Islam claims Jesus was a Muslim and christianity depicts him as God.. Part of trinity. They say God cannot be a man, can’t marry, can’t have a child. No wonder they don’t like the Christians idea of man being created in God’s image. To them God is far and beyond while christianity claims God is emmanuel living with us.
Jesus, if he was a Muslim, could not have claimed to be a son to father because that’s blasphemy in Islam. Yet that’s what he claimed to be. This justifies christianity’claim of an all powerful God who can breath his life in a woman and a conception happens. It’s possible because he’s God of impossibility.
In chapter 18:20 of Mathew he makes a great statement. When people 2 or more gather for his name he’ll be there with them. This is but to claim to be omnipresent. Who is able to be where different gatherings are other than God. This is what christ claimed.
Mathew 22:41-46 he, Jesus, asks pharisees his origin and referred to David of the old who called Jesus my Lord. How then is he a son. They never asked him anymore question.
During the night of the mocl trial in Mathew 26:59-66 Jesus is asked who he is and his answer in vs 64 made the priest tore his clothes. Being a Jewish priest, this answer must have been a real blasphemy. And Jesus, if he was a Muslim, was a blasphemy indeed. But now that he was God in human nature and was telling the truth, it then vindicates the point of him being God.; not a Muslim believer. In any case, with such and many more scriptures, he ain’t then a good ‘prophet’ or ‘Muslim’ to follow. If he’s God, then his description of the true status of the heart of man and the solution makes it worth to follow and believe in him.
But wait a minute, a Muslim will exclaim, your version of injeel(Gospel) is corrupt. But the answer to that quiz is this: where is the original version then? You can’t call something wrong without a standard hence they must provide the correct and non-corrupt version in order to discredit what we have. Second answer : why justify that Jesus was a Muslim using the corrupt version whereas in using the same version to proof that he’s God you term it as corrupt. That’s being subjective and cunning. When one is objective they’ll find truth. Truth is eternal and all must pursue it and abide with it.
When we were young we would go for holidays at our grandpa’s home under the instructions of Mama. Trust you me irrespective of the goodies and freedom experienced, one often felt that home was the best place to be irrespective of the duties and tasks and decimal freedom experienced. As a matter of fact even if one was experiencing privileges of that which they don’t experience at home, still home remained the best place to be.
Even now, as an adult, the feeling of wanting to be at my home still dwells in me. I miss being at my home place as opposed to being far away. No wonder we call it homesick. There is an attachment that is associated with the whole idea of getting to land home. Soldiers are more better to explain this. Fighting in a foreign land for a worth course of defending your nation yet when you get home you feel refreshed.
It is in a similar case with the hear of man. The Bible say that the heart of a man is restless till it finds its resting place in Him (God). Though there be a contenment of a kind, yet there is no completeness in it. This is so because the heart has been created with a deficiency which only the grand designer can fill: God. You fill it with all the luxury and thought and merry etc, still the space will leave an unsatisfied blank.
The thoughts about a glorious world will often cross an individuals mind. The same one will build castles in the mind yet work hard to achieve it, one has to think of heaven, hell, life after death even if one be in denial. I’m sure that all would like to be in the better place than in the worst place. In anycase, we always prefer good to evil/bad.
The earlier the better an individual summons themselves and asks if there are standards required to get there or the path or is it a place for anybody. The most certain way is to know that this imagination is of a place eternal. A desire to get home, eternal place, is not only longed for by the heart as at this moment but it is a place we long to go to and dwell. The desire rekindles ones flame to to be on the look-out and therefore guarding themselves and denouncing everything that may distract them from from getting to the place: home.
If there be an issue that is of concern in our century is Security. Weapons of sophisticated form
are being manufactured to assure, if soothing ain’t the best term, of safety. It is of so much
concern to both the poor and the rich, those with plenty and those with limited. Within statehouse
doors are locked, if not hammered to the wall, even if security is termed tight as well as those in
the slums. We are all proactive in safeguarding ourselves; we don’t sleep with our doors
unlocked. The thief is more likely to hit anytime as so preparedness is inevitable.
