Dealing With The Fundamental Problem of The 21st Century: Plan Your Future

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Who will you be 5/10/15/20years from now?

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Today, I want to share with you some very important lessons I gathered from listening to Dr. Mensa Otabil preach a message entitled ‘Developing a 20-year Life Plan’. First time I heard him speak on this subject was early 2014 after he had declared ‘ORDER’ as the church’s theme for the year. As usual, the church was overflowing with so many people since it was – yes you guessed right – the first Sunday of the year. No one intends to miss the first Sunday of a new calendar year. I left home earlier than usual that day (I’m always on time but this was a special ‘on time’) because I didn’t want to give up my usual sitting spot. I have a special preference for seats close to the stage. The reason being that at the end of the service I would have siphoned large chunks of Otabil’s anointing into my spirit man. Just in case you didn’t know, the closer you are to the stage and by extension the man of God, the greater the chances of your supernatural breakthrough. Aha! ‘Too much play’ a typical Ghanaian will say. Alright, let’s get to the crux of my message. I want to start with a quote by Myles Munroe:

“The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.”

 

Just recently, the clarion call to plan my future rang so hard in my heart, it felt like a high-voltage electricity had zapped me. I had been prompted a few times but I guess the notifications weren’t strong enough to make me leap to their summons. This ‘electric shocker’ was no joke. I took a sneak peek into the future with my mind’s eye and I didn’t like the outcome. I was confused and somewhat terrified. I’m in my mid-20’s (early 20’s to be precise) and the question I keep asking myself is ‘what have I successfully achieved up until now?’ I can’t even recollect some of the goals I put down some 5 years ago (that’s if I put any goals down in the first place) so how do I possibly go ahead to evaluate myself. This is probably the reason for the tension build-up within me. You don’t leave anything to chance in this life because if you do, life will gladly put you in a place you never asked for – and you sure wouldn’t like it. This is why I felt the need to dig through the internet and feed my soul with this thought-provoking message again. I needed to wake my lazy self up (you probably need to do same too) and get back on track. Frankly speaking, when I listened to the audio again, it felt as though it was only yesterday he spoke those words of wisdom (no exaggerations here). I don’t plan on wasting further ‘typing ink’ and space so let me go ahead to share some of the lessons I learnt.

 

God has a plan for each one of us. You are not a miscarriage of nature. You are not here by accident. Your parents might have not planned your birth, but God did because He has a project for you. You need to live each day with the mindset that there’s a reason for your existence here on Earth. Quick question: Do you know how the first car came about? It all happened one stormy night in the year 1807 when violent winds spiraled into an old politician’s garage. First, nails, screws, old newspapers and empty flower pots were swept up into the air where they began to collide with one another. As the winds got stronger old paint cans, pliers, dustpans and four basketballs joined the collision process. This random bumping took place over a long period of time until the various automotive parts – bonnet, doors, battery, headlamps,etc – appeared and rearranged completely to form the car. Absolutely ridiculous you say? Yes! Never in history did a car pop out from someone’s garage. There was a plan for its amazing invention. In the same way, God fearfully and wonderfully created each one of us with a unique purpose. This is why Jeremiah full of the Holy Ghost  said that God had holy plans for him even before he was conceived. ‘We are not here filling space’ as Otabil said. We need to discover God’s plan for our lives (not OUR plan for OUR lives). And until we find our true purpose, we’d never be able to appreciate who we truly are and function adequately as we are intended to.

 

God gives us necessary tools to design ourselves according to the plan He has for us.

Not only do we carry specific tasks in our hands, but also we have the ability to tailor ourselves to suit our God-given assignment. I feel this is where many of us fall short. We are struggling to make great strides in certain facets of our lives because the plan and the design is a total mismatch; no points of connection whatsoever. Let’s look at the example below:

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Sumo wrestler (left), Gymnast (right)

Sumo wrestlers are clearly different from gymnasts. You can tell by simply comparing their physique. The gymnast has a slender body and light muscle mass and this helps her to obtain the right balance, agility and strength to pull off a performance successfully. The Sumo wrestler on the other hand is heavy with muscle mass for a reason: the heavier he is, the more difficult it is for his opponent to push him out of the ring. If we should look into their lifestyle habits, I can bet their diet and recommended daily exercises are different. Why? Because each one has to “design” his/her body according to the specific task ahead of them. If you’re a ‘hawk’, you don’t swim; you fly. That’s your build. The plan must influence the design. Spend enough time to understand your God-given plan so you can obtain the fruition of your assignment by choosing the right design.

