Fear and Justice

Isaiah 11:3   (KJV)   3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

This passage is commonly interpreted as a prophecy about the Lord Jesus. There are at least two things we can observe about His ways: He doesn’t struggle understanding the Isaiah 11.3 - Fear and Justiceconcept of fearing the LORD, and He judges not by outward appearances or factors alone.

It’s part of our growth into Christlikeness to fear the Lord. Those of us who understand His power and authority, His holiness, His justice and righteousness don’t find it difficult to comprehend why we need to fear Him.

Another Christlike attitude is being just and fair. And we do this by not being swayed by mere appearances. Some people are very good at wearing masks and telling lies. Yes, appearances can help, but there are other factors involved: things that aren’t obvious to our natural senses.

We continue living and growing in humble surrender before our heavenly Father Who is also God Almighty. It’s also a pleasure for us to continue living and growing in wisdom and discernment. It’s godly to be respectful, right, and fair.

True Messiah Has Been Born

Luke 2:11   (KJV)   11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

The Savior has been born. We don’t have to wait anymore; the long awaited promise has already come. The Messiah—Christ—Anointed One has come. He’s the One Who brings Good News; in fact, He is the Good News. His given Name is Jesus, which means “The Lord luke-2-11-true-messiah-has-been-bornsaves.” He proclaims liberty to the captives; He brings sight to the blind; He sets the captives free, and He proclaims the arrival of God’s favor.

Sadly, there are so many people still longing and looking for the Messiah to come. Sadder still, there are also so many who are now following self-proclaimed messiahs. The true Messiah’s birth was heavenly initiated and orchestrated. Angel Gabriel brought the news to Mary; an angel spoke to Joseph in a dream; the Holy Spirit supernaturally overshadowed Mary and she had a supernatural conception—a virgin with child.

The Name alone is very telling: Jesus. The purpose of the Name says more: For He will save His people from their sins. What about the prophecy: “…They will call Him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us’?” So many things about Him are unexpectedly unique. His advent was surprisingly humble; His birth was surprisingly miraculous; the promises were surprisingly grand. The fulfillment was surprisingly precise. He is the one true Messiah.

The true Savior has been born. The Messiah, the Savior born is also the Lord. The angel told Mary something interesting when he told her about the Son to be born through her: “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end (Luke 1:31-33).” Yes, Jesus has come, but there’s a lot more to come.

The Real Deal

Luke 24:44   (KJV)   44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

The omniscience of God is noticeably alluded to. He can predict the end from the beginning. That’s what clearly sets Him apart as God. Yes, there’s a spirit of divination working behind many people making correct predictions, but most of their predictions are no more than just calculated and educated guesses. What makes our God awesomely luke-24-44-the-real-dealunique is His 100% accuracy in His predictions and prophecies. No one ever comes close. In His love, He shares to us slices of His knowledge and foreknowledge. He wants our paths lit well; He doesn’t want us groping lost in the dark. He reveals His will and ways to us—not all of them, but all we need to know.

The most perfect revelation of God is our precious Lord Jesus. He’s God’s perfect representation. Whoever sees Him sees the Father; that’s as perfect of a representation as perfect can be. He was God’s mouthpiece in preparing His disciples for what awaited them. He revealed His genuineness and the truths about Him to His followers. He showed them that He was the fulfillment of God’s revelations found in the Scriptures—all over the Scriptures. The affirmations, proofs, and supports aren’t from one witness; it’s from Moses, the prophets, the Psalmists, the apostles, and a lot more—many of them were eyewitnesses, their words accurately backed by a great deal of experiences.

We are extremely blessed and privileged as His people; we are helped tremendously by our infinitely more than able God. We are very limited in our perception; we operate within the limits of temporal time, matter, and space. To navigate through life, we do better when we see things from “bird’s eye view,” and more. Praise God; we have God who sees way well than birds do. Hahaha. We don’t see beyond the natural; He does. We don’t see the future, but He does. We’re limited, but He isn’t. That’s why we trust Him. That’s why we trust His Son. They’re the real deal. Case closed. We believe.

One Body

John 17:23   (KJV)   23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

The Father and the Son share such inexplicable oneness that to see the Son is to see the Father. They are perfect in their unity and intimacy: The Father is in the Son; The Father and the Son aJohn 17.23 - One Bodyre one. Amazingly, that same relationship the Father has with the Son is the same relationship the Son has with us—His children, His church. As the Father is in the Son, so is the Son in us. As the Father and the Son have perfect oneness, so does the Son and the church.

One of the clearly expressed purposes of all the oneness they share is so that we as His disciples may also have perfect oneness. We ought to neither undermine nor diminish the importance of our unity; it’s a high call to the church; it’s a prayer that flows from the heart of our precious Lord Jesus Himself. It’s a prayer still so far from being achieved. Sadly, many of our churches march to the drumbeat of personal, or pastoral, or denominational pride. Many leaders are more engaged in lifting the banner of their unique personal interpretations of the Word and their denominational distinctives rather than pursuing the loving unity brought about by our common core beliefs—cardinal doctrines we share altogether as one body.

Many Christians faithfully labor—spending a lot of time, energy, and effort presenting the Lord Jesus to the world. And that’s admirable and praiseworthy. But they also negate the efficacy of their efforts because of the very obvious disunity that they create. This ought to stop. Our earnest prayer is that our Lord’s prayer for unity be answered. We on our part work to be an answer to His prayer. He has revealed a Kingdom key that will open the doors of people’s eyes so that they will see the authenticity of Jesus as the Messiah sent and loved by the Father, that we’re truly experiencing God’s love in and among us. That’s why we highly value our oneness. That’s why we passionately pursue the unity of our Lord’s church.

Forgiveness Receivable

Acts 10:43  (KJV)   43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

Surprise!!! Not really, but pleasant nonetheless. Forgiveness was going to be made available through the Messiah. That was not a newly invented doctrine; it was not an afterthought; the prophets of old have been speaking about it. The audiences may have failed to see it during that time, but it doesn’t mean that it wasn’t shown. That was a real Good News. God in His wisdom, love, mercy, justice, and grace planned that sinners be forgiven. Yes!!! There is a way: the Messiah. No longer were they to stand hopelessly guilty in sin; they now have a “clout.” They no longer had to stand in a sinking and faulty foundation; they have the immovable Christ they can place their entire dependence on.

I love it! The prophets have spoken. We don’t have to live in despair; and we don’t have to invent ineffective ways for us not to live in despair. Failing God, sin – that could be really depressing. The more we love God and the more we desire to obey Him, the more sin saddens us. And since we aren’t yet perfect, we will still sin. Life would have been saddest for true believers – but not so. Praise God! Really, praise God!!! Because of our dear Lord Jesus, the prophets-validated, Father-approved Way, we can be forgiven – repeatedly, continuously. That’s comfort; that’s freedom; that’s peace; that’s joy. Let’s not use this wonderful truth as an excuse to hibernate in our wrongdoings; let us rather enjoy this great blessing with grateful response of living in victory over those sins He forgives us from.

Our dear forgiving God, thank You, thank You, thank You. We wouldn’t know what else to do if not for Jesus. We could have lived our lives continually attempting to live purely and repeatedly failing – void of any possibility of “success.” That would have been terribly bad and sickeningly sad. Thank You Lord for giving us a way for our sins to be paid, and for us to be cleansed and purified. All glory and honor to Jesus in Whose Name we pray, amen.