Gratitude to God

Our gratitude to God comes because of what He has done, and continues to do through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. The Son of God died for our sins and was raised through the power of the Holy Spirit. Enabling us to be born again, this same Spirit of God dwells within believers (see John 3:3-6, Romans 8:9-11 and Acts 11:16). The Spirit enables us to live the new life as God’s children for eternity in accordance with His commandments. This new life elicits an attitude of gratitude in us who are enjoying the benefits of what God has done, and is doing to build us up into the image of His Son.
An attitude of gratitude can take believers up to an altitude far over and above whatever may be trying to hold us down, or drag us backwards. Underscored by faith in God, this attitude and altitude promotes a mindset of acknowledging, worshiping and praising the Lord regardless of our current situations. It’s a perspective, an outlook that is driven and reinforced by God’s love evident in our lives, with clear changes and improvements in us. We do have great testimonies, much to thank God for – praise the Lord! What a great blessing and privilege to have experiences to thank God for! May the name of the Lord be exalted forever – amen!’
– Quoted from “Benefits in God” Chapter 21 titled “Praise Power: Praising God to Prevail”


Jesus Christ – Lord and Savior of the World

Jesus of Nazareth—he is the Christ, the “Anointed One,” or the “Messiah.” The name “Jesus” is derived from the Hebrew-Aramaic word “Yeshua,” meaning “Yahweh [the Lord] is salvation.” The name “Christ” is actually a title for Jesus. It comes from the Greek word “Christos,” meaning “the Anointed One,” or “Messiah” in Hebrew.
Jesus is the central figure in Christianity. His life, message, and ministry are chronicled in the four Gospels of the New Testament.
Most Bible scholars agree that Jesus was a Jewish teacher from Galilee who performed many miracles of healing and deliverance. He called 12 Jewish men to follow him, working closely with them to train and prepare them to carry on the ministry.
Jesus Christ was crucified in Jerusalem by order of Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor, for claiming to be the King of the Jews. He resurrected three days after his death, appeared to his disciples, and then ascended into heaven.
His life and death provided the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world. Man was separated from God through Adam’s sin, but reconciled back to God through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice. He will claim his Bride, the church, and later return at his Second Coming to judge the world and establish his eternal kingdom, thus fulfilling messianic prophecy.
Jesus Christ’s accomplishments are too numerous to list. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin.
He lived a sinless life. He turned water into wine, healed many sick, blind and lame people, he forgave sins, he multiplied fish and loaves of bread to feed thousands on more than one occasion, he delivered the demon possessed, he walked on water, he calmed the stormy sea, he raised children and adults from death to life.
He laid down his life and was crucified. He descended into hell and took the keys of death and hell. He resurrected from the dead. Jesus Christ paid for the sins of the world and purchased the pardon of men. He restored man’s fellowship with God, opening the way to eternal life. These are just a few of his extraordinary accomplishments.
Though difficult to understand, the Bible teaches and Christians believe that Jesus is God, or Immanuel, “God with us.” Jesus Christ has always existed and has always been God (John 8:58 and 10:30).
For more information about Christ’s divinity, visit this study of the doctrine of the trinity.
Also difficult to understand, yet the Bible teaches and most Christians believe, Jesus Christ was not only fully God, but fully man. He became a human being so that he could identify with our weaknesses and struggles, and most importantly so that he could give his life to pay the penalty for our sins (John 1:1,14; Hebrews 2:17; Philippians 2:5-11).
Life Lessons
Once again, the lessons from Jesus Christ’s life are too numerous to list.
Love for mankind, sacrifice, humility, purity, servanthood, obedience and devotion to God are some of the most important lessons that his life exemplified.
Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea and grew up in Nazareth in Galilee.
Referenced in the Bible
Jesus is mentioned more than 1200 times in the New Testament. His life, message and ministry are recorded in the four Gospels of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Jesus’ earthly father, Joseph, was a carpenter, or skilled craftsman by trade. Most likely, Jesus worked alongside his father Joseph as a carpenter. In the book of Mark, chapter 6, verse 3, Jesus is referred to as a carpenter.
Family Tree
Heavenly Father – God the Father
Earthly Father – Joseph
Mother – Mary
Brothers – James, Joseph, Judas and Simon (Mark 3:31 and 6:3; Matthew 12:46 and 13:55; Luke 8:19)
Sisters – Not named but mentioned in Matthew 13:55-56 and Mark 6:3.
The Genealogy of Jesus: Matthew 1:1-17; Luke 3:23-37.