Category Archives: Jesus

The Virgin Birth Part 1

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

The virgin birth of Jesus Christ, I believe is an essential doctrine of Christianity. Why? Well first in order for Jesus to remain sinless as a human, he needed to be born without sin. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary. Therefor Jesus is the Son of God, not the Son of a Man. If Jesus was conceived by a Man, then the sinful nature of that bloodline would have corrupted Christ

When we look at the Apostles Creed , we see that the Virgin Birth is stated there. Why? Because the early Church considered it to be an essential doctrine of Christianity. If the Virgin Birth wasn’t important, then it most likely wouldn’t have been listed on the Apostles Creed. The Creed is a statement of shared beliefs of a community. The Virgin Birth is also listed in other Creeds

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.

In the scriptures , Israel is under attack, however God tells the prophet Isaiah to tell King Ahaz he would send a sign of Israel’s redemption. That sign is a Son (Jesus) to be born of a Virgin. Now one of the arguments is the original Hebrew word translated as Virgin is “Haalmah”. This word can be translated as “Young girl”, “Maid”, “Damsel”, or “Virgin” There’s obviously been a lot of scholarly work done on this issue, you can research on YouTube. However most Hebrew scholars would agree the correct translation would be “Virgin” for this passage. Knowing the Jewish culture during this time, a young girl would still be a virgin if unmarried, because typically premarital sex was not common due to the strict penalties and their faith in God

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us Matthew 1:23

The Apostle Matthew documents the fulfillment of this prophecy being Jesus Christ. Now notice the title given to Christ in both of these passages “Immanuel” (Emmanuel) This title means God is With Us! Meaning God became human and lived among us (John 1:14)

 

Heart of Christmas

Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26

Why do people reject Christ? Why do people continue to runaway from God? Because they have hearts of stone. When you live for the flesh, your only future is death. When you live in the Spirit for Christ, your future is everlasting life. This can only happen if God has given you a spiritual heart transplant

Over 2,000 years ago, God became human and came down to live among us in Jesus Christ. The greatest gift of Grace was sent down to all of us, who is willing to receive it? Who is willing to receive Jesus Christ in their hearts? Who is willing to leave behind the old sins of the past and follow the Savior Jesus?

If you receive this gift , God will place a New Heart inside you, the Holy Spirit will live in you! This is the Heart of Christmas, to accept the greatest gift of Jesus Christ into your heart

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

Jesus  is making all things new, including You! Receive him into your heart and let him create a clean and new heart inside you. The old Heart of Stone must first be removed,Repent and receive your Lord and Savior, the newborn King of Kings!

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8

Do you want to live in the Kingdom of God with our Lord Jesus for all eternity? If so you must receive the gift of Grace God has sent to us. Only the Pure in Heart, the ones with a renewed Heart in Christ will see God Amen!

In The Beginning

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:1-3

Those who don’t believe Jesus is God in the flesh, they don’t know the real Jesus. Here the Apostle John explains to us how the Father and Son are One God yet separate entities. This is hard for our human minds to comprehend , but would you really expect God to be easily grasped by mere humans? If God were so simple as a piece of wood or iron, would you be in awe of him?

Charles Spurgeon writes “If Jesus isn’t God then were are all idolaters” of course I’m paraphrasing here but old Charles is right. If Jesus isn’t God why are you even a Christian? How can you come into complete worship , unless you believe Jesus is Immanuel?You can’t , because if you don’t believe Jesus is God, then you will refrain from worshipping him. Which is the rejection of Christ!

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 1:14

The Word , Jesus Christ, was made human and lived with us. Can you image God became human to live with us? To teach us his ways, to die for our sins, and to defeat death and Satan! This was prophecied throughout the Old Testament, the Seed, Immanuel, The Son called Mighty God would be born!

Light Of The World

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!

Unto Us A Child is Born

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!