A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. Luke 2:32
There was a man named Simon, who was filled with the Holy Spirit, and God told him he would not die until he saw the Messiah (Christ) On the day Jesus was brought to the temple for the day of consecration, the Holy Spirit revealed to Simon, Jesus is the Messiah!
Simon quoted the prophet Isaiah , who foretold that the Messiah would not only save Israel, but will also save the entire world. Jesus didn’t just come to save the Jewish people, he also came as the light of the Gentiles to bring everyone into his New Covenant made by the shedding of his blood
This is a glorious event, as before Christ came, the Gentiles were on the outside of Gods covenant. However because of Christ, and his sacrifice he made for us all, we can be Born Again into Gods New Covenant by the blood of Jesus Christ! Hallelujah to the Lamb of God
And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. Luke 2:34-35
The child, Jesus Christ was born, has come to break down the religious establishment and give us a personal relationship with God. Jesus is like a sword that pierces the soul, some accept him some reject him, but the truth is once you meet Jesus you will never be the same again
The light of the world, Jesus Christ, has brought his light into our darkness and delivered us from sin and death. Glory to God in the highest Amen!
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
2 Corinthians 4:16 NASB
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
This prophecy written by Isaiah over 700 years before Jesus was born, gives us immense insight on who Jesus truly is. A child is born, meaning God is going to become human to deliver us. Can we even begin to fathom an Eternal God taking on human form to live among us? This seems impossible or maybe even incomprehensible. But this is what God did to have a relationship with You!
Is there any question or doubt that Jesus is God? Notice the title in the prophecy given to Christ, The Mighty God. Since we know there is only One God, then we know Jesus is The Mighty God. If Jesus isn’t the Mighty God then this prophecy isn’t about him, then who would this prophecy be about? Who else fulfilled over 300 Messianic prophecies of the scriptures?
You might say, how can Jesus be The Mighty God and die on the cross? The Mighty God is a Triune God consisting of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You might say, I don’t understand therefore its not true! Do you understand how the universe came into existence, do you understand how every planet and star were formed and put in their place? You can’t even begin to fathom God, why do you believe you understand his nature?
The Christ has come! This is a reason to celebrate, this is a reason to repent and receive your Lord and God in Jesus name Amen!
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1 Corinthians 15:52 KJV
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Genesis 3:15
The very first prophecy of the coming of the Christ (Messiah) was here in Genesis. When sin has entered into the world, causing death and suffering, God already had his redemption plan. This began the war between God and Satan, you are part of that war whether you want to believe it or not. You will either be victors through Jesus Christ or another casualty of Satan
The word enmity means hostility, this is why the world is Anti-Christ. Satan is ruler of this current world (Ephesians 2, John 12) Satan hates Jesus because he is ultimately under his authority. That’s why this world will never be truly accepting of the pure gospel or the Holy Spirit
The Seed mentioned here is Jesus Christ, God becoming flesh (John 1:14) to save us from our sins. However the way Jesus defeated Satan and death was unexpected. The prophecy of Isaiah 53 was missed by many, and therefor when the Christ came to Earth, they knew him not
But that Seed, the Christ (Messiah) fulfilled all things. He paid the penalty for our sins and overcame the grave! Satan is now powerless to those who are Born Again in Christ. We have overcome Sin and Death by the blood of Jesus Christ.
Furthermore The Holy Spirit was sent and now lives inside the Born Again believers. The same power that resurrected Christ from the grave is now living and breathing inside his Sheep. While the enmity continues today against Christ and his followers, Satan knows he has been defeated at the cross and his days are numbered
This is a spiritual war we are in, without the Armor of God, you will be devoured by the roaring lion Satan. Get Born Again and filled with the Holy Spirit in Jesus Name Amen!
