πŸ‘‘ Knowing Christ As He Should Be Known

John the Baptist introduced our Lord with the proclamation: β€œRepent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matt. 3:2). Throughout His earthly ministry Christ was known as β€œthe Son of David”, the king with whom God made a covenant to establish His Kingdom forever.

The Old Testament prophets predicted that Christ would β€” and He will β€” reign on earth upon the throne of His father David. While His Kingdom was being proclaimedΒ β€œat hand”, He walked and talked and ate with men asΒ β€œthe Son of Man”. Wearied with travelling, He sat at Jacob’s well and asked for a drink of water. Pressed by the throng, He got into a fishing boat and addressed the multitudes from the sea. Hated by His adversaries, He was tried, scourged, spit upon, and nailed to a tree. This was indeedΒ β€œChrist manifest in the flesh”.

With regard to His humiliation, however, the Apostle Paul says, by divine inspiration:Β β€œGod also hath highly exalted Him and given Him a name which is above every name” (Phil. 2:9).

Again, the Apostle declares that God’s mighty power was β€œwrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right handΒ in the heavenly places, FAR ABOVE ALL…” (Eph. 1:20). He is no longer to be known as β€œthe lowly Jesus”, but as the exaltedΒ β€œLord” in heaven. And this has its bearing on us too:

β€œWherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: Yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now, henceforth, know we Him no more” (II Cor. 5:16). Our blessed Saviour is now to be known as the glorified Son of God,Β the Great Dispenser of GraceΒ to a lost humanity; the One who in love and mercy β€œtasted death for every man” (Heb. 2:9). source

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