The Reporter   
 Volume 46 # 4,  --  January 27, 2006

Jesus as Pictured in Scripture

Jesus, the Son of God, is pictured in many beautiful ways throughout the Scriptures. Each time we are allowed to look at Jesus in the Bible should draw us closer to Him. "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself." (John 12:32.)

Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God. "Simon Peter answered and said You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." (Matthew 16:16.) Peter made a simple and bold confession of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He is the Christ, the great Prophet, Priest, and King; the Messiah promised in past generations. Jesus is the Son of the living God. He has life in Himself. Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God?

Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. "For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." (Luke 19:10) Luke states to the world the purpose of Jesus coming. Jesus literally came to call sinners to repentance. "But go and learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." (Matthew 9:13.) Jesus came from heaven to earth to seek, for the purpose of saving, that which was lost. Have you allowed Jesus to be­come your Savior?

Jesus is a Teacher come from God. "There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him." (John 3:1-2.) Christ was a Teacher from God. He was supported by divine authority. (Matthew 28:18.) He was a Teacher by inspira­tion. Jesus came as a Teacher from God into a world of darkness and ignorance. He came into the world as Light and Truth. Are you learning and following this "Teacher sent from God?"

Jesus is -- "Jesus" the one who would save His people from their sins. "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." (Matthew 1:21.) His name is "Jesus". The reason for the name is, "He shall save His peo­ple from their sins." He is willing to be Savior of all who will come to Him. "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come! And let him who hears say, Come! And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires let him take the water of life freely." (Revelation 22:17.) Jesus saves from the guilt of sin by His blood. He saves from the control of sin by the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faith­fulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires." (Galatians 5:22-24.) Have you allowed Jesus to save you from your sins?

Jesus is the anointed of God. "And sud­denly a voice came from heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Matthew 3:17.) God said Jesus was "His Son." Jesus is the Son of God by supernatural concep­tion. "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14.) He is God's Son because of His great work as our Redeemer from sin. God ex­alted Jesus as His anointed. "Also I will make him My firstborn, The highest of the kings of the earth." (Psalm 89:27.) It is easy to see God's love when we recognize that He did not withhold His only begotten Son. "Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles." (Isaiah 42:1.) Have you, by faith, accepted and obeyed God's anointed?

Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. "Therefore we also, since we are sur­rounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and dis­couraged in your souls. You have not yet re­sisted to bloodshed, striving against sin." (Hebrews 12:1-4.) We must set Jesus before us constantly as the author and finisher of our faith. He is our sacrifice, example and encouragement. Jesus is the Beginning and the Ending of our salvation. Our duty is to look to Jesus. Which direction are you looking in your life?

Other Pictures of Jesus

Jesus is Emmanuel (God with us). "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, God with us." (Matthew 1:23.)

Jesus is God's great prophet. "For Moses truly said to the fathers, The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, what­ever He says to you. And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be ut­terly destroyed from among the people." (Acts 3:22-23.)

Jesus is Alpha and Omega. "I am the Al­pha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, says the Lord, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." (Revelation 1:8.)

  Jesus is our advocate. "My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." (I John 2:1.)

Jesus is the true vine. "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser." (John 15:1.)

Jesus is our great high Priest. "Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus." (Hebrews 3:1.)

Jesus is the way, truth and life. "Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6.)

Jesus is the sacrifice for sin. "Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb with­out blemish and without spot." (I Peter 1:18-19.)

The Son of God loved you and gave His life for you. (Galatians 2:20.) This great truth changed the life of Paul and it can change your life also. The cross remains God's drawing power. (John 12:32.) "We preach Christ cruci­fied!" As long as I remember who Jesus is and what He did for me on the cross, I will be His willing slave for Life. "We love Him because He first loved us." (I John 4:19.)

- - - - Charles Box

News & Notes

1. Prayer List: Stabler Hospital: Leroy Waller and Bobby Blackmon (father of Linda Reynolds), Jackson Hospital: Raymond Mosley (brother-in-law of Tete Stabler). In Need Of Prayers: Bill Autrey, Jerry Barr, Malachi Beauchamp, Pattie Benson, Marie Curlee, Nelson Daughtry, Carolyn Duncan, Randy Fullington, Ethel Gafford, Roy Goodwin, Ramona Gravely, Ron Green, R.E. Hall, Bill Hammonds, Evan Hartsell, Tonya Hollingshead, Jessie Kenne-more, Frank Johnson, Mary Lawrence, Deborah Lewis, Ray Moorer, Sherrie Olive, Dustin Peterson (young man in auto accident), Margaret Phillips, Mary Powell, Kenneth Smith, Osalene Smithson, Doris Taylor, Mary Lou Terrell, Corrine Till and Meaghan Till. Crowne Health Care: Mary Autrey, Ila Ruth Callins, Laura Ellis, Kathy Johnson, Raymond Lowery, Myrtle Perdue, Bertha Phelps, Alton (Tommy) Till, and Iva Lou Wright. Homewood Greenville: Marie Walton. Pine Needle: Mildred Johnson. Georgiana Nursing Facility: Wilmer Howell. Shut-Ins: Jean Hayes, Mary Lou Phelps, and Mary Tindal.

