Dearly Beloved Brethren,

The greatest event of human history is the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to the world. His life, death and resurrection have impacted billions of lives for salvation. The Bible says in John 1:14, ‘And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.’ The Lord Jesus Christ identified Himself with the human race, lived in the human body subjected to human sufferings, was affected by pain and agony, hunger and thirst, cold and heat and death, even the death on the cross.

While the Lord Jesus Christ was on earth, He had two titles namely the Son of Man and the Son of God. The former speaks of Him being 100% man and the latter 100% God. What the Bible wants to put across to us is this that the perfect joining of humanity and deity is found in Jesus Christ, the God-Man. He became man without losing His deity and He remained God even though He became like us. With regard to His miraculous birth, the Bible says in Isaiah 7:14, ‘Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.’ For God to become man to come to earth has always invited questions like, “why did Jesus come to earth the way that He did and what was the purpose of His coming into the human race, lived and dwelt among men and died on the cross?”

If Jesus was the divine Son of God, why did the divine Son of God lower Himself to the point of becoming 100% man? The answers to the questions can be summarized in two verses. Luke 19:10, ‘For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost’ and Mark 10:45, ‘For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

Jesus is the Saviour that God has promised, since Adam and Eve fell into sin by the temptation of the devil. He came to destroy the work of the devil and to conquer sin and death that sinners might be reconciled to God. More than 300 prophecies in the Old Testament foretold His coming and in Isaiah chapter 53, the Bible says that the coming Messiah was to be made an offering for sin and to bear the sins of many. In the New Testament, Jesus said in John 3:16, ‘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.’ In the Old Testament times, the believers’ hope was centered on the first coming of Christ. Before the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, two elderly people, Anna and Simeon were waiting for His first coming and they rejoiced upon seeing Him. They could be compared to many believers today who are waiting for the second coming of Christ. This sinful and wicked world will be destroyed by the fire of God’s judgment at Christ’s coming and there is no hope in the world apart from the Lord Jesus Christ who is our blessed hope. When He returns, He will take all believers and we shall be with Him forever.

For those who believe the Bible concerning their sinful condition, there is salvation hope. Salvation can be your personal experience through confession and repentance of your sins and by the receiving of Christ as your Saviour and Lord.

And below are questions you ought to ponder.

1. Where are you in your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ?

2. Are you a believer in full salvation looking for the return of Christ?

3. Do you know that heaven is your home and that you have eternal life?

4. Do you believe that by simple faith when you say, “I believe”, Christ will forgive your sins?

Dear friends, this is why Jesus came to this world that you and I could be forgiven. He came to die on the cross shedding His precious blood and the moment you believe and receive Christ as your personal Saviour, you are instantly saved from your sins and from the judgment of sin.  May the Lord help us.

Pastor Douglas Ho