Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Who Is Jesus?

Happy Birthday Jesus! This Christmas morning I awoke with the desire to list the names of Jesus as a I reminder of who He is to me and to the world!

He is our Advocate (1 John 2:1)
He is the Almighty (Revelation 1:8) – the all powerful, ruler of all
He is the Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1:8,17, 2:8, 21:6, 22:13)
He is the Anointed One (John 1:41 & 4:25)
He is the Author and Finisher of our Faith(Hebrews 12:2)
He is Author of Eternal Salvation(Hebrews 5:9)

He is the Only Begotten Son (John 1:14,18)
He is the Beloved Son (Matthew 12:18)
He is The Bridegroom (Mark 2:19-20; Matthew 9:15; Luke 5:34-35; John 3:29)
He is the Branch(Isaiah 4:2)
He is the Bread of life(John 6:32) ---Satisfies, strengthens and sustains.

He is the Capstone (Acts 4:11; 1 Pet. 2:7)
He is Christ, the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16, Luke 9:20, John 1:41)
He is Consolation of Israel (Luke 2:25)
He is the Corner-stone (Psalm 118:22, Isaiah 28:16, Zechariah 10:4, Ephesians 2:20, 1 Peter 2:6)
He is our Counselor (Isaiah 9:6)-- instructs, stands besides us.
He is our Creator (John 1: 1:3, Colossians 1:16-17)

He is Dayspring or Rising Sun (Luke 1:78)
He is our Deliverer (Romans 11:26)
He is the Desire of the Nations (Haggai 2:7)
He is the Door, the Door of the Sheep (John 10:7,9)
He is El Shaddai --God Almighty (Genesis 17:1)
He is Emmanuel/Immanuel, God with us (Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:22-23)
He is Eternal Life (1 John 1:2; 5:20)
He is the Everlasting (Eternal) Father (Isaiah 9:6) -- Always exists

He is a Father to The Fatherless (Psalm 68:5)
He is the Faithful witness (Rev: 3:14)
He is our Firm Foundation (1 Corinthians 3:11)
He is the Firstborn over all Creation (Colossians 1:15)
He is the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth (Rev. 1:5)
He is the Forerunner (Hebrews 6:20)
He is Friend (John 15:15)

He is the Gate (John 10:9)
He is God (John 1:1-3, 20:28, Colossians 1:15-17, Titus 2:13, Isaiah 40:3)
He is God and Lord (Jn.20:28).
He is God Blessed forever(Romans 9:5)
He is God's glory (Hebrews 1:3)
He is God manifest in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16)
He is God, the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation (Col 1:15)
He is the Good shepherd (John 10:11)
He is the Governor (Matthew 2:6)
He is the Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13)
He is the Great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14)
He is the Great I Am (Exodus 3:14)
He is the Great Physician (Matthew 2:16-17)

He is the Head of the Church (Ephesians 1:22)
He is our Healer (Matthew 8)
He is the Heir of All things (Hebrews 1:2)
He is High Priest Forever (Heb.6:20)
He is the Holy Child Jesus, or Holy Servant Jesus (Acts 4:27)
He is the Holy One (Acts 3:14)
He is the Holy One of God (Mark 1:24)
He is the Holy One of Israel, your Redeemer (Isaiah 41:14)
He is our Hope (1 Tim 1:1)
He is the Hope of Glory (Colossians 1:27)
He is the Horn of Salvation (Luke 1:69)
He is our Husband (2 Cor. 11:2)

He is the I Am (John 8:58)
He is the Image of God(2 Corinthians 4:4)

He is Jehovah (John 6:35, 8:12, 8:58, 10:9, 10:11, 11:25, 14:16, 15:1, 18:5,6)
He is the Judge of the living and the dead (Acts 10:42)
He is The Just One (Acts 7:52)

He is King (Zechariah 9:9, Matthew 21:4, John 18: 36)
He is King of Ages (1 Timothy 1:17)
He is the King of Glory (Psalm 24:10)
He is King of Israel (Matt 27:42; Mark 15:32; John 1:49; 12:13)
He is King of the Jews (Matthew 2:2)
He is King of kings (Revelation 19:16, 1 Timothy 6:15)
He is the King of Saints (Revelation 15:3)

He is the Lamb of God (John 1:29,36)
He is the Leader and Commander of the people (Isaiah 55:4)
He is The Life(John 14:6)
He is the Light of the World (John 8:1)
He is the Living One (Rev. 1:18)
He is the Living Stone (1 Peter 2:4)
He is Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the root of David (Rev 5:5)
He is the Logos/Word(John 1:1)
He is Lord -- Master and Lord: (John13:13)
He is Lord and God (Jn.20:28)
He is Lord of All (Acts 10:36)
He is Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16, 1 Timothy 6:15)
He is the Lord of Glory (1 Corinthians 2:8)
He is the Lord of Peace (2 Thess. 3:16)
He is the Lord of the Sabbath (Luke 6:5)
He is Lord of Our Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6)

He is Man of Sorrows(Isaiah 53:3)
He is Master and Lord (John13:13)
He is Mediator of the New Covenant (Heb. 9:15)
He is the Messenger of the covenant (Malachi 3:1)
He is Messiah (Daniel 9:25, John 1:41,4:25, Matthew 16:16, Luke 9:20)
He is our Mighty Fortress (Psalm 31:3)
He is Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6)
He is the Mighty One(Isaiah 60:16)
He is the Morning Star(Revelation 22:16)

