Carols, greeting cards, and church bulletins all proclaim Christmas is about "joy" and "peace". But this year, there doesn't seem to be much of that in the world. So, what gives? When Christmas is placed in context to the larger story of the Bible, the reason for joy and peace becomes much clearer.
After His resurrection, the Jesus appears to His disciples several times, giving undeniable proof that He has risen from the dead. This episode details the final two appearances recorded by the Gospels, including His appearance to Thomas as well as to the disciples on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus' well-known, three-times repeated… Read More »
As He heads south to Judea, Jesus sends out an additional seventy(-two) of His disciples ahead of Him to prepare the people for His arrival. With only six months remaining in His public ministry, it was a critical time for the people of Israel to decide if they were for Jesus or against Him. This… Read More »
Just another day later according to John's gospel, Jesus meets a friend of Philip's named Nathanael. Nathanael enthusiastically confesses his belief in Jesus as the Christ. This episode expounds on the significance of Jesus' words about the heavens opening and "angels ascending and descending on the son of man". What a glorious passage!
Luke 2 tells us about an aged Jew, Simeon, who had been eagerly waiting for the fulfillment of all of God's promises to Israel. The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that the child Jesus would be the One who would bring all that the Prophets had promised to pass. But Jesus would be much… Read More »
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