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WHO IS CHRIST? Every year Christians all over the world celebrate a memory dear to them, which is the birth of our Lord Essah the Messiah, so would you please answer my question? Christ was not merely an ordinary person like others, but He was the Holy One sent from God, whom God promised to send long ago. He is the Word of God made human, and a spirit from Him, and the Lord Christ is considered a unique character in the history of mankind. He is the Word who was made human, and the prophets of the Old Testament of the Bible prophesied of Him hundreds of years before His coming into the world. He was conceived in a miraculous way, and as born of a virtuous and pure virgin, in a way in which nobody else was born. He is, according, to the teachings of the Holy Bible, God incarnate, the Master, the Savior and the Redeemer. Prophecies about Him hundreds of years before His birth. The Holy Bible informs us that since man fell into sin, and rebellion against God's will, God promised to send a savior to save the human race from the curse of sin. Before the birth of Christ some of the Old Testament prophets prophesied about Him, and their prophecies contained many details, such as His birth of a virgin, the place of His birth. His characteristics, His ministry and His death, and finally His victory over death. The Old Testament of the Holy Bible includes numerous prophecies about Christ, a total of 332 prophecies which were all fulfilled in Him. The prophet Isaiah, for example, prophesied that Christ would be a wonderful child, that God would place the government on His shoulders, and that he would be God and Prince of Peace. Thus he says, "For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. And the government will rest on his shoulders. These will be his royal titles; Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6). There is also another prophecy of Isaiah which states that Christ will be God made human, and that God will be born of a virgin. Thus he says, "The Lord himself will choose the sign. Look!! The virgin will conceive a child!! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel, "God is with us". (that is, that God will be present with the people, all the people, in flesh and blood). (Isaiah 7:14). As for the prophet Micah, his prophecy states that Christ will rule God's people, and that He will be born in Bethlehem. Thus he says, "But you,

Followers Bethlehem Ephrathat, are only a small village in Judah. Yet a ruler of Isaiah will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past." (Micah 5:2) How did His conception come about? When it was due time for the birth of Jesus, God chose a virtuous, pure virgin from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, named Mary, and His sent her His angel Gabriel to bring her the good news. He revealed to her His will, that she would conceive and give birth to a son, and that he would save his people from their sins. So the angel appeared to Mary and said to her, "Greetings, favored woman!! The Lord is with you! Blessed are you among women." (Luke 1:28). When Mary heard these words she was troubled. and wondered what this greeting could be. So the angel continued his announcement, saying, "Don't be frightened, Mary, for God has decided to bless you! You will become pregnant and have a son, and you are to name him Jesus . He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give him the throne of ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever, his Kingdom will never end!". (Luke 1:30-33). But Mary was troubled and afraid when she heard that she would conceive while she was still only engaged to Joseph, so she asked the angel how this could be when she did not intimately know a man. The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit (God's Spirit) will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby bo rn to you will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35). Here, the angel confirmed for the second time that the baby born to her would be called the Son of God. After Mary accepted the angel's news, that she would conceive and give birth to a son according to God's desire and will, her doubts vanished, and the surrendered to His will, declaring, "Oh, how I praise the Lord. How I rejoice in God my Savior. For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and now generation after generation will call me blessed. For he, the Mighty One, is holy, and he has done great things for me. His mercy goes on from generation to generation, to all who fear him." (Luke 1:46-50). How did His birth take place? Before Mary gave birth to Christ whom she conceived by the Spirit of God, a decree was issued by the Roman Emperor, Augustus, too the citizens of the Roman Empire that they should be registered for the purpose of a census, everyone in the city of his ancestors. So Joseph took with him Mary, his fiance, to Bethlehem to be registered, because they were both descendants of v. That Bethlehem was Bethlehem Ephrathat, which means "house of bread", and it is about six miles south of Jerusalem, and was known at that time by the name "Bethlehem of Judah". When they arrived in Bethlehem, Joseph tried to find a place to shelter them, but he could not, because the small town of Bethlehem was crowded with people who had come from different parts of Herold's kingdom in order to be registered. When they failed to find a place, they were obliged to lodge in a miserable place devoted to keeping cattle. And while they were there, the time came for the Virgin to give birth, and she gave birth to Jesus, and "wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn." (Luke 2:7). The birth of Christ was a fulfillment of Micah's prophecy which said, "Followers Bethlehem of Judah, you are not just a lowly village in Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd of my people Israel." (Matthew 2:6). Thus, in very simple words, Luke the evangelist recorded the greatest birth in human His history, because the history of the world

