“Jesus Christ, still, the Central Figure of History”

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Dear saints, when our present millennium began on January 1st, 2001, it marked the official beginning of the third millennium since the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. That date, 1-1-2001, should truly be followed by the abbreviated lettering A.D. (or Anno Domini: “in the year of our Lord;” or “after death,” that is, referring to the death of our Lord); but typically, it’s now followed by the letters C.E. (or “the Common Era”), because of our secular culture’s vastly negative influence (just as B.C. [or “Before Christ”] has now been both typically and sadly replaced by B.C.E. [“Before the Common Era”]). However, these secular revisions, have changed nothing about our Lord’s actual role in history (Revelation 1:5)! For “Jesus Christ, is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Indeed, our Lord still remains “the Man” for every millennium! 

So, whether it is the first, second, third, or for any millennium after His - miraculous birth (Isaiah 7:14), sacrificial death (1 Corinthians 5:7), amazing ascension (Acts 1:9-11), and victorious resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:20); Jesus Christ continues to be the central figure of time-space-history (Galatians 4:4-5). For He is the only answer to the unchangeable human dilemma of sin (Romans 3:23; John 14:6; Acts 4:12). Yes, the world over will never stop hearing of God’s love for all who call upon him in faith (Matthew 16:18; John 1:29; 3:16) from every kindred, tribe, people, and nation (Revelation 5:9). For it is only right that men must constantly hear this truth ringing in their ears, yes, especially, the truth that God has become a man and dwelt among us (Matthew 1:23; John 1:1,14)! Oh dear reader, men change (but their need for Jesus Christ never changes), time’s change, millennium’s change, but God never changes (Malachi 3:6; John 8:24; 10:30; 14:9; Colossians 2:9)! So then, let us hold as precious, God’s unchanging nature which should serve to remind us also of our own unchanging relationship with Him. This latter truth should be both personally and corporately encouraging, and entirely invigorating to us all, as we live and suffer as Christians in this dark age (1 Peter 4:16)! But our contemplation of this truth should not stop there, but it should rather move us to preach the unchangeable Christ to man’s unchanging need (Acts 8:1,4; 1 Peter 2:9)! Why? Because Christ is also the fullest and final answer to mankind’s deepest spiritual and philosophical yearning for meaning in his fleeting life: “but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel …” (2 Timothy 1:10). For it is only in Him that we can truly live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). Dear friends, we should never tire of saying with the angel of the Lord to everyone in our sphere of influence, “... I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for … there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11). C. H. Spurgeon encouraged us toward this end, when he gave us this explanation of Christ, “Infinite, and yet an infant. Eternal, and yet born of a woman. Almighty, yet hanging on a woman’s breast. Supporting a universe, and yet needing to be carried in a Mother’s arms. Heir of all things, and yet, a carpenter’s despised son.” Oh may our hearts agree with and confess these truths as we begin our preparation today, to encounter the living God tomorrow morning, in our public Worship, through the praises and prayers of His people, and through the reading and preaching of His Holy Word! Soli Deo Gloria!

 

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