Jesus Baptism — Inaugurating His Ministry

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imagesWhy was Jesus baptized? Out of all the issues presented in the Gospels this one can be troublesome on the surface if we interpret Jesus baptism like our own. Jesus is fully God and fully man. Never was He in sin, have sin, or commit sin. In fact, being God makes Him holy, pure, undefiled, and righteous. Yet He is fully man, just like you and me. He ate, slept, got tired, stressed, had a full range of emotions, was tempted, and yet He never sinned (Hebrews 4:15).

So why does a blameless man, fully God, need to “confess His sins before the body and associate with His own death, burial, and resurrection; and then be immersed in water?” Answer, He doesn’t.… Continue reading

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Christmas and the Creator: A Baby’s Breath

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A baby in a manger—what a little picture for such an immense person! Every Christmas we gaze in awe at a simple crèche and marvel at the miracle of the incarnation of the Son of God. Those tiny fingers belie the supreme power the person Himself not only possesses, but has already exercised. Even in His infancy Jesus embodied the fullness of the Godhead. The Son of God, “though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:6–7 ESV).… Continue reading

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Christmas Humility

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“Have this attitude in yourselves, which was also in Christ Jesus…” (Philippians 2:5)

Merry Christmas, dear reader!  It’s that time of year again, when Christians across the globe take time to celebrate the day the Savior of the World, the Son of God himself, was born into this fallen world to take away the sins of his people through his sacrificial death on the Cross.  It is my assumption that you, if you are reading this blog, are likely among them.  If that is true, I’d like to ask you a question.

Is your remembrance and celebration of the incarnation of the Son of God, making you a more humble person? Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Advents

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“Christmas is coming!” Children and adults alike express their excitement at this wonderful time of the year with all of its activities, decorations, goodies, and gifts. Far from the hearts and minds of most people at this time of year is yet another exclamation: “Christ is coming!” Yet, the believers living in those last few centuries before the First Advent of Jesus Christ did look forward and think, “The Messiah (Christ) is coming!”

“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the Lord.” (Zechariah 2:10 ESV)

“Behold, I come” literally says, “I am about to come!” A special Hebrew construction (sometimes referred to as the imminent future) expresses that concept..… Continue reading

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Thomas Watson on Why God Became Man

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Why did God become man?  It’s a remarkable thing, isn’t it?  And there is no more opportune time throughout the year than now to share with others the reasons for it.

In the Gospel of Luke, we read:

“Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:11-12).

These well known words are the heavenly announcement of the Incarnation of the Son of God.  Here in Luke 2, the angel is announcing the birth of Israel’s Savior-King. … Continue reading

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