Why the King of kings Came into the World–Poor and Destitute

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The idea that the King of kings would be born to a poor family in the most unlikely of towns, to a nation which had only a distant memory of glory, is unthinkable. Yet, these were the circumstances which God chose to announce the birth of His Son. The Messiah coming as a root out of dry ground is descriptive of the time in which Jesus came into the world. The former glory of David’s kingdom of princes and kings was now reduced to dry ground and beggars. Jesus comes from the root of David’s kingdom, but that glorious kingdom has long since faded.

Many Bible critics claim that the story of Jesus Christ is a contrived myth made up by men in the first century. What story teller who desired to make his account popular, would choose the background that the writers of the New Testament chose for Jesus Christ?

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Jesus Said: “If You Have Seen Me, You Have Seen God”

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John 14:8-10 Philip said to Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 

Until Jesus came in fulfillment of the Messiah, no one had ever seen God face to face. Moses had earnestly desired to see the face of God but was told by Him: No man can see My face and live.

Exodus 33:18-19 And Moses said, “Please, show me Your glory.” Then the Lord said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.”

Jesus came as God, veiled in human flesh, with the full intensity of God’s glory hidden within Jesus. If Jesus had removed the veil of His flesh to reveal to the world His full glory, the light of that glory would have consumed every person on the planet.

When Phillip asked Jesus to show him the Father, Jesus said: He who has seen me has seen the Father. In other words: “Phillip, if you have seen me, you have seen God” (John 14:8-10, above).

If you want to know what God is like, look at Jesus. If you want to hear the words of God, listen to Jesus. The fullness of God is revealed in Jesus Christ, not in a mystical way but literally dwelling within Jesus. The mystery of the ages is that God could dwell within the body of a man. Continue reading “Jesus Said: “If You Have Seen Me, You Have Seen God””

When God Learned

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A mystery of the ages, is found in the fulfillment Isaiah’s Prophecy of the Messiah:

Isaiah 50:4 “The Lord GOD has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned.

Isaiah describes a Messiah who is God but coming to earth as a child–He must learn as all human beings must learn. Later, in the book of Hebrews, Paul describes Jesus as the Son of God, the Messiah and the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy–who learned obedience by the things that He suffered.

Hebrews 5:8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

Consider the Creator of the heavens and the earth acquiring knowledge. Would the God who assembled the matter of the cosmos need to learn? One of the attributes of the Living God is that He knows all things.

1 John 3:20 God…knows all things.

Acts 15:18 Known to God from eternity are all His works.

The Bible describes Jesus as the Creator of all things, and by Him everything that exists came into being and is held together by His power.

Colossians 1:16-17 For by Jesus all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. (RCR)

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Why God Came to Earth as a Baby

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Isaiah 9:6b For unto us a Child is born

Luke 1:30-32 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest…

One of the mysteries of salvation is why our Savior would come to us as a child. Why did God not send the Messiah to us as a fully formed and mature human being? We see manifestations of Jesus, in the Old Testament, as the Angel of the Lord in the form of a man. Why send the Son of God to earth and necessitate that He must be born as a helpless baby? Continue reading “Why God Came to Earth as a Baby”

When God Became a Man

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Isaiah 7:14b Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin (Almah) shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

It was customary during the writing of the Old Testament that upon the birth of a baby, the naming of that child was related to his future character and destiny. By Isaiah predicting that this child would be born of a virgin and He would be called Immanuel, it is clear that the Holy Spirit was revealing that the Messiah would be God Himself, dwelling in the body of a human being. Continue reading “When God Became a Man”