 

God’s plan for us is time-bound. You don’t have ETERNITY to accomplish anything on Earth, you only have TIME and that time is finite. Do you realize that in life, the only time you have is the time you make use of? Every other minute, hour or day that goes unused is a part of your life flushed away. Gone never to be regained. It is said that procrastination is the thief of time but I want to push it further by saying PROCRASTINATION IS THE THIEF OF LIFE. Yes. A waste of time surely is a waste of life. Really, we need to stop treating time as though we were playing a game of soccer. There’s no fourth referee to signal any ‘TIME ADDED ON’ here.  Work diligently with the time you have because there’s no more time other than what is already set out for us. Sometimes we need that little nudge to remind ourselves that it’s 24 hours in a day, not 29, 7 days in a week, not 15, and 52 weeks in a year, not 1000. If you want to be the CEO of a multi-billion dollar company, you begin your search for a mentor during your teen years. You don’t wait till you are past 25 years before you get moving. No. You should have read several books on Entrepreneurship and Leadership, attended very important training workshops and networked with business-minded individuals by now. You don’t wait till the last minute. Also, don’t expend unnecessary energy on so many things at the same time. Like I said, the clock is ticking. Rather, learn to do a few things WELL because that is what will bring the best out of you. I don’t know about you but I sometimes wish I had received these tips a bit earlier. But not to worry at all. At least, I’ve learnt that what needs to be accomplished today needn’t be accomplished 5 or 10 years from now. I need to do what needs to be done now, NOW because time and tide never wait for any man or woman.

 

 

And finally…

 

Do what God has designed you to do to have fulfillment in Life. Don’t waste your life trying to fulfill your friend’s or parent’s desire. Life is already too short to waste it chasing after someone else’s dreams. Find what is yours. See it. Embrace it. Breathe it. Love it. OWN IT and live life to fulfill YOUR God-given desire. God bless

 

NB: I’ll be writing a second and final part to this post soon. In the meantime, you’ll find attached to this article a link to a guide on how to draw a personal 20-year life plan. It’s the exact guide I received in church the first time the message was preached. I want you to download and PRINT a copy for yourself. To say what he said on that day, you are free to make changes to the original document. This is just to guide you on your journey to draw an effective personal 20-year life plan. God bless once again!

 

 

 

Click on the link below to download:

 

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My 2015 Reading Experience

Howdy! I just want to share with you some books and short stories I managed to read (and complete) in the year 2015. Take all the time you need to check out my review on each one of them and determine which one you’d love to read in the coming month or year. Danke!

 

God’s Outrageous Claims: Discover what they mean for you

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GOD’S OUTRAGEOUS CLAIMS is a spiritual classic written by one of New York Times Bestselling Author, Lee Strobel. Lee was a once-upon-a-time avowed atheist who through his journey of investigating the authenticity of the Bible has become one of the finest Christian apologists around. In his book, Lee carefully pulls up thirteen extraordinary claims made by God from the Bible that he believes can affect our lives positively. Using very simple words, Lee describes as well as provides practical insight on how to forgive those who hurt us, survive the rat race without becoming a rat, build strong faith in the face of doubt and 10 other astonishing claims listed as follows:

You Can Even Learn To Forgive Yourself; You Can Make a Difference That Will Last For Eternity; God Can Give You Power as Power Is Needed; You Gain When You Give Yourself Away; God Has a Cure For Your Secret Loneliness; God’s Rules on Sex Can Liberate Us;  Random Acts of Kindness Aren’t Enough; Heaven is More Than Wishful Thinking; Jesus Is the Only Path to God and Playing It Safe Is the Most Dangerous Way to Live.

In the seventh chapter of his book dubbed ‘Random Acts of Kindness Aren’t Enough’, Lee talks about how Jesus invites us to go out on a ‘compassion offensive’ in our quest to express true generosity to others. I fully agree with Lee that living a passive life that tries to offend none isn’t enough. We DON’T lie BECAUSE we don’t want to be lied to, we DON’T hit others BECAUSE we don’t want to be hit back and many others. In the end, we offend none alright but we also end up benefiting none. But if we go the extra mile by applauding a team member, paying a friend’s tuition fees or donating money to an orphanage expecting nothing in return, we bless many precious lives in the process. I was particularly impressed with the fact that Lee supports most of his arguments with ideas from major fields of discipline like Science. He presents you with info from modern research as a means to cancel out any believe-it-because-the-bible-says-so mentality. Also, you find that his book is laced  with several practical lessons as he chooses to use real life circumstances to communicate his thoughts. On a whole, this is a well-written, knowledge-filled, easy-to-read book for believers and non-believers alike who seek to understand properly the benefits that come with obeying the principles of Christian Living.

