Saturday, September 17, 2016

One Of A Kind

 “That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:” – Eph. 1:10

Jesus Christ is one of a kind. He is not a man among men; He is THE Man among men. He is not first among equals; He has no equals.

Yesterday was the birthday of one of my grandsons, and in my birthday greeting to him, I pointed out that he has a brand new year in which to glorify God and brag about Jesus. I thought about this later in the day, and it was as if the Holy Spirit said to me, “How about you; when was the last time you “bragged” about Him? I remembered then that I had jotted down a few notes along this line months ago, but hadn’t done anything else with them. So here’s my attempt to “put my money where my mouth is,” and heed my own admonition.

Jesus Christ is the Incarnate God: He claimed it of Himself (Jno. 10:30) and was declared to be a blasphemer worthy of death because of it (Matt. 27:63-66). Others said it of him (Matt.16:16; Col.2:14-17); Devils knew it (Luke 4:41); and God, the Father, verified it (Mark 9:1-8). You and I, as believers, are called “sons of God,” but He is the only One “begotten of the Father” (Jno. 1:14). You and I are begotten into the Kingdom of God by faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1Pet. 1:3); but we were born into this world with earthly fathers.  Jesus Christ had no earthly father. He was born into this world by His heavenly Father. He’s One of a kind.

Jesus Christ is the All-Sufficient Savior: He came into this world to save us and it (1 Tim. 1:15; 1Jno. 4:14). And if we ever thought anyone else could take His place, God put that to rest when he inspired Luke to record Peter’s words in Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” But not only is He the Savior of the soul, He is the Savior of the body. Romans 8:11 gives us the promise that the Spirit of Christ that raised Him from the dead works just as mightily within our bodies and will one day do the same for us. And in the meantime, during these days of sickness and pain, my mind has been directed to the words in Isa. 53:5: (…with his stripes we are healed.” And it is to Jesus Christ, God the Son that my heart cries out to in times of suffering and pain, He who is “touched with the feelings of our infirmities.” Oh, yes, as an all-sufficient Savior of both soul and body, He is One of a kind!”

Finally, Jesus Christ is the Undying Friend: We sometimes say that about others, but it’s only true of Him. Our friends and loved ones who knew the Lord and are in Heaven with Him, are alive and well, but they are “dead” to us, in that we can no longer communicate or fellowship with them. But this is not true of Jesus. The Son of God, whose servants we are, has deemed to call us “friends” (John 15:15). He intercedes with the Father on our behalf (Heb. 7:25; 9:24); He has promised to never leave or forsake us (Heb. 13:5); and He, the Word of God, has given us His infallible written Word, as well as His Spirit within us to guide and comfort us. He will not, He cannot, die. He is our only undying Friend. He is surely One of a kind.

There. I’ve bared my soul. I’ve tried to exalt Him as best I can…today. But it’s so lacking, so small, so inadequate. I won’t stop trying. He’s the Man, Christ Jesus; He’s One of a kind; and He’s my kind of Man.

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