In this week’s issue, I wanted to cover some things that help us to know that Jesus is the Hero of our story. I wanted to share some light on The Light that came the very first Christmas.Heroes was a popular show on television a couple years ago. Here’s a link that is helpful in understanding that deep within, we are all looking for some kind of spiritual connection. The search for spiritual connection is written throughout the scripts of many shows, not just Heroes. Check out this fan-based trailer for Season 3 to give you some insight on that quest:Heroes: Saviors
We all like to think of ourselves as heroic to some extent. We all like to think of ourselves as self-sacrificing, self-eschewing people who at a moment’s notice would risk our own lives to save another. And thankfully, many of us would!
However, what do we do when we are the ones needing to be rescued? Many of us do not like that thought. It’s because we like to be self-sufficient. We like to be able to handle things ourselves. We think we are invincible and that we can make it through life unscathed. Yet deep down inside, we know we can’t. We can’t really save ourselves; we really cant save anyone else either. Sure, we may be able to help someone live a day longer or be able to finagle our way out of a situation but there is something that says we still need help. Humanity needs something greater than us. Enter Jesus.
The Promise and The Prophecy
God had made several promises to us that He would send a Hero, someone who would deliver us, rescue us, save us. In Isaiah 7:14 we are given one of those promises:
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin
will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name
God gives another in Isaiah 9:6
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
The promises of Messiah could continue. But then we also have prophecies about Messiah. I have been told that there are over 500 prophecies given about Jesus! That’s a lot to have to get right. One of the awesome things about Jesus that separates Him from the rest of would-be Messiahs is that Jesus uniquely fulfills 190 of the prophecies alone! What does this mean? It means that Jesus meets all of the prophecies given about the Messiah and that there are 190 He alone can claim to meet: no one else could possibly, feasibly, attain or even have said about them! We can rest assured that Jesus is The Messiah. He is The Hero! Below, I will list some of the prophecies that surround Jesus:
Born of a Virgin Isaiah 7:14
Be the Son of God Psalm 2:7
Be descended from Abraham Genesis 22:16, Isaac Genesis 21:12, Jacob Numbers 24:17, tribe of Judah Genesis 49:10, family of Jesse Isaiah 11:1, house of David Jeremiah.23:5
Born in Bethlehem Micah 5:2
Presented with gifts Psalm 72:10
Threatened by Herod Jeremiah.31:15
Be God and Man Isaiah 7:14
Be Prophet Deuteronomy 18:18, Priest Psalm.110:4, Judge Isaiah.33:22, King Psalm.2:6
Preceded by a messenger Malachi. 3:1
Teach first in Galilee Isaiah. 9:1
Perform miracles Is. 35:5,6
Finally the time comes when Messiah is to be born and the fulfillment of the prophecies would unfold:
Matthew 1:21″She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
Luke 2:25And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
26And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
27And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
28Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
29Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
30For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
31Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
32A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
But why do I call Jesus the Hero? Because He came to save us. He came to ransom us. The word “ransom” means t buy back someone who has been taken. Did you know that the average ransom in the US is about $1 million? The Average worldwide is about $10 million. The most I’ve found to be paid for a ransom was $200 Million. And yet Christ gave Himself, One that is priceless for that which was certainly unworthy!
Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Luke 4:17And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,
18″THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME,
BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR.
HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES,
AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND,
TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED,
19TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.”
The Proper Title
Many people may like it that Jesus came as a Baby and may even want to continue to look at Him that way, as one could deduce from this clip from Talledega Nights (Warning:This clip may offend some. The intention is to show that some people have no reverence for Christ as Lord but are content to acknowledge Him as a Babe in a manger).
So how do we view Christ? Is He our Hero? Our Savior? Our Lord? C.S. Lewis has been quoted saying Jesus must be looked at as one of the following three persons: Liar, Lunatic or Lord. I hope from this look into who and what Jesus has claimed that you can come to the conclusion that Jesus is not a liar, nor some crazed lunatic but The Lord Himself. I hope that at any time, whether Christmas or 4th of July that if you ever find yourself asking: What Child is This? That you will join in with Peter and say: You are The Christ (Mark 8:29).