He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;
Luke 1:32 NASB
‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.’ Leviticus 17:11
Often when we think about the birth of Christ, we don’t reflect on why he really came here. We reflect on the peace and hope that came down to Earth, but none of that would come to pass, if Jesus wasn’t willing to be the atonement for our sins.
The world has a sin problem, and the wages of our sins is death. Our only hope for humanity was the arrival of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son, down here to save us from the wages of our sins.
Problem is without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin. We are all sinners, and none of us are able to atone ourselves from our sins. Doesn’t matter how many good works you do or how popular you are. We are all condemned by our own sins.
But God loves us enough, to send us a miracle. He sent us a Savior, a Messiah. That would take the wages for our sins for us. Jesus is the atonement for our sins. Celebrate the real gift this season, the gift of eternal life in Jesus Name Amen
After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Matthew 2:11 NASB
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” Exodus 3:14
When Moses asked God to identify himself, God simply stated “I AM WHO I AM” or also translated “ I will be who I will be”. God is telling Moses I will identify or manifest myself into whatever I want to. At this time, Moses probably had the closest relationship with God than anyone else had.
Fast forward almost 1500 years, and God becomes flesh being born of a virgin in a manger. Nobody expected the King of Kings to be born in a more humbling spot, but he lowered himself below the angels to bring hope for the hopeless and set the captives free
Many will say Jesus never said he was God, but those who understand the scriptures, knew exactly what Jesus was declaring when he made the seven “I AM” statements. The religious leaders knew exactly what he was saying, this is why they immediately wanted to charge him with blasphemy and stone him.
Jesus also said “I AM , the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end” (Revelation 22:13) Jesus wasn’t just a child born in a manger, he is “Immanuel” God in the flesh who came down to bring Heaven and Earth together, to save the world. If you want to know who God is, you must come through Jesus Christ Amen!
She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:21 NASB
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 3:15
Over the next month for the Christmas season, we will be taking a look at prophecies about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Tanakh or Old Testament. To start we don’t need to look much further than the first book of the Bible, Genesis.
After Satan corrupted the perfect world with sin and death, God told him he would be destroyed, his head would be crushed by his offspring. This prophecy came true when the virgin Mary gave birth to the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ. Because of this birth, humanity now has victory over Satan through Jesus Christ
The original Hebrew word for Enmity is “Ebah” this mean a deep hatred or hostility towards one another. When Satan corrupted mankind through Adam, God declared war on Satan through Jesus Christ. Satan inflicted his mass weapons of destruction including disease, illness, depression, anxiety, and even death.
But on the cross at Calvary, Jesus defeated all evil including sin and death. At that moment when he said “It is Finished” Satans head was crushed, the prophecy was completed. The enmity continues between Satan and Gods people. As he continues to wage war on the Christian Church, we need to remain strong and know Satan and his follower’s days are numbered. The serpents head has been crushed in Jesus name Amen!
So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. John 11:41
Before Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead , what did he do? He Thanked God the Father, for hearing his prayers. Throughout The Bible the common theme is thankfulness towards God. Even Jesus, who is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, took the time to acknowledge our Heavenly Father and give him glory for all his works
Thanksgiving is actually a religious holiday created based on The Bible. When the Protestants came to America, they replicated the Jewish festival of Sukkot. This holiday Jews celebrate Moses leading the Israelites to the Promise Land. The Protestants believed they were doing the same by coming to a new Promise Land (America) for freedom to worship Christ In 1863 Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a nation day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwells in Heaven”
As you gather together with your family and friends today, give Thanks to God, your Heavenly Father, for everything he has blessed you with, past and present. Often times we only talk to God when we are in need or hurting. How about just telling God Thanks for your life, for your family, and for Jesus Christ.
As Christians we have so much to be Thankful for, we have the salvation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We have the promise of a New Heaven and Earth, we have the promise of a pain free and happy eternal life in Gods Kingdom.
Give Thanks to God today for his love and mercy endures forever and ever in Jesus Name Amen!
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
Psalm 100:4 NIV
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
When is Jesus going to return? This has been a question since the 1rst Century Church began. Many Christians expected Christ to return almost immediately, while non- believer mock and scoff. So when is Jesus Christ going to return?
The Bible teaches us that God is prolonging his return as long as possible because he doesn’t want anyone to perish. See God wants everyone to come to the salvation of Christ, he doesn’t want anyone to have to face the wrath and judgment of our sins.
When Jesus does return Christians will rejoice but the wicked will mourn (Revelation 1:7) and even try to hide in caves and flee (Isaiah 2:19). But nobody who is left will be able to escape the Great Day of The Lord, where judgment comes upon the whole Earth (Zephaniah 1:14)
So if you wonder why Christ still hasn’t returned, its because God is patient and merciful. He is wanting and waiting for as many people as possible to come to salvation through Jesus Christ. God wants everyone to repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is near in Jesus Name Amen