Our Lord Jesus Christ explaining about the second coming and judgement of the world gave the
illustration of a thief to remind all that we need to always be prepared. Mathew 25:43-44 …But
know this, that if the good man of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he
would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye
also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. With reference to this,
two things are true. Either Jesus may return or He may call us home. Time in this status is not of
essence unlike the status and the condition of the heart.
Jesus’ call is for us to safeguard our hearts lest the thief, Satan, comes to steal that which is and
has been deposited within our hearts. But the question of what is this that is our heart must arise.
Jesus in this case is talking to His disciples; men who had known Him and accepted Him. The
believer has something to safeguard. Salvation has to be safeguarded lest the devil ensnares us to
fall at his trap and his plan is to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) whereas Christ comes to give
life in abundance.
For sure He went but dwells within us for He is Emmanuel. He, Jesus Christ, will physically
return. Whether He tarries to come or call you home, He’ll still do it. That preparedness arises
from first acknowledging the malady and the brokenness in you. That I’m a sinner and separated
from Him, God. Secondly, that Christ has taken upon Himself to reconcile every one of us to
God the Father by being the sin sacrifice to bridge the gap. Thus, going through the bridge
includes accepting that He died for you, resurrected and ascended to heaven. Because He lives, I
live. Once you accept Christ Jesus’ sacrifice, you have something to protect and to safeguard
from the thief – salvation. John 3:17 – 18 … For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn
the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not
condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the
name of the only begotten Son of God.
He, Jesus, has made a call to all of us, and He is, to come unto Him because He is waiting for
anyone that comes to call unto Him and He will save them. The good thing is that salvation is not
based on the magnitude of sin one has, colour skin, country or continent, tribe or race, etc. It is
about a heart that soul searches itself and needs a Saviour. What is needed is not a self-pitied
heart and soul but rather a soul that confesses unto Him: oh wretched soul that I am, who will
save me if not you my God, who knows the status and condition of my heart if not you my God,
Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise
Jeremiah 17:14. His arms are open unto all of us who run unto Him for help as He speaks to our
hearts: ‘Watch Therefore, For You Do Not Know My Hour.’
The other day I was reminded of a special gift that is often given out – but it has special conditions to it. Call it the gift voucher. I never knew this till I saw from my friend and learnt how it operates. A gift voucher has a worth, date at which I was issued, the consignee and the validity duration. The consignee is not so much considered because if you lose it, someone can take it to the supermarket and use it. Secondly, the gift voucher doesn’t last forever, it had a duration within which it ought to be used after which it becomes obsolete. When man sinned and was driven off the Garden of Eden, God sought of a way of reconciling the world, Humanity, back to Himself. Christ Jesus, Son of God, came into the world and paid the ransom to our sin. He paid the ultimate cost for sin committed by us and not Him. He was motivated by love. Just like the person who purchases the gift voucher for you. Christ, through His death on the cross as stated in the Gospels … Mathew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23 &24 and John 19 &24, gave the universe a gift: the gift of salvation. He died and resurrected on the third day just as He had stated earlier on. The consignee of this gift voucher, salvation, is anyone who accepts His offer. He died for the sin of the world and the privilege is unto anyone who accepts His offer. Even upon being gifted with the voucher, one may choose to reject it and so is salvation. It is an offer that has been given to every human but the willingness to receive or reject it depends on one’s freewill – this is an inherent characteristic that was set in place by God. All men are mortal while God is immortal. That means that we ain’t gonna live forever in this world – life on earth is temporal. A gift voucher has a limitation of time and value of what an individual can obtain with it but one may add money to get a thing of higher value than the one in the voucher. By the fact that we shall not live in this world forever is an illustration that the offer for accepting Christ Jesus will not last forever. It will last for as long as life endures on earth and after that the offer is no more. Romans 10: 8- 13 tells us that we just need to call unto Him and He will saves us for whoever believes in Him shall have eternal life John 3.16. Believing in Jesus’ death and resurrection and the power behind this is the gift. The value of this gift is immeasurable and needs not to be topped up to get a thing of higher value. It is the ultimate gift upon which we kick off life eternal the moment we receive it. The assurance is that we are guaranteed of life eternal the moment we receive Him. That the moment we die we shall rise again and be joined to Him. Failure to accept this offer will result to spending life in eternal condemnation. The call is to repentance, being born again and walking in the ways of holiness. Today is the day of salvation and upon hearing His voice, we are admonished not to harden our hearts
A story is told of a navigator whop owned a very amazing yacht. He had invested his time as well as resources in making the yacht. He made a journey into a new land and docked it at the docking zone within that area and went to attend to the issues that had brought him there. As he returned to the to the docking bay he never found his yacht. He searched for it with his efforts bearing nothing. After a while he found another sailor with a yacht similar to his. He was could absorb the idea that that was not his yacht; however, he was willing to pay anything just to possess that yacht. He paid for it with all the precious stones he had and money that he had with himself – he was a rich man.
