This week we are going to unpack the next I Believe Statement:
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord…
Let’s begin by unpacking this I believe statement with a story of a Muslim who came to believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord through a bowl of macaroni and a dream.
In a recent issue of Christianity Today (January 2013), a Muslim man describes his commitment to follow Isa al Masih, Jesus the Messiah. Surprisingly, a rather “ordinary” miracle caused this man to open his heart to Jesus. Here’s how he described the miracle:
One night the only food my wife and I had was a small portion of macaroni. My wife prepared it very nicely. Then one of her friends knocked on the door. I told myself, The macaroni is not sufficient for even the two of us, so how will it be enough for three of us? But because we have no other custom, we opened the door, and she came in to eat with us.
While we were eating, the macaroni started to multiply; it became full in the bowl. I suspected that something was wrong with my eyes, so I started rubbing them. I thought maybe my wife hid some macaroni under the small table, so I checked, but there was nothing. My wife and I looked at each other, but because the guest was there we said nothing.
Afterward I lay down on the bed, and as I slept, Isa came to me and asked me, “Do you know who multiplied the macaroni?” I said, “I don’t know.” He said, “I am Isa al Masih [Jesus, the Messiah]. If you follow me, not only the macaroni but your life will be multiplied.”
“Do you know who multiplied the macaroni?” I said, “I don’t know.” He said, “I am Isa al Masih [Jesus, the Messiah]. If you follow me, not only the macaroni but your life will be multiplied.”
The revelation this man had in his dream is the revelation of Jesus Christ throughout the scripture. Jesus Christ is the Messiah. He is the God that saves! The anointed One.
So what do we mean when we say, I Believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son our Lord?
The name Jesus comes from the Hebrew name Joshua which means YHWH saves or YHWH is salvation. In English that would translate God saves or God is salvation. As you dig a little deeper you find out that the name Joshua in New Testament Greek is translated Yeshua (Jesus). Jesus is the English name for Yeshua. So when the Angel Gabriel came to Jesus earthly Father – Joseph and said to him….
“Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus (Yeshua), because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:20-21)
God was putting an exclamation point on this child born in a manger. When He gave him the name Jesus He was clearly communicating that this child was the God who saves YHWH in the flesh the one who had come to rescue humanity from the power of sin and darkness.
Jesus of Nazareth is no ordinary Jesus, He is Jesus CHRIST, Yeshua Messiah. The word Christ is a synonym with the word Messiah which means anointed. Persons who were anointed had been elected, designated, appointed, given authority, qualified, and equipped for specific offices. Jesus Christ, Yeshua Messiah is the one anointed by God to save humanity, you and I from sin and the power of darkness. He is Messiah. Every Messianic prophecy that pointed to the Messiah is fulfilled in Him. He is the Savior of the world.
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
Therefore, when we proclaim: I believe in Jesus Christ we are proclaiming that we believe that the Jesus born to Mary and Joseph in the little town of Bethlehem is the Messiah. God’s appointed and anointed Savior of the world.
What does the name Jesus mean to me?
The name Jesus means everything to me. Jesus is the one who came to my rescue and delivered me from the place of absolute mental, emotional, physical and spiritual bankruptcy. My sinful lifestyle led me to a very dark place where I wanted to end my life. A place of hopelessness. I tried everything I possibly could to change but I always returned to my life of sin. I felt trapped, like there was no way out. Until one evening when a recovering alcoholic and drug addict shared the Gospel with me out side of an AA meeting in Morristown NJ. He invited me for a cup of coffee in his apartment which was next door to the church where the meeting was held. He shared the Gospel with me and then invited me to pray the sinner’s prayer. As I reflect back upon that night I realize I knew very little about the Gospel. All I can remember is that he told me if I cried out the name of Jesus that Jesus would help me. So I got on my knees in that man’s apartment and I asked Jesus to help me, to save me and He did. July is my 26th year without a drink or drug. That is why the name of Jesus means so much to me. When I called out the name of Jesus He came to my rescue and broke the chains of my addiction and gave me NEW LIFE from the inside out.
That night marked the first time I cried out to the Name of Jesus but it would certainly not be the last. I have been crying out to the Name of Jesus ever since and He has met me with His loving embrace in every circumstance that I have faced. He is my Savior, My deliverer, My best friend.
I BELIEVE in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son our Lord!
Jesus loves you, His arms are wide open to you! And just as He as met me and the multitude of others who called upon His name, He will meet you with His loving embrace right where you are. You simply need to humble yourself, cry out to Jesus from the bottom of your heart and He will give you NEW LIFE… No matter where you find yourself today Jesus arms are wide open to you.
So when we say I believe in Jesus Christ we are saying that we believe that Jesus is the God that saves us. Next week we will take a deeper look at what it means when we say I Believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son.
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