Jesus has existed as One with the Father
since the beginning...
before time and before anything was created.
Jesus' life did not begin at the moment of conception.
Jesus came into the world from pre-existence.
Jesus is the only baby born into this world
who existed before His birth.
John 1:1; 17:5
Jesus' human birth was a unique experience...
never replicated on any level!
Jesus is God, the Son,
manifested in the flesh,
justified in the Spirit,
sent by God, the Father, to dwell with man.
Immanuel - God is with us.
God is universally present in person,
in understanding, and in power at all times.
When Joseph learned that Mary was pregnant,
he did not know the supernatural circumstances
surrounding the conception.
Matthew said that when Joseph found out
that Mary was pregnant he,
being a righteous man... did not want to disgrace her.
Joseph planned to send her away secretly;
however, God intervened.
An angel of God appeared to Joseph in a dream
and told him not to be afraid to marry Mary,
as the Child conceived in her...
was an act of the Spirit of God...
in the womb of a virgin.
The Child she carried was the Son of God.
God arranged the orbits of the earth and the moon
so that the earth would come
between the sun and the moon periodically
and eclipse the light of the moon.
This same God,
who arranged the orbits of the earth...
the sun and the moon...
also used Mary, an average young woman,
to aid in the birth of His only begotten Son.
"She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus,
for He will save His people from their sins."
All of this took place to fulfill what was spoken by God
through the prophet.
The Bible prophesied hundreds of years in advance,
before the birth of Christ, the coming of God's Son.
"God with us"
was the baby’s distinctive identity.
It was foretold, by Isaiah,
Jesus would be born of a virgin.
The Bible teaches that
God Almighty was supernaturally conceived
in the womb of a virgin.
Luke's gospel relates Mary's encounter
with the angel Gabriel,
who explained that God will bring
an unexpected addition into her family.
He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest.
Then Mary said to the angel, 'How can this be,
since I do not know a man?'
And the angel answered and said to her, the Holy Spirit
will place God's Son in your womb.
A simple peace and composure guided the exchange
between Mary and Gabriel.
Scripture teaches that
to be supernaturally conceived
in the womb of a virgin.
This is the same God who put the sun,
moon, and stars in the sky.
Let us be reminded...
a miracle is an event that would be impossible
by natural law,
but is brought to pass by
the supernatural power of God.
Nothing is impossible with God.
God's promise came to earth
in an unadorned package of human innocence,
without any ostentatious boastfulness or vanity.
Jesus was born in an obscure village,
in a stable, to a virgin.
The promised one entered human life
while still being totally divine.
The idea of the humanity of Jesus
co-existing with His supreme divinity
is difficult for some to comprehend,
but God does not always do things
the way we would do them...
God is God.
Mary is a model believer. She took God at His word.
God's choice of Mary to carry
His only begotten Son comes from God's grace...
not from any intrinsic asset that Mary possessed.
Mary did not ask for or seek this role in God's plans;
God simply stepped into Mary's life
and brought her into His service.
Mary's distinction was her faithfulness.
Mary should be recognized,
for her model of faithfulness
and her receptiveness to serve God.
We can never fully comprehend God's whole being.
Our limited faculties are incapable
of defining or fathoming the greatness of God.
God's majesty far exceeds anything we can comprehend.
God's greatness, power, grace, holiness, thoughts, ways,
justice, wisdom, and God's past, present, and future
judgments are perfect and beyond our perception.
God is beyond and greater than what any of us
can know or understand.
God is Infinitely above anything and everything
we can attempt to discern or express.
God who is larger than the universe...
created and sustains the whole world!
This same God... humbling Himself...
became an embryo.
His nourishment was from
a young virgin.
Jesus Christ, God the Son, was born in a manger.
The complexity of the unusual conception
and birth of Jesus Christ, the Holy One of God,
is one of the Bible's most amazing miracles.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem,
“O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
you are but a small Judean village,
yet you will be the birthplace of my King
who is alive from everlasting ages past!”
Jesus entered into this world
in a lowly manner.
Jesus went from the throne of heaven...
to being born in a stable
and laying in a long open box
or trough that horses and cattle used
to eat and drink water from.
Jesus went from the presence of angels
to a humble structure filled
Jesus was poor; He was despised;
He was tempted; He was persecuted;
He suffered physical pain;
and He endured the sorrows
of a prolonged and most atrocious death...
on the cross.
Jesus faced all the same kinds of trials
and tests we are subjected to...
Because Jesus had these human
He could sympathize and empathize
with our weaknesses, struggles, and
Jesus had been there and gone through it all.
Jesus is fully aware of and sensitive to...
the feelings, thoughts, and experiences we now have.
Jesus' humanity enabled Him
to sympathize with our human frailties
in ways others never could.
Jesus lived a human life,
but He did not possess a sin nature as we do.
He grew up in still another village called Nazareth,
where He worked as a carpenter
until He was thirty years of age.
Then for three years He was a wandering preacher.
Jesus was tempted, but never sinned. Because Jesus did not
have a human father... He did not inherit a sin nature.
He possessed the divine nature from God,
His Heavenly Father.
Jesus was introduced by a messenger, as foretold.
So... by Jesus' own words, He offers this proof,
"The Son of Man is going to be delivered
into the hands of men, and they will kill Him.
