A few days ago I was clicking through the channels on my TV, looking for something of redeeming value when I was stopped by something that was being said by one of the actors in a particular movie:
“What is Parkinson’s?”
“Oh, that’s God’s special way of telling us that He loves us...”
Of course this actor meant this in a derisive and condescending way towards God; knowing that this particular person is an Atheist. What interested me about his remarks was that he was not far from the actual truth.
We tend to think of human disabilities as negative parts of life. Some critics of God say that these disabilities are clear evidence that God does not exist; if He does, He does not really loves us. The thought here is that disabilities or inadequacies or anything that makes us less than normal, are what is wrong with human life. Continue reading “Your Disability, Inadequacy, Failures, and Weakness Are All Part Of God's Plan”
A confusing aspect of Jesus’ sacrifice for many people is His submission to the Father as a servant. Although Jesus is spoken of as equal to God in every regard, when He came to earth as the Messiah, He set aside some of His rights as God to become the servant, whom Isaiah 53 describes.
Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
At no time did Jesus ever cease to be God while He was here on earth in the form of a man. He did, however, choose to make Himself of no reputation and take the form of a servant for our benefit. This is stunning when we consider who Jesus has been prior to His appearance on earth as our Savior. The Bible describes Jesus as the second member of the Godhead who spoke the universe into existence (Colossians 1:16-17). He has no beginning; and He is the one to whom all glory, honor, power and dominion are ascribed to by the Bible.
Continue reading “If Jesus is God, Why Did He Refer to the Father as Greater than Himself?”
God’s choice for those who will lead others, does not depend on their outward appearance, education, or family background. The Lord chooses people for service based on their inner heart and their desire to do all that He requires. When we examine the prophecies of the Messiah, we find that God’s choosing of His servant to die for the sins of the world–had nothing to do with physical beauty. The Messiah will have no physical beauty that people will be attracted to Him. In fact, He will be greatly disfigured by the suffering of His crucifixion. It will be His character and personality that will attract and draw people to Him.
Isaiah 53:2b … He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
There are some who claim that Isaiah Chapter 53 is a description of the nation of Israel and was not intended for Jesus Christ.
In the Book of Acts, the Lord spoke to Philip and told him to take the road from Jerusalem to Gaza. While on this road, Philip met a man who was apparently there by divine appointment. Candace, the queen of the Ethiopians, had a servant who was returning from Jerusalem where he had been worshipping the God of Israel. While on his return journey, he was reading from the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah. As Philip meets this servant of the queen of Ethiopia, he asks him if he understands what he is reading. Continue reading “God Does Not Choose–Based on Physical Appearance, He Looks at the Heart”
The idea that the King of kings would be born to a poor family in the most unlikely of towns, to a nation which had only a distant memory of glory, is unthinkable. Yet, these were the circumstances which God chose to announce the birth of His Son. The Messiah coming as a root out of dry ground is descriptive of the time in which Jesus came into the world. The former glory of David’s kingdom of princes and kings was now reduced to dry ground and beggars. Jesus comes from the root of David’s kingdom, but that glorious kingdom has long since faded.
Many Bible critics claim that the story of Jesus Christ is a contrived myth made up by men in the first century. What story teller who desired to make his account popular, would choose the background that the writers of the New Testament chose for Jesus Christ?
Continue reading “Why the King of kings Came into the World–Poor and Destitute”
It is nearly impossible for any man to make himself the servant of another man in complete humility and sincerity. There is a flawed character in fallen man that is constantly seeking to be exalted and magnified above other men. The Biblical example of leadership that the New Testament reveals—uses the example of Jesus Christ as a basis for what a servant of God should exemplify.
To become a true servant of others is the highest form of leadership that the Old Testament prophecies ascribe to the Messiah’s purpose. Although Jesus is described as God Himself and the Creator of all that exists, He makes Himself a Servant of the creation He made, in order to redeem it back to the glory He originally intended.
Continue reading “The Desirable Attributes of a True Christian Leader”
Why would the Creator of the universe–the One who made everything that exists; humble Himself and die for crimes which He did not commit?
Nearly 700 years before Jesus came into the world, the prophet Isaiah describes the Messiah as a Servant who would lay down His life for every person. Although He would be God Himself, for our benefit–Jesus submitted His life as the payment for all sin.
Isaiah 42:1 “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.”
The certainty that Isaiah’s prophecy is applicable to Jesus as the Messiah, is confirmed by the words of Matthew in chapter 12:14-21. Here the Apostle confirms this fact by stating that what Jesus was doing at that specific moment—was a fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy in chapter 42:1.
Matthew 12:14-21 Then the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him. But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. Yet He warned them not to make Him known, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen, My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased! I will put My Spirit upon Him, And He will declare justice to the Gentiles. He will not quarrel nor cry out, Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench, Till He sends forth justice to victory; And in His name Gentiles will trust.” Continue reading “The God Who Came to Serve”