centers around that birth. He was not like other children. The Lord Christ, known by all beloved Muslims by the name of Essah son of Maryam, was no ordinary child, like other children, because we know that every child springs from a human father and mother. But Jesus is the only one in the history of the whole world who came without a father, but through the Holy Spirit of God. The Holy Bible tells about the birth of Christ as follows: "Now this is how Jesus the Messiah was born, His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit, Joseph, her fiance, being a just man, decided to break the engagement quietly, so as not to disgrace her publicly." As he considered this, he fell asleep, and an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. "Joseph, son of David," the angel said, "do not be afraid to go ahead with your marriage to Mary. For the child within her has been conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you to name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." (Matthew 1:18-21). Thus the Virgin conceived Christ. And in due time she gave birth in the town of Bethlehem. Why in Bethlehem and not elsewhere? Neither the Virgin nor her fiance intended to go to Bethlehem especially in order that Christ should be born there, but it seems that it was arranged by God that Christ would be born in the town of Bethlehem. And God had declared that intention in the Old Testament prophecies of the Holy Bible, hundreds of years before the birth of Christ. The prophecy says, "But you, Followers Bethlehem Ephrathat, are only a small village in Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distance past." (Micah 5:2). Matthew the evangelist refers to that prophecy in his gospel, saying. "Followers Bethlehem of Judah, you are not just a lowly village in Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel." (Matthew 2:6). Joseph and Mary did not know beforehand that Christ would be born in Bethlehem. Their going to Bethlehem was for the purpose of a census. Concerning this, the Holy Bible says, "At that time the Roman Emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. All returned to their own towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David's ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiance, who was obviously pregnant by this time. "And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn." (Luke 2:1, 3-7). Thus, Christ was born in a simple, humble manger, and the prophecy was fulfilled according to God's will, and the Ruler came too whom the prophecies referred, and he is Christ the Savior. What is the reason behind His birth in that humble place? We know that the birth of Christ in the town of Bethlehem was a fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies. Surely the birth of Christ in a humble manger was planned by God. But according to our human understanding Joseph, Mary's fiance, was a poor man, and he could not find a place to lodge with the Virgin at that time, due to the large number of people who had come to Bethlehem for the census. There is no doubt that in Christ's birth in a poor manger there is a great lesson for us, and a great example to be followed, in humility. It was

possible for Christ to be born like the sons of kings and the children of the great, but the divine will desired that He who calls for peace, love and humility should be an example of peace, love and humility. Concerning this, the Holy Bible says, "You know how full of love and kindness our Lord Jesus Christ was. Though he was very rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich." (2 Corinthians 8:9). The gifts and their significance The Holy Bible states the following about the wise men. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the day of Herod the King, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem to worship Him, referring to Him as the Heavenly King who will reign over us. Then they followed a heavenly star, which guided them to the place where Christ was. So they entered the house and saw Jesus with His mother, and they fell down before Him and worshipped Him. then they opened their treasures, and offered Him their gifts. The gifts which they offered were gold, frankincense and myrrh. They offered their gifts to Jesus because, according to popular tradition at that time, no one should greet a king unless he was bearing suitable gifts (1 Kings 10:2 and Psalm 72:11). And since Christ was a divine king, the wise men therefore offered him gifts which were suitable for Him as they worshipped Him. The gifts of the wise men to Christ were gold, frankincense and myrrh, Jesus and these gifts symbolize the following: Gold symbolizes Christ the King. Frankincense symbolizes worshipping Christ, and also speaks of Christ's priesthood. Myrrh refers to Christ the prophet, and His agony, and His death on the cross, redeeming the human race. And so Christ came into the world as a miracle, and His coming was for the salvation of the human race. His message was a message of love and forgiveness, and this is what gives the birth of Christ a deep significance. Let us ponder on the significance of that birth, and trust in Christ the Savior and walk in His steps, because He alone is able to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all transgression.

