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Infinity and Infancy Crossed at Bethlehem

November 20, 2016

Have you ever experienced hearing a person share a profound incident that had happened to them?  I have!  Several times throughout my life I had been given the joy of seeing someone come closer to faith in Christ, and then believing in Him as Lord and Savior.

Just a year ago, one special young man whose wife had just given birth to their baby girl shared a remarkable experience with me.

He had been at the hospital for many hours.  When the grandparents came to visit his wife and baby, he went home to take a long, hot shower.  While in the shower, he said that he “had a vision” and he saw God in the face of his newborn daughter!

Since I was told about this over a year ago, I don’t remember all of the details, but that one detail will stick with me forever.  I think he also said that he sat down in the shower and cried…tears of joy.  It’s no wonder!  The birth of a child is a very emotional experience!

There have been many stories about men suddenly believing in God (where they previously may have had doubts) after witnessing the birth of their first child.  I think that there are many reasons for this.  Most of all, the concept of marriage and family was instituted by God Himself, therefore why wouldn’t such a profound, exhilarating, emotional and loving experience of witnessing childbirth bring a father closer to the reality of God Almighty?

I shared this story today because I was reminded of it while reading the answer to the following question:

Why did God choose to bring the Savior of the world to us through a process of supernatural conception and natural birth?

I have a cousin who once stated to me that she cannot believe in the virgin birth of Christ.  I tried to share the biblical reasons why I believe it to be true.  Most of all, I knew that this type of  “stumbling block” in a person’s mind could keep them from receiving Christ as Lord and Savior in their lives.

Everything about the Gospel is bound up in that question, and all the answers are in God’s Word.

Well, at the time I only knew of just a few of the answers.  Today, after reading an article written by David Jeremiah entitled, “What Child Is This?” in the December issue of Turning Points magazine and devotional, I have been further educated  with answers to that profound question!

I love what he wrote at the beginning of the essay:

The two trajectories of Infinity and Infancy crossed at Bethlehem, making Christmas a mystery that flows like a bottomless river from the depths of God’s heart.  On the most remarkable night that ever was, a baby cried and eternity was changed.  In a stable in Bethlehem, the God-baby passed from a virgin’s womb into humanity and into history.  A child was born; a Son was given; a Savior came down from heaven, and earth received her King.

We’ve never gotten over it.  His name is Jesus, and we’ve never gotten over Him.

Dr. Jeremiah goes on to ask why Christ arrived this way.  Why wasn’t he brought forth as a fully grown, 33-year-old-man ready to die for our sins?  This brings forth the same question, once again:

Why did God choose to bring the Savior of the world to us through a process of supernatural conception and natural birth?

It would be best to read the entire article, but due to copyright laws, I must only summarize. I received the new December issue yesterday.   Anyone can get three free issues by going to this page.

Dr. Jeremiah writes:

First, Jesus came into the world as an infant so the bloodline of all humanity would flow through His veins.

We can read about the genealogy of Jesus Christ in the Bible (see, for example, Matthew 1:1 and Luke 3:38).  It goes all the way back to Adam.

The fact that the lineage of all the world was in His blood brings forth the profound truth that His death and shed blood was for the salvation of all.

Dr. Jeremiah continues:

Second, through the miracle of the Virgin Birth, Jesus acquired a twofold nature, being both God and Man.

Being both fully human and fully divine at the same time, He has the power to save us from our sins and through belief, He reconciles us back unto the Father, enabling us to come to heaven.

Continuing:

Noted theologian Wayne Grudem wrote:

God, in his wisdom, ordained a combination of human and divine influence in the birth of Christ, so that his full humanity would be evident to us from the fact of his ordinary human birth from a human mother, and his full deity would be evident from the fact of his conception in Mary’s womb by the powerful work of the Holy Spirit.

I want to pause here for a moment.  Recall how adamant atheists, skeptics, and haters of the Bible are against the display of the nativity scenes in public places that show up at Christmastime?  They often spew their rhetorical excuse that it is because of their belief in the so-called, “separation of church and state.”  I think it’s far more than that.  It is an indication of where the heart and soul of the individual happens to be and it is due to rebellion against God, His Living Word, Jesus Christ, and His written Word, the Bible.  Think about it.  If they don’t believe (or fear) that the nativity has God-given power, then why does it bother them for it to be displayed?

