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WHAT IS GOD LIKE? WHO IS JESUS?
( expanded version )
Just over two thousand years ago, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a virgin whose name was Mary. The
angel said to her that she was highly favoured by God and she shall conceive in her womb and bring forth a Son and
shall call His name Jesus. The angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream saying, For that which Mary is con-
ceived in her womb is of the Holy Ghost... and she shall bring forth a Son and you shall call His name JESUS, for He
shall save His people from their sins. The angel of the Lord also came upon the shepherds and said to them, Behold I
bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a
Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:20(b), 21; Luke 2:10:11;
Beloved, since God is Spirit and could not be seen by the eye or mind of the flesh, He became the perfect human
being an action in the person of Jesus Christ, Jesus being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His per-
son. John 1:18; 14:7; Hebrews 1:1-3; Jesus lived in Israel thirty three years and communicated with man to unveil God's
being and purpose. He made known His character and person, demonstrated His love and compassion, expressed His
thoughts and feelings, showed His power, ability, intelligence and will, and carried out His plan by destroying the works
of the devil to save man and reconcile them to God.
Jesus brought hope to all and did good everywhere He went. He healed the sick and diseased, the lame and bro-
ken-hearted, the oppressed and demon possessed. He raised the dead to life, fed multitudes miraculously, stilled
storms and worked many other miracles, but these works revealed who Jesus was, God in the flesh. In the beginning
was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. All things were made by Him...In Him was life; and
the life was the light of men. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us...the glory as of the only begotten of
the father, full of grace and truth.That is to say that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing
our trespasses unto us, but made Jesus to be sin for us who knew no sin that we might become the righteousness of
God in Him. John 1:1-14; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21;
Many people loved and followed Jesus, but religious and political rulers sought to kill Him. He was arrested and
brought to trial before the rulers, including Pilate and after many false witnesses gave evidence against Him, Pilate
examined Him and found Him without fault, yet rejected Him and put Him to death by crucifixion as a worst criminal.
This was done in accordance with God's purpose, since Jesus came to pay the redemption price for sinful man to be
reconciled to God and to free us from sins power and penalty of living eternally separated from Him. John 1:1-4,14;19:1-
18; Jesus died for our sins, was buried and after three days the Saviour arose just as He said, having conquered the
devil, death, hell and the grave. He then showed Himself to hundreds of His followers and was taken up into heaven at
God's right hand, having paid the price for man's salvation. Luke Ch.24; 1Corinthians 15:3-8; Acts1:9;
Friend, in spite of man's efforts, increased knowledge and advanced technology people are becoming more
wicked, selfish and fearful, lives are becoming more meaningless, without purpose, direction and hope, nations are per-
plexed and distressed, gripped in fear as wars and threats of wars, crime and lawlessness, poverty, famine and hunger,
pestilences, earthquakes in various places and great disasters are on the increase and declared by Jesus to get worse
prior to His coming again.
Jesus said all these things must come to pass serving as labour pains to cleanse this world of sin, and make way
for the new, sinless and everlasting earth as promised to those who put their trust in Him. Matthew Ch.24; Luke Ch.21;
2 Timothy3:1-4; Revelation Ch.21.
While these events have brought fear and hopelessness to those who do not have Jesus as Saviour, they have
brought hope and rejoicing to those who are in Him. Jesus told His followers that they must not be troubled and terri-
fied by these passing things, but instead to look for their redemption and gathering unto Him, as these cleansing judg-
ments are the signs of the nearness of His promised return and the end of the age. Luke 21:25-28.
Beloved, having read this brief account of God's revealed life and purpose in Jesus Christ and with the evidence
of who Jesus is before you, you now have the opportunity like Pilate, and the Apostle Peter to examine Jesus and
answer life's most important question, "Who is JESUS to you?" and to make life's most important decision as to where
you will live in eternity.
