Jesus Christ

Why All the Fuss?

Then I heard something like the voice of a vast multitude, like the sound of cascading waters, and like the rumbling of loud thunder, saying,

Hallelujah, because our Lord God, the Almighty,
reigns!
Let us be glad, rejoice, and give him glory,
because the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has prepared herself.
She was given fine linen to wear, bright and pure.

For the fine linen represents the righteous acts of the saints. Revelation 19:6 – 8 CSB

Have you ever wondered why we are so enchanted with Royal Weddings?

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Living in the Reign?

 

14 After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God: 15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:14 – 15 CSB

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Answering the Great Question

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And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:8 – 11

The Great Question

With the Christmas season being fully upon us, it is time to once again take a moment to contemplate the real story behind the holiday.  This incredible story centers upon a unique child born in the midst of unique circumstances.  Beyond being merely the stuff of legends or fairy tales, this story is one that people have lived and died for.  This story significantly altered the course of history.  These facts alone cause us to ask the great question, “Who is the Child in this story?”  We have to look no further than the Scriptures to find the answers.

According to the Scriptures…

The Child in the story is…

The One conceived by the Holy Spirit.

But as he (the fiancée the Child’s mother) considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.”  Matthew 1:20 (parenthesis added)

The One who saves us from our sins.

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”  Matthew 1:21

The One born of a virgin.

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”  Matthew 1:23a

God with us.

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”

(which means, God with us).  Matthew 1:23b

The Heir to David’s throne.

“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David…”  Luke 1:32

King over a never ending Kingdom.

“…and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”  Luke 1:33

The Son of God.

And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.”  Luke 1:35

Our Savior, Christ the Lord.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”  Luke 2:11

The One bringing peace to men.

“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”  Luke 2:14

The King of the Jews.

1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1 – 2

No Middle Ground

Everything turns on who we declare this Child to be.  There is no middle ground.  We cannot simply be indifferent to this Child’s identity.  He is either a child like any other, or He is the appointed King of God’s Kingdom.  To simply dismiss Him out of hand is a fatal error.  To fall before Him in adoring faith and worship is to find life eternal.  Those who embrace this Child as God’s one true King are those who will find themselves forever living in the Reign.

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Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Representing Jesus Well

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And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17 

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Home

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How lovely is your dwelling place,
    O Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
I long, yes, I faint with longing
    to enter the courts of the Lord.
With my whole being, body and soul,
    I will shout joyfully to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home,
    and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young
at a place near your altar,
    O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God!
What joy for those who can live in your house,
    always singing your praises. Psalm 84:1 – 4 NLT

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The Most Neglected Gift

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15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:15 – 17 ESV

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