Points By Drew Pritt


Who is Ίησους Χριστός ???
July 18, 2008, 11:59 am
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Ίησους Χριστός is Greek for the “Annointed One who Rescues.”

We know him simply as, Jesus Christ.

But who is this Ίησους Χριστός or as we call him, Jesus Christ?

In today’s world there’s many things to believe.

But it’s not about belief. Its more about a relationship. Now you may read this and scoff at the existence of Jesus Christ, right? Scholars have used the historical method to develop probable reconstructions of Jesus’ life. In fact it’s simple to say, I cannot see him, so did he truly exist? I have no historical evidence which is really saying, I have nothing tangible to say he exists or existed.

Do we truly know atoms exist? Can we see them? The answer is no and yet we accept that through scientific method they exist. In fact atoms are the building blocks of all that we are and yet we cannot see them, just the result of what they have done and are doing.

Sometimes, people judge Christianity, not by the life, the works, and the message of Jesus Christ but rather by the followers. You see, usually we are critical or in praise of a nation because of it’s leader. The Axis Powers v. the Allied Powers in World War Two is usually cast as a titanic struggle between the evil forces versus the good forces. But the figures we quote, that we remember, and we hold responsible for good or for bad are the leaders, not the followers. Yet when it comes to faith, we judge the faith based on the followers, not the leader. Why is that?

Maybe the whole deal is this, you don’t know what to believe, so you believe what feels good to you. Using common sense, this is ridiculous really, because think about it. If I came into your house, opened up your refrigerator, made myself at home, and you came in (and assuming you didn’t shoot me dead on the spot) not knowing me, saying, what are you doing? Would it be acceptable to say, this feels good to me, so I am going to do it. Or what if you took someone elses car, because you liked it, you would be caught possibly and jailed for theft. An acceptable defense is not, I liked it, so I took it. So why is it acceptable to say we will do what we like and take what we like in a world we never had anything to do with making?

Finally, some say it’s random, it just happened, and when we die we go back to the earth. Nothing more, nothing less. I find this the hardest to accept. Life has to have a purpose but suppose for a moment you are right and I am wrong. Nothing is lost. Now assume I am right and you are wrong, what have you lost? EVERYTHING.

Eternity means just that….eternity. No end and Jesus Christ’ message was simple.

(1.) “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your soul. Love your neighbor as yourself. On these hang all the laws and the commandments.” (Saint Matthew 22:37-40)

This part is easy. Love God and love your neighbor. Do right by them. It means treat others as you want to be treated. It’s the golden rule. Also, love the creative force, the divine, the one who created you, me, this world, everything.

(2.) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that who so ever believes in him, shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (Saint John 3:16)

This has a lot of concepts in a short verse. Here’s the deal broken down.

For God so loved….God loves creation and everything in it. Yes, God loves everything he created. That means he loves the ugly as well as the pretty. He doesn’t love the pain, the sin, the things that drag creation down, but he doesn’t hate those who cause them. Yes, God even loves Satan. He doesn’t like what Satan has done though. Satan rebelled and rejected God. He attempted to be his own God and he chose to reject eternity.

That he gave His only Son….His only begotten Son is big because you have to recognize the Trinity for what it means. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Three in One, One in Three is the conceptualization of God. To reject the Trinity, is to reject God, because thats a core absolute. There is no God without the Three in One, One in Three. If you ask how this is possible, think of an Egg. It’s an Egg, but it takes a shell, an egg white, and an egg yolk, to make an egg. Each part is significant, unique, has purposes of its own, but its still an egg, and together must make an egg. 

Who so ever believes in Him….So God (the Creator) sacrifices himself (the Creator) to redeem the sins of all mankind (the Creation) to overcome death, a creation of the creator which is a natural law for creation. In other words, we cannot buy ourselves out of eternity. We cannot do enough good works. We can do nothing but God can redeem us simply. He died….but he rose again. No one else could do this….why? Because they are creations, not a creator, and only the one who creates something, can change something in creation. Think if you will for me of a computer game. We all like to play them, but we have to play in the parameters of the game, that has been preset by the creator of the game. We like to tinker with games and hack into them and use cheat codes and try to change the game. But the only way the game can truly be fundamentally changed for everyone is for the creator of the game to make the change.

(3.) “That if you confess with your own mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10)

You have to say it and believe it and live it. You know a popular phrase is in it to win it. Its more than just to say a prayer, maybe publicly go down and say some words, go through the traditions of a church, be baptized, kneel in prayer, whatever. But you are called to say it, believe it, and live it.

(4.) “For in one Spirit we are all baptized into one body, whether Jew or Greek, whether bond or free, we are all made to drink of one Spirit.” (I Corinthians 12:13)

That means you are to be baptized. It can be through Aspersion (sprinkling on the head), Affusion (pouring of water on the head), Immersion or Submersion (your entire body is in the water.) Water is symbolic. We need water to live. Water cleanses and water heals. So likewise is God one who is someone you need to live, who cleanses, who heals. Baptism is an outward sign of an inward change within you.

But this passage also tells us we need Communion….the Holy Sacrament. Its simple you have to go to Church and receive it. I prefer to remember what John Donne wrote and its how I believe about receiving the Eucharist….the Holy Sacrament.

He was the Word that spake it,

He took the Bread and He did brake it,

and what that Word did make it,

I do believe and take it.

Finally, I close this question about who is Ίησους Χριστός by saying, God created us to love life and to enjoy it. The best way I know how to indicate this is a scene from my favorite movie :

Peace be with you!

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