The next answer to the question, “Why did God choose to bring the Savior of the world to us through a process of supernatural conception and natural birth?” reiterates what I had just written.

Third, Jesus also came as a newborn baby to fulfill the possibility of living a perfect life.

Jesus had 33 years to demonstrate His righteousness before giving His life as a sinless substitute.  Even His executioner proclaimed, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!”  (Luke 23:47)  His chief apostle called Him “a lamb without blemish and without spot: (1 Peter 1:19).  Dr. G. Campbell Morgan put it like this:  “The death of Christ would have been of no avail for the redemption of the world, had it not been preceded by His perfect life.”

[Every] human being since Adam has battled a guilty conscience–except for Christ, whose conscience was as pure as His life.  Because of that we can draw near to Him “in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience…” (Hebrews 10:22).

We can easily add on this verse:

Rom 3:10

As it is written:

“There is none righteous, no, not one;

In fact, read all of Romans 3:10-3:18 (including the footnotes to the Psalms) and Romans 3:19-31.

Here’s the easier to read and understand NLT version of Romans 3.

Fourth, Jesus came as a baby and grew to manhood as we do so He could identify with every phase of our lives.

We have an Advocate in Jesus Christ who was fully human like us in every way.  He came from a family as God has ordained families to be, so he would be a merciful and faithful high priest and make atonement for the sins of the people.  He helps those being tempted.

Fifth, Jesus came as a baby to show us the importance of families.

Throughout history, God’s version of family includes a mother, a father, and a child or children.  He created family first – through Adam and Eve.  Then came the institution of the state, the entity of the Church, and the nation of Israel.  It is very fitting, then, that the Lord would begin the process of bringing salvation of the world through another family, the family of Mary and Joseph.

Nicole Cottrell said (paraphrased in part):

Families provide support, encouragement, discipline and love which we all need to become whole and healthy.

God chose for Jesus, the Savior of the world, to be raised by a mother and father, surrounded by siblings and other family members…[Jesus] was born into a family because families are important to God.

The true meaning of Christmas is often secularized to appeal to many different types of people.  Some might say that it is too commercialized, and I would agree.  However, for believers, the Incarnation of Christ is a story that sends its shafts of meaning to the very depths of our souls!

This is what I hold onto.  This is what my family holds onto.  The rest of the secular world can just say “Happy Holidays” if that’s their prerogative.

But Christians know that God so thoroughly planned a way for you, dear reader, to be reconciled to Himself.  I pray that if you don’t know Christ as Lord and Savior, isn’t now the time to be saved?

Hat tips:

Turning Points December, 2016 magazine and devotional entitled “Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child.”

All links.

Mary Did You Know?

December 28, 2015

One of the most beautiful songs ever written about Jesus Christ is “Mary Did You Know?”  It not only covers the birth of Christ but includes the future miracles done by our Messiah and the purpose for which he came to us in the form of a pure Child to save people from their sins.

 

If video doesn’t play here, please view on Youtube:

Mary Did You Know? by Pentatonix.

 

This video has been viewed over 57 million times!

Lyrics:

[Verse 1]
Mary did you know that your baby boy will some day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.

[Verse 2]
Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.

Oh Mary did you know

The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again.
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb

[Verse 3]
Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you’re holding is the great I Am!

What ever information Mary had, or did not have, we know what her two responses and one question was to the angel who came to her with the glorious news.

Luk 1:26

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,

Luk 1:27

to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.

Luk 1:28

And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” [fn]

Luk 1:29

But when she saw him, [fn] she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was.

Luk 1:30

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

Luk 1:31

“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.

Luk 1:32

“He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.

Luk 1:33

“And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

Luk 1:34

Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

Luk 1:35

And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.

Mary’s response?

Luk 1:38

Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Truly a woman of great faith! The end result would be that her Baby Boy that she delivered would one day deliver her – as well as all who believe in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!

