God has revealed His Son to us

It is not that we have chosen to believe in Christ. The truth is that God has revealed His Son to us! (Gal. 1: 16) Our faith in Him is the sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit in us. (1 Cor. 12: 1-3)

He is called Son of God, having the nature of God, the nature of love

My first homily as a seminarian was on the love of Christ. I told the community what others have spoken about his love. At the end as I was coming down the aisle, I felt empty that I did not have a personal knowledge of his love. The Lord did in fact tell me, as to how he loves me and everyone: with a self-emptying love, with a divine love. “I love you just as the Father loves me!”

I had to preach on a Good Friday and started reading the Gospel of Mathew. I came to chapter five: three verses and the Lord opened my eyes to see the glory of this love through the scriptures that unfolded before me:

Happy are the poor: He becomes poor that we might be rich in every way! (2 Cor. 8: 9)

Happy are those who mourn: he went without mourning as he was accused so that we might be blessed. (Gal 3: 14)

Happy are the humble: he became a humble servant even to the point of death as a criminal so that we might be blessed. (Phil. 2:8; Gal. 4: 5)

Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do God’s will: God’s will for him was that he be rejected by all that we might be acceptable! (1Pet. 2: 4-6)

Happy are the merciful: he was merciful yet was hated by everyone! It was so that we might be friends with God and one another. (Heb. 12:3; Rom. 5: 10)

Happy are the pure: he became sin that we might be without sin! (2 Cor. 5: 21)

Happy are those who work for peace: he was considered as one who divides the country. He became a wrecker of peace, so that might have peace. (Jn. 11: 49-5-; Eph. 2: 14)

Happy are those persecuted: his life of persecution ends in death on the cross. It was so that we might have life in all its fullness. (Jn. 10: 10)

You will never ever find such love anywhere in human history that he has become the greatest proof of the Living God of the galaxies who is beyond human comprehension. He us the visible image of the Invisible God

Christ is risen/ He is alive

Resurrection of the Lord as taught in the seminary looked so impersonal and distant to me. What opened my eyes was the scripture: Act. 1: 3 : ’for forty day he appeared to them several time and proved beyond double that he is alive.’ He was put to death physically and made alive spiritually. (1Pet. 3: 18) The Lord spoke of the Spirit, comparing it to the wind. We don’t see it. We know it from the effects. So too we see the Lord’s presence through the effects in our lives.

The Lord continues to draw near to us

In the Resurrection narratives, we see the Lord drawing near to his disciples and apostles differently:

@ Mary Magdalene thought he was the Gardner; @ for the disciples travelling to Emmaus, he was a fellow traveler; @ to the apostles who went fishing he was a stranger- but faith lead to the recognition of the Lord. The Lord continues to draw near to us in our daily journey. The Spirit enables to see His presence and work in us!

God loves us and has called us to a life with Christ as the savior for our journey of life

We are never alone in our journey. God has provided for us a companion, a Savior that we might walk with him. That is the meaning of our baptism. (Gal. 3: 27) God has raised us to a life with Christ. (Col. 3:1)

He reigns/serves forever

The Lord spoke of those who have power as lording it over others. Instead he is with us as one who serves, one who is willing to lay down his life for us. Thus when Apostle John says that Christ reigns forever, it means that Christ continues to serve forever till his second coming. (Rev. 11: 15)

His life saves and heals

We will see Christ’s life in every situation of our lives. It will bring great healing as it to the apostles and first Christians. “Love is made perfect in us….our life in this world is the same as Christ’s.” (1Jn. 4: 17) “We are often troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend; though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed…at all times we carry in our mortal bodies the life of Christ.” (2 Cor. 4: 8-11) We are saved by his life. (Rom. 5: 10)

Conclusion

We have in the New Testament all that we need to know about Christ and his work in us. Walk with him and you will see him coming alive! In our walk with Him who loves us, we are more than conquerors. (Rom. 8: 35-39)