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1In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
All means all. He made every cell in you physical body and He also created your spiritual being. He knows all about you, even whether or not you will accept Him. Even though He knows who will reject Him He does not stop loving everyone

In the first Book of the Bible, Genesis, He is the Seed of the woman: 15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Jesus was born of woman without the seed of man. His natural enemy and ours as well is Satan.

In the Book of Exodus He is the sacrificial Passover Lamb. To ever believer He is the Sacrificial Lamb of God. Through the lamb sacrificed in Egypt, the people of God were delivered from the evil grip of the Pharaoh. Through His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary, He offers deliverance to all of Gods creation.

In the Book of Leviticus we see Jesus as our High Priest. Just as Gods children were instructed to bring their blood offering to the priests, we are to accept Jesus as our blood offering and He will offer it up to God the Father.

In the Book of Numbers Jesus was the Pillar of Cloud and the Pillar of Fire that guided Gods people through the wilderness. He is also the Lord and Savior who is there willing to guide us through the wilderness of our lives.

In Deuteronomy He is the Prophet like unto Moses. He inspired every prophecy that was made in the Bible and He was also the One Living God who fulfilled the prophecies.

In the 5th chapter of the Book of Joshua we see Joshua confronted by the Captain of the Host: And he said, “Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come.” For us, as well, Jesus will aid you in the battles that we face here on earth.

In the Book of Judges, Jesus is the Lawgiver. Father God conceived the Law and spoke it through the Holy Word of God.

In the book of Ruth He is our Kinsman’s Redeemer.

In 1st and 2nd Samuel He is our Trusted Prophet.

In Kings and Chronicles He is our Reigning King

He is our Faithful Scribe in the Book of Ezra.

In Nehemiah we see Jesus as the Rebuilder of the walls that were broken down.

In the Book of Esther He is our Advocate just as He was the Advocate of the Hebrew nation.

He is our Ever-Living Redeemer in the Book of Job.

As the Psalmist King David states He is our Lord and our Shepherd.

He is our Wisdom in the Book of Proverbs.

He is our Goal in the Book of Ecclesiastes.

He is our Lover and our Bridegroom in the Song of Solomon.

He is the Messiah, the Anointed One in the Book of Isaiah.

He is the Weeping Prophet in the Books of Jeremiah and Lamentations.

He is the Glory of The Lord in the Book of Ezekiel.

In the Book of Daniel, when the three Hebrew boys were thrown into the fiery furnace, He was the fourth man seen by the King.

In the Book of Hosea Jesus is the Eternal Husband who is married to the backslider.

In the Book of Joel He is the One who is the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit.

As we see in the Book of Amos, He is our Burden Bearer.

He is our declared Savior in the Book of Obadiah.

He is the Great Foreign Missionary in the Book of Jonah.

He is the Messenger in the Book of Micah.

He is our Avenger in the Book of Nahum.

He is the Evangelist who pleads for Revival in the Book of Habakkuk.

The Book of Zephaniah teaches us that He is the Lord, the One who saves.

He restores our Heritage in the Book of Haggai.

Zechariah teaches us that He is the Fountain of everlasting, life-giving water.

He is the Son of Righteousness with healing in His wings in the Book of Malachi.

In the Book of Mathew He is the Messiah.

In the Book of Mark He is the Miracle Worker.

In the Book of Luke He is the Son of Man.

In the Book of John He is the Son of God.

In the Book of Acts He is the Holy Spirit, indwelling men.

In the Book of Romans He is our Justification.

In the Books of 1st and 2nd Corinthians He is the One who sanctifies us.

In the Book of Galatians He is the One who redeems us from the curse of the law.

In the Book of Ephesians He is the Christ of unsearchable riches.

In the Book of Philippians He is the God who supplies all of our needs.

In the Book of Colossians He is the Godhead fully embodied.

In the Books of 1st and 2nd Thessalonians He is our Soon coming King.

In the Books of 1st and 2nd Timothy He is our Advocate and Mediator at the Throne of God.

In the Book of Titus He is the Faithful Pastor.

In the Book of Philemon He is the Friend of the oppressed.

In the Book of Hebrews He is the Blood which seals the everlasting covenant between God and man.

In the Book of James He is the Lord who heals the sick.

In the Books of 1st and 2nd Peter He is the Great Sheppard who shall soon appear.

In the Books of 1st, 2nd and 3rd John, He is God, He is Love.

In the Book of Jude He is the Good News and He is the Lord who shall be coming with 10 thousands of His saints.

In the Book of Revelations He is the King of kings and the Lord of Lords.
He is life giving. In Him was life; and the life was the light of the men. (John 1:4) The Holy Word of God existed before the beginning of time. He planned to become flesh. God knew that mankind could not attain righteousness through the law. He wanted us to see and experience this. He wanted to come to us in the flesh in order to see this world through human eyes, to experience life from the perspective of a human. It is only fitting and proper that we too should look at His creation through spiritual eyes. We need to see this world from Gods vantage point. When we look at others of Gods creation we need to see them as a beloved creation of the Almighty Creator of the universe.

We I look at people, I see them as God would. I see them though Love and I see them as beloved of God. Who am I too judge another? What gives me the right to hold unforgiveness in my heart when the Holy Word of God sacrificed Himself for us and offered forgiveness to every man? He didn’t pick and choose. He didn’t judge anyone. He paid the same price for me as He paid for each and every one of us.

