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The Innocent One Dies

Luke 23:44-49 In three of the miracles that surrounded Christ’s death on the cross, we are reminded about the significance of his death. In the miracle of darkness that covered the whole land, we are reminded that Christ bore the divine judgment of God for us on the cross. His bearing of God’s wrath means there is no more atonement for sins…

An Unlikely Convert

Luke 23:39-43 As we look at the two criminals on the cross, we are encountered with a decision all men must make, whether or not to fear God, confess our sins and place our faith in Jesus as King and Savior – or whether to live in rebellion against him. We see this as we look first at The Hardened and Hopeless…

The Innocent One is Crucified

Luke 23:26-38 In these verse of Jesus going to and being on the cross, we get three glimpses of our Savior. First, we see A Broken Savior – one whose body was disfigured by his beatings and who was tired from difficult emotions and a lack of sleep. Because of this he was too weak to carry his own cross and Simon…

The Innocent One is Condemned

Luke 23:1-25 In Christ’s trial before the Roman authorities of Pilate and Herod, we are reminded of four great truths. First, while all seems to be going awry and Satan seems to be winning, God has a Great Plan and in the end, all these men did was to serve God’s purpose which was to provide for our salvation. It reminds us…

The Light Shines in the Darkness

Luke 22:63-71 As we consider the Jewish trials of Jesus, we discover that they were filled with darkness. The laws broke by the Jewish authorities in the first two “pretrials” are numerous, but this was due to the hardness of their hearts, the darkness of their minds and their hatred of Jesus; and the trial held during the day only served to…

The Wise Men: From Curiosity to Christ

Matthew 2:1-12 The wise men who were guided to Jesus by the star, illustrate for us how people move from curiosity about Christ to faith in him, and they show us the cost that we must “pay” to follow him. We see that they were guided to faith by three “words” – through the word of general revelation (creation), through the word…

The Shepherds: Responders to the Good News

Luke 2:8-20 The Shepherds receive a big surprise when Jesus was born – and their response to that news and to Jesus is instructive to us. First, the shepherds had a huge surprise when the angels came to them and announced to them that there was “born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Their…

Joseph: Christ-like Character in Action

Matthew 1:18-25 Next in our study of the Characters of Christmas comes Joseph. Joseph was asked to do a hard thing – marry a woman already pregnant out of wedlock. While we know this was by the Holy Spirit – this would have been difficult to explain and even more difficult for others to believe. Yet through it all, Joseph displayed his…

Mary: A Sinner Called to Serve

Luke 1:26-56 In many ways Mary was an unlikely candidate to give birth to the Christ child. She was a young girl from an insignificant town and betrothed to a man with an insignificant job. On top of this, she was a sinner. In her own words she was one of “humble estate.” And yet, God called her to serve him in…