In the beginning, God. Genesis 1:1. He created all that was, is and will ever be. He said let there be, and it was. As for man, he created him on the 6th day Genesis 1:26-31. The cunning nature of the devil ruined it all by drawing man into sin creating a separation between man and God. The fellowship they used to have in the cool of the day broke when man ate from the tree of knowledge and death – which was the only not-to-do they had been given.
God created man for a reason. Fellowship being one of them and not separation. Thus, He chose for an avenue of reconciling man back to Himself which is the reason Christ comes in space – John 3:16. He paid the ultimate price- death on the cross- which was a cruel indeed. He has become curse he who hangs on a tree Galatians 3:13. The man who paid double cost for his yacht was motivated by the love it. It meant something to him. We are in His own likeness and He, out of love, has sought to reconcile us back to Himself. His love is extravagant, immeasurable beyond anything else.
He, God, is quite conversant with our hearts. He knows well that out of the heart of man comes wickedness: evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander Mathew 15:19, Jeremiah 17:9-10. What man requires is not a set of rituals on which hand to use while perusing the Bible or How to enter bathroom, positions for prayer. Man needs a saviour. He needs redemption from self- from sin. The redemption has been given through the shedding of the blood of Christ at Calvary. Whatever that is required is for man to submit to Him and He’ll set you free. It is only in so doing that 2 Corinthians 5:17 will become a reality. A new creature will be born out of every person that receives Christ Jesus. His love has costed Him twice. He has paid the ultimate cost moved by love.
Recently as a country (Kenya) we celebrated the day we became a republic, self-governing. That meant/ means liberation. The experience with the colonial masters was not a good one whatsoever and so when the old persons try to explain it to us we just learn of the cruelty of the then masters. The injustices and oppression. Slaves had they become. The first-hand experience by the old may seem not to sink in us but we can identify with it and not even imagine being there. With the freedom we apparently have we can’t imagine ourselves being slaves to someone,can we? If one was to explain this case to a person of a different nation or continent they may never understand what that means.
In creating the universe God created man and bestowed upon him freedom. His creation was perfect. Genesis 1:31…Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. But sin entangled man when he fell into Satan’s plan by planting doubt in him and the rest is history. Genesis 3.1… “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” and there was a gap. However, God had not created human beings to be separated away from them. He created us for fellowship with Himself. And thus, He sought to liberate us from that which has overtaken us: the sinful nature. This is the genesis of Christmas. Even if an alien joins you in celebrating independent day with you, it may not get deep down their hearts; likewise Christmas.
Christmas is the story of love. John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends. Love the LORD with all your heart, soul and mind and love thy neighbor as you love thyself is the greatest command that was left to us by Christ. The latter part of the command has become the ultimate purpose why people celebrate Christmas. The change has been from the reflection on the freedom, liberation and salvation that has come with the crucifixion, dying and resurrection of Christ. Much weight lies on merry, happiness and joy and what have you that comes with friends coming together including holidays and gifts giving. This is not bad or evil whatsoever if done in the right way and for the right reason. However, it is not the fundamental.
Person to person has overtime become the reason for Christmas. However, the greatest gift one can offer to an individual is liberation – but from what? It is liberation from self. This will only come when an individual sets him/herself under that which is bigger than self and that’s GOD. It doesn’t come from being good but rather from rising from the dead to the land of the living. The coming of Christ was not to make bad people good but to bring dead people to life. Trying to explain this to whoever that is not in Christ is not easy but we are admonished to do so. Psalms 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusts in HIM.
