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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Word Made Flesh

John 1:14

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.

John is presenting Jesus as the only begotten Son of the living God who was present with the Father who came to earth as a new born baby and grew as any human while retaining His deity.
Christ came to earth with one mission, which was to redeem man from sin and restore a right relationship with the Father. Christ knew He had to die a horrible death, but that didn't faze Him because He knew His powers.
During Christ's earthly stay He performed many miracles and did signs and wonders authenticating His deity; even then many failed to recognize Him as the promised Messiah. Many recognized Jesus as the Christ; they worshiped Him, followed Him and many became His disciples.
Christ set the perfect example in everything He did so that mankind would have a perfect model to follow. He is the truth, the way and the light to righteousness and spending eternity with Him. It is noteworthy to say, all believers have the indwelling Holy Spirit to aid in our effort of holy living.
Let's close today's discussions by saying Christ is the answer as He is a constant companion. He is on-time in supplying all our needs. Christ was made flesh to identify with humanity's needs.
Christ was made flesh and is now seated at the right hand of the Father. Sing praises to His holy name.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Jesus The Lamb Of God

John 1:29

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him; and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

The setting for today's topical discussion is John the forerunner of Jesus was baptizing in the Jordan River when he saw Jesus coming to be baptized of him. John recognized Jesus for who He was, the Lamb of God who was slain from the foundation of the world as the perfect sacrificial lamb who would give His life as a ransom for many.
John has been telling his followers that one would be coming after him who would take away the sins of the world and this person would baptize them in the Holy Ghost (v. 32).
Water baptism is symbolic of the baptism that has occurred when the person accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. The key ingredient is repentance whether being baptized with water or with the Holy Spirit. Accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior all believers has a restored fellowship with God the Father.  Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God has opened the door for all believers to gain access to the Father.
Jesus as the Lamb of God did what no human priests could do in that Christ needed no cleansing from His sins; He had no sins. Jesus as the Lamb of God established a more perfect covenant as God's holy laws are written in the hearts of men.
Jesus is the perfect Lamb of God; honor Him with all our being.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"The Holy One Of God"

Mark 1:24

...Let us alone; what have we to do with thee; thou Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us? I know who thou art, the Holy One of God.

The setting for today's topical discussion is Jesus during His earthly ministry casted out unclean spirits in the synagogue in the city of Capernaum where He encountered a man possessed with an unclean spirit (v. 21).
The synagogue was a place of gathering and after the Babylonian exile it became a Jewish place of prayer and worship. Jesus was teaching in the synagogue with power and authority when the man with the unclean spirit recognized Jesus as someone out of the ordinary (v. 23). See, the devil knew Jesus and His mission. The unclean spirit wanted no parts of Jesus, because he knew he would be destroyed by being casted of the tormented man and the man would be made whole.
Jesus' mission was to heal sin-sick souls and heal physical illness as He did on many occasions. When we call on the name of Jesus He is still healing all manner of diseases. If we need Satan casted out of our lives call on the name of Jesus; ask Him to come into your live.
He is the holy One of God who can and will heal, redeem and save. Jesus is the holy One of God as He was sent from God to be the Savior of the world.
Jesus Christ our holy One of God who is God.
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Friday, December 11, 2015

The Messiah

John 1:41

He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, we have found the Messiah, which is being interpreted, the Christ.

The setting for today's discussion is during Jesus' ministry and was gathering His disciples while John the Baptist was preaching preparing the way for Jesus. John the Baptist called Jesus the Lamb of God which He was. Two of the disciples had heard Jesus speak and knew something was different about the way and authority in which He spoke. They decided to follow Him and wanted Simon to come see the One they had been waiting for and when Jesus saw Simon Peter, He immediately called him Cephas-a stone.
Jesus being the promised Messiah fulfilled His earthly mission, which included providing salvation to all who believe on Him. He preached salvation; He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind and made the lame to walk, raised the dead, and even casted out demons; only the Christ.
Jesus Christ the Messiah and is alive, have you seen Him? He is still preaching repent and be saved as this is the way to salvation. His soul saving spiritual invitation remains open to lost souls. Once you meet Jesus you will say like John the Baptist, behold the Lamb of God. He is the anointed One sent from God as He is God.
Follow Jesus He is the promised Messiah. He came the first time to save souls when He returns will be with saved souls. Will you be with Him?
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Monday, December 7, 2015

The Wise Men Visit

Matthew 2:1

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the King, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.