 

 

The Five Love Languages: The secret to love that lasts

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I have my own reservations when it comes to reading books or articles about ‘LOVE’. Nevertheless, I can say Gary Chapman’s THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES does a pretty good job in identifying one of the key problems that choke several relationships to death: love miscommunication. According to Gary, love is a form of language that requires a great deal of understanding of the emotions and intentions behind that which is being communicated. In his book, Gary enlists these five love languages as gifts, words of affirmation, physical contact, acts of service and quality time. The relationship counsellor explains that we may exhibit a blend of 2 or 3 of these languages but more often than not, we tend to be very dominant in one of them. Click here to find out what your primary love language is (very short survey). Gary said something that has been resonating in my mind ever since I read his book. Each person has a ‘love tank’ that may be empty, half-filled or full to the brim. Your love tank may be empty due to love miscommunication between you and your loved one or when your partner shows no love to you. In the case of miscommunication, a husband whose love language is quality time is bound to have an empty love tank if his wife speaks the language of words of affirmation. His wife may praise and complement him with the best of words but to him, sharing experiences together or some other form of spending quality time is what will fill his love tank. This tells us that it’s very essential for us to know what exactly makes us feel loved as well as what makes our partner feel loved when we enter into a relationship. Once we identify these, we are confident of building a happy, fun-loving intimate bond with loved ones. Let me be quick to say that this book isn’t reserved for couples only. I entreat all singles to read it too and I can bet your relationship with friends, family members and loved ones will improve drastically.

 

 

Integrity: The courage to meet the demands of reality

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This is my first ever read by Dr. Henry cloud and I’ll make sure this isn’t the last time I will be reading any of his works. Cloud’s INTEGRITY gives you an entirely different set of tools in measuring the true potential of a great leader. I support Henry in saying that there’s more to Leadership than just possessing the requisite skills and knowledge to execute a particular task. CHARACTER- the ability to meet the demands of reality– is very essential to make these abilities useful. You can tell if the furniture you bought two days ago will last long by examining the ‘character’ of the material its made from. Does it have the ability to withstand the cold? Heat? Insect attack? That’s how you measure the integrity of the furniture, by measuring  its ability to withstand these inevitable demands of reality. In the same way, a leader’s ability to handle a given situation will depend not only on his/her capabilities but his/her character as well. This is why I agree with Henry’s line of thought that ‘when we are talking about integrity, we are talking about being a whole person, an integrated person, with all of our different parts working well and delivering the functions that they were designed to deliver.‘ Integrity is a big deal! It’s for this reason Henry takes ample time to list and explain six character dimensions needed for a person to become a leader with integrity:

1. Establishing Trust 2. Oriented Toward Truth 3. Getting Results 4. Embracing the Negative 5. Oriented Toward Increase 6. Oriented Toward Transcendence.

I needn’t say much to convince you of the effectiveness of this book. Grab a copy for yourself and explore with Cloud these aforementioned six character dimensions on how to build for yourself a strong character that can meet life’s toughest demands.

 

How Successful People Think: Change your thinking, Change your Life

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John C Maxwell is the author of HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE THINK and other notable books such as The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Make Today Count and a whole lot more. I didn’t really know John until I read that he’s an author, pastor and motivational speaker known for mounting big platforms to speak words of wisdom (Fortune 500 companies, United States Military Academy etc.).With this in mind, I didn’t hesitate at all to add his book to my reading collection. First thing you learn about John Maxwell is the fact that he employs the use of simple language to communicate his thoughts. Secondly, John’s understanding of how successful people think is on a whole different level. I’m not too surprised because of the different shades of people  he comes into contact with in his career. It’s an undeniable fact that every action we take in life is a by-product of what happens at our thought level, as to whether it is well thought out or not. Knowing this, John takes the opportunity to implore his readers to see the importance of setting some time aside to think. Yes, you heard me! You sit your butt down and THINK! It’s necessary we make room on our daily schedule just for thinking purposes (be it creative thinking, possibility thinking, reflective thinking, big-picture thinking etc). Even statistics show that the end result of undertaking poorly thought-out projects is no different from driving around town with a flat-tired vehicle; you don’t get anywhere. Anything and everything we would ever want to achieve in life is first birthed as an idea in our thoughts. Therefore, the technique of right thinking needs to be recognized and given top priority in our lives if we really want to think like a successful people.