God is the reason for this Christmas. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Anything else we do is secondary to this. Full joy and happiness will only come if we let God be the priority while everything else is secondary. If we are to call ourselves liberated people, then we must realize Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. The coming of Christ Jesus was to save the world and not to condemn it, John 3.17. May this Christmas of 2018 not pass by without asking the fundamental question of the purpose as to why it exists because Easter is roaming around the corner. The salvation story is cast between Bethlehem, Calvary hill and an empty tomb displaying the redemption and victory of Christ for us. Becoming part of this story is through acceptance of what Christ offers: Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Often times when teams or individuals want to achieve something, unity of purpose must be a key. For how can two walk together unless they agree (Amos 3:3)? An agreement comes from communication between or among the individuals. One part could be relying on the previous for it to materialize – Conditional is the best […]
Often times when teams or individuals want to achieve something, unity of purpose must be a key. For how can two walk together unless they agree (Amos 3:3)? An agreement comes from communication between or among the individuals. One part could be relying on the previous for it to materialize – Conditional is the best description. God has called man to reason together with Him and to work with Him. In the beginning he created the heavens and earth and everything including man. He had power to fill earth with human beings but left procreation to man as well as cultivation of Eden. He also left naming of all creatures to man. After his fall, God called man and brought in a mechanism of saving him. A first he made clothes for them, Eve and Adam, from a slaughtered animal to cover their nakedness. A foreshadow of the slaying of His Son Jesus Christ at Calvary – John 3.16-17… For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. And as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name John 1:12. Isa 1:18.-19 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land. In all these scriptures the call is to consider one option then the giver of the condition will keep his side of the deal; just as the old saying that a deal is just as good as the giver of that particular deal. In Haggai 1& 2 God calls the Israelites to the attention of what was happening and the cause. Their attention was directed towards self and forgot Him who had done so much and unto whom they had previously directed their attention unto. The economy, life of freedom from Babylonian captivity, amongst others. Just as the modern times whereby self is far much taken care of that we often forget that the creator want us to worship Him and not the creation. But, questions often arise: we make too much, where is it going? Where are these attacks coming from? Why this why that? Then the voice emerges that we should consider our ways. We’ve got to go back to the crossroad where we can get the right path seeking God in spirit and truth, establish justice, enhance morality, etc. Sure enough, when the Israelites devoted to the rebuilding the house of God, He promised them that He’ll be with them. That they should never fear. For His spirit is not of fear and timidity but of boldness and courage. All this is dependent on the choices we make – though they have consequences. Freewill is the best gift that he has placed in man. Once He is with us, nothing else can shake us. Though our glory may have been lost, he will refresh us again and we will become new and glorious again than the former. Remembering that prior to the Babylonian captivity, the Israelites had landed into the comfort land and forgotten the counsel of God in Canaan. Injustices, worshipping of idols, etc. were norms. Gods admonish on us is that if we who are called by His name will humble ourselves, and pray and seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways, then He will hear from heaven, and will forgive our sin and heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14). The initial path is accepting His son Jesus who has died, resurrected and lived for us. Christ has paid it all and awaits each one of us to open our hearts and He’ll dine with us. When will you consider Him your Lord and Saviour for the saving of your soul, country, etc.?
Talk of being fearlessness, boldness, audacity amongst others. These are some of the synonyms we use to describe the traits of willingness to undertake things that invoke risk or danger. These words we use in our daily lives with relation to matters relating to economic life, social life, amongst others. It is noting that in Christianity that is visible and evident.
What’s faith: Hebrew 11:1-3…Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. Additionally, the Christian faith has evidence and ain’t blind. 1 Kings 17:1-2 is a narrative about a season that there was draught and hunger in Israel following prophesy by Prophet Elijah – who is no exception of the calamity that befell Israel. By the word of God he made a move to Brook Cherith and soon the brook dried. The LORD later directs him to Zerapheth where he was to be sustained by a widow whom the LORD assured him that He had commanded her to do so.
