Note: Andrew Burns sponsored a series on Bible characters, going from A to Z, on his website and invited a number of people to choose a letter. I got in quickly and chose “J” for Jesus, without wanting to diminish, in any way, his preeminence by including him in the list of Bible characters. On the contrary, my desire was to honor him as the One and Only. The original post is located here. Now that time has elapsed, I’m posting the article on my own site. It’s below, as originally published.
Jesus is God in the flesh, unique, without sin, the perfect sacrifice for man’s restoration to God. Almost all information about him is found in the Bible. The reliable history of his life and mission are recorded in the four accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, in the New Testament. There are but a few historical references to him outside of the Bible, but eyewitness accounts are found only there.
Jesus was born of a virgin. His deity is central to his mission and message, Jn 8.24. It is also part of the core gospel, demonstrating that attempts to pare down the gospel only to the death, burial, and resurrection are amiss. Continue reading
The God who sent his Son to die deserves our highest praise. He gave his Son that we might live, lift up our voice to glorify his Name! Sing from the heart, sing out with joy, bless God for this great gift! Glory to the Lord! Glory in word and sacrifice of ourselves!
By J. Randal Matheny © 2015
“All my life, my heart has sought a thing
I cannot name,” the searching poet wrote.
I know the name of what he seeks — we sing
Each Sunday praise to Jesus — in every note
A tone of love and joy and satisfaction.
Here’s home, full blessed, complete — what all we sought,
In him we find, the empty heart’s attraction.
What we could not produce, the Savior brought:
To be with God, to walk in his ways, to know
His kindness — never spoke a mortal man
As he addressed the crowds, a voice so low
And meek, like none have heard since Earth began.
So let us tell the poet and all his friends —
In Jesus Christ their frantic searching ends.
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I don’t like surprises. Don’t involve me in some planned activity without first checking with me. I want to know what’s going to happen, well before the time. Tell me beforehand.
Not because the disciples had my personality type, but because they were his friends, Jesus told them what was going to happen. Continue reading
Glory to God for the Son of Man who, seated at the Father’s right hand, intercedes for all our needs and understands every challenge we face! Praise be to him! For Jesus knows each one and places us before the Almighty to offer his blood and forgiveness on our behalf.
By J. Randal Matheny © 2015
Where can I go when spirits are low,
When zeal is dragging its feet?
To Him who knows the heart’s worst woes,
But still refused to retreat. Continue reading
We make associations between phenomena and often attribute causation between events. The human mind has the ability to make connections. Memory remembers patterns, and patterns suggest a sequence of events. Continue reading
Those who want to know, can know, said Jesus. Continue reading
This was the question I received today from someone hostile, as far as I can tell, to all forms of faith in God. Here is what I answered: Continue reading
Friendship takes many forms. Some friendships don’t last long, others last a lifetime. An activity or hobby may serve to connect friends, or a friendship may begin because of physical proximity. Similar or contrasting personalities may serve as a basis that bring people together. Continue reading