 

 

Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a man’s soul

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I won’t say much here because I already reviewed John Eldredge’s book some months ago. I just want to thank a good friend of mine for introducing me to this wonderful write-up. It helped me think outside the box and reexamine my thoughts on who a real man is. Please follow this link to read what I had to say about it.

 

 

Who Moved My Cheese?

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This is my favorite read for the year 2015. How do you respond to change? Do you feel threatened, angry, scared or confused when change occurs in your life? Do you find it hard to accept change? Well folks, this is the book to read! Dr Spencer Johnson is a motivational speaker, management consultant and author of the WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? book which deals basically with CHANGE. Spencer’s wonderfully crafted story which is set in a maze with cheese features four imaginary characters (Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw). The cheese is a metaphor which represents our goals, ambitions, envisaged futures, dreams…what we want in life. The maze represents the place we go to in search of what we want in life. In the story, Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw happily enjoy life in the maze with sweet-smelling cheese by their side until a change occurs: their cheese is moved. Sniff and Scurry, who represent a simplistic version of ourselves, act swiftly in response to the change and head out of their usual spot to newer areas in search of the cheese’s new location. Hem and Haw on the other hand are two little people who spend most of their time in the maze, either blaming themselves or someone/something else for the moved cheese. They represent the sophisticated version of ourselves that overthink unnecessarily when changes occur in relationships, career, health or any other aspect of our lives. This was my take from the story: When we fail to anticipate change and harness the potential that it carries within to accomplish our objectives, it takes hold and runs roughshod over us. The solution then is to develop a permanently proactive approach towards change and focus on making the most of it. In simpler terms, when your cheese moves and you conquer your fears by venturing the unknown to look for it, you stand a high change of finding bigger and better ones. ‘When you make a choice to take a chance, your life is certain to change’- Spencer Johnson

 

 

APOLLO

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‘APOLLO written by the famous Nigerian writer Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie, was my first fiction read by THE NEW YORKER magazine. I honestly don’t know how Chimimanda mesmerizes her readers with a 10-page short fiction but well, yes she’s pretty good at it! Anyway, APOLLO is set in somewhat modern-day Nigeria where an adult called Okenwa visits his aged parents and recounts an incident that occurred during his childhood days. As a child, the only attention Okenwa ever got was from a houseboy named Raphael, as Okenwa’s parents never really had time for their son. Eventually, both Okenwa and Raphael will become the best of friends even to the point of developing a shared interest in Kung fu. As the story unfolds, Raphael and Okenwa will contract what will later become the title of this fiction– Apollo–a contagious eye infection that manifests as reddening of the eye. Now, let me hold my horses here before I assume the work of a spoiler because this is where the story comes alive the more. As I mentioned earlier, it’s a 10-page read that can be completed 15minutes before you watch your favorite TV series. Yes, and I had one major problem with this read: the story ended all too quickly and left me thirsting for more. You know that feeling, right? Yah yah! But all in all, it was a remarkable story to read.

 

KINO

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‘Not allowing yourself to feel, say pain or happiness, leaves you heartless and cold eventually and this would lead to a very unhappy life

 

This was the first review I came across when I wanted to know what Haruki Murakami’s KINO was all about. In the story, Kino catches his wife red-handed cheating on him with his co-worker but…his reaction to the news is just far from reality. He shows no sign of pain, gets up and walks away from the scene. Really? This isn’t any ordinary woman caught practicing marital infidelity but his beloved wife! Apparently, KINO is a clear picture of an African child who has been taught to be “strong” in the name of being a “man”. You could refer him to an emotionless log; he was just indifferent about many things and that’s how most of us live our lives. Kino represents majority of men, and even women, who forcibly lock their emotional selves up in chains and rather live a life of self-deception. We think it’s embarrassingly denuding to admit our feelings and profitable to remain unconcerned about everything. Well, Haruki thinks differently as you learn from the story how Kino comes to realize the real danger associated with living an unconcerned life for a long time. I must admit Kino wasn’t that simple a read to me. The story was a bit weird with some interesting characters. I had to read it about three times to get what the author was trying to say. But at the end of the day, I like what I learnt from KINO:

 

Identify the things in life that have the tendency of destroying you up at the early stages. Find them. Deal with them. Failing to do so can leave you damaged heavily beyond repair.’

