether you believe in Him or not. The self-existent One didn’t just give us life, but existence. Life is temporary, but existence is forever, and what happens to us in the long run is based upon our own merit. Greater things are ahead for the righteous, which will be eternal. More incredible things He created, and will be awaiting us after this is over. Can you imagine an eternity of greater things than this Earth can give all because you live a righteous life in His Messiah’s name? That too, I’m afraid is impossible, because we only know the limits of life.

Out of nothingness He created us. If that doesn’t humble you, then nothing will. How about how He sacrificed His Christ for our sins? Imagine the love that takes. Does that humble you? Look around at everyone and everything around you. They wouldn’t exist without Him. The food you eat. The water you drink. The bed you sleep in-all materials made by God at its root. A cool breeze. The scent of a flower. The touch of a loved one. All things are by Him. You are by Him. Take a moment and take these things to heart. What do you owe Him and our Lord Jesus Christ? Absolutely everything. May all bless Him and His only begotten Son.

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DID JESUS EVER ADMIT TO BEING THE CHRIST?

Despite nonbelievers, who think they know the Bible better than believers do, who say Jesus never admitted to being the Messiah, He did admit it quite clearly on a number of occasions. It only takes ignorance or someone playing child’s games not to admit it.

In Matthew 24:5, Jesus said “For many shall come in My name, saying ‘I am Christ’, and shall deceive many.” Before that, Jesus asked His disciples in Matthew 16:15 who do they think He is. Peter answered “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied to his testimony that he was blessed, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to him, “but My Father, which is in heaven.” Jesus then charged His disciples to tell no one that He was the Christ.

The evil high priest Caiaphas asked Him if He was the Christ. Jesus saying “You have said” was Him agreeing with Caiaphas, then He said afterward he “will see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of Power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.” Caiaphas then used this admission to sentence Him to death for blasphemy. If Jesus did not mean He was the Christ when He said those things, then Caiaphas couldn’t use those words against Him. Also with Jesus saying He was going to sit on the right hand of Power was a prophecy by King David of the Messiah in Psalm 110:1 “The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit here at My right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool.”

The gospel of John is filled with admissions by Jesus that He was the Christ. In John 4:26 after a woman said she believed the Christ was coming soon, and asked Jesus when He will come, Jesus said “I that speaks to you is He.” In John 6:35, Jesus said “I am the bread of life. He that comes to Me shall never hunger, and He that believes in Me shall never thirst.” The next several verses also reinforce His admission that He was the One sent by God to be the Messiah. John 8:12, Jesus said “I am the light of the world. He that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

In John 9:35, Jesus asked a blind man He had healed earlier if He believed in the Son of God. The healed man asked Him who the Son was, and Jesus said “You have seen Him, and it is He you are talking to.” In chapter 10, Jesus says He is the door for the sheep, and the Good Shepherd who gives His life for His sheep. In chapter eleven, Jesus spoke to the sister of Lazarus after he died, but Jesus said his sickness was not to death, but it was for the glory of God, and the Son of God would be glorified by Lazarus’ life from death. He then said “I am the resurrection and the life. He that believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall live again.”

There are actually several other instances of His admission to being the Messiah. Messiah means “anointed”, and “Christ” is the English version of the Greek translation of Messiah.

THE WONDERFUL WORKS OF OUR LORD GOD AND JESUS CHRIST

The word YHWH (“YAH-weh”- real Hebrew pronunciation of Jehovah) means “self-existent”. Where did God come from? How was He able to exist? We are not allowed to know such things in this flesh. Only arrogance would make us think we are entitled to know. We do know He is Alpha, the first. Since He was the first, He was alone. Through wisdom, He created things so He would no longer be alone.

Of the many works we see God has wrought, nothing is more amazing than the creation of a soul. The ability to create such a thing, He would only have incredible wisdom. Wisdom beyond our ability to imagine. This wisdom could only come through righteousness, and a commitment to only doing what is right. By this commitment to righteousness, our existence was possible. Everything we are, everything we see, and everyone and everything we love was created by Him through His wisdom, which came by His righteousness.

“In the beginning, the Earth was void” is commonly known, but it wasn’t our beginning. There was a mistranslation in that line, and it should read “In the beginning, the Earth became void…” Afterall, how can the Earth be void before being created? On the sixth day, God said “Let Us make man in Our image.” Again, we already existed. We had a name- man. As Romans 8 and Jeremiah 1:5 gives clear evidence of, our creation is older than this flesh. What God was subtly saying was “This time, let Us make man in Our image.” As I have written many times, Romans 8:29-30 tells us that some from our creation were judged innocent before this life, and Romans 11:4 says that God has reserved seven thousand of them for this last generation. Those very few who were judged innocent before this life are called the election of grace in this life.

Because only very few out of the many billions of this creation were innocent before this life, God thought it was right to give this creation another chance. He could have brought judgment upon all, but that would have condemned such a great portion of our creation that He had this other idea. For our creation to achieve everlasting life, He would send a Messiah to atone for our sins that occurred before and during this life. To do so, He could never sin. He would be tormented by Satan all His life to the moment of His death to hopefully not allow Him to die. See, many Christians believe Satan had Jesus killed out of his hatred for Him, but that is far from true.

The second temptation of Christ from Satan was how He was put on top of a pillar of the Temple, and Satan told Him to call on the angels to save Him, because it was written that He had authority over the angels, even to save Him from hitting His foot upon a stone. Satan’s plan was to torture Christ so badly physically and mentally that He would call on the angels to save Him, assuring the death of this creation. Think from His point of view: He is put in this flesh among this creation, which by far most were already guilty before this life, to suffer during life and death at the hands of this creation He was here to save. Even knowing what He was entitled to, which was everything, He let the people He was here to save hit and spit in His face, and mock and humiliate Him. Even on the cross knowing He was doing a great work for them, people said “Look, He saved others, but He cannot save Himself.” He definitely could have, but He accepted all the pain and humiliation and swallowed the acceptance to die for these who made Him suffer. Satan used his children to give his best shot to have Christ call on the angels to get Him out of it, but He did not, only to give this creation a shot at everlasting life.

Either in this age or the next, to have everlasting life, one has to go through Christ. In this life, everyone, even those who do not know Him or the real God, had a law of loving the neighbor written in their hearts. Paul said in Romans 2 that those who did not have the Law, which are the laws given to Moses, had a law that that they were all judged by. Jesus said that all of the commandments, laws, and prophets hang on the laws of loving God and loving the neighbor. If one didn’t know the true God, they still had the other great law that they were held accountable for. Some souls bring their wickedness with them to this life, and some become wicked, but if they do not love their neighbor, they are condemned. If they do love their neighbor, they are justified, but await the test at the end of the next age.

What do you do to give thanks for existence? It is impossible to imagine non-existence. How do you repay Him? The biggest thing we can do, which cannot compare with His gifts to us, is making sure He does not condemn us. Live by His laws and statutes, even if we really enjoy the sin. What sacrifice of yours can compare to His or our Christ’s? If you aren’t sure what is right and wrong, seek it. Take your wants out of your quest to know or else you will not discover anything. After that, He will guide you to do what He wants you to do. No matter how tough it is, They are worthy of it. Give thanks to Them everyday. Keep in mind Jesus’ suffering and why He accepted it- it was for you. It was for me. It was for all.

May all praise be to You, our Lord God and Lord Y’shua, for Your lovingkindness is everlasting.