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Introducing Christ

By James Pender
(From ‘Counsel Magazine’ May - June 2000)

How the Lord Jesus Christ was introduced at different times and in various circumstances is most significant. By examining this we discover how we in our day can act as channels to introduce Christ to those around us. The world desperately needs our Saviour and every believer needs to learn how best we can present Him to the lost.


God is the Architect of human history. He uses “the powers that be” to carry out His divine plans. We see this principle at work time and again in Scripture. For example in Ezra 1:1, "Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fullfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus, king of Persia, that he made a proclamation...” The actual movement of the people of God from Babylon to Jerusalem was activated by the proclamation of a Gentile king.
In Acts 18:1-2 we read, "Paul.. found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome)..." The meeting of Paul and Aquila was the result of the commandment of Caesar, under the direction of God.
This same principle is seen at work in the incarnation: "And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed" (Lk. 2:1). At first, this might seem to be irrelevant to the fulfillment of prophecy, but that decree resulted in the movement of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem in order that Christ might be born exactly where the prophet Micah had said.
Both Christ’s coming into the world and His leaving were divinely appointed. Those who plotted to kill Him said, "Not on the feast day." But God had said of the Passover lamb, a figure of Christ, that the lamb had to be taken on the tenth day of the first month, be kept for four days, and be killed on the fourteenth day of the month. So the Lord was crucified on that very day of the month. That was when His enemies had agreed not to kill Him (Mt. 26:5).
The believer today can recognise and take advantage of the world’s declarations and decisions yet seek to introduce Christ as the fulfillment of divine prophecy.


The first thirty years of the Lord’s life are shrouded in obscurity. We know very little about those years. However the time came when, in accordance with the purposes of God, Christ should be brought into public service. John the Baptist was the chosen instrument to bring Christ into view.
Isaiah 40 predicted that the coming of Christ would reverse the whole order of things. This will take place literally during the Millennium (Zech. 14). It is true now of all who are identified with Him. His coming into the personal life, the home, or the company, reverses the whole order of things.
John, having prepared the way and having testified to the greatness for the Lord’s public manifestation, of His Person, was eventually replaced, and the Lord Himself takes the place of public testimony.
The change of lifestyle when a sinner is saved, and its difference from the worldling, is a witness to the reality of the Lord and His work in the life. This gives power to our public testimony as to who and what He is and what He does to put away sin.


At the baptism of the Lord, the Father expressed His pleasure in His Son. God, having spoken in times past to the fathers by the prophets, was now about to speak to them in His Son (Heb. 1:1). The fullness of the time had come (Gal. 4:4).
God spoke to His Son before His Son spoke to others. God always speaks to His servants before He speaks through them. So the heavens were opened, and God spoke to His Son. In our case, as His servants, God’s approval and the consciousness that we are pleasing to Him is necessary before we engage in public service. We must have private dealings with God before we engage in public service. God never rushes His servants into His service.
The believer’s personal delight and pleasure in the Lord Jesus gives a witness to the reality of His mighty ministry as the only Saviour, the only One who is the eternal delight of the Father.


The ministry of the Holy Spirit in introducing Christ is seen in Luke 3:22 and 4:18. The Lord refers to this experience as His anointing for service. Public service for God begins when one is sent by the Holy Spirit. We see this in Acts 13:4 in connection with Paul and Barnabas when we read, "So they being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed...
Christ was always full of the Spirit (never “filled”). Now He is anointed by the Spirit in view of His service. We see the Trinity involved. The Father speaks from heaven, the Holy Spirit descends in the form of a dove, and the Son is baptised.
The believer today can introduce the Saviour to the lost all around. This is He who was anointed by the Spirit to preach the gospel to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, and to set at liberty them that are bruised. God cares!


The anointed preacher of the synagogue in Nazareth has now become the Minister of the Sanctuary in the heavens (Heb. 4). The sphere of His service has changed; the spirit of it never changes. The service changes but the Person remains the same.
The sanctuary is where He ministers in heaven itself-the place where the majesty and glory of God are displayed. "He hath looked down from the height of His sanctuary; from heaven did the Lord behold the earth" (Ps. 102:19). A view from the sanctuary gives a true perspective on all that is going on in the world. Asaph learned this in Psalm 73, "...Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end."
The writer to the Hebrews tells us about the kind of minister Christ is. "Such an High Priest became us..." (Heb. 7:26). We are told where He ministers -in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle (Heb. 8:2). We are told what He ministers-the new covenant (Heb. 8:8). Then we are told the quality of His ministry-it is "more excellent..." (Heb. 8:6).
The New Testament believer can introduce the Saviour as the better and the only acceptable way into the presence of God-a better sacrifice for dealing with sins and a mighty Deliverer from the burden of man's religions and their weary ways of endless and hopeless religious endeavours.

By James Pender
(From ‘Counsel Magazine’ May - June 2000 Used by Permission)

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