Today, I will be doing a Christmas-themed blog post that I pray will give you a better understanding of the meaning of Christmas and what it means to us as Christians and people. While reading this blog post, I want you to ask yourself this question that I feel we all as people and Christians should ask: Am I really understanding the importance of Christ’s Birth? I feel that knowing the importance of Christ’s birth is crucial in order for us, as people and as Christians to begin to understand the importance of having a relationship with God.
Well, what is the importance of Christ’s Birth?
I think that the importance of Christ’s birth begins long before He puts on human clothes and comes to Earth. Throughout the Old Testament, various prophets including Isaiah, Hosea, and Micah foretold of Jesus’s birth and what to look for when He came as the Messianic King. In Matthew 1:22-23, the angel Gabriel appeared to Joseph and told him Mary’s pregnancy with Jesus Christ was all part of the Old Testament prophecy about His coming birth.
“22. So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet saying: 23.Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call Him name Immanuel which is translated, “God with Us”.
Today, I would like to ask that as you read this blog post, you reflect on this question Jesus asked His disciples: “Who Do You Say That I Am?” As we go into the Christmas season, it’s easy to forget the true meaning of the holiday and that it’s about the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. But, it’s also about how we as human beings perceive God and His Son Jesus Christ.
What did Christ really mean when He asked the question: “Who Do You Say That I Am?”
Well, to me, I feel that Jesus was asking a very simple question but it’s a question that I feel, we as Christians just skim over and never really dig into. I feel that Jesus is asking us this question out of a sense of curiosity because He wants to know; how we as human beings perceive Him. In the Bible, God refers to Himself as “I AM” to Moses and as the God of the Israelites and even Jesus Himself said that phrase “I AM”. In Mark 8:29, Jesus asks this very question to His disciples, but it’s Peter’s response that should show us who Christ really is and not who we perceive Him to be.
“29. He said to them, “But who do you say that I Am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ”.Read More »
Well, to me, giving it all to God means that I need to relinquish all of my pain, regrets, sadness, guilt, shame and even the good things and lay them all at His feet. But also, it means that whatever I may be going through, I can give it over to God knowing that if I can’t handle it; by faith, God will get me through it. In the Bible, we see many times the prophets and later the Apostles urging us to give all that we have to the Lord.
But here’s the question: Why do we hang onto the things of the past? In Psalms 55:22, it is telling us to cast all of our burdens onto God and He will sustain us.
“22.Cast your burdens on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”Read More »
Today, I will be talking about one of the misunderstood people in the Bible: Barabbas. In the Bible, we are virtually given no information about him except that he was part of a rebellion against the Romans and that he was a murderer, but doesn’t that describe humanity in general?
In this blog post, I want you all to ask yourself these questions: Am I going to be like Barabbas and choose to continue to rebel against God? or Am I going to choose Christ?
So, what does it mean to rebel against God? Well, the word rebellion comes from the Hebrew word carah, which means “rebellion”, “revolt”, and “turn away”. So, if rebellion is to turn away from something, why are we continuing to turn away from God and choosing to embrace sin? I feel that the reason we continue to embrace sin is because, we, as human beings born into sin, are naturally rebellious and will turn away from the person or people rebuking us.
In Mark 15:7-11, the Apostle Mark describes the scene of Pilate presenting Jesus and Barabbas to the people for one of them to be released; however, in this scene, it shows the true character of humanity’s defiance towards God and His Word.
“7. And there was one named Barabbas, who was chained with his fellow rebels; they had committed murder in the rebellion. 8. Then the multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do just as he had always done for them. 9. But Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” 10. For he knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.11. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that he should rather release Barabbas to them.”Read More »