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THE NAME JESUS CHRIST? What is the meaning of the names Jesus and Christ? And why is the Christians prophet named "Jesus Christ"? Before answering it, it is necessary to point out, first of all, that Christ is not only a prophet, although the Holy Bible states that He is a prophet and priest and king. The Lord Christ is God incarnate, who was conceived by the Spirit of God. He is the messenger of God for the salvation of the world and its redemption from sin. And He is called in the Holy Bible "the Son of God". And the word Jesus means "God is salvation", and the word Christ, or Messiah, means "the anointed", that is, the one anointed of God, who came to guide the people walking in darkness. The word "Messiah" (or "Christ") means the anointed, and this word Messiah announces that j is the anointed of God, that is, the Anointed One from God. And He is the awaited Messiah, whose coming was prophesied by the prophets of the Old Testament. It was known in ancient

times that when a king was crowned, or a priest consecrated, he was anointed with oil as a sign of "sovereign power" or "priesthood". And it is known that Christ was a prophet, priest and king. Christ was not anointed by the people, because He is not an earthly king, but He was anointed of God, because He is a heavenly king who reigns over the hearts of the believers. So the word "Massih" in Arabic, and Jesus" Messiah" in Hebrew, have one meaning, and that is the Anointed One. And Jesus was called "the Christ" (or "Messiah") because He was "anointed by the Holy Spirit". This anointing was to appoint and prepare him for ministry. And the Holy Bible is full of references which declare that Jesus is the Messiah, and some of these references even spoke of Christ before His birth in Bethlehem and His appearance in our world, in the flesh. In the Old Testament there are many prophecies about Christ, including the following, "the Lord judges throughout the earth. He gives mighty strength to his king, he increased the might of his anointed one" (1 Samuel 2:10), and another prophecy in 1 Samuel, "Then I will raised up a faithful priest who will serve me and do what I tell him to do. If will bless his descendants and his family will be priests to my anointed kings forever." (1 Samuel 2:35). Also what was stated in 2 Samuel, "You give great victories to your king, you show unfailing love to your anointed, to David and all his descendants forever." (2 Samuel 22:51). And what was stated in the Psalms, "The Lord protects his people and gives victory to his anointed king." (Psalm 28:8). And there are many references in the Holy Bible which declare that Jesus is the Messiah. How was the word Messiah cited in the New Testament of the Holy Bible? At the birth of Christ, an angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds and brought them good news saying, "Don't be afraid! I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! The Savior yes - the Messiah - the Lord- has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David!" (Luke 2:10,11). And in the gospel of Matthew in the first chapter, the genealogy of Christ starts with this sentence. "This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of King David .." (Matthew 1:1). Also in Matthew 1:18 we read the following "Now this is how Jesus the Messiah was born.". There is also a verse in the Gospel of John, 1:17, which says, "For the law was given, through Moses, God's unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ." So we see that the word Messiah is associated, in Moses most cases, with the word Jesus, and both of them indicate that the Messiah is the Holy One sent from God for the salvation of mankind.

WHAT IS MEANT BY "SON OF GOD"? I do not understand the meaning of Christ being the Son of God, as Christians believe. What do they mean by that? Does this mean that God has married and fathered children? God forbid!! How can any creature believe that Almighty God has married and fathered children? This issue puzzles all among our dear Muslims who do not yet know the real truth, and we thank you for asking us this vital question.Objectivity and discernment are of great importance in understanding the answer to that questions. When Christians say that Christ is

