Posts Tagged ‘Messiah

24
Jan
20

God’s Awesome Secret

The apostle Paul knew his purpose in life. It was to proclaim a message that had been hidden for centuries. It was an amazing message that had been kept secret until the time was right. Paul wrote in Colossians 1:25-26 (NLT):
God has given me the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his entire message to you. 26 This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people.
Paul’s mission was to share the message of God’s grace with the Gentiles. They had been in the dark for centuries and centuries. But when Jesus Christ came into the world, grace came with Him. This grace was sufficient to reach the whole world with God’s love. The mystery of God was how He could take a people who were not His people and make them His people. Gentiles were welcome to become part of God’s family when God’s plan of redemption was fully revealed. For 4,000 years, God’s plan was to call to Himself a people, who were the Jews, and to send a Messiah through them who would save the whole world. Everyone is free to come and know the Lord and that includes you.
08
Nov
19

Pointing To Jesus

In 2 Peter 1, Peter was writing about the voice of the Father confirming that Jesus was His Son. God the Father said that Jesus was indeed was His beloved Son and He was pleased with Him. Peter wrote in 2 Peter 1:19 (NLT):

Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts.

The prophets of the Old Testament proclaimed the message that God would send a Messiah to save the world. They were pointing to Jesus! Jesus, who was and is God, came to earth in human flesh to take away the sins of the world. It is through Jesus that we have forgiveness and hope. We have peace with God and peace from God through Jesus. When Jesus came, everything changed. May He shine in your heart today so that others will see Jesus through you.

05
Sep
18

Jesus Was A Teacher

Jesus Christ is many things. He is the Son of God. He is the Savior of the world. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the Friend of sinners. He was also a teacher. Matthew, in his biography of Jesus, wrote:

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them. – Matthew 5:1-2 (NIV)

This is how Matthew begins his account of the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus, exercising the authority given to Him by God the Father, taught people. Jesus, who was God in human flesh, taught people how to have a loving relationship with God and how to please God. He taught people how to have better relationships with others, too. Jesus was more than just a teacher, though. He is the Messiah and He came to seek and to save the lost and to bring them home. If you feel lost, know that Jesus is chasing after you to bring you home. He knows right where you are, so you can stop running away and just fall into His arms and He will teach you how to know and love God.
15
Mar
18

The Reliability Of Prophets

Peter, defending Jesus as the Christ and Son of God, says that he and his fellow disciples SAW Him. He says that that HEARD the Father identify Jesus as His Son. Now, Peter points back to the prophets of the Old Testament as a reliable witness to the life of Jesus. Peter wrote:

We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. – 2 Peter 1:19 (NIV)

The Old Testament prophets said that God would send a Messiah through the line of David to free people from their bondage and slavery to sin. Jesus came to do just that. Jesus died on a Roman cross to set us free from sin and its consequences. God raised Him from the dead three days later and now we have the hope of eternal life through Him. Jesus fulfilled prophecy after prophecy to show that He is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
13
Mar
18

Jesus Is No Fairytale

Some people like to think of God’s Word, the Bible, as a collection of myths and legends. There are some who believe that Jesus was a mythical person or a prophet or a good teacher. He had a good message of morality and love, but as far as being the Son of God or Messiah, they’re not willing to go that far. What if there were eyewitnesses to Jesus who were willing to die for what they saw? That’s who Peter was. He wrote:

For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. – 2 Peter 1:16 (NIV)

Peter says that those with him did not make up the stories about Jesus. They saw Him, in the flesh, do all of the things that Scripture says He did. They saw Him fulfill prophecy. They saw Him heal people and perform miracles. They saw His majesty. Jesus Christ is no mythical figure. Jesus Christ is no mere teacher or prophet. Jesus Christ is the King of kings and Lord of lords. Whether you believe it or not, it’s the truth.
24
Nov
17

The Angels’ Longing

The Holy Spirit of God revealed the sufferings and glorification of Jesus the Messiah to the Old Testament prophets. They wrote about them, not for their own benefit, but for ours. Peter says:

It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. – 1 Peter 1:12 (NIV)

Did you hear that? The angels of God longed to know what was going to happen on earth. Angels are not all-knowing creatures or beings. They anxiously awaited God’s plan to be revealed, just as humanity did. Oh what a plan it is! To forgive and save humanity from our sin and wickedness by His grace through Jesus Christ, our Savior. The angels of Heaven could not have conceived of this amazing plan. But God knew all along how He was going to rescue us from death. That’s what He did. He chose to save humanity by sending His Son. Now, we who receive salvation through Him rejoice because of God’s amazing grace and love.
22
Nov
17

The Prophets’ Jealousy

Good Wednesday morning to you! Peter, in talking about our salvation that comes by grace through faith in Jesus, says that the Old Testament prophets were longing to see the day that the Messiah would fulfill their words. He wrote:​​

Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care,11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. – 1 Peter 1:10-11 (NIV)

The Holy Spirit predicted not only the sufferings of the Messiah, Jesus, but also predicted His glorious resurrection, ascension and exaltation. We should be thanking and praising the Lord that we have received this salvation. The prophets longed to experience what we have experienced. So give thanks to God that though you were once lost, now you’ve been found and though you were blind, now you see.



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