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Jul 26

The Miraculous Impact of Christ on the World Part I

How the miracle of Jesus changed the world.

The miraculous birth of Christ was to a lowly couple in a lowly stable.  No pomp and circumstance, no trumpets, no proclamations.  Yet his birth had enormous political impact and struck fear in the heart of the local leadership of occupied Israel.  The Roman appointed ruler, Herod, so concerned over this seemingly insignificant birth, sent out his soldiers to kill all Jewish children under 2 years old lest the rumored “king of the Jews” ever breathed long on this earth.

Born of a virgin, announced and affirmed by angels from heaven, Jesus was born to a common Jewish family.  Jesus earthly parents were supernaturally warned to flee to the safety of the unlikely place of Egypt.  Returning to Nazareth, Jesus grew in wisdom and stature in the eyes of those around Him.  At 12 he confounded the religious leaders of his day with words of wisdom beyond any normal mortal mental capacity.

At 30 Jesus began His ministry God had appointed Him to fulfill.  He healed multiple thousands upon thousands of every imaginable disease.  He cast out demons and legions of demons from any man that he desired to confront.  He did the unimaginable miracle of raising the dead from the grave.  He did the ultimate of miracles, He raised Lazrus from the dead after he had been dead long enough to deteriorate and stink.

Another overlooked miracle of Jesus was the perfect words that He uttered.  The unsurpassed beauty of the beatitudes in the sermon on the mount, the countless answers and comforting words.  The many times He answered questions before they were even asked.  The teachings of truth concerning God His Father.  The self proclamation that He and His Father were one and the same.  The astounding declarations of His sinless perfection, His diety, while still in human flesh.  The starling revelation of His existence before the foundation of the world.  The power of his words in the garden that caused the soldiers to fall backwards to the ground.

Of course the greatest miracle was His death on the cross.  The earthquake, the darkness in the middle of the day, the supernatural tearing of the temple veil.  The exposing of the holy of holies signifying that Jesus’ sacrifice was finally a sacrifice that fulfilled all previous sacrifices.  It was truly finished.  Sins debt was paid and found acceptable by God the Father.  Through the sacrifice of Christ we can now have a restored relationship with our creator God.

The miracle of Jesus’ resurrection is unrefutable to this day.  Jesus was seen alive after His death by over 500 witnesses.  Jesus’ impact was so profound on the world that even our western calendar centers on the life of Christ.  The miraculous impact of Jesus upon the world is seen in the millions upon millions of belivers, men, women, and children who have died horrible and torturous deaths rather than deny Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

Jesus, the impact will continue as His remnant followers never cease to exist.  They grew in vast numbers the more they were persecuted and maryred.  No other faith will die for their Lord.  Islam makes others die for their religion and kill themselves for their beliefes.  Their suicidal tendencies are motivated by their hate for others,  On the other hand, Christians are involuntarily murdered for what they believe yet continually express their love for their enemies and persecutors.  They die at the murderous hands of those who hate them.

The Miraculous impact of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ is the focal point of all history and religion.  It is copied, twisted, reconstituted into numerous cultic, paganistic, and humanistic beliefs system.  Christ and Him crucified will be the central focus at the end of time.  He will be the central focus as judge in the great tribulation.  He will be the central focus when He returns in glory and splendor at His second coming.  Jesus will be the central focal point of all eternity in heaven as we worship and praise Him for His glorious sacrifice for our sin that made us righteous and able dwell with God for eternity as His forgiven and glorified Son.