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Christmas season often inspires feelings of warmth and comfort. The Christmas story has some elements of conflict to it though. Jesus was born into a world at conflict, and his ministry created conflict. But Jesus came into the world to fix the broken things and nothing is able to stop him.
We aren’t amazed when the description of “X” matches the actual appearance of “X” when we buy a product. However, even though the coming of the messiah was prophesied (description of “X”), we continue to be amazed at the was Christ fulfilled those prophesies.
As we age we tend to forget the faith and wonder surrounding Christmas that we had as children. John marvels in the wonder of the incarnation, and he encourages us to do the same.
We all have things in our life that we would like to go back and redo or reset. We don’t always get that chance though. Jesus fives us the opportunity, not to go back and reset, but at least to have a clean slate.
There are certain things in life that people face with a fair amount of skepticism; things like getting a letter saying you have inherited 1 million dollars. In Christianity, one such event that receives a lot of skepticism is the resurrection. Here, we explore the resurrection and reasons why it should be believed.
The most significant death for the Christian is the death of Christ. Unknowingly, every one involved in the death of Jesus was a part of Scripture being fulfilled.
John 18:1-14 1. Jesus is courageous2 Timothy 1:7John 18:28-40 2. Jesus is the truthJohn 14:6John 19:1-16 3. Jesus has all power and authority, but humbled himself
John chapter 17 contains one of Jesus’ prayers; often called the high priestly prayer. He knows that the time has come for him to do that which he came to earth to do. Jesus spends his night in prayer, praying for himself, his disciples, and ultimately us.
As Christians, we are no longer of the world. We are part of a community that has been called out of the world, and the world works overtime to try to force us to conform to itself.
The main emphasis of John 15 is abiding in Christ. Just like a branch broken from a tree, once it is removed from its source of life it is no longer able to continue to grow. We need to be sure that we stay connected to Jesus.
John 14:15-31Ephesians 3:14-19
How do you know how to get where you are going? Today we use technology like GPS. The disciples needed different kind of directions. They needed spiritual directions. Jesus tells them to believe in the “great hope” of his return. He said that He is “the way, the truth and the life.”