The biggest prophecy of all time was the first “official” appearance of God on earth – as Jesus, fully God and fully human. 1 This was predicted throughout the Old Testament: the birth of the baby Messiah, our Lord God – Jesus Christ.
It was utterly astounding – the biggest event in the history of the universe: Creator God Himself came down to earth as a human being. Because He loved us so much, He wanted to free us from His eternal punishment. So He came down, became a man, “God in the flesh”.
His name was Jesus. He was the Christ – the promised one of God, the Messiah. Whatever race, whatever religion, wherever on earth – Jesus came down to redeem you from judgement! – Source: The Christ, Jesus
- Source: Jesus Returns to Earth – Twice in the End Times
Starting with His birth as baby Jesus, born to Mary and Joseph, there are three biblical references to Jesus coming to earth – “in the name of Jesus” (as Christ, the Messiah).
We believe there were other appearances, where God walked the earth, in the Old Testament, what are called “theophanies”, but those were never “in the name of Jesus“.
Theophanies, in the Old Testament, we believe were episodes where Jesus made “in-person” appearances, “incarnations”, or “Christophanies” – often as “The Angel of the Lord”.
To me these “incarnations” show our God as intimately involved in His creation. He most certainly did not big bang us into existence and flit away to other imaginings of His. No. He meticulously planned it all, ingeniously created us with great care — and is personally engaged. He went as far as to die on our behalf.
With these Old Testament appearances on earth, however, God did not appear in the name of Jesus. Big difference. For more:
2. Also, at Crosswalk: 10 Times Jesus Showed Up in the Old Testament and What They Reveal, by Jennifer Slattery. See her blog: JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com.
The death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth
The mystery of salvation was finally revealed through the God-man Jesus Christ during His 33 years on earth. Jesus Christ fulfilled the Judaic sacrificial system, making of Himself the ultimate “once for all” sacrifice for all sin (Hebrews 9:verses 23-28).
It was the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, the baby born in a manger, of Mary, “fathered” by God the Holy Spirit – that was the culminating act of God to bring salvation to all who would believe and follow Him. Read Hebrews 9 and 1 Peter 1.
“…He commands all people everywhere
[that is, to change their old way of thinking,
to regret their past sins, and
to seek God’s purpose for their lives],
31 because He has set a day
when He will judge the inhabited world
by a Man whom He has appointed
and destined for that task, and
He has provided credible proof
by raising Him from the dead.”
– Acts 17:30-31 AMP version
God unveils His truths little by little, at the proper time.