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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The LORD, the Creator of all, clothes Himself with unapproachable light as a garment (Psalms 104:2, 1 Timothy 6:16), yet there was a time in history where He humbly clothed Himself with human skin and tabernacled among us. In the 89 chapters of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, we are privileged to behold the life of our Maker, the Man we call Jesus of Nazareth.

Seeing Jesus as the LORD changes the way we read the first four books of the New Testament that we call the Gospels. This single truth is what makes the Gospels exceedingly important to our growth in the knowledge of God. All four of them open up with the story of Jesus' relative, John the Baptist. According to Matthew 3:3, Mark 1:3, Luke 3:4, and John 1:23, John's ministry is set within the context of Isaiah 40:3-10, where the prophet speaks about a voice that proclaims "the gospel" and cries out to "prepare the way of the LORD" and to "make straight in the desert a highway for our God". John the Baptist identifies himself as that voice, and the very next person on the scene is none other than Jesus of Nazareth. This is the way that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John open and all say with piercing clarity: “Don't forget - Yahweh is who you're actually seeing as you look at Jesus”.

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