 

 

I’m guilty though for reading the following books/short stories halfway:

  • Always Enough by Heidi Baker
  • Is the Bible Intolerant? by Amy Orr-Ewing
  • Good or God?:Why good without God isn’t enough by John Bevere
  • Mere Christianity by C.S Lewis
  • Seven Men by Eric Metaxas
  •  The One-Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
  • The Apologizer by Milan Kundera
  • Sweetness by Toni Morrison

 

Hopefully, I will pick them up again, read and update this post by writing a review on them. Thanks once again for your time. It is very much appreciated. Until we meet here again,

 

We read…

We learn…

We lead!

 

 

 

Jesus is God (#BustingBiblicalMyths)

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First of all let me state this, Jesus never said anywhere in the gospels that he is God. He didn’t. He didn’t have to. Actions they say speak louder than words. The people who often claim that the deity of Jesus is a doctrine Christians later on conferred on Him are of the view that His deity cannot be proven from his own words. They love to call it the ‘red letters of the gospel’: the recorded speeches of Christ in red ink found in the gospels. But is this true? The veracity of the deity of Jesus Christ is the very foundation of Christianity, that is why we even decided to talk about it in this series. Its significance cannot be paralleled by any other reality about Jesus. We will find out shortly whether or not Jesus is God.

The deity of Jesus Christ is a controversial topic especially in inter-religious debates. Mostly because he didn’t state it categorically that he is God but he implied it in so many ways that one cannot help but accept that fact in all honesty. It is even pathetic when some Christians doubt it too. Obviously the reality is a bit absurd. God, became flesh and dwelt amongst men? Well, yes. In Christian doctrine, Jesus is said to be fully man and fully God. Hence people assume that this reality is evident in two of the names used to refer to him in the gospels: Son of man and Son of God. This may appear to be the logical implication of both names, but it isn’t. Anytime Jesus referred to himself as the Son of God, the Jews and Pharisees almost stoned him, because he was making himself equal with God by saying that. People need to get this fact, by calling himself Son of God he wasn’t referring to the same level of sonship to which David, Adam, the angels or we lay claim to. He was expressing equality with God. If it weren’t so, the Pharisees wouldn’t have accused him of being blasphemous. Also, he used to call himself the Son of Man. Don’t get it wrong, he wasn’t referring to his humanity here either. He was simply making reference to the highly exalted Divine personality in Daniel 7. This being that Daniel talks about shares similar attributes with God. Daniel said that He (The Son of Man) has been given an everlasting dominion and that all people, nations and languages should serve him. We see the Son of Man in the very presence of The Ancient of Days in this verse. Ha! This makes a strong case for the trinity too. I dare say this vision Daniel saw is probably one of the pre incarnate appearances of Jesus in the Old Testament. Preincarnate, meaning, he made an appearance before he was birthed into this world finally in the new testament. Guess what, there are so many instances of this in the Old Testament. All I am saying is Son of God and Son of Man both point to the deity of Jesus. He is God.

On several occasions, Jesus used the personal, sacred Old Testament title of God, Yahweh (YHWH), when referring to Himself. Permit me to refer you to the time He incited anger among the Jews after saying ‘Before Abraham, I AM in John 8. YAHWEH, which means ‘I AM’ or ‘He who is’, is the exact name the God of the Old Testament used in His self-revelation to Moses at the burning bush. I want to draw your attention to something really important over here. Jesus wasn’t merely saying He was some god that pre-existed even before Abraham became a clot of blood in his mother’s womb. That would have easily been laughed off. A surge of indignation rushed over the Jews because Jesus actually implied He was The Eternal One, just like the God of the Old Testament they worshiped. According to the Jews, Jesus wasn’t fifty years old yet His statement implied that from ‘once upon a time’ to ‘thy kingdom come’, He is God. As if that isn’t enough, Jesus’ use of YAHWEH (‘I AM’) added more fuel to the fire because it was strongly prohibited to use that name then. The Jews understood the significance of names. They understood it to be something worth more than a random combination of letters. A simple ‘What is your name?’ required information such as the historical background and reputation of the person or thing being queried. This is why the use of God’s sacred name was a big deal to them. According to some Rabbinic teachings, anyone caught using the YAHWEH title was a serious crime offender and had to be put to death. Oh wait, there’s more! While the Jews feared the name of the Lord so strongly, Jesus went ahead and authorized His disciples to cry out Abba Father when praying to God. Abba Father? Who do you think you are to relate to God on such intimate terms? And secondly, what makes you think this kind of relationship is only possible through your permission? I’m pretty sure the Jews were intellectually and emotionally overwhelmed by His remark because they [the Jews] could only go as far as addressing God as ‘The Holy One, blessed he be’. But here is Jesus initiating a new covenantal relationship (a very intimate and personal one)…by His own authority. So for Jesus to press this as far as referring to Himself as YAHWEH or setting new laws on how people could relate to God can only mean one thing: Jesus is equal to God in all nature and essence!