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:6-8
When you think about the birth of Christ, we must first understand and remember that Jesus is fully God and was fully human. This is a concept that can be difficult to grasp, and because of that we see a lot of people making the mistake of either making Jesus just human or just divine, but he was both
Understanding this, we must remember that Jesus is eternal (Revelation 1:8). Jesus actually created all thing (Colossians 1:16, John 1:3) Jesus was there in the beginning with the Father and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:26) So when we celebrate or think about our Saviors birth , we must understand that Jesus being eternal, decided to lower himself to become human, so he could die for our sins
When you understand this concept, the amazing love and sacrifice that Christ displayed towards, even when we were still in rebellion against him. How can you fathom a God , who cared enough about his people, to die for them and then adopt them as his children!
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11
This is why we worship Jesus Christ, because he is God in the flesh, that actually came down to die for our sins. Its says Every Knee will bow not just in Heaven but also on Earth and under the Earth (Hell). Yes even the demons will bow down to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Understand this, the birth of Christ was for you! There is no other act in humanity that can surpass what Jesus did for you and me! Amen!
When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things. When it was already quite late, His disciples came to Him and said, “This place is desolate and it is already quite late; Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat. Mark 6:34-36
As we eat our Thanksgiving feast this year with your family, lets reflect on another large feast that happened. However this had different circumstances. There was about 5,000 people who came to hear Jesus teaching, and it began to get late. These people have traveled far distances with children, and are all very hungry at this point
But He answered them, “You give them something to eat!” And they said to Him, “Shall we go and spend two hundred denarii on bread and give them something to eat?” Mark 6:37
The disciples initial reaction was to send everyone away to get their own food. But notice Jesus response “You give them something to Eat!” The disciples response is “It would take a years salary to feed all these people”, but Jesus knew God would provide
And He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go look!” And when they found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” And He commanded them all to sit down by groups on the green grass. They sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. Mark 6:38-40
Jesus question to the disciples is “What do you got?” They responded he only had 5 loaves and 2 fish, which by our human standard we would say this is impossible to feed 5 thousand people. But Jesus response is “Sit Down”! Jesus is saying Sit down God has got this!
And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food and broke the loaves and He kept giving them to the disciples to set before them; and He divided up the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied, Mark 6:41-42
Notice Jesus took the food and blessed it! And the little bit of food they had was multiplied, God provides! God took what little food they had to offer and used it to feed the masses!
This Thanksgiving before you eat, remember to Thank God for all he has provided so he can bless what you have to fulfill your needs in Jesus Name Amen!
Can we ever truly appreciate anything if we are not thankful? I don’t believe so, its almost like the spoiled rich kid who never had a want, they never appreciated anything because they never had to yearn for anything. And even though they were filled with materialistic desires, they were never satisfied and never thankful
Born Again Christians are thankful for Jesus Christ because they understood they were dead in their sins. We are thankful because we understand that we could never earn our own salvation and we never deserved Gods mercy, but Christ gave us grace anyway
Thank God for everything, for your life, for your family, for the very hairs on your head and the breath in your lungs. Most importantly Thank God for our Lord Jesus Christ! Amen!
Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, Romans 16:25
The mystery of the coming of the Messiah has been a mystery since the beginning of the world. Think about that, when Christ was creating the world he already was planning on saving the world. God had a redemption plan before you were even born, Satan was already defeated before he even began!
Make notice that even though God had his redemption plan since the beginning, Satan had no clue about this mystery. Throughout history Satan tried to kill the Messiah. He tried to kill Joseph, Moses, David, Elijah, ect. Satan had no clue who God would make the Messiah, and he failed miserably at trying to kill off the sacred line that would produce the Messiah
But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: Romans 16:26
Throughout the scriptures God fortold about the coming of the Messiah. There are over 300 prophecies that were fulfilled by Jesus Christ. Even though Satan had this knowledge he still couldn’t solve the mystery of the Messiah.
Messiah came as nobody would have ever predicted. He was born in a stable, to some poor young couple. He didn’t arrive in a palace from a royal family. He had no worldly wealth or worldly status, however Jesus is God in the flesh who came to save the world
It wasn’t until Jesus willingly laid down his life as the Lamb of God until it was Finished!