John the Witness

In John 1:19-28 John the the Baptist is asked to identify himself. He answered by saying “I am a voice…” and “I am unworthy…” John fulfilled prophecy but was not prideful. Like John, each of us is to be a vocal, humble witness. In order to magnify the Savior we are to be a voice, humbly but clearly speaking of the greatness of the Lord.

Grace upon Grace

John 1:14-18 proclaims the identity of Jesus in two complimentary ways. Jesus is Deity distinct from the Father, yet equal to and worthy to be called the one true God. Jesus was a real human being who enter our world as Emmanuel, God with us. The mission of Jesus was to bring grace: the unmerited, abundant favor and forgiveness of God to those who believe in Him.

A Witness to the Light

The Light is required because of the darkness of the hearts of man who rebel and seek autonomy rather than God. John the Baptist was a God-sent witness to Jesus, the True Light. Jesus was and still is rejected by many who love the darkness, but is received by all who believe in His name and become sons and daughters of grace.

The Word Made Flesh

Jesus is the divine, eternal Creator who entered our world to redeem mankind and reveal God to us. In Christ, God’s thoughts are made audible and God’s character is made visible. Let us study John’s Gospel so that we may come to faith in Christ and have our faith deepened and sustained.

The Eternal Word

The prologue to the Gospel of John (John 1:1-5) reveals the greatness of Christ. Jesus is the eternal, self existent God, the divine Word. He is the creative Word who created the visible and invisible world by the sheer power of His command. Christ is “the light of men,” the illuminating Word who brings us out of the darkness of our sin through his atoning death on our behalf. As we study the Gospel of John, may our prayer be “Make the deity of Jesus a burning reality in our souls.

Christ the Lord

Luke 2:10-11 affirms the identity and mission of the baby born at Christmas. Jesus is a Savior for all people, our Savior from sin's penalty and its rule over us. Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah (one anointed to perform a certain task). He fulfilled the roles of a prophet, priest, and king. Jesus is Lord, God the Son who has sovereign authority. God has acted in history to bring grace to us through Christ — will you accept His gift of grace?

Worship at Jesus' Feet

The second chapter of Matthew traces the steps of the magi as they bow at the feet of Jesus. The cruel tyrant, Herod, refused to bow due to hostility toward anyone who might threaten his rule. The chief priests and scribes knew the prophesies about the promised birth of the Messiah but were indifferent and did not pursue the Christ or bow before Him. The Wise Men, however, sought for Jesus, listened to what the Scriptures told about Him, and joyfully offered Him their gifts and their worship. Let us cast aside our hostility and indifference toward Christ the Savior and do the same.

Christmas Changes How We Look at Things

In chapter 10 of the Gospel of Mark, we see Jesus interacting with various groups of people and reminding them (and us) that our hearts are often hardened toward the things of God. It is necessary to receive Him like a child, to put away any idols in our heart which crowd out God, and to serve others. In Mark 10:45 Jesus explains the reason for His entry into our world: For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45 (ESV) The Son of Man is a title of honor and eternal power in the Bible. Yet the Son of Man voluntarily came to Earth to take the penalty for our disobedience to God.

The First Gospel

Genesis 3 chronicles Adam and Eve's disobedience, guilt, and punishment. All of mankind's enmity (opposition) to the serpent (Satan) is predicted. God also promises the eventual crushing of Satan through Christ's sacrificial death on the cross. Believers in Christ today can resist temptation -- we are no longer slaves to sin. In the future Satan will be completely and ultimately destroyed.

Giving Thanks

Psalms 100 reminds us that we are to come to worship with praise and thanksgiving already in our hearts. Gratitude should be a hallmark of every child of grace. It is not enough to feel grateful -- we should also express our thanks to God.

Our Loving God

On the cross, the wrath of God was satisfied and the love of God was magnified. God was not take by surprise; rather “God did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all.” The fulfillment of many prophecies during the crucifixion underscores that Jesus was the one sent by God’s foreknowledge and plan to take away the sin of the world.

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