After writing several books regarding the Messianic Prophecies which Jesus fulfilled in the New Testament scriptures, I am still amazed by those who assert that Jesus did not fulfill any of these predictions. One of the texts that is most profound in validating Jesus as the Messiah, is observed in the descriptions of the prophet Isaiah in chapters 52 and 53. This morning I was reading through these verses in The Living Bible and I was struck by their exact portrayal of the actual events that took place in Jesus’ life.
It is impossible to discount the fact that Isaiah wrote these texts more than 700 years before Jesus was born. In fact, all of the scholarly Rabbi’s in Israel attributed the text of Isaiah 53 to the Messiah up until the 12th century. It was at that time that a change occurred where these men began to assert that Isaiah was describing the nation of Israel, not the Messiah. This becomes tenuous when we consider that verse 8 describes the Servant dying for the sins of Israel. If we insert Israel into this verse we have Israel dying for the sins of Israel. This is further illustrated by the following verse (9) that would require Israel would be innocent of sin and therefor suffering unjustly.
Verse 8: “For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.”
Verse 9: “He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone.But he was buried like a criminal …” Continue reading “The Death and Resurrection of the Messiah Predicted by the Old Testament”
There is something resident within us that wants perfection. We see it in our mind as we observe things around us that are not perfect. We feel uncomfortable when entering a hotel room that is old, dirty, and unkempt. We feel displeasure when lied to. There is a righteous anger that mounts upon our heart when we see or hear about a child or elderly person that has been abused.
Perfection is an ideal that we all want, yet accept that we can never apprehend. Why is it that we earnestly desire perfection and feel disappointed, angry, or perplexed when every human being we meet is incapable of this perfection?
Continue reading “Why We Need A Savior”
This morning I received a short note from a dear friend who asked me if I would consider writing a book about prayer. This is a subject that is on the minds of many people who love the Lord. We want to know how to pray correctly and use the right words when we come to God. In Jesus, we see a complete illustration for how and what we should pray. More importantly, the reasons that we should pray can be understood as we examine Jesus and the moments when He prayed to the Father.
In Jesus we see that prayer is simply open communication with God. As we sit with friends or family members and talk to each other, so also is prayer. All that God requires of us in prayer is that we are completely honest and speak to Him from our heart. It is not the words that are most important in our prayers, but the heart that supports our words, that God cares most about. We might not be very good at speaking or communicating our thoughts or feelings. Perhaps we get tongue–tied when we try to talk to another person or before many people.
Although a person must be proficient in their speaking ability when addressing a crowd, no such requirement is made when we speak to God.
Continue reading “Prayer: How, Why, and When We Should Pray”
Most of us have a long list of regrets for the things we have done in our past. In fact, we waste an extraordinary amount of time thinking about things that we have no power to change. It is important to remember that we are not defined by the person we were in our past. We are defined by who we are today. It is through the choices that we are making right now that people understand who we are. Oh, I know that people remember the mistakes that you have made. Your relatives will think back to those foolish things that you said and did when you were younger and define you in those terms. The incredible thing about today is that you can begin a whole new life for yourself, if you want to. In no time at all, people will begin to think of you in a new way and define the person you are by the things you have been doing from this moment when you decide to change your life. Continue reading “It’s The Little Things That Add Up To A Big Life”
There is an organization called: S.E.T.I., “Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence,” a group, located in Berkley California, who are dedicated to probing the Universe for signs of intelligent life.
On the night of August 15, 1977, at the Ohio State University “Big Ear” Radio Telescope Observatory, Jerry Ehman was searching the skies for an alien signal. The observations he made on that night were recorded on a printout that has been preserved until today. Continue reading “Palm Sunday: The Arrival of the Messiah”
There is a curious paradox that is presented in the pages of the Bible that a great majority of people have not understood. Jesus described a physical birth that every person will experience; and a second spiritual birth that is necessary in order to obtain eternal life. Jesus said that because of our sin and sin nature, we are all already under the condemnation of God and dead in our sins. Once we understand who Jesus is and the reason that He came into the world, we have the opportunity to be born again a second time. At that moment, our spirit within that was formerly dead, comes alive. Continue reading “Born Once; Die Twice. Born Twice; Die Once”
Is it possible to baptize a person who has died and thereby impart salvation to them? There are many people today who believe that this is possible. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints holds this doctrine as one of their principle teachings. This principle states that a person may be baptized on behalf of one who has died, thereby granting them the opportunity for salvation and eternal life. The person who has died may either accept or reject this offer of salvation. Continue reading “Baptism For The Dead”
Long before scientists understood the origin and nature of the universe, the pages of the Bible accurately described its beginning. Several writers in the Old Testament scriptures correctly detail how the Cosmos came into being. Continue reading “The Big Bang and God”
“But now I go my way to him that sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send him to you. (7) Isaiah 44:3 8 And when he has come, he will convince the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and you will see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. 12 “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 Nevertheless, when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth; for he shall not speak by his own authority; but whatsoever he shall hear, this shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. (13) Isaiah 44:3 14 He shall glorify me, for he shall receive from me, and show it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are mine. This is why I said that he shall take from me, and show it to you.” (RCR)
In the previous chapter, Jesus has warned His followers that persecution would come after He is gone. The natural response of those who love Him, is sadness. Many of the Jews during this time were expecting the arrival of the Messiah during their lifetime. They did not understand that He would come twice, as the scriptures foretold. They assumed that when the Messiah came to Israel, He would immediately set up His kingdom on earth and subdue all of her enemies. Learning that Jesus was going to be arrested and crucified was a harsh blow to their hopes and dreams of freedom from Rome’s tyranny. Jesus assures His disciples that this was all a part of God’s plan for their nation as well as the whole world. Continue reading “The Ministry of the Holy Spirit”
An individual’s immutable biological sex is objectively determined by anatomy, physiology, or genetics at or before birth. A person may determine that they wish to be known by an alternative gender, but this does not void their biological gender identity. Continue reading “Transgender Rights and the Constitution”