the Son of God , the significance of sonship here is different from our human conception because the sonship of Christ to God is not sonship in the human or physician meaning. God forbid that the Almighty, Jesus with His infinite power and infinite knowledge, the Creator of the Universe and all that is in it, human, animal, vegetable and mineral, should be on a level with mankind. Man is a creature of the earth, but God is an everlasting being (Deuteronomy 32:40). Moreover, the Holy Bible describes God as Omnipotent, and as a Spirit without a body, saying, "For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth." (John 4:24). From this we deduce that God is not a material being but a spiritual being. Therefore God has not married and has not fathered children, and this is the essence of Christian doctrine. Everyone who believes that Christ's sonship to God is a physical sonship is mistaken, because God is one, He has not fathered children and He was not born.God did not father children and He was not born, but Christ is the Son of God Christians in no way believe that Christ is the Son of God from the physical point of view, or in a literal human sense, i.e., that God married and fathered children. But Christ is the Son of God solely from the spiritual point of view. Christ came into the world to fulfil God's will, to proclaim the message of love and peace, and to redeem humanity from the curse of sin. And we know that Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit that is by the Spirit of God (Matthew 1:20), and was born of a pure virgin who did not know a man, so He is the "Holy One sent from God" (Mark 1:24). And this means that Christ is nobler than a mere man, or an ordinary prophet. He was conceived in a miraculous way, and was born in a miraculous way in which nobody else was born, as was stated in the gospel of John. "Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven." (John 3:6). So Christ is the Holy One sent from God. He is the Word of God who became human, and a Spirit from Him. The reason for calling Christ the "Son of God" Christians did not call Christ the "Son of God", but the Almighty God Himself called Him by this unique name. And we can prove this, of course, from God's words. And since we believe in God the Omnipotent, and accept His promises as true, we have confidence in all His words found on the pages of the Holy Bible. In the Holy Bible we read that when Christ was baptized in the River Jordan the heavens were opened to Him, and the Spirit of God descended like a dove and settled on Him, and a voice came from heaven saying, "This is my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with him." (Matthew 3:17). And this voice is the voice of God, who has infinite power, and by that voice God confirmed that Christ is His Son, by the Spirit, so He is the Word of God, and a Spirit from Him. Christ was called the "Son of God" before He was born The Holy Bible is full of assurances that Christ is the Son of God, and that Christ is the Son of God, and He was called by that name before He was born. When the angel Gabriel came to the Virgin Mary, to give her the good news that she would conceive and give birth to a son, Mary was afraid, so the angel told her, "Don't be frightened, Mary, for God has decided to bless you! You will become pregnant and have a son, and you are to name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High." (Luke 1:30-32). "Mary asked the angel, "But how can I have a baby? I am a virgin." The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby born to you will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:34-35). And when Christ returned from the land of Egypt with Joseph and Mary, His mother, after the death of King Herod who had determined to kill Jesus in order to be free of Him, the return of Christ was a

fulfillment of the prophecy of the prophet Hosea, which said, "I called by son out of Egypt" (Hosea 11:1 and Matthew 2:15). It is known that this prophecy was delivered by Hosea, one of the Old Testament prophets, hundreds of years before Jesus was born. It should be taken into consideration that the Christians faith is based on the fact that Christ, the Son of God, is the Savior of the world from sin, and that preaching about Christ centers on the person of Christ the Savior, the Son of God, about whom the gospel of John says, "So the Word became human and lived here on earth amount us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness". (John 1:14). So we hope that the answer is clear, that the sonship of Christ to God is a spiritual sonship, and not physical or material.

DID CHRIST COME FOR ONE GROUP OR FOR EVERYONE? Did our Lord Essah Christ come for the salvation of a group of people, or for all people? This question is vital for all people. And through the answer, all our respected readers will know something about the unique personality of the Lord Christ, and the reason why He came into the world. Before starting to talk about the subject of salvation, it should be noted that the Lord Christ was not merely one of the prophets, who came as human beings to bear the message of salvation to people, but He was God who appeared in the flesh. He is the Spirit of God, and the Word made human, who came to reveal to people the extent of God's love for them. Christ was God and a person at the same time. Truly, Christ came as a teacher and preacher and guide, but besides this He was a Redeemer. Hence He differs from all the prophets and apostles who came before or after Him, because He came to redeem people from sin and death, and He died on the cross in the place of sinners, so that all who believe in Him would have eternal life. It should be taken into consideration that His teachings and right guidance and redemption were not restricted a certain group, but they were all people without exception; that is, they are for you and for all readers, and for me, and for all humanity. The meaning of redemption The Lord Christ, God made human, is the only one who came into the world carrying the message of "salvation and redemption". This notion of salvation and redemption is exemplified in the revelation of the love of the Holy God for sinful humanity. According to the just law of God, the sinner should be punished for his wrongdoing, because the soul that sins should die. But God knows that all humanity is sinful, without exception, so the Holy Christ came to be a mediator between God the Holy One and sinful man; and by His coming He accomplished the act of reconciliation, and He died on the cross in the place of sinners. So Christ was punished in place of sinful man, and in this way Christ has redeemed people, by His death for them on the cross. So Christ's death on the cross is known as Luke" the redemptive death of Christ ". And Christ did not die for one group, but for all sinful people without exception. In that connection of the Holy Bible says the following: "But God shoed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners ." (Romans 5:8) It also says, "For since we were restored to friendship with God by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be delivered from eternal punishment by his life. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God all because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us in making us friends of God." (Romans 5:10-11).

