Monday, November 23, 2009

The Humanity of Jesus

Part 2 of The Real Jesus

"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel,"--which means, "God with us" (Matthew 1:22).

Three reasons why God the Son needed to become human:
  1. To be our example (1 John 2:6)
  2. To be our mediator (1 Timothy 2:5)
  3. To be our substitute (Hebrews 2:16-17)

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Deity of Jesus

Part 1 of The Real Jesus

", a mere man, claim to be God."--Jesus' enemies in John 10:33

No one is more loved and hated that Jesus Christ.
  • "Jesus" (Greek) is equivalent to "Joshua" (Hebrew) and means "the Lord saves."
  • "Christ" (Greek) is equivalent to "Messiah" (Hebrew) and means "the Anointed One."
What did Jesus say about Himself?
  1. Jesus said He is eternal (John 8:58).
  2. Jesus said He is sinless (John 8:46).
  3. Jesus said He can forgive sin (Mark 2:5).
  4. Jesus said He has power over death (John 2:19).
  5. Jesus said He is the Son of Man (Matthew 26:64).
  6. Jesus said He is equal with God the Father (John 10:30).
  7. Jesus said He is the only way to heaven (John 14:6).
"I am trying to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about him, 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the sort of thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic--on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg--or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God; or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."--C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


Friday, November 13, 2009

New Series: The Real Jesus

Christmas is getting close, and once again we will celebrate the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. But do we really understand who Jesus is? Over the next few weeks, I will post a five messages that will present the truth about the Baby in the manger.
  1. The Deity of Jesus
  2. The Humanity of Jesus
  3. The Virgin Birth of Jesus
  4. The Self-Emptying of Jesus
  5. The Mission of Jesus

Monday, November 9, 2009

God's Message of Triumph

Part 4 of Haggai

God's message to Zerubbabel (2:20-23) points forward to Jesus Christ:
  • "Son of Shealtiel": Jesus (as to His human nature) is a descendent of King David through Shealtiel.
  • "My Servant": Jesus is Isaiah's "Servant of the Lord."
  • "Chosen": Jesus is the "Messiah," which means "chosen one."
  • "Signet Ring": Jesus will reverse the curse on King Jehoiachin and reign as King of kings.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Remembrance Day Communion Meditation

The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes (1 Corinthians 11:23b-26).

Twice Jesus told His followers, "Do this in remembrance of me." It's as if Jesus said, "When I am gone, don't forget Me. Whenever you eat this and drink this cup, remember Me and all that I suffered for your sake."

Today, I am wearing a poppy as a symbol of remembrance, a reminder of the blood-red flower that still grows on the former battlefields of France and Belgium. During the terrible bloodshed of the second battle of Ypres in the spring of 1915, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, a doctor serving with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, wrote of these flowers which lived among the graves of dead soldiers.

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

As Christians, we also have symbols of remembrance. These symbols are before us: the bread and the cup of the Lord's Supper. Why do we need Remembrance Day and the Lord's Supper? Because we are forgetful people. We need to be reminded to remember.

On Remembrance Day, we hear the phrase, "Lest we forget." As Canadians, we should never forget the sacrifice of our brave soldiers who lost their lives in battle. And as Christians, we should never forget the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ who gave His life for our eternal salvation.

Monday, November 2, 2009

God's Message of Correction

Part 3 of Haggai

Religious acts do not make us holy. But the defilement of our hearts do make our acts defiled.

God blesses those who serve Him with pure hearts.