When Jesus left His disciples, nearly two thousand years ago now, He gavethem but one task: namely, world evangelization. I can imagine Him talkingto them something like this: “I am going to leave you and I will be gone for a long time. While I am absent, I want you to do just one thing: give thisGospel of Mine to the entire world; see that every nation, tongue and tribehears it.”

Those were His instructions. That was the one thing He told them to do, and they understood Him perfectly. But what has the Church done during the years He has been absent? Have we carried out His orders? Have we obeyed Him?

As a matter of fact, we have done everything else except the one and only thing He told us to do. Jesus never told us to build colleges, universities and seminaries, but we have done it. He never told us to erect hospitals and asylums and homes for the aged. He never told us to build churches or to organize Sunday School, but we have done it. And we ought to have done it, for it is all important and worthwhile.

But the one and only thing that He did tell us to do, is the one and only thing that we have left undone. We have not given His Gospel to the entire world. We have not carried out His orders. What would a man say who had called a plumber to fix his water taps, if he should come home and find him painting  the side of his house? What could he say? Would he not expect him to dowhat he had told him to do? Could the man satisfy him by stating that hethought the house needed painting? Of course not. Orders must be obeyed.

More than nineteen hundred years ago the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to His Father’s throne and sat down at His right hand. But He has a throne of His  own, the throne of His father David, and He is the legal successor. Whoever heard of a king, who had a throne of his own, who would be satisfied to occupy another king’s throne?

Christ wants to return. He longs to reign. It is His right. Then why does Hewait? He is waiting for you and me to complete the task. He is waiting for us to do what He has told us to do. Many a time He must say to Himself as He sits there, “How long, I wonder, are they going to keep Me waiting? When  will they let Me come back? How soon can I return to earth to sit on Mythrone and reign?” Here is an estate. The master tells his servants that he is leaving, but that he will be returning. And while he is gone, they are to bring the entire estate under cultivation.

They begin working around the house. They beautify the gardens and flowerbeds. Next year the weeds grow and again they go to work, keeping the lawns in perfect condition. Presently one of them remembers his master’s orders. “I must go,” he explains. “Our master told us to bring the entire  estate under cultivation.” And he prepares to leave. “But,” they cry, “wecannot spare you. See how fast the weeds grow. We need you here.” In spite of their protest, however, he leaves and begins working in a far corner of the estate.

Later on, two others remember their lord’s orders and in spite of objectionsthey, too, go and cultivate another part of the estate. At last their master returns. He is pleased as he looks at the flower-beds,gardens and lawns around his house. But before rewarding his servants, he  decides to explore the rest of the estate and, as he does so, his heart sinks for he sees nothing but wilderness and marsh. He realizes that there has noteven been an attempt made to cultivate it.

Finally he comes to the one man working all by himself in a distant part ofthe estate and he rewards him richly. He discovers the two in still anotherpart and likewise rewards them. Then he returns to headquarters where hisservants are waiting and expecting a reward: but his face indicatesdispleasure. “Have we not been faithful?” they exclaim. “Look at theseflower-beds and gardens. Look at these lawns. Are they not beautiful? Andhave we not worked hard?”
”Yes,” he replies, “you have done your best. You have been faithful. Youhave labored diligently.”
”Well then,” they cry, “why are you disappointed? Are we not entitled to a reward?”
”There is one thing you have forgotten,” he replies, “you have forgotten my orders. I did not tell you to work the same gardens and lawns again and again, year after year. I told you to bring the entire estate under cultivation, to cultivate it at least once. This you did not do, in fact, you did not even attempt to cultivate it, and when your companions insisted upon going and doing their part, you objected. No, there is no reward.”

Many a one, I am afraid, will be disappointed. You may be that one. You may have won many souls in your town. You may have been most faithful to your church, but what have you done for those in heathen darkness? Did you ever think of going yourself? Have you ever given your money that someone might go? Have you prayed? What part have you had in the evangelization of the world? Have you obeyed orders? Have you done what you could to bring the entire estate under cultivation? Or have you been satisfied to work in you own community and let the rest of the world perish?

If you want to hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into  the joy of the Lord,” and if you want to receive the promised reward, the diadem or the crown, you had better get busy and do what you can topublish His Gospel among all nations, or you will be a missing Christian in the day of rewards. Go then and do your part. There is something that you can do, and the time is short. It was the whole estate that had to be cultivated, and it is the whole world that must be evangelized. “Go ye therefore into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.” For remember, “The gospel must first be preached among all nations, and then shall the end come.”

This then is His answer to their question. “What shall be the sign of Yourcoming, and of the end of the age?” That was what they wanted to knowthe sign preceding and indicating the end. His answer to their question inMatthew 24:3 is found in Matthew 24:14. Here it is: “This gospel shall bepreached in all the world, for a witness unto all nations: and then shall theend come.” All His other predictions indicate the approaching end, this one, the end. Hence the word “first” in Mark 13:10. It is God’s program: first world evangelization, then the reign of Christ. He will return to establish His
kingdom when all nations have heard the Gospel. Let us, then, do our task: and may we never rest until our work is done.

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