And when He is killed, after three days He will rise."
“Then I will pour out the spirit of grace and prayer
on all the people of Jerusalem.
They will look on Him they pierced,
and mourn for Him as for an only son,
and grieve bitterly for Him as for an oldest child who died.
One of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear,
and blood and water flowed out.
"The enemy, this gang of evil men,
circles Me like a pack of dogs"
When the soldiers had crucified Jesus,
they put his garments into four piles,
one for each of them.
But they said, “Let’s not tear up His robe,”
for it was seamless.
“Let’s throw dice to see who gets it.”
This fulfilled the Scripture that says,
“They divided My clothes among them
and cast lots for My robe."
According to John 4:10, it is not our love for God:
it is God's love for us in sending His Son
to be the way to take away our sins.
Jesus would suffer crucifixion.
Jesus endured the cross.
As He hung on the cross,
the judgment and wrath of God
was poured out on Him instead of on us.
Jesus was born into this world,
taking on human flesh,
for one purpose.
Jesus was the only person
in the history of the world
who was born to die.
All people die, but death is not our life’s purpose.
Each of the prophecies were fulfilled precisely,
although, predicted hundreds of years before time.
The most compelling and dramatic example
of sacrifice and substitution for our punishment is...
Jesus' blood shed on the cross for us.
May we bless Jesus' Name,
and proclaim Christ as Sovereign
over life and death!
Under normal conditions...
a person’s greatest accomplishments
are completed while he or she is still alive,
but think about what Jesus achieved
through His death.
Christ has not only spoken to us
by His life
but has also spoken for us
by His death.
Jesus was saying, "Yes,
I'm the Messiah, the King,
but I came not to live, but to die.
I'm not here to take power,
but to lose it;
I'm here not to rule,
but to serve.
And that's how I'm going to defeat evil
and put everything right."
Christ gave His perfect life
for sinful mankind.
He assumed full responsibility for all our sins
and took the punishment that we deserved.
“In a moment of weakness we may cry out,
‘No one knows what it is like. No one understands’
But the Son of God perfectly knows
for He has felt and bore our burdens
“And because of His infinite and eternal sacrifice...
He has perfect empathy
and can extend to us His arm of mercy.”
Jesus was the final, perfect sacrifice
that satisfied forever God's wrath against sin
Jesus' divine nature made Him fit
for the work of Redeemer;
His human body allowed Him
to shed the blood necessary to redeem.
As humans with a sin nature...
we could never pay such a debt.
We could never meet the requirements
to become the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.
If Jesus were merely a good man, as some claim,
then He had a sin nature and was not perfect.
Had that had been the case...
Jesus' death and resurrection
would not have had the power to save us.
Because Jesus was and is God in the flesh,
Jesus alone could pay the debt...
that we owed to God.
Sooner or later, all of us will need the Savior.
We all make mistakes we cannot resolve.
We will all experience losses we cannot recover,
and face pains, persecution, tragedies, burdens,
and disappointments we cannot handle alone.
The Good News is...
we don’t have to handle any of them alone.
Let us always remember and never forget:
No matter who you are or who you were...
May we return to the Word
and tell our children
about the price Jesus Christ paid
for our salvation.
The Greatest Man in history...
His Name is Jesus.
In spite of all that Jesus went through,
three days later the boulder,
that formerly sealed the tomb,
had been rolled away from the tomb.
The body was gone!
Only the grave linens were found in the tomb.
Critics and followers of Jesus agreed that the tomb
was empty and the body was gone.
The Resurrection of Jesus
is important for many reasons.
It witnesses to the immense power
of God Himself.
In resurrecting Jesus from the grave,
God reminds us of His absolute sovereignty
over life and death.
Jesus' victory over death and the grave
won the victory
for everyone who puts their trust in Him
(John 1:12; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 17).
To believe in the resurrection is to believe in God.
God is all powerful, and
God has the power
to raise the dead.
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
Jesus' supreme evidence of deity was
His own resurrection from the dead.
Several times in the course of His life,
Jesus predicted the way He would be killed
and affirmed that three days later...
He would rise from the dead...
and He did!
Only God who created life can resurrect it after death,
only God can reverse the hideousness
that is death itself,
and only God can remove the sting
and gain the victory over the grave.
1 Corinthians 15:54-55
Our God became Man, died for our sins,
and was resurrected the third day.
The grave could not hold Him.
The Resurrection brings life meaning,
direction, and the opportunity to start over...
regardless of our circumstances.
Jesus had no servants;
yet they called Him Master.
Jesus washing the feet of the disciples
was the display of His humility and His servanthood.
Jesus Teaches Truth.
Jesus had no degree;
yet, they called Jesus
Jesus had no medicines;
yet, they called Jesus
Jesus healed every
disease and sickness among the
Jesus had no army;
yet, kings feared Jesus.
He won no military battles;
yet, Jesus conquered the world.
Jesus committed no crime;
yet, they crucified Him.
Jesus was buried in a tomb;
yet, He lives, today!
It was impossible for death
to keep its hold on Jesus.
- Acts 2:24
When problems try to bury you on Friday...
always remember and never forget...
Sunday's on the way!
May we always remember and commemorate
the death and resurrection of
our Friend, our Leader, our Guide,
our King, and our Savior!