Welcome back! We are continuing to talk about Jesus today, as one of the members of the trinity. We briefly touched on some of the Biblical evidence to support Jesus as God last time, and today I wanted to talk about what Jesus reveals about God. Again we’ll talk about three things revealed through Jesus: God as redeemer, empathizer, and doer.
The idea of redemption would have been very familiar to the people of Israel in Jesus’ day. Kinsman redeemers were people called upon to pay to recover their relatives if the relative was forced to either sell property or themselves to pay off a debtor. So when we talk about God being Redeemer, we see that similar language. We are spiritually in debt. We are forced to pay for our sins, but as people we are morally bankrupt. There is no way we could pay back God with our righteousness, and so Jesus steps in as our Redeemer. He takes on the debt of our sin and the burden of paying it on himself.
The next thing that Jesus reveals about God is that He empathizes with us. God is not deaf to His creation. He understands everything we are going through. We see the emotion of Jesus in passages like John 11:33-35. His good friend Lazarus had passed away and Lazarus' family was mourning for him. Even though Jesus knew He would raise Lazarus from the dead, He still took that moment to cry. In the midst of people grieving, Jesus would grieve with them. Sometimes we forget but God is actually the one who invented emotions. He knows what anger, sadness, and joy are and how we as people experience them.
The last thing we'll talk about today is God as one who acts. A doer. We see Jesus time after time taking action. All the way back to creation God was creating the world through Jesus. God is not one who is passive and just letting the world happen. He’s active. His kingdom is advancing and He is doing great work. Look at Jesus’ death on the cross. The religious leaders mocked Him and thought Jesus was done. They said “Jesus you saved others but you can’t save yourself!” But in that moment of Jesus allowing Himself to be killed He is accomplishing the great work of redemption. Even if God appears passive, He’s accomplishing more than we could even imagine. The book of Habakkuk says that God is doing a work that we wouldn’t believe even if it were told directly to us.
That’s all for this week. Next time we will look at the Holy Spirit. Hope to see you all then.
Byenvini nan epizòd 5! Nap kontinye pale de Jezi antanke youn nan manb trinite a. Nou te pale vrèman brèf de kèk pasaj biblik kite pale de Jezi antanke Bondye dènyèman. E jodi a nou pral pale de 3 bagay ke Jezi revele de Bondye antanke yon redanptè, senpati epi moun kap fè a.
Lide redanpsyon an te trè similè ak pèp izrayèl la nan epok Jezi a, paran yo te gen pou yo te ranbouse moun ke yo te dwe peye yo, pou yo te ka fè fanmi yo retounnen, si yo te fòse paran yo pou yo te vann yon propriyete oubyen pou yo peye yon debitè. Se konsa lè nou pale de Bondye redanptè a, nou wè se te menm langaj la, nou dwe spirityèlman, nou oblije peye pou peche nou yo. Men nou menm, antanke lòm, nou konn fè fayit men pagen pyès mwayen nou ka remèt Bondye avèk jistis nou. E se pou sa Jezi te vini antanke redanptè nou, li peye dèt peche nou yo sou do li.
Lòt bagay que Jesus revele de BonDye se senpatil anvè nou. BonDye pat soud nan kreyasyon li yo, li konn tout sa kap travèse nou. Nou te wè emosyon Jezi nan liv jan 11 : 33 – 35. Bon zanmi’l Laza te mouri e fanmi Laza tap kriye, menm si Jezi te konnen li te ka resisite Laza nan lanmò, men nan moman an li te kriye kanmenm nan mitan moun ki te an dèy yo, Jezi te kriye avèk yo, men pafwa nou konn bliye ke se Bondye ki kreye emosyon, li konn sak rele yon moun an kòlè, tristès, e la jwa e nou menm antanke lòm nou resanti sa tou.
Dènye bagay nou pral pale jodi a se BonDye tankou yon moun kap aji, Yon moun kap fè. La a, nou wè Jezi fè aksyon detanzantan, nou ka menm tounnen nan kreyasyon, bonDye te kreye mond la atravè Jezi kris, Bondye pa yon moun ki pasif epi ki jis kreye mond lan epi ki kitel. Li aktif, wayom ni an ap avanse epi lap fè yon gwo travay. Ann gade lanmò Jezi Kris sou kwa a, chèf relijye yo tap pasel nan betiz, yo te panse Jezi te fini, yo te di : ‘‘Jezi, ou sove lòt moun men ou paka sove tèt ou’’, men nan moman sa, Jezi te pèmèt yo te touyel poul te ka akonpli gwo misyon sa, travay redanpsyon an. Menm si Bondye te ka parèt pasiv men li te akonpli plis ke sa nou pat menm ka imajine. Liv Abaki a di : Bondye ap fè yon travay ke nou paka kwè menm si li ta di nou sa dirèkteman.
Se tout sa nou te gen pou semèn sa, lòt semèn nou pral pale de Sentespri a, mwen espere wè ou ankò.