He was not the kind of man that most people would consider a powerful leader, or conqueror of nations. He worked with His hands and shaped wood from trees into useful objects for life. He used no force to compel anyone, He spoke humbly, and treated the lost, the broken, and the poor, with great compassion and love.
He did not attend a prominent Rabbinical school to learn the ancient scriptures. He was no author or traveling evangelist. There were no accolades or parades when He came into the world, though He created all that exists by the words of His mouth. Continue reading “From Creator To The Cross: An Impossible Truth”
The importance of the Virgin Birth of Jesus–cannot be overstated. If Jesus had not been conceived by the Holy Spirit and was instead–the result of a union between a human father and mother–He could not be the Savior of the world.
In the first prophecy of the Bible, the Messiah is described as One born by (The Seed of a Woman) without the aid of a human father.
Genesis 3:15a “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”
Luke 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.“ Continue reading “If Jesus was not Born of a Virgin, He Could not be our Savior”
The answer is: the life of this one man would have to be of infinite value.
How could an ordinary human being have a life of infinite value? He would have to originate before all other things and be the source of all that exists. This is precisely what we find in Jesus. He existed before anything else was created, and He is the source of all things which exist. Continue reading “How Could The Death of One Man Pay For the Sins of the World?”
There are many people, who over the course of their life, meet an individual who has claimed to be a Christian—who has exhibited behavior that is contrary to their particular belief, and caused other people to discount God altogether.
An enduring fact of life is that one of the leading causes of atheism is Christianity. Not that Jesus is the point of stumbling, but rather those who claim to follow him. Many people attribute the behavior of a person to the character of the God they claim to believe in. Forgetting that the Christian Gospel clearly declares that Jesus came into the world to save “sinners,” not the righteous. It is the very worst of the world that Jesus is most appealing to. The Christian life in following Jesus is frequently imperfect and lacking the basic qualities of love, patience, humility, and forgiveness. Those who are trying to follow Jesus will never be perfect in this life, although they should endeavor, constantly, to be more like Jesus in all their behavior.
It should also be understood that many people who take the name of “Christian,” are frauds. For reasons of personal financial gain or to achieve a position of authority or power, many individuals will label themselves a follower of Christ, without this fact being true.
Continue reading “Religious Frauds and Pretenders”
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”
How important is the virgin birth of Jesus? According to the Bible, if He was not conceived in the womb of a virgin, He would be unable to fulfill His mission as the promised Messiah.
Isaiah 7:14a 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. Continue reading “The “Almah” of Isaiah 7:14, is a Virgin”