If you think He went too far, wait till you hear Him say that He shares the same glory and honour that is given to God. Code Red Alert! This was purely antagonistic to the Old Testament teachings which emphatically stated that God didn’t franchise His glory. God was the only one to be worshiped according to Jewish culture. Was Jesus increasing the number to two? To them, Jesus was way out of line to not  have considered it robbery to be equal with God by making such an outlandish statement. But the reality of the matter is, Jesus was only corroborating a transcendent truth (John 17:5). Before the mountains were brought forth and the world was formed, Jesus shared (and still shares) a unique glory with His Father that makes Him equally honored with the Father. It then comes as no surprise that Jesus said or did nothing whenever He was worshiped by people. What say do you have when the Father Himself has decreed that His son be worshiped by every creature in Heaven and on Earth? In effect, one’s dealings with Jesus is same as dealing with God: to have knowledge about Jesus is to have knowledge about God, to love/hate Jesus is to love/hate God, to believe/reject Jesus is to believe/reject God etc. In simpler terms, Jesus is claiming to be God just as the Father is God.

What intrigues me is that Jesus never denied, not even once, any of the accusations of He claiming to be God. In a system where equating one’s self to God was punishable by death, we expect Jesus to have said something like ‘Hey folks! Don’t try to get me killed by putting words into my mouth. I never said I’m God!’, if truly He was being misconstrued.  But what do we see every time such allegations were made? He either ignored them or provided proof the more that He is God. Every thinking reader of the Bible cannot escape the fact that scripture confirms without doubt Jesus did make reference to His deity several times. Jesus’ words may not have been as direct as those of us in the 21st century might have expected them to be but Jesus’ original audience got the message very clear. And that is why His opponents were itching so much to end His life for blaspheming under the Jewish legal system–for claiming to be God.

One of the most outstanding events that consolidates the deity of Jesus Christ is his resurrection from death. This is the final capper of the foundation of the gospel. The empty tomb shall forever point to the deity of Christ. If you say he didn’t die, how come the Roman Soldiers couldn’t ransack the whole city in search of his body? Trust me, the disciples had gone into hiding, except John, so they couldn’t have gone to steal his body. Many people believe in the Swoon Hypothesis: a bunch of ideas that assert that Jesus never died but he survived the cross. That isn’t true. According to historical accounts, not many even survived to carry the cross. The beatings Jesus was subjected to killed many others. The whips tore the flesh on the culprit’s belly. Though the criminal had his back turned against the Roman soldier, yet the weight of the spikes at the tip of the whip made it possible for it to all the way to the tummy. The spikes rip open the criminal’s flesh. Many spill their intestines there and die immediately. They don’t make it to the cross. Jesus did. So imagine the state in which he was in even on the cross. The amount of blood loss. The only human contact he had since being take off the cross was 3 days after. He did die. Some say, it is easier to believe that God saved him from death than to believe he was resurrected. It isn’t about which is easy to believe but which matches with the entire counsel of Scripture. Which of the scenarios makes sense so far as God’s purpose for the incarnation of Jesus is concerned? He died. He rose again and was seen of his disciples. When we read the gospels, we aren’t reading some concocted stories. We are reading a historically reliable account documented within the lifetime of eyewitnesses to the event.

Jesus Christ is God. He is the express image of the father in heaven and in him the fullness of God was pleased to dwell. The bible is the last book anybody should try to use to debunk the reality of the deity of Christ. It was prophesied in the Old Testament, materialized in the Gospels and revealed in glory in Revelations.

 

Written by: Elvis Sampson and Elikplim Sabblah

 

References: John 10:30-33, Luke 11:20, Exodus 8:19; Exodus 3:14, Matthew 14:27, John 8:58, Luke 11:1-4, John 14:6, Daniel 7:13 – 15, Matthew 9:6, John 10:18, John 5:20-23 Isaiah 42:8, The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel.  Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Nabeel Qureshi.