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Preparing the Way for Jesus, Part 16

Where does the Law end and Grace begin? Following our salvation the value of the law is expressed in the following ways. 1. The law separates our Living God from all other gods in that it defines God’s character. 2. The law helps us understand how to bless and please God which is through receiving Christ as his Son and our Redeemer and being obedient as proof of our love for him. 3. The law helps us understand that God’s standard is unattainable on our own and therefore we are grateful for Jesus who came, died, and rose again out of obedience to His Father and for our sake. 4. The law helps us understand that we needed to be rescued and we owe ALL to Jesus Christ who became our sin so that we might become His righteousness. 5. The law points us to Jesus Christ who is our Redeemer.

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Preparing the Way for Jesus, Part 13

Of all the things Christ did during His earthly ministry, His approach to the Sabbath was the most controversial, other than claiming to be God. The Pharisees, Scribes, Sadducees and Chief Priests were in danger of losing their power, prestige, and careers if Jesus were able to continue to preach and teach His message. And of course we know this message to be The Gospel, which when translated boils down to “Christ and Christ alone” is all we need. To fully understand why they chose the Sabbath to entrap Him, it would benefit us to familiarize ourselves with the importance God placed upon this commandment and the penalties for breaking it.

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Preparing the Way for Jesus, Part 19

Did you know that God is an artist? When he paints it is perfection. He combines the perfect colors with the perfect brush and applies the perfect pressure upon His canvass, the universe. When he composes, it is an emotional wave of perfectly matched notes, lyrics, and instrumentation that demands an emotional response from the heart. And when he writes, the words are perfect, the meter is perfect and His message is uncomfortably clear. And unlike other artists his art is 100% truth (it is not merely a reflection of truth–it is truth) and that is empowered with the ability to save the soul.

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Preparing the Way for Jesus, Part 4

There are five key players in this epic biblical drama. The drama centers upon the forty days immediately following the birth of Christ which culminates in the dedication of Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem. The players are: 1. Mary, the mother of Jesus 2. Joseph, the husband of Mary 3. Baby Jesus 4. Simeon, a divinely chosen bystander 5. Anna, a prophetess All five are considered to be righteous in the eyes of God. Righteousness, in the old testament is synonymous with a great and consistent obedience to the law.

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Preparing the Way for Jesus, Part 24

What does it mean to mock God? To mock God is to ridicule or scoff at Him or treat Him with contempt. The Believer’s inappropriate treatment of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit by committing sins in the flesh (as in our disobedience, our disrespect, our contemptible language our hypocrisy, our prejudices, our lusting, and our drunkenness) carries with it the sin of mocking God.

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