This is not only a beautiful Christmas song – it is a song that reminds us daily of our desperate need for Jesus who saves people from their sins.

Another woman (Elizabeth) of great faith (who was filled with the Holy Spirit) had the following verses to say to Mary when her baby (John the Baptist) leaped in her womb upon the greeting of Mary!

Luk 1:39

Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah,

Luk 1:40

and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.

Luk 1:41

And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Luk 1:42

Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!

Luk 1:43

“But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

Luk 1:44

“For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

Luk 1:45

“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

It was after Elizabeth spoke with the guidance of the Holy Spirit that Mary understood much more!

Luk 1:46

And Mary said:

“My soul magnifies the Lord,

Luk 1:47

And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.

Luk 1:48

For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.

Luk 1:49

For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name.

Luk 1:50

And His mercy is on those who fear Him
From generation to generation.

Luk 1:51

He has shown strength with His arm;
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

Luk 1:52

He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
And exalted the lowly.

Luk 1:53

He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty.

Luk 1:54

He has helped His servant Israel,
In remembrance of His mercy,

Luk 1:55

As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and to his seed forever.”

One comment sums it all up quite well:

dotrocka1 Dec 30, 2014 at 8:38 pm

It has become increasingly clear to me that at the cross, every aspect of the character of God, His holiness, His righteousness, His justice, His wrath, His love, His mercy, His grace, all converged at one point in time, accomplishing our redemption. Between this awareness and the song, Mary Did You Know, This Christmas I was in a nearly constant state of worship. It’s too big to put into words, but thank you for this song that sums up the purpose of Christ’s coming so well.

Amen!

Little Miracles

December 22, 2015

 

Have you ever seen, heard of, or experienced a spiritual message from God?  I have!   They are not easily forgotten and when I share them with other believers, they often share a little miracle with me that had happened to them.

Today, a blogger in my Reader feed shared how prayer healed a young girl of a tumor. Now THAT’S a huge miracle! Praise God and His Son, Jesus Christ, for that answer to prayer!

I have experienced both little miracles and spiritual messages in my life. When I shared my journey to Christ years ago at my former blog, I left out an early miracle that had happened when I was a teenager.

I lived in N.J. back then. Shortly after getting my license to drive, I asked my parents if I could take the old station wagon down the shore with one of my female friends from high school. They said no. My parents went away that weekend and so I decided to disobey them and drive down the shore anyway.

As I recall, the houses that we visited were filled with drunk teenagers and it wasn’t much fun. My friend was hoping to find this guy that she was crazy about, and I don’t recall whether or not he was at any of the parties we attended. I knew that I would be driving to the house where we would stay the night so I didn’t drink alcohol. By the time my friend was ready to leave, it was 1:00 a.m. and it was raining.

I was driving through a green lighted intersection on a divided highway.   The road had two lanes in each direction. I was chatting with my friend, looking straight ahead when all of a sudden she turned to look at me and grabbed my arm, pulling me hard over towards her seat. Suddenly, we were hit broadside on my driver’s side with a loud crashing sound!   We  began spinning around on the slick highway. I was screaming! It felt like an eternity before the car banged up against the right side curb and came to a stop. I continued to scream and cry.  My friend was hurt. She had hit the windshield with her forehead and a little blood trickled down her face. Glass was strewn about inside the car.  Her knee banged up under the passenger side dash board. We sat there for the longest time waiting for someone to come along and get us out of the car. The station wagon was totaled in the crash! I can still remember sitting on the curb weeping and saying, “my parents are going to kill me!” I worried more and more about what they would say and do once they found out that I had disobeyed them and had taken the station wagon down the shore when they had forbid me not to.

When the police and paramedics arrived, I recall hearing several of them saying, “It’s a miracle that the driver wasn’t killed.” This made me shudder in the rain and cold night air even more! My friend Debbie was taken to the hospital as a precaution for observation. Hours later, my parents showed up to take me home. Of course, they were very glad that I wasn’t seriously hurt. My neck bothered me a bit and my back ached days later, but there was not a scratch on me.

