And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.
The more time that I spend over the years reading and thinking about the account of Jesus’ birth, the more I think…this is such a strange story! By “story” I don’t mean “fiction.” I simply mean that it is a truly peculiar string of events. Take the sign that accompanied the birth of the Christ-child. No, not the star that rested over the place of his birth. Not the angels appearing to announce his birth to shepherds. I’m talking about the surprising sign of a dingy manger.… Continue reading
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
The cross event entails a blameless man, unworthy of death, murdered by guilty, vile men yet also dying on behalf of dirty defiled people who need a Savior. It’s the love story of love stories. Our loving Lord, seeing our need for a Savior, who is also just and requires death for sin, sees our rebellion. Instead of declaring us traitors and pronouncing, “Off with their heads!” (which we deserve), He sends His son to die in our place, the blameless for the guilty.
Paul, summarizes this reality in Romans 5:1-10
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
Why 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?”… Continue reading
“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