Highly Exalted Him

The Lord Jesus Christ, born of the virgin Mary, the very centre of attention, controversy and contradiction for ages. The stone that the builders rejected have become the chief cornerstone. He is the only foundation upon which the church is built. Jesus Christ whom Herod wanted to kill at his birth, it is he whom the Jews nearly threw off the cliff for saying that He was the Messiah, it is the same man whom the Jews persecuted when He healed a lame man on the Sabbath day near the pool called Bethesda. It is the same Jesus who opened that eyes of the blind and commanded the lame to walked, calling out Lazarus from the grave, casting out demons, calming the storms, walking upon the seas.

He is the very man that taught the masses with such an authority of the Law-Maker rather than that of the Pharisees who taught as interpreters of the law and not the makers thereof. He is the one of which John wrote, “He was in the world and the world was created by Him and the world knew Him not. He came to His own and His own received him not.” (John 1:10-11). He is that Jesus who ate with sinners and led a bunch of uneducated fishermen and tax collectors, and set them apart as apostles. He is the one that knew what was in the hearts of men, but He deliberately chose Judas who was to betray him, to be part of the twelve apostles. This is the men who pitied the weak and the poor. He ventured to the lands that could give Him no money to support His ministry, He went to such lands not for money but for souls to be saved.

This is the man who stretched out his hand and touched a leper, a person who is filthy and surrounded by a foul smell. He nullified the power of the law in order to save a repenting leper who cried to him for help. This is the very man who broke the political boundaries and went to bring the good tidings to the Samaritans who had no dealings with the Jews. It is the same man who proclaimed to be the light of the world, the truth that set people free. This is the man who stood in public and called those who were thirsty to come to him for the water of life. Many did not believe and many doubted.

Is He not the Son of God? Is He not the saviour of the world? Is He not the one who was to come from Nazareth as according to the scriptures, was He not born in Bethlehem the city of David? Is He not the Emmanuel who was born of the virgin? Is He not the Mighty God?

If He is not God, if he is not the Son of God, How could He calm the storms by one command? How could he raise the dead without first praying to God for permission? How could he walk on the waters? How could he be recognised by demons that he was the Son of God? How could he turn water into wine without performing some kind of a ritual? How could He forgive sin and heal those who were sick because of sin? How could He open the eyes of him that was born blind? Why did He teach with so much authority than any of the teachers before Him? If He is not the Son of God, why did God say about Him alone “this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased?”

Though there is so much debate on whether Jesus Christ is God or not or whether He is the Son of God or not, I remain assured that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners and only God have such an ability to judge and to save sinners. I am convinced that Jesus Christ is both the Son of God and God. He is both Lord and Saviour, and his is both Alpha and Omega. Despite all the contradiction of sinners and unbelievers, God has highly exalted Jesus and given Him a name that is above every names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow of things in heaven, things on earth and things under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

Every knee will bow to Him. The knees of those who denied him, of those who rejected Him, of those who betrayed Him, and of those who pierced Him will bow and will glorify Him as both Lord and Judge. No one will miss the day of His vengeance and not a single knee will refuse to bend on his account. Every tongue will confess on that day that Jesus Christ is Lord to glory of God the Father. Every Muslim that called Him a prophet and every Baptist Nazareth (Shembe) that called Him the prophet of the Jews will on that day confess that Jesus Christ is the only Lord of both heaven and earth.

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