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A Season of Unsurpassed Joy

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“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” (Luke 2:10, ESV) Joy is defined as “the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation.” I have experienced many things that have given me joy, but no experience has ever surpassed the joy I felt the n...

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Incarnation as God’s Supreme Love

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This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. (1 John 4:9, NIV) My wife and I have eleven precious grandchildren who get so excited during the Christmas season that they affect the entire family. Sometimes this obscures the true meaning of Christmas...

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The God-Man

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The gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 1:1...

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From Swaddling Clothes to Priestly Robes

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I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glow...

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A Foretaste of a Lightning-White Christmas

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Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to Him!” (Mark 9:7, NIV) One of my sweetest Christmas memories is riding in the backseat with my four-year-old granddaughter as we oohed and aahed over the dazzling celebration of lights hung throughout her New Jersey neighborhood: illuminated candy house...

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Son of Man: More than a Human

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“And behold, with the clouds of heaven one like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him.” (Daniel 7:13, NASB) By Darrell L. Bock Jesus’s favorite way to refer to Himself during His ministry was to use the title “Son of Man.” Many think this is a title that points to Jesus’s humanity. That is only half r...

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The Glory in the Names

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The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Mark 1:1, NET) Mark 1:1 is something of a superscription; it is not a sentence having no verb. Yet, it tells us much about the special season that is upon us, the exuberant celebration of the greatest event in history: the coming into this world of its creator and redeemer....

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Behold the Lamb

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“Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29, NIV) There is a Kodak moment with first-time pilgrims in Israel. On the journey north from Tel Aviv to Tiberius, fresh off a long international flight, bleary-eyed tourists press their noses against the bus window for a glimpse of the region where Jesus walked. Upon first gaze of the Sea of...

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Our Sympathetic Lord

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“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15, NRSV) The Incarnation, God becoming man, is one of the most profound and significant mysteries. The thought that our all-powerful, omnipotent God would willingly share in our humanity i...

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An Invitation to Touch the Skin of Infinite God

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An Invitation to Touch the Skin of Infinite God By Charles R. Swindoll “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23, NKJV)...

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