The next day, the man at the repair shop where the station wagon was towed gave my dad his evaluation. It was totaled. Then, he said something else. “It’s a miracle that the driver of this car wasn’t killed.”

I had heard this several times and now it was irking me! I wasn’t a born again Christian yet at this point in my life.  Within my teenage arrogant thoughts at the time I said to myself, “why is everyone saying that?!”

Years later, I had accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I started to look at this incident in a completely different way. I realized that if Debbie had not been looking my way, she would have never seen the car running the red light and heading towards the station wagon. I also thought about the fact that seat belts were not mandatory yet back in the 1970’s. This was another reason why I wasn’t killed. Debbie was able to grab me and pull me across the bench seat towards her so that the mangled side of the wagon didn’t impale me. Being an old vehicle, the steel frame that separated the front from the back seats took the brunt of the impact. However, if I had been in the driver seat instead of pulled away by my friend, that v-shaped steel frame would have gone right into my flesh.

I know. Some people may not consider this a “miracle,” but I do. I think that one of God’s angels was in the car that night, protecting me from deadly harm! Of course I can’t prove this, but recalling all of the events of that horrible night causes me to pause and thank the Lord for His mercy and protection!

Another incident and one of the most riveting moments of my life happened when my dad was dying of mesothelioma – an inoperable lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure. You can read about that in my Remembering Dad post.

I often thought, why did God spare me and not others? Was it because He knew that my journey to Christ was down the road of my life and for this reason He protected me during that dreadful accident? Was it because my destiny was laid out for me and I was meant to marry, have two children, and (so-far) one grandchild?

These are questions that we can only answer with faith on this side of heaven! If you read my journey to Christ, you would have seen that my life included some tragic circumstances.

Jesus told us:

Jhn 16:33

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you willfn have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Galatians 5 informs us that the fruit of the Spirit does contain one negative – that of longsuffering.

Gal 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Gal 5:23

gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Gal 5:24

And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Gal 5:25

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

The ultimate end of the suffering portions of my life was that God saw me through them and they all actually ended up strengthening my faith in Christ!

There is a quote from Dr. David Jeremiah that seems appropriate to share here. He said:

“God’s man or woman in the center of God’s will is immortal until God is finished with him or her.”

I think that Jeremiah’s quote is in line with Roman’s 8.

Our lives on this earth are but a brief moment in time compared to eternity! As Isaiah 64:6 tells us, “we all fade as a leaf” in our earthly existence.   Yet, Romans 8:37-39 tells us the rest of the story because Christ is our ultimate hope!

Rom 8:37

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Rom 8:38

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come

Rom 8:39

nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

In closing, I want to take this opportunity to wish all of my readers and visitors to this blog a Merry and Blessed Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

In Christ’s service,

~Christine

Hat tips to all links.

To Make a Difference, Know the Difference

December 19, 2015

When it comes to the topic and truth of Biblical Christianity, it is important for believers in Jesus Christ to know and understand the various differences out there that are continually competing against the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately, new cultic “churches” pop up every year, making the unsubstantiated claim that they are Christian.  The book of Jude warns us of this! Note this verse:

Jude 1:4

For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God [fn] and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Just because such churches may have the term “Christian” in their name doesn’t always mean that their tenets agree with or adhere to the Bible.  So, how are we to determine the difference(s)?

Studying the Bible and attending a biblically based, Christ-centered church is the best way to determine truth from error.

I also recommend a newly updated and expanded edition of Fritz Ridenour’s book entitled, “So What’s The Difference?”  You can purchase the paperback on Amazon for under $14.00.  It makes a great stocking stuffer.  Use Amazon Prime for delivery by Dec. 21st.

Why do I recommend this book?  Several reasons.  There are so many lies floating around about what the Bible truly says and just who Jesus Christ is and why He came to this earth.  This book provides (in an easy-to-understand and non-judgmental way) the differences (some are very stark differences, other more subtle but still are lies) between Biblical Christianity, the major religions of the world, the major cults, new religions, and the occult.

One of the best benefits that I have found through reading this book is that you will learn why relative thinking–the idea that there is no objective, absolute truth–has become the predominant mindset in our culture.  This book will give you help in how to respond.

