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April 21, 2013


Unshaken—The Christ

For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind, and to the blast of a trumpet and the sound of words which sound was such that those who heard begged that no further word be spoken to them … And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, “I AM FULL OF FEAR and trembling.” But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood … See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven. And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN.” This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:18-29)

The world, and everything in it, is shaking. Something that shakes is something that is unstable. Something that shakes is something that will not stand. The above text from the letter to the Hebrews points out that the things which shake are the things that are “created.” These are the things of the physical realm—they are temporary.

God is certainly not temporary. He is unshaken (see The Admonisher, April 7, 2013). Since God is unshaken, what He says is, also. The Bible, His word and His plan, is unshaken in a shaking world (see The Admonisher, April 14, 2013). As the above text from Hebrews shows, God, in His word and plan, declared a kingdom that cannot be shaken. The kingdom requires the Anointed One, the Christ. The King and Savior cannot be shaken, either. Jesus, the Christ, is unshaken in a shaking world.

Jesus is the Christ, meaning, “the anointed” [Messiah is the equivalent Hebrews term]

“The woman said to Him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I who speak to you am He.’” (John 4:25-26; compare also Mark 14:61-62)

He was called “the Christ” (Matthew 1:16; 27:17,22; Luke 2:11,26; John 1:41; Mark 8:29).

He was proclaimed as “the Christ” (John 7:41; Acts 2:36; 5:42; 8:5,12; 17:2-3; 18:5,28; 1Corinthians 1:23; 15:1-4; compare also Philippians 1:15-18).

He was believed on as “the Christ” (John 17:26; 11:27; 20:31; Acts 11:17; 16:31; 19:4; 1John 5:1; compare also 1John 2:22).

Jesus is the Son of God

“And they all said, ‘Are You the Son of God, then?’ And He said to them, ‘Yes, I am.’” (Luke 22:70)

He was acknowledged as “the Son of God” (Mark 1:1; Luke 1:31‑35; John 1:49; 20:28; Matthew 14:33; 16:16; 27:54; 4:3; Mark 3:11; John 5:17-18; 10:30-38).

He was proclaimed as “the Son of God” (Matthew 3:17; 17:5; John 1:34; Acts 9:20; Romans 1:4; 2Corinthians 1:19; Hebrews 1:1-2,5; 4:14; 1John 5:9).

He was believed on as “the Son of God” (John 3:16,18; 6:69; 9:35‑38; 11:27; 20:31; Acts 8:37; 1Corinthians 1:9; Galatians 2:20; 1John 1:3; 3:23; 4:9-10,15; 5:5,10-13,20).

Jesus is the Savior of the world

“We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.” (1John 4:14)

He was called “a savior” (Luke 2:11; John 4:42; Acts 5:31; 13:23; Philippians 3:20; 2Timothy 1:10; Titus 1:4; 2:13; 3:6; 2Peter 1:11; 2:20; 3:2,18).

He came “to save the world” (Matthew 1:21; John 1:29; 3:17; 12:47; Luke 19:10; 1Timothy 1:15).

He is the only Savior of the world (Acts 4:12; John. 14:6; 1Timothy 2:3-6; Hebrews 7:25; compare also John 3:16; Titus 3:5; Acts 15:11; 10:43; Mark 16:15-16).

Jesus is King of kings

“These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” (Revelation 17:14; 19:16)

He was prophesied as king (Psalm 2:6-7; Isaiah 9:6-7; 16:5; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Daniel 7:13-14; Zechariah 6:12-13; 9:9-10; 14:9).

He was proclaimed as King (Luke 1:31-33; 19:38; 23:2; John 12:12‑15; 18:37; 19:12-22; Acts 17:7).

He now reigns as King (Acts 2:29-36; Romans 1:4; 1Corinthians 15:20‑25; 1Timothy 1:15-17; Revelation 11:15).

Jesus, the Christ, remains unshaken (Hebrews 13:8; compare also Hebrews 1:12; 2Corinthians 1:19). Those things shaken are removed, those things not shaken remain (Hebrews 12:27). We can have a hope “both sure and stedfast” (Hebrews 6:17-20) since we have a king, priest, and savior in Jesus, the Christ. Do we hear and obey the voice of the unshaken King? “Therefore Pilate said to Him, ‘So You are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.’” (John 18:37).

—S. Scott Richardson Sr.

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