Who is the mysterious Melchizedek? From the testimony of Paul in the New Testament, is there credible evidence to conclude that Melchizedek is the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ? In discovering the answers to these questions, we also discover the entire purpose of all the Old Testament sacrifices. In Jesus Christ, God has cancelled the former sacrifices of the levitical priesthood and made all those who come through Jesus One sacrifice–perfect forever–as if their sins never existed. Continue reading “Melchizedek and Jesus: One and the Same”
How is it that a person can make statements of fact, about which—they have little or no knowledge?
You asked, “Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand –Job 42:3
It is a very common tactic by atheists today, to attack the established facts of the historic Jesus—His Crucifixion and Resurrection–without any genuine knowledge of these events. Continue reading “Atheists’ Statements of Fact–Made Without Knowledge”
First a Lamb, later a Lion
One thousand years before Jesus was born, David penned his famous prophecy of the Messiah in Psalm 110, describing a future ruler who would arrive on the earth to put down and subdue every enemy.
Psalms 110:1c The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”
First the Messiah would come to us as a humble servant and offer up His perfect life for all our sins. Then, at the end of the age, He will return a second time–as a Mighty King, to take His rightful place as the ruler of the universe. This is only right, since the book of Colossians describes Jesus as the agent of creation and the One for whom all things were made. Continue reading “Jesus Will Place Every Enemy: “Under His Footstool””
David wrote a curious Psalm regarding the coming Messiah:
Psalms 110:1a The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”
When Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, He used this Psalm to confound the religious leaders of Israel. The fact that Jesus is both David’s son and his Lord is confirmed by Jesus’ question to the Pharisees: “How can the coming Christ, the Messiah, be both David’s Son and his Lord?”
Matthew 22:41-45 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said to Him, “The Son of David.” He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying: ‘The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool” ’? If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?”
When Jesus asks this question of the religious leadership of Israel, no one was able to answer Him. This is because it was generally accepted by the Jews that Psalms 110:1 was speaking of the Messiah. If the Messiah is both a son and Lord, He must also be God and man. The idea that God could be dwelling within the person of Jesus Christ, was a reality that was totally unacceptable to the leaders of Israel. Yet, this is exactly what David was predicting when he penned Psalms 110:1.
There is a special affinity that Jesus has for those who do not believe in Him. He did not mock or ridicule those who refused to believe in God–He loved them. David wrote in Psalm 109:4: In return for my love, they are my accusers, But I give myself to prayer.
The testimony of Luke, the physician, is that during the time of the crucifixion, Jesus cried our in prayer for those who had rejected Him and placed Him on the cross: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” –Luke 23:34
Jesus message to the Atheist is this: Continue reading “A Unique Love for the Atheist”
The original Hebrew reveals what God is saying in the creation of the universe
When we conduct a serious study in the correct usage of the Hebrew language, we find that Genesis Chapter 1 verse 1, was not written as a collection of verses which describe the original creation of God.
The sentence, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” is an ending to God’s description of the creation of the universe. If it was intended as a part of God’s summary of the entire creation, then the second verse—”The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters”—would have been the beginning of the description of this creation. It is not. Verse 2 is a completely separate and distinct subject. Continue reading “Tohu wa -bohu, Earth “Was” or “Became,” Waste and Void?”
The Bible describes “Goodness” as the unique character of God–with the declaration that no human being has the capacity of goodness, nor can any person rightly apply this attribute to themselves. Why then, did Jesus claim that He was truly Good, when the Rich Young Ruler came to Him with His declaration that Jesus was Good?
Matthew 19:16-17 Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.” Continue reading “Who is Truly Good? “Only God,” Jesus says of Himself”
They call him “Jesus,” but he is not the Jesus of the Bible.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses, founded in the late 1870’s and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, founded in the 1820’s, both claim to be Christian churches–while they deny the Historical Jesus of the Bible. In order to be correctly designated as “Christian,” a church or an individual must believe in the Christ of the Bible.
If we ask a Jehovah’s Witness, or Mormon leader–if they believe in the historical Jesus as He is described in the Bible, many will respond that they do. Unfortunately, their answers do not correspond to the public record of doctrines and statements–which have been written during the history of their churches. Continue reading “A Different Jesus”
Life is full of trials. If you have people in your life, at some point, they will hurt or disappoint you. If you live long enough on the earth, life will frequently become hard to handle. There are many trials to which we simply cannot stand up to. The reason that our moments of difficulties are so hard for us–is due to our lack of knowledge in understanding how to deal with these issues.
In David’s 91st Psalm, he graphically describes the future temptation of Jesus–by the devil, in the wilderness of Judea. In this example by Jesus–when He was suffering unimaginable mental stress and physical suffering in His body, we learn how to overcome our own suffering. Continue reading “Our Trials, Suffering, and Pain, and How Jesus Overcame His Own”
The Resurrection of Jesus
Today, the world is in possession of one of the most compelling and empirical pieces of evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, that has ever been discovered. Once regarded as a forgery or hoax, this ancient document has now been confirmed as authentic and bearing evidence of supernatural origin. Examined by Forensic Pathologists and some of the world’s best image analyzing equipment, the Shroud of Turin has revealed stunning evidence that this linen cloth bears the image of the Crucified Jesus Christ.
Those who have carefully examined and scrutinized the Shroud, entered their investigation as skeptics and unbelievers–concluding their studies with confirmation that this is in fact the burial shroud of the man described as “Jesus of Nazareth,” crucified in Jerusalem, during the period of time described by the writers of the New Testament. Continue reading “Empirical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ”