To Fall or Rise

Luke 2:34, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel…” (own Greek translation). God, in His goodness and mercy, sent His only-begotten Son into the world on account of His promise made to Israel through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to raise all of Israel from death in sin to life in […]

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Bearing Our Cross

Luke 9:23 is a well-known passage amongst us Christians, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Yet this passage is often misinterpreted. Most contend this passage is a generalisation about discipleship—that we have to be Christlike in all circumstances. Whilst I concede being Christlike is a […]

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Forgiveness for All Sins

1 John 1:8-9, If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. It could not be any clearer. We are all sinners. If we deny this, […]

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The Hard Path

Matthew 7:14, “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” To use an imperfect analogy, the Christian path is like walking on a narrow nature trail with rocks and tree roots that twist and sprain our ankles. It is hard to walk on. […]

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Outcast

This short story illustrates the thoughts and feelings that go through my mind every day as I suffer with social anxiety, and the comfort I daily receive from the Gospel. The dialogue in italics portrays this anxiety. What is it about silence that makes people so uncomfortable? I wonder this every time I talk to […]

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The Name of Jesus

Luke 2:21, And at the end of eight days, when He was circumcised, He was called Jesus. There are two significances here: first, that the Son of God was born under and subjected to the Law, marked by circumcision. But the second significance is my focus: His name and what it means. He was named Jesus—Ιησοῦς […]

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The Christian’s Highest Work

Luke 2:17, When [the shepherds] saw [the baby], they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. The shepherds did not remain silent. They saw the promise fulfilled in the infant Jesus, and now they had to tell others. For they first heard the Good News, then they saw it. What else […]

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Being Theologians of the Cross

1 Corinthians 1:23-24, We proclaim Christ crucified… Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God (own Greek translation). Our confession as Christians is Jesus Christ our Lord, in whom God’s power and wisdom are fully revealed, especially on the cross. Thus, when confronted with the mysteries of God, we must not act as the theologian […]

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Prepare the Way of the Lord

Isaiah 40:3, A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of YHWH; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Of interesting note is that Isaiah says “YHWH,” not “Messiah” or some other title ascribed to the Messiah/Christ. Thus, John the Baptiser prepared the way not only of the Christ, but especially YHWH—the […]

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The Seed of the Woman

Genesis 3:15, “Now, I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Own Hebrew translation.) Adam, Eve, their children, and their descendants through Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses and all Israel all had faith in this Seed who […]

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