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Sunday, April 19, 2009
The Genealogy of Jesus Christ II
Topic: Jesus Christ

Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (Genesis 12:1-3 KJV)

The birth of Jesus did not begin with Virgin Mary, but it was the seed of Abraham. Matthew 1:1 says, “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” It also means that we are the seed of Abraham through Jesus Christ.

The Book of Genesis indicated that Abraham did not begin his life as Jew, but as the Gentile. This is so important fact about Abraham and Jesus. The foundation of the Jewish nation began with Jacob. Of course, God continuous carried His covenant since He made it with Abraham. Galatians 3:28-29 says, There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

We need to have knowledge of the Old Testament for us to understand about the New Testament. I know that there are some people would think the Bible has two gods—judgmental god in the Old Testament and the lovely god in the New Testament. We must understand that there is ONLY one God in the Bible, who created this universe and us, who came to the earth and paid our sins for us by dying on the Cross. That Person is our Lord Jesus Christ.

This is why the Bible recorded so many lists of geologies. We need to understand the pagan religion began with Babel, then to one of Noah’s sons, and then to Abraham’s father. Then finally to Abraham’s first son, Ishmael. This is why we have so much conflict with Islam. Even though Islamic, Jewish, and Christianity proclaim to be the seed of Abraham, yet, we have made so much of chaos from each other. This is why Jesus didn’t die only for Jews, but for the sins of everybody in this world.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009
The Genealogy of Jesus Christ I
Topic: Jesus Christ

The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham… So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations. (Matthew 1:1, 17 KJV)

The Bible has filled with genealogies. The word “genealogy” is from Middle English genealogie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin genealogia, from Greek, from genea race, family + -logia -logy; akin to Greek genos race. This word has been used since 14th century. This term is an account of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or from older forms; or regular descent of a person, family, or group of organisms from a progenitor or older form.

This term “genealogy” is very important in both Jewish and Christian life. It tells us about where did our Christianity from. It tells us about who Jesus is. Without the understanding of our Christianity with Jewish root, we may not have Christianity. We are from the seed of Abraham (Galatians 3:17), which God promised to him in Genesis 12.

Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-38 tell us that Jesus came from the seed of Abraham. In fact, Luke goes down to seed of Adam. Even though Jesus was with God in the beginning (John 1), He arrived to this world through the womb of Virgin Mary. This does not mean that Mary received the divine power and coequal with God, which the Roman Catholicism teaches. Jesus came to the world just as any human being born, so He can be related with us in every way.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Son of God
Topic: Jesus Christ

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12-13)

How did Jesus born on earth? I know many of us would think that Jesus was born through Mary and though the lineage of David. But, as we read in John 1:12-13, Jesus was born because of God. God brought Him here. Even though He had the human blood, Jesus was born on the earth because of His Father.

Why did God pick a young virgin girl to be the mother of Jesus? Most Catholicism believes that Mary was sinless for God to pick her to be the mother of Jesus. Even though the Bible doesn’t have record of Mary’s sin acts, it doesn’t mean that she was sinless. Romans 3:23 says that we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Even God knew that Mary was imperfect person in the world; He looked what was in her heart (I Samuel 16:7).

God brought Jesus for the purpose of saving the lost souls. In the last day, God uses His Son, Jesus, to bring His people back unto Himself (Hebrews 1:1-3). I believe that we are in the last day before Jesus would return to wipe out all the destruction of the earth and restore what it was originally created.

Do you want to be sons and/or daughters of God? Many of His people didn’t recognize Jesus as God’s Son. So to us, when we’d come as God’s children, the world will not recognize us as the rest of people. Instead, the world will hate us because of our beliefs in Jesus Christ.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009
Birth and Preparation of Jesus Christ III—God Became a Human II
Topic: Jesus Christ

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. (John 1:6-9 KJV)

As we will keep study on the Birth and Preparation of Jesus Christ, we also look at John the Baptist in this portion of John 1. This John is not the author of all four books of John or follower of Jesus Christ.

Malachi says, “Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.” Even though this verse relates to the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, it also relates to John the Baptist as well.

Now, who was John the Baptist? What was his mission? Even though we will study more on his background when we’d come to Luke 1, Apostle John gave us some descriptions of this guy’s character.

John the Baptist was the witness to the Light. He came to the earth for one purpose. That was being a witness to Jesus Christ. John 1:15 says, “John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.” Just as we received the commission from Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20), John the Baptist received the call from God to make a road to Jesus Christ.

Are you making a road for Jesus Christ to your life and the life of your loved ones? Confessing your sins to priests will not help you. Only through your relationship with Jesus Christ will make you to live with Him forever.

This Tuesday is the U.S. Presidential Inauguration and Barak Obama will become the 44th U.S. President, but he cannot save us all from tragedies. No! We already have seen that he signed the bills that women have the right to have abortion, have the homosexual rights in our country, and continue expand President Bush’s faith-based ministries. (Don’t be surprised that the next president will keep the same policy as the last twenty years of Presidents Bush-Clinton-Bush) If President Obama would recognize that we have the idol in our U.S. Capitol and change his way to lead our country, it would be miracle.

Our country would need true prophet, like John the Baptist, to return our ways to the way of the Lord. God is waiting patiently for us to turn our ways to His. It is up to us what our actions would be.

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Sunday, January 11, 2009
Birth and Preparation of Jesus Christ II—God Became a Human I
Topic: Jesus Christ

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (John 1:1-5 KJV)There are many theologies about how this universal was created in the beginning of time. Some say the earth was created by a big bang explosion. If this is true, who began to create the big bang before its explosion? There are many theologies about the earth creation, but the Bible tells us who created the planet.

In Genesis 1:1, it tells us that God created the heaven and the earth. The earth cannot create by itself. As we’d keep read on Genesis 1, God designed the universe by using His spoken words. Also, we see there were three persons that involved the creation—the God of the Father, God of the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit.

Throughout the Old Testament era, we see God as the Spirit. But, after 400 years of silence, God came to the earth as human being.

In John 1, John tells us that there was the Word in the beginning. In Hebrew Scripture, the Word was an agent of creation (Psalm 33:6), the source of God’s message to His people through the prophets (Hosea 1:2), and God’s Law, His standard for holiness. In Greek philosophy, the Word means the divine essence that hold all things together, God’s ideal pattern for creation.

As we read the first five verses in John 1, we see that Jesus Christ was the Word in the beginning. We need to understand how the New Testament began. Jesus was the beginning of all things. We would not be existed when there was no beginning point. Paul says in Colossians 1:16-18, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence."

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