VIDEO The Coming of Messiah, The birth of Jesus Christ

The Endless Love of Jesus Ministries

Sept 3, 2016

 

Jesus is called the Messiah in Matthew 1:16. In fact, every time someone says, “Jesus Christ,” he is referring to Jesus as the Messiah, since Christ means “Messiah” or “Anointed One.”

The Old Testament predicts the Messiah, and the New Testament reveals the Messiah to be Jesus of Nazareth.

There are several things that the Jewish people who anticipated the Messiah expected Him to be, based on Old Testament prophecies.

The Messiah would be a Hebrew man (Isaiah 9:6) born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), a prophet akin to Moses (Deuteronomy 18:18), a priest in the order of Melchizedek (Psalm 110:4), a king (Isaiah 11:1–4), and the Son of David (Matthew 22:42) who suffered before entering His glory (Isaiah 53). Jesus met each of these messianic requirements.

Jesus fulfilled the requirements of the Messiah in that He was a Hebrew of the tribe of Judah (Luke 3:30), and He was born in Bethlehem (Luke 2:4–7) to a virgin (Luke 1:26–27).

Another proof that Jesus was the Messiah is the fact that He was a prophet like Moses.

Both Moses and Jesus were prophets “whom the LORD knew face to face” (Deuteronomy 34:10; cf. John 8:38).

But Jesus is an even greater prophet than Moses in that, while Moses delivered Israel from slavery, Jesus frees us from the bondage of death and sin.

Unlike Moses, Jesus didn’t just represent God—He is God (John 10:30).

Jesus doesn’t just lead us to the Promised Land; He takes us up to heaven for eternity (John 14:1–3).

For these and many more reasons, Jesus is a prophet greater than Moses.

The Messiah was to have priestly duties; Jesus was not a Levite, and only Levites were allowed to be priests. So how could Jesus qualify? Jesus is a priest in the order of Melchizedek (Genesis 14; Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 6:20).

Jesus is greater than Abraham (see John 8:58) and the Levitical priesthood.

He is a heavenly priest who offered a sacrifice that removes sin permanently, not just temporarily covers it.

Jesus must also be a king in order to be the Messiah. Jesus was from Judah, the kingly tribe.

When Jesus was born, wise men from the East came looking for the King of the Jews (Matthew 2:1–2).

Jesus taught that He would one day sit on a glorious throne (Matthew 19:28; 25:31).

Many people in Israel saw Jesus as their long-awaited king and expected Him to set up His rule immediately (Luke 19:11), although Jesus’ kingdom is currently not of this world (John 18:36).

At the end of Jesus’ life, during His trial before Pilate, Jesus did not defend Himself except to answer affirmatively when Pilate asked if He was the King of the Jews (Mark 15:2).

Another way Jesus fits the Old Testament description of the Messiah is that He was the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53.

On the cross Jesus was “despised” and “held in low esteem” (Isaiah 53:3).

He was “pierced” (verse 5) and “oppressed and afflicted” (verse 7).

He died with thieves yet was buried in a rich man’s tomb (verse 9; cf. Mark 15:27; Matthew 27:57–60).

After His suffering and death, Jesus the Messiah was resurrected (Isaiah 53:11; cf. 1 Corinthians 15:4) and glorified (Isaiah 53:12).

Isaiah 53 is one of the clearest prophecies identifying Jesus as the Messiah; it is the very passage that the Ethiopian eunuch was reading when Philip met him and explained to him about Jesus (Acts 8:26–35).

There are other ways in which Jesus is shown to be the Messiah.

Each of the feasts of the Lord in the Old Testament is related to and fulfilled by Jesus.

When Jesus came the first time, He was our Passover Lamb (John 1:29), our Unleavened Bread (John 6:35), and our First Fruits (1 Corinthians 15:20). The pouring out of Christ’s Spirit happened at Pentecost (Acts 2:1–4).

When Jesus the Messiah returns, we will hear the shout of the archangel and the trumpet of God. It is no coincidence that the first fall festival day is Yom Teruah, the Feast of Trumpets. After Jesus returns, He will judge the earth.

This is the fulfillment of the next fall festival, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Then Jesus will set up His millennial kingdom and reign from the throne of David for 1,000 years; that will complete the final fall festival, Sukkot or the Feast of Tabernacles, when God dwells with us.

To those of us who believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior, the proof that He is the Jewish Messiah seems overwhelming.

Most of the Jews of Jesus’ time were looking for a political and cultural savior, not a Savior from sin.

