Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd God promised to establish over all His flock – whether Jews or Gentiles, whether circumcised in the flesh or not. All those who have put their faith in the person and finished work of Christ for salvation and have confessed Christ Jesus as their Lord and Saviour are God’s flock.
As God the Father was the Good Shepherd over the nation of Israel under the Old Covenant, so also is Jesus Christ today the Good Shepherd over all the born again believers under the New Covenant. How did we know that Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd God promised to set over His entire flock?
All through their forty years journey in the wilderness en route the Promised Land, the children of Israel lived on manna, the bread from heaven. Beyond the immediate purpose of the manna as sustenance for their body, the manna was also intended to serve as a type or representation of Jesus Christ, the Living Bread.
By raining down manna or bread from heaven to sustain the children of Israel in the wilderness, God was obviously preparing their hearts to receive by faith “the Living Bread” He would send in the fullness of time…
The resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate proof that Jesus’ claim to be equal with God the Father in every respect was not a blasphemy. How and why?
If Jesus’ claim of divinity was false, or if Jesus was just a liar, an impostor, or a blasphemer as the Jews accused Him, He would not have resurrected from the dead! If Jesus truly blasphemed by claiming that He was God manifested in the flesh, without any doubt, God would have left or abandoned Him in the grave until the day of final judgement to judge, condemn and send Him to hell fire…
It is idolatry to worship anyone or anything that is not God the Almighty, the Creator of the heavens and the earth. Idolatry is a grievous sin punishable by death under the Law (Deut. 13:1-18). Therefore, if Jesus Christ is not truly and fully God, all the Christians are guilty of idolatry, for only God deserves worship.
Acknowledging Jesus Christ as God is therefore crucial to your worship. It is a contradiction in terms to believe in Jesus Christ and not worship Him as God. Many religious folks today are not worshipping Jesus Christ because they don’t accept Him as the Almighty God. How do we know that Jesus Christ is truly and fully God?
Before the Lord Jesus abolished in the body of His flesh the hostility between God and sinners, God was angry with the sinners everyday (Psa. 7:11). The sinners were said to be “children of wrath,” the objects of God’s fierce anger (Eph. 2:3). But not anymore!
Christ’s atonement or propitiation for the sins of the whole world has restored peace between God and sinners. Sinners are now objects of God’s love and no longer objects of God’s wrath. Does that mean God has changed or lowered His standard of holiness? Not at all! Does that mean God now accommodate or tolerate sins? Certainly not!
As sinners we were enemies to God and estranged from His holy presence. We were also the objects of God’s wrath, for the Justice of God demands the punishment of sinners. This is why the Scripture refers to sinners as “children of wrath” (Eph. 2:3 NKJV).
Not only did our sins separate, alienate or estrange us from God, they also qualified us for the fierce wrath of God. Our sins brought on us double tragedies! There is absolutely nothing that we can do on our own to be reconciled to God. But out of His great love for us, though we were sinners and enemies to God, yet God sent His Son to be a Mediator between the holy God and the sinful men…