Understanding the person and principles of Christ
Luke 4:16-27 – And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears. And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth.
Isaiah 9:6-7 – 6 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgement and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
The people in Nazareth knew the biological lineage and family of Jesus but they did not know or understand his person or purpose. If you don’t know what a person stands for and why they exist then you have not really known the person. Be it yourself or someone else. Here is the deal, it is your purpose that determines your worth. Your purpose defines you not your physical features or merely your biological connections. You are not a physical being having a spiritual experience, you are spirit being have a physical experience.
So Jesus defined who was to his fellow Nazarenes, He told them He is the Anointed one that they have been waiting for. There reaction was Luke 28-29 ‘ 28 So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29 and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff.’. They could accept is biological identity but not his spiritual identity. While the biological identity is relevant, His spiritual identity is the most important and relevant. They accepted Him as Jesus the son of Mary and Joseph but they refused to accept Him as Jesus the Christ, the anointed one, the saviour of the world. It is the person Jesus the anointed that provide salvation for us and his principle preserve and provides us the wisdom to live the life of heaven on earth.
John 1:12 – But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
After receiving the person of Jesus, How do I embrace his principles so as to live a victorious life on earth? John 15: 5 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. Friend champions are not born, they are made daily. As you abide in Christ through daily fellowship in the word and prayer he begins to unveil to you his principles for victorious living and them you begin to live from inside out the life of Christ. You understand the principles of Christ by daily fellowship and obedience.
For further study:
1 Peter 3:15 – But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
The presence of Christ Jesus in my life is the guarantee for the removal of the burden and destruction of yokes in my life.
Questions for you to reflect on
What place is Christ Jesus in your heart?
Can you explain Christ Jesus to an enquirer?