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The Virgin Birth of Jesus Is a Sign

I believe that things can be accomplished that are utterly and completely impossible without the intervention of a divine Creator. We call them miracles. They don’t need historical or scientific defense. And they don’t have to make philosophical or logical sense either. If God is God, and He is, then miraculous things are possible with Him.

Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah foretold his coming.

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

– Isaiah 7:14 NIV

The virgin birth would become a sign to Israel, the ultimate confirmation that full and final deliverance would indeed occur for the nation. But the virgin birth is a sign of much more than this.

Jesus’ virgin birth was a sign that God could indeed act in the affairs of mankind to bring about supernatural events. That He could overcome the laws of nature, which He Himself authored, to cause miracles to occur. And ultimately, the virgin birth is a sign to us that God alone is powerful to act on our behalf in salvation. The gift of salvation is not something we could ever obtain in our own merit or power. We are absolutely dependent on a sovereign God.

If Jesus could be born to a virgin Mary, he can certainly save any of us who trusts in him.

In a Hurry to Find Jesus

If you’re an ordinary, humble shepherd and God happens to send an army of angels to invite YOU to the birthday of the King, you don’t bother to waste time packing. You GO.

Hence this little line in the Christmas narrative:

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

-Luke 2:16 (NIV)

They hurried off… Nothing was more important at that moment than the direct, personal invitation of God.

Here’s a big but simple truth. God has personally invited YOU into His family to be with Him forever through a relationship with His Son, King Jesus.

Hurry off and find a place to receive Him today and meet with Him. Nothing on earth is more important than this invitation.

The Scary Part of Christmas – And the Comforting Part Too

I love this part of the Christmas story…

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.

Luke 2:9-10 (NIV)

Did you see that? They were terrified. With good reason. We think of angels as cute little cherubs on our mantle, but the Bible depicts them as awesome, magnificent creatures, the likes of which we’ve never seen in the natural world on earth. And I think the source of our terror, ultimately, is our knowledge that we are sinners and God is not.

But the angel’s message was, “Do not be afraid.” I think the perfect, magnificent, awesome glory of God should scare us, but His grace and favor and mercy should comfort us. Being confronted by God about our sin is absolutely bad news, UNLESS there is a Savior, an Advocate who will use His own life to make things right between us and our God.

Jesus is just that. He is good news, so do not be afraid. Trust in Him today.

Jesus Came On a Mission!

This is the season in which we celebrate the baby Jesus born and placed in a manger in Bethlehem. What we sometimes forget is the mission and purpose for which He came. He was ultra-clear about it in His own mind. He put it this way,

The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.

– Luke 19:10 (TEV)

He didn’t come to be merely a humanitarian or prophet. He came to be the Savior. Every religion on earth has a plan for man to get to “God.” But Jesus was God, coming after us. And He’s still in the business of seeking and saving today.

If you’re still lost, surrender. Be found. He’s an awesome Savior!

3 Things That Christians Should Be Angry About Today

Angry

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Anger isn’t bad. It’s an emotion. It’s a matter of deciding what to be angry about, how angry to be, and how long to stay angry. Sometimes, I see Christians getting angry about things that seem like misplaced priorities. What catches my attention is that we get mad about certain cultural issues and we group up by the thousands to voice our protest and declare war on our perceived enemies, while we display apathy about the kinds of things that Jesus would have been angry about.

For example…

Human Trafficking. Let’s get angry about this.

Persecution. Let’s be angry for our brothers and sisters.

HIV/AIDS. Let’s be angry about millions dying too young.

Unnecessary Stop Signs. Some of them could be yield signs… Maybe that’s just my issue.

There are, of course, many other things we should also be angry over. The point is, our correctly placed anger should turn into action instead of bitterness. And it should be directed at things that hurt people rather than the people who have been hurt by things.