He is Our Passover (1 Corinthians 5:7, Exodus 12)
He is the Potentate (1 Timothy 6:15) -- High officer, great authority, mighty
He is the Power of God (1 Cor. 1:24)
He is our Precious Cornerstone (1 Peter 2:6)
He is Prince of Life (Acts 3:15)
He is the Prince of kings (Revelation 1:5)
He is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)
He is the Prophet (Luke 24:19, Acts 3:22)
He is our Protection (2 Thess. 3:3)

He is Rabbi (Teacher/Master (John 1:38, 3:2)
He is our Redeemer (Job 19:25)
He is our Refuge (Isa. 25:4, Psalm 62:7)
He is the Resurrection and life (John 11:25)
He is the Righteous Branch (Jeremiah 23:5)
He is the Righteous One (2 Timothy 4:8)
He is the Rock (1 Corinthians 10:4)
He is the Rock of My Salvation (2 Samuel 22:47)
He is the Root of David (Revelation 22:16)
He is the Rose of Sharon (Song of Songs 2:1)
He is Ruler of God’s Creation (Rev. 3:14)

He is our Savior (Luke 1:69, 2:11, John 3:17, Titus 3:6)
He is the Servant (Mark 10:45, Acts 3:13, Mark 9:35; 10:42-45, John 13:1-20, Acts 3:13-26)
He is our Shield (Psalm 84:9)
He is Son of David (Luke 18:39)
He is Son of God (John 1:49, Heb. 4:14)
He is Son of Man (Matthew 8:20)
He is Son of The Most High God (Luke 1:32)
He is the Suffering Servant (Isaiah 42:1-4, 49:1-6; 50:4-9, 52:13 to 53:12)
He is our Strength (Isaiah 25:4)
He is the Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4:2)

He is Teacher (John 1:38, 3:2)
He is the True Light (John 1:9)
He is the True Vine (John 15:1)
He is the Truth (John 1:14, 14:6)

He is the Way (John 14:6)
He is the Wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24)
He is Wonderful (Isaiah 9:6)
He is the Word (John 1:1)
He is the Word of God (Rev. 19:13)

He is Yahweh(John 6:35, 8:12, 8:58, 10:9, 10:11, 11:25, 14:16, 15:1, 18:5,6)

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Remembering My 'Surrogate Grandmother'

Today I attended the funeral of one who holds a special place in my heart. Her funeral was truly a celebration of her life. I had opportunity to share a brief memoir of what I remembered of my beloved Auntie Thora who died at 89 years old this past Tuesday December 5th. Having not had the opportunity to experience the blessings of grandparents since they all died either before I was born or a few years after my birth, God brought into our lives a long time friend of my mum's who was not only a follower of Jesus Christ but whose life was a reflector of God's love by the various ways she touched so many hearts in so many ways. She inspires me to not grow weary in doing good for at the proper time I will reap a harvest if I do not give up. Galatians 6:9. Here are my thoughts:

This past Wednesday morning my Mum called me at work to let me know that A. Thora had passed away, I asked myself the question how would I remember A. Tho and at that very moment the Lord brought to my mind the verses from 2 Timothy 4:7-8: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, will award to me on that day.' A. Tho indeed fought the good fight, and finished the race with such grace and dignity and kept the faith. Being a caregiver to Uncle Don for so many years, she modeled what it meant to ‘love in sickness and in health’ by loving sacrificially and selflessly. She demonstrated such kindness, gentleness, diligence and perseverance despite the daily challenges and though she may have been small in stature, her strength was larger than life because her strength came from the Lord.

Auntie Tho always displayed such calmness and contentment. It was obvious that God’s peace was evident in her life and I think it’s because she knew how to cast her cares on the Lord. I don’t think I ever heard her complain about anything. She had the faith to believe that He would be her refuge and Her mighty fortress during difficult times and she had the faith to believe that He would sustain her and give her all she needed, one day at a time for His joy reigned in her heart.

My sister Suelyn commented that her fondest memory of A. Tho was spending Sundays with her in Guyana where she made the first green and white lace dress for the only doll Suelyn ever had as a child. Time together with her was magical and went quickly and she always had the best of snacks and could always capture our attention. A. Tho and U. Don may have had no physical children but God indeed blessed them with many spiritual children and grandchildren. They were and are the spiritual parents and grandparents to many for they knew and understood what it meant to invest in the next generation. They had the ability to talk to anyone regardless of how old or how young that person is/was. And to all who came to her, A. Tho knew how to give advice without judgment, how to listen with compassion and how to counsel with words of wisdom just like her Savior.

To my mum who knew her since she was 16, A. Tho was her mentor and her surrogate mother as she lost her mother when she was a teenager. I am sure there are many here who would say the same. She was never too busy for anyone and welcomed all with such warmth and love.

When I think of A. Tho, she exemplifies for me the servant heart of our Lord Jesus Christ. She served quietly, with such humility for she was never one to seek the limelight or draw attention to herself, she simply sought to encourage and lift others up. I feel deeply blessed to have known her and as my little niece Jacquelyn said ‘we will remember A. Tho in our hearts’. Today, I think we will all agree that there are many people who cross our paths but there are very few who leave a mark/impact on our lives. A. Tho was such a person. Her friendship will forever be remembered as a precious gift from God. She is an example of a life well lived for the glory of God and as she now receives her heavenly reward, I can here the Lord say to her ‘well done, good and faithful servant.’Amen