The back cover tells us that this bestselling guide will help you recognize the real differences between the Christian faith and other viewpoints.  It may make it easier for you to explain and share your faith with others.

I have had individuals ask me, “why do you believe what you believe?”  Have you ever had someone ask you that question?  Usually they want a short response.  I have found that they may cut me off when I start to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with them.

My suggestion?

Give them this book!

They may read it right away or stick it on a shelf and read it later.  That’s OK, at least you are attempting to plant a seed in them to research their own beliefs about God, the Bible, and Jesus Christ.

The book contains many resources in the end notes that expand upon what is written in each chapter.  There is an appendix containing resources for further study and ministries for information on cults.  It is important that you should be aware of cults in order to avoid them!

Fellow believers, I pray that you will take the time to read The Peculiar Glory of the Incarnation. It will renew your joy in the Lord Jesus Christ!

Excerpt:

Dear Christian, does it still astonish you?

Can you slow down the holiday hustle and bustle long enough to let your mind ponder these astonishing truths? to let the eyes of your heart fix their gaze upon the glory of the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ? My prayer for you this Christmas is that you would do just that. That you would take these truths and turn them over in your mind—like Mary, to treasure these things and ponder them in your heart (cf. Luke 2:19). And that your heart would be stirred to worship God in Christ for the peculiar glory of the incarnation. For then, and only then, are you truly celebrating Christmas.

Merry Christmas and God bless!

~ Christine

 

Rom 3:20

Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Rom 3:21

But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,

Rom 3:22

even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all [fn] who believe. For there is no difference;

Rom 3:23

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Rom 3:24

being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

Rom 3:25

whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed

Rom 3:26

to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

 

Hat tips to all links.

Atheists With Dead Souls vs. God’s Wisdom

December 10, 2015

Every year at Christmastime there seems to be a new take presented in the war against Christianity.  This time, the perps want to appear “edgy,” “a little funny” or “provocative.”  Well, the Bible describes it as something else! Mainly, the term foolishness comes to mind!

Psa 38:5

My wounds are foul and festering
Because of my foolishness.

Psa 69:5

O God, You know my foolishness;
And my sins are not hidden from You.

Pro 9:6

Forsake foolishness and live,
And go in the way of understanding.

o 14:24

The crown of the wise is their riches,
But the foolishness of fools is folly.

Pro 15:2

The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly,
But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.

Pro 15:14

The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,
But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.

Pro 19:3

The foolishness of a man twists his way,
And his heart frets against the LORD.

Pro 24:9

The devising of foolishness is sin,
And the scoffer is an abomination to men.

Ecc 7:25

I applied my heart to know,
To search and seek out wisdom and the reason of things,
To know the wickedness of folly,
Even of foolishness and madness.

Ecc 10:13

The words of his mouth begin with foolishness,
And the end of his talk is raving madness.

Isa 32:6

For the foolish person will speak foolishness,
And his heart will work iniquity:
To practice ungodliness,
To utter error against the LORD,
To keep the hungry unsatisfied,
And he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.

Mar 7:20

And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man.

Mar 7:21

“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

Mar 7:22

“thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.

Mar 7:23

“All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”

1Co 2:14

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1Co 3:19

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; [fn]

1Co 3:20

and again, “The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” [fn]

1Co 3:21

Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours:

1Co 3:22

whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come—all are yours.

1Co 3:23

And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

That about covers it…

Name Above All Names: Jesus Christ

December 24, 2014

http://www.truthforlife.org/

The Old Testament contains hints and whispers of a coming Redeemer, a Redeemer called by many different names. On Truth For Life, Alistair Begg explains the titles given to Christ by the prophet Isaiah.

Truth for Life: Name Above All Names

Isa 9:6
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isa 9:7
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

 

Secure in Jesus

December 21, 2014

HT:  securehost4.com

 

There are many wonderful Bible verses that speak of Jesus Christ and His birth on earth (the Incarnation). With so many favorites, it is difficult to just choose a few for this post.