2. Baptized Into Christ: Mildred McCann was baptized into Christ this past Sunday. Her address is 3783 East State Highway 106, Georgiana, Alabama 36033. Phone: 334-376-9198, Birthday: September 20th. Please encour-age her in the Lord.

3. Remember To Pray: Alan Jackson needs our prayers as he serves in Iraq. Alan’s address is SPC Nathan A. Jackson, B-BTRY 1/117th FA, APO AE09378, 3rd PLT. Pray for him and write to him often.

4. Sympathy Expressed: Our love and sympathy is expressed to Dot Killingsworth in the death of her sister-in-law, Grace Skipper.

5. Web Site: Our new web address is: www.walnutstreetchurchofchrist.org; updates are frequently being made, so visit it often.

6. Weekly Budget For 2006: Our Elders announced that our budget for 2006 is $6,117.87 per week. God blesses us richly. Let us give generously!

7. Birthdays: Celebrating birthdays this week are: January 29th William Friend, January 30th Sue Arnold, Kayla Garlock, and Kristi Garlock, January 31st Freddie Daughtry and Barbara Walker, February 2nd Terry Gafford, and February 4th Matthew Gafford.

8. Kitchen Shower: We are in need of several items to make our new kitchen more functional. Everyone is invited to a “Kitchen Shower” on February 5th after the evening worship service. Please bring finger foods and an item from the list posted on the bulletin board. If anyone has any questions please contact Barbara Walker, Tiffany Till or Ann Cauthen.

9. Sign-Up Sheets For 2006: The sign-up sheets for preparing communion and greeting visitors for 2006 are on the bulletin board. Please sign-up to help – NOW!

10. Ladies Bible Class: The Wednesday morn-ing Ladies Bible Class meets at 10:00 a.m. All ladies are invited to attend.

11. Area Events: (a) January 27th – Elba Church of Christ – Singing – Time 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (b) February 3rd – Panama Street Church of Christ in Montgomery – Singing – Time 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. – everyone is invited. (c) February 10th-11th – Eastern Meadows Church of Christ – A Family Seminar – “Putting the Music Back in Marriage” – Speakers Glenn & Cindy Colley – See bulletin board for time and topics.

12. Pictorial Church Directory: You will be pleased to know that we are now in the process of developing a new pictorial directory. This will be an attractive full-color membership directory with photos of our church families. It will also contain a roster (name, addresses and phone numbers) of all our members. We want your family’s photo in the directory this time, so don’t fail to schedule an appointment. Family portraits taken for the directory will feature the Digital Imaging System, so you will make only one visit to the church for photography and viewing your portraits. Pictures will be taken February 26th, 27th, & 28th.

13. Dishes In All-Purpose Room: There are many dishes in the all-purpose room. Please pick them up now.

Are You Living For Christ?

A million things could have been going through Paul the apostle’s mind as he sat in his prison cell around AD 61. But as he penned a letter to some faithful brethren in Philippi, he had hardly finished his greeting when he wrote, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil 1:21). One might ask, “How does one become as fully devoted to God as Paul was, even in the face of such adversity?” Let’s look together at some aspects of Paul’s life that might help us better understand why he clung to the cross of Christ with such zeal.

Paul was poor in spirit, realizing how lost he had been without Christ. He said, “...Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief” (I Tim 1:15). He didn’t think more of himself than he should have, but gave the Lord all the credit for any good that was in him or was done by him.

Though he realized where he lacked, he didn’t let his shortcomings or past mistakes hinder him from doing what he could for God. Paul endeavored to forget the past and press on towards his eternal goal of heaven. (Phil 3:13-14)

Paul did not place too much importance on the things on earth. Paul wrote, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3:1-3). He sought heavenly things because he knew that true life is with Christ!

Can you honestly say that Christ lives in you? Can you say that if you live on in the flesh, you will be living for Christ? Are you assured that if you die, you will go to be with the Lord forever? Paul gave himself completely to God, and served Him fully because God sent His son to die for him. Paul knew what his horrible fate would have been without Jesus…the same dismal fate that you and I would face without Jesus. There is nothing on this earth that is worth your soul. Please turn to God and live for Him today.

- - - - Darrell Powell

If you always think the way you have always thought, you will always be the way you have always been.

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