They wanted Jesus to throw off the yoke of Rome and establish Zion as the capital of the world (see Acts 1:6).

They could not see how the meek and lowly Jesus could possibly do that. Most Jewish people were looking for an earthly king, not the ruler of a spiritual kingdom.

 

What happened when my husband and I had an argument in front of our children

 

My husband and I had an argument last week.

Not about anything major; nothing that was life-altering. There was no name-calling; no shouting. No degrading occurred of each other (we don’t play like that anyway). It was just a small argument, about a small topic, that occurred in a small window of our evening together.

And we allowed our children to stay in the room while it all went down.

That’s right. They were right there.

No one was asked to leave the room. There were no hand gestures exchanged between my husband and me to stop the conversation due to the children sharing the same space as us.

We stood in that room. Had our argument. Came to a conclusion. And the evening continued on.

But why did we allow our children to be in that space while my husband and I argued?

So that they could see us come to that conclusion. Amicably. Without anyone stomping out. Without slamming doors. Without any shouting, degrading, or verbalizing of things that we would just regret when we woke up the next day.

We showed them what a healthy disagreement looks like.

We showed them what agreeing and finding a solution looks like.

We showed them that you can still love someone, without always having the same viewpoint.

We showed them how you can disagree with those you love, without hurting those you love.

Friends, we are living in a generation where we want to shield our children from everything. We do not want them to feel any emotional pain; we do not want them to experience any struggle. We work tirelessly, day in and day out, perfecting a most perfect childhood for their most perfect little hearts. We live our days endlessly carving out nothing short of what we hope will be long lasting memories for our children, filled with nothing less than unicorns, butterflies, and rainbows.

But here’s the problem with that: Our children eventually need to become adults.

(No matter how much we resist Father Time, our babies will not be babies forever.)

Someday soon (in what will feel like a blink of an eye) your children are going to be grown adults, perhaps enter into (what we hope will be) a happy marriage. They may even have children, a white picket fence and a dog. Let’s never forget the dog.

But what have we taught our children about marriage? Have we given them a realistic viewpoint of what a healthy one looks like?

Or have we have given them the version of marriage where no one ever argues, no one ever gets frustrated, no one ever has a differing opinion? Are we hiding those facets of marriage from our children? If so, what happens then when they themselves experience those hard emotions within their own relationships?

They are going to feel like they are failing.

They are going to feel like they are doing something wrong.

They are going to think: “This is not what it looked like for my parents.”

They are going to think that they are not capable of being a half of a healthy marriage because they do not know what a healthy marriage looks like.

Parents, allow your children to see the tough times.

(Necessary side note: I am in no way encouraging that you involve your children in adult matters. Please listen to me when I say that you must use your own mature discretion as to what disagreements can occur during dinner time prep, and what disagreements have to wait to occur behind the closed door of the laundry room, once you are certain that your little’s hearts have long fallen asleep. But I’m sure you already knew that anyway.)

So allow them to see the tough times. The moments where mom and dad may not have agreed on something, so they talked about it while setting the dinner table, it was resolved before everyone sat down, and they still held hands while they prayed over their meal.

For it’s that moment, the hand-holding moment, that your child will notice. It is that moment that they must see.

For they will quickly learn that no matter how many times their father continues to put the wrong item in the wrong recycling bin.

The love continues on long after the disagreement.

Never the other way around.

Heather Delaney is a wife, mother, sister, and nurse, who’s happy place is with a pen in one hand, and a cold coffee in the other. You can follow her adventures of motherhood, wellness, and positive living either on Facebook, or on Instagram at @thelifejoybuilt.

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Purpose of Our Trials

1 Peter 4:12-14

We shouldn’t expect the Christian life to be easy and comfortable, because believers aren’t exempt from trials. In fact, becoming a Christian may result in increased trouble and suffering. Peter refers to such hardship as a “fiery ordeal,” and tells us not to be surprised by it (1 Peter 4:12). God uses our suffering for His good purposes, and He walks through it with us. Hope in the midst of affliction is possible when we understand what God is achieving in the situation.

First, the heavenly Father sometimes uses painful experiences to purify us. Trials drive us to the Lord and open our eyes to sins that we have tolerated. His discipline is not designed to crush us but to produce “the peaceful fruit of righteousness” (Heb. 12:11).

Second, the Lord at times allows difficulty as a way of testing us. His goal is to produce increased faith, endurance, and devotion to Him. Rather than complaining, we should exult in our tribulations, knowing that they are producing proven character within us (Rom. 5:3-4).

Third, God uses suffering to display his power. Trials humble us by revealing our weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). They teach us to depend on the Lord for the power to persevere and mature.

