A Fresh Look at the Identity and Deity of Jesus

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKG5zqgSkUE&t=310s

The Resurrection of Christ

A Broadcast with R.C. Sproul

The heart and soul of the Christian faith is found in the announcement, “He is risen.” Today, R.C. Sproul meditates on the resurrection of Christ and explains how our Lord’s victory over death encourages us to suffer with hope.

The Atonement

A Broadcast with R.C. Sproul

What happened on the cross? Why did Jesus need to die? Today, R.C. Sproul continues his exposition of the gospel of Mark, expressing why Christ’s death was required to bring reconciliation between the holy God and His sinful people.

A Passage To Ponder: Luke 15

Last night at the Florida College Lectures, Phillip Shumake, presented a lesson from Luke 15, on probably the most famous of Jesus’ parables. Like Phillip and the Dutch artist Rembrandt, whose masterpiece depicted the return of the Prodigal, we also share fascination with this parable.

These parables were precipitated, as Phillip pointed out, by the Pharisees who criticized Jesus and murmured, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” The insinuation and implication is that Jesus associates with sinners because he is one of them. In other words, “birds of a feather flock together.”

In response to their accusations, Jesus told three parables. The lost sheep. The lost coin. And the lost son. Indeed these parable are like “a three act play” that present a unifying theme. All three were lost. And all three were diligently sought. And when they were found rejoicing ensued.

The three increase in their seriousness and intensity. The first two speak of a sheep who wanders away by sheer animal instinct. The coin was lost due to the carelessness of the owner. But latter is about the younger son of a wealthy plantation owner who demanded his share of his inheritance. The father grants the boy’s request. And soon thereafter he leaves. His lost condition was a choice that he made. And a human soul was at stake.

The story says “he journeyed to a far country.” I suppose to get as far away from home as possible. It has been observed that before one goes into the “far country of sin” it has already existed in our hearts.

Read on at: https://thepreachersword.com/2021/05/12/a-passage-to-ponder-luke-15/

Why Jesus is the Jewish Messiah: A Look at the Names for the Messiah


A Look at the Jesus Story, Oral Tradition and Eyewitness Memory


Why Jesus is the Jewish Messiah: A Look at the Names for the Messiah


Over the years I have been asked why Jewish people don’t think Jesus is the Messiah. From my own experience, when I have talked to Jewish people about the possibility of Jesus being the Messiah, there is a wide range of thought. For some Jewish people a personal Messiah is irrelevant. For others, it is said that in every generation there is a potential messiah or a time when there will be a Messianic Age. One thing for sure:  To assert that the Jewish community has always held to one view of the Messiah is total nonsense.

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Greater Is He

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
1 John 4:4 

Perhaps Satan’s greatest trick concerns his own identity. He has enabled the world to think of him as an impish demon, dressed in red, with a pitchfork and a pointy tail. He is pictured as sitting on one’s shoulder, whispering suggestions into the ear—a cartoon character worthy of a laugh. But nothing could be more wrong.
Instead of a red-dressed imp, Satan is a powerful being, portrayed in Scripture like a “roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). He can destroy, divide, and discourage using that which reveals his character: lies, counterfeits, and deception. He was given the name “devil” (diabolos—accuser, slanderer) in Scripture because of his tactic of slandering us before God and slandering God before us. But for all his schemes and power, we do not need to fear him. For the God who is in us is greater than the devil who is in the world.

Be ready for spiritual battle by submitting to God and resisting the devil—and he will flee from you (James 4:7).

I fear not the tyranny of man, neither yet what the devil can invent against me.
John Knox

The Nature of Christ

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

Philippians 2:5-9

Paul continues to describe what it is like for us to be humble and “worthy of the Gospel” using in this instance the very example of Jesus Himself.

Jesus was by His nature God.  Imagine what it could be like for Him to set aside the glory of heaven to be born in a stable; what earthly prince would so lower himself?  He took on the very nature of a servant when He became a man. Now many of us might not be used to thinking of ourselves that way, but in God’s sight, that’s what we are: His servants and all of the riches on earth cannot change that simple fact. So, Jesus took on our form, that of a servant, was born in the humblest of circumstances, into a working man’s family. No privileges, no fancy title, no big name, just a working class guy.

Continue: https://lifereference.wordpress.com/2021/05/24/the-nature-of-christ/

The Good Shepherd

A Broadcast with R.C. Sproul

Hired hands will abandon the flock when danger comes, but the Good Shepherd defends His sheep to the death. Today, R.C. Sproul looks at Jesus as the One who laid down His life for His flock, the church.