Continuing our discussion on Christ's birth; today's focus is Christ being visited by the wise men from the east. This because all had been expecting the coming Messiah and news of His birth has spread across the nation like wild fire. The Wise men hearing of Christ's birth was no exception and they traveled a great distance to see the Christ child; rightly so as these men were religious educated men who like others of their day had believed the promise of the coming Messiah and with the grand announcement being made by the angels and worshiped by the heavenly host created a desire and determination to witness and worship this great wonder firsthand.
These questions come to mind; given the great expectation of the coming Messiah and when His arrival is announced would you travel to see the Savior, the new born King of Kings? Upon arriving at His birth place what would you give as expressions of gratitude to the Father for sending His Son to save mankind? How would you worship the King, with heartfelt praises, the singing of hymns and in songs?
What gifts would you bring to honor the new born King? Whatever gift you give is in remembrance of the greatest gift ever given and received-salvation.
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Friday, December 4, 2015

The Angelic Announcement

Luke 2:10

And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

As we continue our discussions on the birth of Christ; today's focus is the angels making the grand announcement informing the world that on this day Christ our Lord and Savior is born and there is great joy to all people.
The angels first appeared to the shepherds who were abiding in the fields tending their flock and the angels proceeded to state their reason for appearing. The angels' announcement confirmed that the prophesied Christ was born and the entire world should rejoice. This is because Christ's birth had been prophesied many generations ago, but in God the Father's own time He fulfilled that promise. Christ's birth also confirmed God the Father's faithfulness of keeping His promises.
There were great joy in that the Savior had come as many died looking for the promised Messiah. Great joy was felt throughout the land and even the stars in heaven shinned brightly and a star guided worshippers to where the Christ child was.
As we celebrate this Christmas let us remember why the celebration; let great joy rule our hearts and actions while thanking God for sending His only begotten Son to redeem man and restore a broken fellowship. During our celebratory manner let us remember that Christ is the reason for our celebration just at it was for the angels and the heavenly host at the time of His birth.
Just as the angels announced Christ's birth let us tell the world that our Savior lives.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Prophesied Christ

Isaiah 7:14

...The Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

The prophet Isaiah is prophesying about the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ many generations before God the Father fulfilled His promise of sending a Savior to reconcile mankind back to Himself. Isaiah even gave the name of the Messiah, Immanuel which means God with us and rightly so because Jesus Christ was in the beginning with God and was the Word of God who became flesh as He was in the beginning with God (John 1:1-2, 14).
Therefore, Christ existed long before His virgin birth. It was in Christ that humanity and deity met, which means Christ was fully God and human at the same time. It is in Christ that all who believes have salvation and will spend eternity with God. It is in Christ all of God the Father's requirements for sin atonement was met.
Christ's virgin birth holds significance in that being a virgin represents purity in that His mother Mary had not known her husband before marriage, and remained so until after the birth of her Son Jesus.
It is noteworthy to say that every aspect of Isaiah's prophecy was fulfilled at Christ's birth. The prophet Isaiah spoke just as God told him as he was hope to God's people of a brighter day ahead. All before Christ's birth look forward to the cross and all after His birth look back on the cross and thank God for sending His only begotten Son into the world to be the Savior of the world.
As we celebrate this Christmas let us remember that Christ is the reason for the season. He is Christmas and without His birth there would be nothing to celebrate.
Christ is the prophesied Christ.

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