In a 2016 survey conducted by LifeWay Research six out of ten Christians agreed the Jesus was both divine and human. And the other four? Their reasoning varied but all claim to believe in God. Yet, they identify as Christians. Per these survey results, anyone who believes in the authenticity of the Bible can be considered a Christian.
How can this be?
The term Christian has been tossed around so much that it carries very little meaning for most people. Some use it to show that they are “good people”. How many times have you heard the “I am a Christian” defense when accused of something wrong or unpopular? Some people use it as a mask for their bigotry.
People have told me without blinking that they believe Jesus was a real person but that he died for his friends (the disciples). They truly believe that Jesus led a band of outlaws and turned himself in to the authorities to save their lives, not the world, referencing the John 15:13. You have to admit, Lucifer put a pretty good spin on scripture with this theory. But that is all it is, a theory.
Beloved, this is why we should continuously be a student of the Bible. The sacrifice of Jesus the Christ was prophesied hundreds of years before he was born. These prophesies do not say that he will take the fall for his friends. The prophesies say that Jesus would be born to die for the world.
Isaiah 9:6—For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 49:6—And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.
Numbers 24:17—I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel,
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 those of us who have Christ branded into our hearts, keep the faith. True believers are rare. And although, the good news of Jesus Christ’s atonement for our sin is not something the world wants to hear today, we speak anyway. We share the gospel of Christ how that Jesus died for our sins so that we don’t have to do it. He did it because He loves. And as He did, we love. That is what Christianity is about. And beloved, you cannot have Christianity without Christ.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
*The book of Isaiah was written about three hundred years before Jesus was born. The Old Testament in the Bible is filled with prophesies. However, this passage is my favorite and, in my opinion, the most detailed of them all. Grace and peace. Blessings and love.
Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.