I must start with Isaiah’s prophecy about the coming Messiah, which was written in the Old Testament hundreds of years before Christ’s birth in Bethlehem.

Isa 9:6

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

What is so fascinating is the fact that Isaiah also writes of Christ’s return in the very next verse!

Isa 9:7

Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Isaiah was talking about what Christ’s rule will be like during the Millennium!

The next verse, from the New Testament describes the fact that the Word of God became flesh in Christ Jesus! The Bible is often described as The Word of God. Jesus is often described as The Living Word. Note how John describes Him:

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. – John 1:14

Grace and Truth. That is who Jesus is for all who put their faith and trust in Him!

In an upcoming devotional [for Monday, December 22, 2014], Dr. David Jeremiah describes how Jesus fulfilled the will of His Father and how He trusted in God’s will for His life.

 

HT: emily1.com

A man-on-the-street poll to determine the most important event in world History would reveal a variety of answers. But for Christians, the answer is clear:  the coming of God to earth. To consider the importance of that event is to invite wonder and awe. And there is no shortage of ways to consider its importance for us.

For example, Christ lived in complete dependence on His Father and trusted in God’s will for His life (John 4:34, 5:30; 6:38; 8:28, 42). And even though He was tempted (Matthew 4:1-11) and at times suffered (Hebrews 5:8), He never questioned His experiences; He was always confident that the Father’s will for His life was perfect and His to obey. Christ proceeded from the Godhead to earth, bringing the will of God with Him. He was the will of God–and He never faltered.  Now, the apostle Paul says, all who believe in Christ are in Him (Colossians 2:9-10).  Therefore, as Christ fulfilled, and continues to fulfill, the will of God, so do we who live in Him by faith.

If you are a Christian, trust today that, in Christ, your life is secure in the purposes and plans of God.

 

So beautiful! 

Scriptures included in the devotional:

Jhn 4:34

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.

Jhn 5:30

“I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

Jhn 6:38

“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

Jhn 8:28

Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things.

Jhn 8:42

Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.

 

 

Mat 4:1

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

Mat 4:2

And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.

Mat 4:3

Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

Mat 4:4

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” [fn]

Mat 4:5

Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple,

Mat 4:6

and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:

‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’
and,

‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ” [fn]

Mat 4:7

Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’ ” [fn]

Mat 4:8

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.

Mat 4:9

And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

Mat 4:10

Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, [fn] Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ” [fn]

Mat 4:11

Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

 

 

Heb 5:8

though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

Heb 5:9

And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,

 

 

Col 2:9

For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;

Col 2:10

and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

In Christ Alone

December 31, 2013

Sharing a worship song here at my blog for my wonderful friend Kelly and her family.  Kelly experienced a Christmas miracle this month when she shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with her Dad (and he accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior!!!)!  She shared with me that her faith has been  strengthened forever through this miracle that happened with her Dad!  This all happened just over a week before he passed away on this day, December 31, 2013.

God bless you Kelly.

Christ looked down upon you and your Dad at that moment of salvation for your Dad and I know He said, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Why the Virgin Birth of Christ?

December 16, 2013

In one of the most profound sermon messages, Dr. David Jeremiah explains exactly why Jesus had to be born of a virgin in order to be the Savior of the world!

As Dr. Jeremiah points out in his introduction to the December 15, 2010 video message, skeptics are most critical (and I would add mocking, disrespectful, disparaging, and down-right nasty!) towards the biblical truth that Jesus Christ was born of a young virgin woman named Mary.

Why do such people attack this particular doctrine? I agree with Pastor Jeremiah that a big reason why is the fact that Jesus’ miraculous birth proves both his Deity and His humanity – in order to be the long awaited Messiah that the Jews and Gentiles were waiting for as described in the Old Testament. This sermon includes the fact that even before Jesus was born as the God-man, Jesus has been eternally existent with the Father throughout eternity.

The Scriptures shared from the Old Testament and fulfilled by Jesus in the New Testament prove the fact that Jesus Christ is who He said He is – the Holy Son of God, Savior of mankind, and Lord over all!

David Jeremiah.org video: Why the Virgin Birth of Christ?

