If God intended to introduce Himself to the world by His Son, would He dispatch Him to our world by means of poverty and insignificance? If it was the desire of men, to create a legend that would beguile the world into believing that it was true, would they use a primary character like Jesus of Nazareth?
Before Jesus was born, there was a well-known scandal that Mary, who was betrothed to Joseph, had an affair with another man. The by-product of this adulterous relationship was Jesus. Mary had claimed that the child she was carrying was conceived by the Holy Spirit, not by any man. One variation of this story included a Roman soldier by the name of Pantera as the true father of Jesus.
Joseph and Mary were poor and nearly destitute when Jesus came into the world. He grew up in the town of Nazareth, a place despised by many people in Israel. From about the age of twelve, Jesus began to assert that He was the Son of God. He insulted and defied many of the cultural and religious laws and traditions of the elders of Israel. The men that followed Jesus were some of the most insignificant and despised individuals that were imaginable during that time. Throughout His entire ministry, Jesus had no home, and only the most basic of clothing and food. He achieved no acceptance whatsoever by the leaders of Israel, and He was rejected as the promised Messiah.
These are a few of the reasons that so few people received Jesus as the Messiah, or chose to follow Him. His birth, His manner of life, His background and the scandal attached to His name, were offensive to many people. Continue reading “Would God Really Come To Earth; Humble And Poor?”
If you are a Christian, you were born extremely rich. The day that you first trusted in Jesus as your Savior, you began a new life as the son or daughter of the Greatest King who has ever lived. Possessing great riches is not enough to live a truly satisfying and purposeful life. We must also gain knowledge and wisdom; to know how to live. In order to fully understand the riches that are ours, we must read the bankbook and discover what God has deposited into our account because of what Jesus has accomplished for us.
Many years ago, one of the world’s richest men, discovered a list of priceless items that he wanted for his collection. He dispatched his trusted employee to travel the world until he found these items and bring them back to his home. After a long and exhausting search, the items were discovered—all in the same location. The employee returned to his boss and reported: “Everyone of these treasures that you were seeking, are already yours. They have been in your warehouse for quite some time.”
In Christ, everything that we are searching for in our life, is already ours…
One of the many treasures that we possess, is the certain knowledge of God’s power and ability to order and bless our lives. There is no greater place to learn about the Lord’s capacity to direct our lives, than seeing this capability demonstrated by the fulfillment of His prophetic word. Many people misunderstand the purpose of these prophecies of the Bible as an attempt to predict the future. This was not the intended purpose of God’s prophetic word. The Lord was desiring that every person might know Him and be able to trust in what He has promised us. How better to prove this ability than to speak about things that are yet to come; and fulfill His word, with extreme precision. Continue reading “The Secular Record of History, Proves That Jesus Rose From The Dead”