Fourth, our suffering has eternal benefits. Earthly affliction “is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison” (2 Corinthians 4:17).

Let these truths encourage you to view your next trial from God’s perspective. Though you may not feel it at the time, the Lord is with you. He is your hope and sufficiency.

Power of the real Comforter

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” (John 16:7)

The privilege of declaring the gospel to the unsaved becomes a delightful use of the “power of God” (Romans 1:16), speaking the words of God to a heart that has been prepared by the trifold ministry of the Holy Spirit, who will “reprove the world” (John 16:8) of the following things.

“Of sin because they believe not on me” (v. 9). All sin of every person has been forgiven (1 John 2:2). The only sin that irrevocably condemns is unbelief (John 3:19), or more accurately stated, conscious rebellion against the ministry of the Holy Spirit as He convinces men of their need for salvation through Christ. Rejecting that message is “blasphemy” and is unforgivable (Matthew 12:31).

“Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more” (John 16:10). Now that the Lord Jesus has gone up to heaven, there is “none righteous, no not one” (Romans 3:10) visible on Earth—including you and me. The Holy Spirit must convince men that righteousness does exist. Otherwise, there would be no possibility of understanding why we need to be saved.

“Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged” (John 16:11). Some have suggested that the “prince” is Satan. I think not. There is no need to convince us that evil Lucifer needs to be condemned. However, that the sinless Son of God was condemned on Calvary for your sin and mine, now that needs supernatural convincing. HMM III

Requiring Obedience

And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

—Luke 6:46

It is my conviction that much, very much, prayer for and talk about revival these days is wasted energy. Ignoring the confusion of figures, I might say that it is hunger that appears to have no object; it is dreamy wishing that is too weak to produce moral action. It is fanaticism on a high level for, according to John Wesley, “a fanatic is one who seeks desired ends while ignoring the constituted means to reach those ends.”…

The correction of this error is extremely difficult for it entails more than a mere adjustment of our doctrinal beliefs; it strikes at the whole Adam-life and requires self-abnegation, humility and cross carrying. In short it requires obedience. And that we will do anything to escape.

It is almost unbelievable how far we will go to avoid obeying God. We call Jesus “Lord” and beg Him to rejuvenate our souls, but we are careful to do not the things He says. When faced with a sin, a confession or a moral alteration in our life, we find it much easier to pray half a night than to obey God.   SIZ018-020

May this never be true of my life, Lord! I see the futility; I’m convinced of the need. Now enable me by Your Spirit to live this obedience. Amen.

 

He that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God

He that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.—Romans 14:18.

Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all Thy commandments.—Psalm 119:6.

 

True fidelity consists in obeying God in all things, and in following the light that points out our duty, and the grace which guides us; taking as our rule of life the intention to please God in all things, and to do always not only what is acceptable to Him, but, if possible, what is most acceptable; not trifling with petty distinctions between sins great and small, imperfections and faults, for, though there may be such distinctions, they should have no weight with the soul that is determined to do all His will. To this sincere desire to do the will of God, we must add a cheerful spirit, that is not overcome when it has failed, but begins again and again to do better; hoping always to the very end to be able to do it; bearing with its own involuntary weakness, as God bears with it; waiting with patience for the moment when it shall be delivered from it; going straight on in singleness of heart, according to the strength that it can command; losing no time by looking back, nor making useless reflections upon its falls, which can only embarrass and retard its progress.

Francois De La Mothe Fénelon.

 

The One Sacrifice Has Been Accepted

“If the Lord were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have showed us all these things.” Judges 13:23

This is a sort of promise deduced by logic. It is an inference fairly drawn from ascertained facts. It was not likely that the Lord had revealed to Manoah and his wife that a son would be born to them, and yet had it in His heart to destroy them. The wife reasoned well, and we shall do well if we follow her line of argument.

The Father has accepted the great sacrifice of Calvary, and has declared Himself well pleased therewith; how can He now be pleased to kill us? Why a substitute if the sinner must still perish? The accepted sacrifice of Jesus puts an end to fear.

The Lord has shown us our election, our adoption, our union to Christ, our marriage to the Well-beloved: how can lie now destroy us? The promises are loaded with blessings, which necessitate our being preserved unto eternal life. It is not possible for the Lord to cast us away, and yet fulfill His covenant. The past assures us, and the future reassures us. We shall not die, but live; for we have seen Jesus, and in Him we have seen the Father by the illumination of the Holy Ghost. Because of this life-giving sight we must live for ever.