Great Gospel Texts – Old Testament

Isaiah 53:5 He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, and the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes, we are healed. I love the last three words: ‘we are healed’! They give assurance and hope, and tell us there is an answer to the brokenness we…

We Preach Christ and Him Crucified

The Gospel is good news! Good news that there is hope, salvation, forgiveness, reconciliation, life, glory … for all of us.  Good news that we don’t have to do anything to get it, but that God is willing to freely give it to us. Why? Because we deserve it? Absolutely not! We are dead in…

The Book of Truth

Let’s talk a little more about truth! Truth by definition is unique. There can only be one truth, and we acknowledge anything as a fact, we are immediately saying that everything else is false or illegitimate. Truth is also essential. Without truth there would be no life. Truth is life-giving. For example, if you are…

Who is the Messiah?

The Definition The word ‘Messiah‘ means ‘anointed one’, and is used throughout Scripture to refer to different people. According to Biblehub the Hebrew word occurs 39 times. mashiach: anointed Original Word: מָשִׁ֫יחַ Part of Speech: Noun Masculine Transliteration: mashiach Phonetic Spelling: (maw-shee’-akh) Short Definition: anointed The References Lev 4 & 6 (4 times) ‘the anointed priest’ 1 Sam 2:10. ‘The…

Jesus Christ, the Son of David

Some I have spoken to recently have disputed this point, claiming the Jesus was not of the seed of David; that the genealogies are invented; that Jesus cannot be the promised Messiah. However, throughout the Gospels we find people referring to Jesus, in passing, as the Son of David. In other words, Jesus’ link with…

Does Jesus point us to Himself?

Absolutely! The following are a list of verses that clearly demonstrate Jesus pointed to Himself as the way back to God. If we want to come to the Father, we must come to Jesus Christ. If we want to follow God, we must follow Jesus Christ. To receive Jesus is to receive God; and to…

Saul sees the Light

Consider the conversion of Saul of Tarsus, in Acts chapter 9. The first thing he sees is a light from heaven, brighter than the midday sun. The initial reaction of a Muslim friend of mine was to compare it to God’s revelation to Moses on Mount Sinai. I agree that this is a most obvious connection to…

Redemption – we all need it!

We all love a good story about redemption.  A human hero, warts and all, who overcomes weakness to win the day.  We love it because we live it.  We identify with the weakness and maybe even the warts, and we hope to overcome, to win. Redemption is such a common theme that GoodReads has a shelf…

Knowing the Truth about Jesus Christ

In a recent FB exchange about the Bible, a friend commented: “Christianity was an underground religion for several centuries until Constantine and the Romans suddenly endorsed it, threw in some pagan festivals, fiddled with the doctrine and used it to control Europe for over a thousand years. Time and time again people have taken already…