[You can fast forward the video to 18:00 in order to immediately view the sermon.]

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Another question that often befuddles non-believers about Jesus Christ is why did he have to suffer on the cross and physically die at Calvary?

The easy answer is:  Because God the Father said there was no other way for mankind to be redeemed.

Recall when Christ asked His Father, “If it is possible, take this cup from me.”

Mar 14:36

And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”

Luk 22:41

And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed,

Luk 22:42

saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”

Right there, is proof of Jesus’ God-man nature. Right there, is proof that NO OTHER could take the place of Jesus in the course of history (or, eternity for that matter) in being the substitution for the death that every person deserves because of sin, evil, and reprobation!

Perhaps these added points appear to not “fit” with the message of Jesus’ virgin birth. However, when you think about it, God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and God’s Word, the Bible is attacked even more viciously by the unredeemed at Easter (more specifically, Resurrection Sunday).

Why?

Again, it is because unredeemed man not only hates God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Bible; he/she also FEARS all of the four, aforementioned topics of our  Christian based theology.

Why?

Because unredeemed men/women KNOW that they are reprobate and separated from God; even if they refuse to admit it.

Look at what will happen at the end of days when Jesus Christ returns and is revealed to all of mankind:

Rev 6:15

And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, [fn] the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains,

Rev 6:16

and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!

Rev 6:17

“For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

The unrepentant KNOW that they are reprobate and unredeemed! They KNOW who Christ – the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world – truly is, and rather than repent, they ask for the mountains and rocks to “fall on them [us] and hide them [us] from the face of Him who sits on the throne [God] and from the wrath of the Lamb [Christ]!

In fact, read the entire chapter of Revelation 6 in order to see the context of what is written there.

What’s more, the very next chapter in Revelation reveals the fate of the redeemed:

Revelation 7

It’s interesting how the number of man (being the numeral 6) is the number of the chapter in Revelation that describes the fate of the unredeemed, and the number of perfection (meaning godly – the numeral 7) is the chapter in Revelation that describes the eternal state of those sealed and saved of God.

Rev 7:9

After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands,

Rev 7:10

and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

Rev 7:11

All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,

Rev 7:12

saying:

“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom,
Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,
Be to our God forever and ever.
Amen.”

Rev 7:13

Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?”

Rev 7:14

And I said to him, “Sir, [fn] you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Rev 7:15

“Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them.

Rev 7:16

“They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat;

Rev 7:17

“for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. [fn] And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Politically speaking now, this explains why the sickening liars of the rabid and radical progressive leftists (which include atheists, socialists, Marxists, communists, Islamists etc.) all attack those of us on the right. It’s because they are all members of the unredeemed, reprobate, haters of Jesus Christ.

Jesus warned us of this fact:

Jhn 15:18

“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.

However, it is certainly comforting to read the entire chapter of John 15!

It is important to remember that such behavior is fulfilled prophecy!

Jhn 15:25

“But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’ [fn]

(15:25) Psalm 69:4

Psa 69:4

Those who hate me without a cause
Are more than the hairs of my head;
They are mighty who would destroy me,
Being my enemies wrongfully;
Though I have stolen nothing,
I still must restore it.

Many of the Old Testament prophecies of David can be applied both to the time that they were written (regarding David) as well as fulfilled prophecy in the New Testament (regarding Christ). And the fact that the Psalm 69:4 verse ends with “I still must restore it” is a prophetic utterance regarding the gospel of Jesus Christ!

I could literally go on and on with this post.  However, perhaps it’s best to share more in a future post.

As a grateful and humble redeemed soul because of what Christ did for me at the cross, I would encourage readers here to share this message with as many as you can!  Their salvation depends on how each and every one of them [us] answers Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?”

Mat 16:15

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Mar 8:29

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.”

Luk 9:20

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.”

Once we get the answer to Jesus’ question correct, confess our sin, repent, and accept Him as Lord and Savior of our lives, the Holy Spirit of God indwells us; teaching us about Christ and helping us to apply God’s Word!

Jhn 15:26

“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.

Jhn 15:27

“And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

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