The Holy Bible also states that as sin entered the world through a man, that is, Adam, reconciliation with God was accomplished by one, that is, Christ, so sit says, "Because one person disobeyed God, many people became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many people will be made right in God's sight..So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God's wonderful kindness rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 5:19 & 21). But concerning Christ's redemptive death, and whether this redemption was restricted to a certain group, the Holy Bible says, "God did not sent his Son into the world to condemn, but to save it." (John 3:17). And here we notice that the love of God is for all the world, and He wants to lead all people onto the right path, just as salvation through Christ is for the whole world also. It should be noted that salvation from sin is through faith in Christ the Savior as the Holy Bible says, "For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16). The Lord Jesus Christ also says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." (John 14:6). So we see that Christ came for the conversion, redemption and salvation of all, without exception.

WHAT SHOULD I DO TO BE SAVED? What do I do to obtain righteousness by faith, and to win salvation by redemption? The decision of believing in Jesus Christ and His redeeming blood on the cross is of great importance in guaranteeing that you will heaven in paradise in the after life. And this is the decision which every person on this earth needs to take, because it is the only means to enter paradise. Here, honored sister, are some points that are important for you to note. FIRST: God is love To know and be sure that God is love, the Almighty God love you, and nobody and nothing in all the earth can stop God's love for you, in fact He is yearning for your decision to come close to Him. God has proclaimed this clearly in the Old Testament for the Holy Bible. "I have loved you.with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself." (Jeremiah 31:3) SECOND: God is holy This means that God is infallible, He cannot commit sin or do evil. This was stated in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible, in Leviticus 19:2, "..I, the Lord your God, am Holy." THIRD: Sin causes separation Committing sin causes separation between husband and wife, between father and son, and sin also separates men and women who commit it from God. Isaiah 59:2, "Your sins have cut you off from God. Because of your sin, he has turned away and will not listen anymore."

FOURTH: We cannot save ourselves None of us can do anything to correct the situation, because our human nature has a tendency to evil. This is stated in the Holy Bible, in the New Testament, in Romans 3:10, "No one is good-not even one." FIFTH: God has taken our punishment from us God, through Jesus Christ, has taken our punishment from us. He forgave us when we deserved to be punished for our sins, and that was by Christ's death on the cross, where He endured torment which we were supposed to endure as our punishment. Isaiah 53:4-6, "Yet it was our weakness he carried, it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God for his own sins! But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed! All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God's paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the guilt and sins of us all." SIXTH: Accept Jesus Christ If you were given a bank check for a large amount, this amount would not be yours until you had cashed that check at the bank. Jesus Christ died and took the punishment which you deserve for your offences and sins, and God raised Him from the dead. And He is living today and for ever to be your personal Savior and the Lord whom you should allow to reign in your life. He stands at the door of hour life, knocking at that door, and He is waiting for you to open to Him, so that He can enter your life; so the decision is yours, John Gospel 1:12, "But to all who-believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God". SEVENTH: How is Christ's acceptance accomplished? Accept Jesus Christ and you will be guaranteed the forgiveness of your sins now, without any preliminary procedures, or works of charity, or ordinances, or ceremonies, or special acts of worship.