In the Gospel of John, John makes it clear that Jesus is not just a man; he is the eternal Son of God. He is the light of the world because he offers this gift of eternal life to all mankind. How blind and foolish to call Jesus nothing more than an unusually good man or moral teacher. Yet we sometimes act as if this were true when we casually toss around his words and go … [Read more...] about Gospel of John – Jesus is God
The joy of the Lord is a supernatural confidence that God is sovereign, loving, powerful, and for us. It is the inner understanding, granted by the Holy Spirit, that no matter our circumstances, our condition, or our surroundings, God is working things out for our good (Romans 8:28). The joy of the Lord is evident throughout the Bible, especially in regards to … [Read more...] about The Joy of the Lord – What is it?
In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus grew to become completely able to fulfill his mission on earth. He was fully human, developing in all ways like us. Yet he remained fully God. He took no shortcuts and was not isolated from the pressures and temptations of life. There are no shortcuts for us either as we prepare for a life of service to God. Jesus taught great crowds of … [Read more...] about Gospel of Luke – Jesus is the Son of Man
In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus did not arrive unannounced or unexpected. The Old Testament prophets had clearly predicted the coming of a great One, sent by God himself, who would offer salvation and eternal peace to Israel and the entire world. Then came John the Baptist, who announced that the long awaited Messiah had finally come and would soon be among the people. In God’s … [Read more...] about Gospel of Mark – Jesus is the Son of God
In the Gospel of Matthew, the people of Israel were waiting for the Messiah, their king. Matthew begins his book by showing how Jesus Christ was a descendant of David. But Matthew goes on to show that God did not send Jesus to be an earthly king, but a heavenly king. His kingdom would be much greater that David’s because it would never end. Even at Jesus’ birth, many … [Read more...] about Gospel of Matthew – Jesus is the Messiah