OUR MISSION: Revealing the Truth of Christ
Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 is Epiphany of the Lord on the Church Calendar. According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, “epiphany” means “a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way.” The Holy Bible is a revealing, a very clear testimony of Jesus Christ. It reveals WHO He is, WHAT He has done, what HE WILL DO, and that HE CALLS all people to repentance and faith in Him. For those of us who are Christians our mission is exactly the same. Everyone who names the name of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is called upon to reveal who He is, what He has done, what He will do, and to call people to repentance and faith in Him.
We think of the wise men who came to worship Jesus. They understood the call from the heavens and took time away from their daily lives to go and worship the baby Jesus. They knew who He was by the signs in the heavens, they did not know all that He would do, but they put their faith in Him just the same.
Simeon and Anna had long been looking for God’s Savior. Simeon knew through the Holy Spirit that he would see the Savior before he died. He and Anna would have known well the prophecies of the Scriptures about the baby Jesus, they worshipped Him, put their faith in Him, and told others about Him.
The Scripture and all Creation reveal WHO Christ is.
God placed signs in the heavens that the magi or wise men from the east would understand. Even Balaam when he prophesied what God commanded him said, I see him, but not here and now.
I perceive him, but far in the distant future.
A star will rise from Jacob;
a scepter will emerge from Israel. – Numbers 24:17 – NLT
From Balaam’s time it would be about 1400 years which would be in the distant future. The wise men may well have been aware of this prophecy. Or they may have been aware of Jacob’s prophesy recorded in Genesis 49:10, The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from his descendants, until the coming of the one to whom it belongs, the one whom all nations will honor. – NLT
Christ is the universal King and Savior given to us. All of Scripture points to this truth. Part of our job is to tell others WHO Jesus is. He is God’s chosen King for all the nations, and He will reign over all the earth. As Psalms 2:6 in the New Living Translation so bluntly puts it, For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne
in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.” And in v. 12, Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry,
and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities—
for his anger flares up in an instant.
But what joy for all who take refuge in him! – NLT.
Jerusalem will be the capitol of the world when Jesus’ reigns, because God has chosen it.
The Scripture also reveals WHAT Christ has done for us.
In Colossians 1:19-22 the Bible tells us, For God in all his fullness
was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through him God reconciled
everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
21 This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22 Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. – NLT
The Good News of Christ is when we have that epiphany that Jesus has redeemed, even me, if I am willing to accept it. It is a free gift that money cannot buy.
The Scripture reveals WHAT Christ will do.
Christ will come again, and He will judge the living and the dead. Jesus made this clear when He said, “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.” – Matthew 25:31-33 – NLT
This is a judgment of separation into the joys of heaven or the agony of the lake of fire and we call people to repentance and faith in Christ because it is coming. People must decide whether they will repent and believe in Jesus Christ or refuse His offer of salvation and grace. We cannot force anyone to have faith in Jesus Christ, but we can encourage them because we love both God who wants them to come to Him freely by faith, and because we love them and do not want to see them perish, rather we want them to receive all the rewards God desires to give them.
There is also a judgment of rewards for Christians as Paul spoke about saying in Romans 14:10-12, “So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11 For the Scriptures say,
“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bend to me,
and every tongue will declare allegiance to God.’”
12 Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. 13 So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall. – NLT.
1 Corinthians 3:12-15 says that our works as Christians will be judged as well. But God’s judgment is very different than ours in that we judge by outward appearance, God looks at the intention of the heart.
Because as Christians, we know Christ will do these judgments, we encourage one another to do our best for Christ from the purest of motives. We also know that He will forgive and cleanse everyone who comes to Him. He has the power and He will do it. Isn’t that what love would do, tell what Christ will do?
Christ through us and the Bible is CALLING everyone to repentance and faith.
Paul told Timothy, “So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord.” We tell others who He is, what He has done, and what He will do.
If a person has sinned and is repentant – He will forgive. As Christians we know this by experience.
If a person is trapped by the power of sin – He will set them free. As Christians we should know this also by our own experience, many do.
He will come again. He will judge all mankind, the righteous and the wicked. The righteous will be rewarded and the wicked will be condemned. The message of the Bible remains the same as when Jesus first preached it: “Repent and believe the Good News.” Our testimony, our witness might be the epiphany someone else needs to come to faith in Christ.