Today Grace and Peace Radio is happy to present to you the writing of Mr. Jan Blonk. Jan and I are just starting to get to know one another but have already been surprised by how much we have in common. Speaking for myself, it will be interesting to see what the Lord may have in mind by having had us connect.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.Luke 2:11
Jesus came for us: “For unto you is born . . .” He came to save us from our sins, paying our debt: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). His life and death served this very purpose, having guaranteed results.
The word Christ means anointed one. It specifically refers to the three great offices of prophet, priest, and king. Each office was characterized by the anointing with oil, signifying a setting apart for that particular office. The Father anointed His Son to fulfill all three offices.
As Prophet, He taught God’s word, being “The Word of God” Himself (Rev. 19:13). Every word He spoke is the very word of God. To reject His word is to reject your Creator. Amazingly, He not only expressed God’s word verbally, but also non-verbally—through His life, death, and resurrection.
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He’s also God’s High Priest, offering Himself as our sacrifice. Throughout the Old Testament, each sacrifice had to be without blemish: “Your lamb shall be without blemish” (Ex. 12:5). Jesus’ life is perfectly righteous. He gave His unblemished life as an atoning sacrifice.
Lastly, He’s God’s anointed King. He conquered sin and death. His reign is without end. The good news of the gospel is that He employs His reign for our eternal well-being: “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17). The Father has sanctioned Him to bring about these great realities in our lives.