I have decided to define myself: to give myself my own adjectives and my own acronym. My acronym is HELLO. H is for Healthy; E is for Educated; L is for Levelheaded; the next L is for Lifted; and the O is for Overcomer. So, from myself to the world, HELLO!
Author: Jennifer Cornwell, Attorney at Law
Jesus is the Son of the Most High God, our Creator. How did this happen? Well, the Creator knows how to create. After all, He created all of us. He created Adam from nothing but the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7). He created Eve from nothing but Adam’s rib (Genesis 2:22). Certainly, He could create a baby in Mary’s stomach. The Most High God did not need two humans to get together to make Adam or Eve or Jesus.
Jesus is a limited edition though. Jesus is the Creator’s only BEGOTTEN Son. Jesus is the only one who received “divine DNA” to go with Mary’s DNA. Neither Adam nor Eve was Deity, but Jesus is Deity.
The Creator sired Jesus and Jesus only. The rest of us are adopted, if we believe. “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He[even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 AMP).
Jesus’ mother was 100% human, and Jesus’ Father is 100% God. Many times in the Bible, Jesus chose to refer to Himself as Son of Man. He was, indeed, the firstborn child of Mary, who was a virgin at the time of Jesus’ conception. Mary remained a virgin until after she gave birth to Jesus (Matthew 1:25).
In His humanity, Jesus experienced all of the same temptations that we experience: “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15 KJV).
As Hebrews shows us, Jesus did not ever succumb to temptation. Jesus is the only human who can make that claim. The rest of us have sinned at least once (Rom 3:23). Although Jesus did not sin, He can and does empathize with us. He knows how we feel.
When we sin, a blood sacrifice is required (Hebrews 9:22). For this reason, Jewish people/Israelites would take animals to the priests, and the priests would kill the animals and use the blood to atone for the sins of the people. This system is described in Leviticus. The system did work temporarily, but the Jewish people had to continue these sacrifices year after year (Hebrews 10: 1-4).
Lambs were often used as blood sacrifices. It was no coincidence that John the Baptist said these words when Jesus approached him: “…Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29 KJV). This is because Jesus came to replace the sacrifices that the Jewish people made continually.
Hebrews 10:10 settles the matter: “ But this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God” (KJV). Jesus’ death did the job for us once and for all AND for everyone, Jewish people and Gentiles alike.
Jesus’ death was not the end. He rose from the dead after He eliminated our problem with sin and death. “But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died” (1 Corinthians 15:20 NLT).
Hebrews 7:25 describes Jesus as our living High Priest: “Therefore He is able also to save forever (completely, perfectly, for eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede and intervene on their behalf [with God]” (AMP).
There are at least two important facts in this verse. First, if we go to God through Jesus, He is able to save us for eternity. Second, Jesus is always interceding and intervening on our behalf.
We must go through Jesus to get to the Most High God. It is only because of Jesus that we can go “boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16 KJV).
The Most High God is the same straightforward, righteous judge that He was in the Old Testament. The grace that helps us to please God is given only through Jesus.