Remember my friend, Pilate after his examination of Jesus found Him without fault, yet rejected and put Him out
of his life and condemned Him to die as a worst criminal. John 19:4,6; but Peter confessed Jesus as the Christ, the Son
of the living God and upon his confession and reception of Jesus, Jesus pronounced the blessings of the Kingdom of
Heaven upon him. Matthew 16:15-16;
What about you my friend? Having examined Jesus life, I am sure you cannot find a fault with Him. You must give
careful consideration as to what you will do with Jesus and where you will live beyond this life. Your answer and deci-
sion will determine your future and eternal destiny. That perfect world you are yearning for could be yours. Revelation
Ch.21.Having found no fault with Jesus, please don't do like Pilate and treat Jesus as a worst criminal and put Him out
of your life. To reject Jesus is to condemn yourself to a life of fear and hopelessness to eternal damnation in the tor-
tures of hell and the lake of fire with no way out, where you will remember all the opportunities God in His love and
mercy had given you to make Christ your Saviour including this one. John 1:12; Matthew 11:29;
Beloved, the memory and conscience of those there will torment them forever and ever, as time and opportuni-
ties to make it right with God will be no more, having entered an unchanging and unending state and place. Mark 9:44;
You don't have to be there beloved. As ministers of reconciliation and ambassadors for Christ, we have brought
you good news of great joy, unto you this day, into your life, into these situations, there is hope. Jesus, once the Babe
in Bethlehem, who was crucified and risen from death, is now in heaven on the throne of God and is in total command
of events. Ephesians1:21; Phillipians2:9-11; Colossians3:1; Hebrews1:1-3;
Because of Jesus love and concern for you by taking your place in death to save you and bring you to God, no
longer should you commit the sin of rejecting Him, to do so is to reject God's love and his only remedy and provision
for your sin.
We beg you to open your heart and receive Jesus now, He is outside of your life and wants to come in but will
only do so if you allow Him. Please repent and receive Him now in preparation for His coming and the end of this age
to live with Him in a glorious eternity. Revelation 3:20; Matthew24:44;
Be like Peter, let this be your confession:
Dear Lord Jesus, I open my heart to you and like Peter I confess
that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God and that you died for my sins, was buried and rose again from the
dead and is seated at the right hand of God for my justification. Lord Jesus, I receive you as my Saviour and my Lord.
Thank you for saving my soul today and for giving me a living hope of living in a perfect world in you. Amen.
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After three days of scouring the waters of
Trinidad s east coast, the Coast Guard finally recov-
ered the body of missing schoolboy Raphael Ram-
baran, who drowned at Balandra Bay during a family
outing on Saturday.
Raphael, 16, a student of the Barrackpore West
Secondary School, and his 15-year-old brother, Ricar-
do, disappeared under water while bathing on the
Ricardo, a student of St Stephen s College, Princes
Town, resurfaced minutes later but he was already
dead. Raphael was believed to have been pulled into
deeper waters by a strong current.
Around 10.42 am as T&T Air Guard helicopter
AW 139 searched several miles south of Balandra Bay,
they were signalled by fishermen in Saline Bay, off
Salybia, to what appeared to be Raphael s body.
The Coast Guard was contacted and Interceptor
013 went to the location where the crew and divers
put the body into a recovery basket.
Around 1.15 pm, Raphael s body was returned to
Balandra Bay and handed over to police. It was exam-
ined by a DMO and taken to the Forensic Science
Centre for an autopsy.
The boys had left their home at Cunjal Road on
Saturday with their parents Jacqueline and Premchan
Rambaran to join relatives from Arima and Gasparillo
who were spending the weekend at a guest house
The brothers and a relative, Quin Garcia, were
bathing on the beach around 4 pm when the water
became rough and they began struggling to stay
Garcia was able to get to a rock where he held on
until he was rescued. However, the brothers, who
could not swim, were pulled under. Garcia was taken
to the Arima Hospital where he was treated and dis-
In a release yesterday, Coast Guard public relations
officer Lt Commander Kirk Jean-Baptiste advised
the public to be vigilant and careful when visiting
beaches and rivers during this time of the year.
"When at the beach, stay or venture into water
only waist-high. Watch children at all times and
never let them go into or near the water unsupervised.
Do not consume alcohol and attempt to go swimming.
Listen to lifeguards on duty. Observe carefully, if the
water is rough, stay onshore.
"At rivers, it is advised to avoid diving head first
as they are known to have large rocks. Stay away
from where cascading waterfalls meet the pool of
water below as this tends to pull you down and hold
you under the water. Be very vigilant with children,"
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