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Christmas, the Face of Jesus, and the Story of the Gospel

It was a significant moment for some individuals when they saw the face of the infant Jesus. The Magi “saw the Child…and worshiped Him” (Matt 2:11). The shepherds “found…the baby.…When they had seen this…the shepherds returned, glorifying and praise God for all they had heard and seen” (Luke 2:16, 17, 20). Likewise, Simeon was promised […]

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Jesus: the Pioneer and Perfecter of our Faith

In Hebrews 12:2, Jesus is identified as “the founder and perfecter of our faith.” What do these two titles mean? The title “founder” is variously translated: “author” (NASB, NIV, KJV, NKJV); “pioneer” (NET Bible); “source” (HCSB). Other suggestions in commentaries are “forerunner,” “initiator,” “beginner,” “champion,” “leader,” and “originator.” I remember a sermon in which He […]

The Resurrection of Jesus in the OT

Isaiah spoke of Jesus in Isaiah 52:13–53:12, with thoughts of the resurrection in Isaiah 53:10. Hinting at His death, Jesus would be “like a lamb that is led to the slaughter” (Isa 53:7), and, indeed, He would be “taken away” and “cut off out of the land of the living” (Isa 53:8). He would die […]

The Importance of Jesus’ Supernatural Conception

Gabriel announced to Mary, “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son” (Luke 1:31). Being a virgin, Mary questioned how this conception would take place (Luke 1:34). Gabriel explained, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be […]

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The People at the Cross

Each Gospel mentions a handful of people at the cross. Luke is the most general in mentioning “all His [i.e., Jesus’] acquaintances and the women who had followed Him from Galilee” (Luke 23:49). Matthew and Mark mention many women as well (Matt 27:55; Mark 15:40). As for Luke’s acquaintances, the individuals who were present and […]

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From Sunday to Sunday: A Summary of the Passion Week

The Passion Week refers to the final six days of Jesus’ life before His resurrection, His one full day in the tomb, and the day of resurrection. It is called the Passion Week because the word passion comes from the Greek word pasxō, which means “to suffer.”1 Sunday: Day of Celebration Matt 21:1–11, 14–17; Mark […]

Christ, the Son of David, at the Father’s Right Hand

I preached from Mark 12:35–37 the other day. Jesus asks how the Christ could be the son of David and quotes Ps 110:1. For whatever help it may be to someone else, I cited a number of passages to demonstrate two themes (below) in Scripture that were found in Mark 12:35–37. The Messiah, Christ, and […]

The Two Beatings of Jesus 

Each gospel records one instance in which Jesus was beaten just before His crucifixion, but it seems that a comparison of these accounts indicates that Jesus was beaten more than once. In trying to sort out the details, it is helpful to remember that a beating by the Romans could vary in intensity, and three […]

A Word on the Resurrection

These are my condensed notes from a systematic theology by one of my former professors. I presented this to my church on Easter Sunday. We cannot be Christians without believing in the resurrection of Christ (1 Cor 15:1–4). The power of God in Christ’s resurrection is the same power operative in you and me for […]

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Jonah, Jesus, and the Raging Seas

There are some notable parallels and contrasts between the stories of Jonah and Jesus in Jonah 1:1–16 and Mark 4:35–41 (cf. Matthew 8:23–27; Luke 8:22–25). As for parallels, just as Jonah and the sailors experienced “a great wind…a mighty tempest” (Jonah 1:4), so also Jesus and the disciples likewise experienced “a great windstorm” (Mark 4:37). […]