Upon finding her Elijah borrows water (1 kings 17.10-11…”Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.”.) And as she makes the move he asks for bread/cake too …1 kings 17:11… “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand …and he wasn’t aware of her status to which she expressed her true state of affairs… 1Kings 17:12 So she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die. Elijah then replies …1Ki 17:13 – 14… And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. For thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.'” Think about the risk in this idea. You’ve a kid and all that you can give to it for survival is what is demanded of. May be the woman couldn’t mind about herself like the kid. That’s not a simple thing to think about. Would you give or not? Even with the assurance that God had said it that still was a risky step for her. However, she chose to trust the word of God, of whom she may never have heard of in similar experience before. She did the risking and undertook that daring step to prepare the cake for Elijah. Consequently, the bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke by Elijah…1Ki 17:16. Her daring faith made it possible to make her moves superseding the risk of losing her kid to the obedience of God’s word.
In John 2:1-10 there is a wedding at Cana of Galilee, Jesus is present and wine runs out. Mary, Jesus’ mother is present requests Him to make a way out and then admonishes the servant present to follow His instructions. Vs 5…”Whatever He says to you, do it.” Being experts in wine preparation they must have thought: how is He going to make wine and we know wine is not prepared in a day? What kind of wine will He make? What will it taste like? What else will He demand of us like ingredients? Jesus tells them in vs 7… “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. At the back of mind the ‘what else?’ question was probable. Waiting for further instructions He tells them in vs8: “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. Wait a minute! That’s all? We ain’t tasting first so as to be aware of what we are taking to the master? At the back of the mind, remember there is no history of Him performing such miracles. This is the first He’s performing. As they take a step after the other they must be shaky due to uncertainties of not knowing whether it’s water or wine they are taking to their master. This may cost them their lives or work depending on what their master will perceive out of what they deliver. But, they had in mind the admonishing by Mary. To their surprise the master affirms positively …vs10 … “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”
In these two cases, there was a high degree of risk involved and the characters were direct partakers of the probable outcomes both directly and indirectly. Additionally, there was the assurance of the word of God. It takes courage to rise over the fear of the outcome/ risk, no matter how dreadful they may be, to obey and act on the true word of God. It is the unshakable-courageous-unwavering-daring faith. Hebrew 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him (God), for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
There is every kind of thought when Christmas is mentioned. To some it’s a time to merry and to some it’s a time to mock others. This is caused by the interpretation and misinterpretation and understanding and misunderstandings one has towards Christmas. Today, I passed through a marketplace and I heard someone invite a Muslim to Christmas service and later on a sharing at the home. The Muslim lady responding by asking: ‘are you celebrating the 2018th birthday of Jesus the prophet. The lady explained that it’s just a day of celebrating the incarnate God and the conversation moved on. To others it’s a time to rave, enjoy, merry and meet the long lost buddies and relatives. I was also once a member of that school of life but today, I have a very clear understanding, First, the focus is not on the day but the person and secondly his impact to the creation. Kids often sing the song baby Jesus….. And so on and on. But the big they grow they realize that Jesus is not the baby again and there is more to that. Prophet Isaiah prophesied…. Isaiah 9:6-7 for to us a child has come, to us a son is given; and the government has been placed in his hands; and he has been named Wise Guide, Strong God, Father forever, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his rule and of peace there will be no end, on the seat of David, and in his kingdom; to make it strong, supporting it with wise decision and righteousness, now and forever. By the fixed purpose of the Lord of armies this will be done. He shall be called Emmanuel meaning God with us. That is the very character of God: omnipresent. He shall be God with us. Peace that’s beyond any human understanding can and will only be given by God which is the very description that Isaiah gives in the description of the prophesy of the coming of Messiah. Mighty God and the everlasting father. The bible says that we’ve been fashioned in His image. We are His children the workmanship of his hands which is the very description of Christ. And his kingdom is everlasting. He is alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. Thus, the very description in the prophesy by Isaiah is the reality of tat which is established in the new testament from the conception of Christ to His death and Crucifixion. Messianic role was his major role in his coming. Only God who is big enough to blot out our sins which is the very thing he did on Calvary. The reason why some won’t let him in is because their inside is dirty and want to clean it beforehand but that’s not how it ought to be. You can only be clean by welcoming Him and letting him clean you. Often 0n 25 & 26th Dec people ask: (gakenge nigaciare) is the child born? But the complete question should be: Is He born in your heart? Has his working on that Calvary tree made any sense in you? Have you made Him the redeemer of your life? The reality is, the Messiah is more than a child: He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords deserving all the praise thereof.