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Jesus, the Son of Man

Of all the names of Jesus Christ given in Scripture, this is the one He used most often for Himself. Why is that? I believe the reason is two-fold:

  • Jesus was identifying with the people He had come to minister to. A son of a man is a man, and while Jesus was God He was also a man. Jesus was truly a human being, God in human flesh.
  • But more importantly, this name of Jesus was given in the book of Daniel as one of the titles for the coming Messiah, a fact that the Jewish people would have been aware of.

I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.” Daniel‬ ‭7:13-14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

By identifying Himself as the Son of Man, Jesus was saying He was the fulfillment of this prophecy. This still future event will take place when Jesus returns to earth, to set up His eternal kingdom.

“Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.” Revelation 1:7 NKJV

‭Jesus, I’m so grateful that this life is not all we have to look forward to. Your Word is clear. You will be returning to set up Your eternal kingdom. And because I have accepted Your provision of salvation by grace through faith, The penalty for my sins has been paid and I will be a part of that kingdom. Thank You, Lord, for this glorious truth.

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Jesus, the Son of God

Jesus is called the Son of God in many Old and New Testament passages, and I decided today to cover several of these descriptions together. As the Son, Jesus is:

  • The only begotten Son of God – begotten of God through the Holy Spirit and not a human father (Psalm 2:7; Hebrews 1:5)
  • God’s beloved Son – emphasizing His relationship of love with the Heavenly Father (Matthew 3:17; Matthew 17:5)
  • The radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature” (Hebrews 1:3)

Jesus affirmed the importance of this truth when asked by Caiaphas the High Priest if He was the Christ, the Son of God. He answered “you have said so,” confirming this as truth, even though He understood this claim would be considered blasphemy and worthy of a death sentence.

And the high priest said to him, ‘I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.’ Jesus said to him, ‘You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.’ Then the high priest tore his robes and said, ‘He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy.‘ ” Matthew‬ ‭26:63-65‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Another important Scripture concerning Jesus as the Son of God is found in Hebrews 5:

“Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,” Hebrews‬ ‭5:8-9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

If Jesus were not the Son of God in human flesh, we would still be lost in our sin. Jesus – fully God and fully man, perfect in both aspects of His nature – is the only One who could pay the penalty for our sin and restore us to fellowship with the Most High God. He offers salvation as a gift, and the evidence we are a part of His family is our desire to obey Him because we love Him.

Don’t fail to take advantage of this gift that has been provided to us through His grace and accessed by us through faith. I’m grateful that I took this step over forty-five years ago, and in spite of all of the difficulties I’ve faced since then I have no regrets concerning that decision.

Front Row Seats – The Best Seats in the House?

A great post by one of my best friends. Seeing our situations from God’s perspective is great when we can do so. But even when we don’t understand why, knowing God does gives comfort in the midst of the storm.

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Up close and personal…That’s what ffrront row seats get you…

A chance to see the action on the field, on the ice…or experience the feeling of being right there on stage with the actors or the musicians…

But here’s something to think on…

Are front row seats really the best seats in the house? Do you really see all the action? Or might you be missing what’s going on behind the scenes…off stage…on the sidelines…

True, having front row seats allows you the smack-dab-in-your-face perspective…but what about seats in the balcony and the view they afford…

When we sit close to the front we have a limited view of the stage or playing field – and can only see what’s close to us – we see what’s happening now – directly in front of our eyes.

But when we sit in the balcony we have a broader view –…

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Five Minute Friday: Work

This article  is written to link with Five Minute Friday, where we write for five minutes on a one word prompt without editing. This week’s prompt is “work.”  It is being written from the hospital room where my current work is taking care of our special needs and medically fragile adult son who is in ICU recovering from pneumonia.

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From the time I became an adult, my understanding of what work looks like in my life has changed repeatedly. When I first graduated from college, I had a clear picture of what work would mean in my life. And for two years, I loved being a kindergarten teacher. But after that, God had different plans for my life.

First, I sensed God calling me to go to Bible college. My work then was being a student. There I learned a lot about the Bible, but I also met my future husband.

After marriage, my idea of work again changed. It included taking care of our home and meeting the needs of my husband.

Soon, that expanded to be the “house mother” for a group of young men attending a school of discipleship we were a part of.

That season ended, and I bcame pregnant with ourfirst child. Again, my idea of work shifted. I still had a home and husband to take care of, but my main focus became caring for our precious daughter.

Next, following an auto accident that took the life of our young daughter and left me in a wheelchair, my work became recovering my health through therapy to strengthen my body. Shortly after that, I began working in a newspaper office run by the ministry we had become a part of a few months before our accident.

I could go on to include many other forms of work between then and my current varied work of being bookkeeper for my husband’s home business, caregiver for our special needs son, writer, Bible teacher, and one of the leaders of a Christian support group for ladies with chronic illness. But I think I’ve shared enough to get across the message on my heart today.

The two most important things I’ve learned in the last forty-seven years are:

  • The things we do change, but work of some sort is an important part of daily life. Work is a constant part of our lives, whether or not we go to what is usually called a job.
  • What we do in our work isn’t nearly as important to God as how we do it. God gives clear instructions in His Woork concerning the how. We are to put our whole heart into whatever we are doing at the time, and we are to do it “as for the Lord and not for the Lord and not for men.”

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“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians‬ ‭3:23-24‬ ‭ESV‬‬

A New Collection

It’s Friday and time to join the Five Minute Friday writing community. Each week, Kate Motaung gives a prompt and for five minutes we do free and unedited writing on the week’s topic. Today’s prompt is: COLLECT

As a child, I lived near the beach and enjoyed collecting sea shells. I once had a large collection, but only a few extra special ones went with me into my married life.

As an adult, I began collecting photos and small models of lighthouses. I atill enjoy looking at my lighthoses, which remind me that Jesus is the Light of the World.

But recently I’ve been thinking of beginning a new kind of collection – a collection of answers to prayer. This isn’t an original idea. It was suggested in The Battle Plan for Prayer Bible study video series, which we are currently watching in our Sunday School class. What a great idea!

There are lots of ways to do this. The Kendrick brothers who produced War Room on which this series is based have a Memory Wall of photos of prayers God has answered. Answers to prayer kept in a journal is another idea. The idea is to have some form of answered prayer collection that I can look at and remember what God has done for me in the past in answer to prayer. Remembering what God has done for us in the past is one of the best faith builders when new problems arise and we commit them to prayer.

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Comforting Thoughts…

A great post by a dear friend on finding comfort

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hummTime alone.

Sitting on the front porch with a good cup of coffee and God’s Word, watching my hummers flit back and forth… sitting on the beach soaking in God’s majestic beauty of a setting sunset…

That to me is Comfort.

Time with family.

Eating pizza, playing arcades, spending the night snuggling with the grandkids watching movies and eating junk food…planning a visit to see my daughter in Chicago…

That to me is Comfort.

When my son, who is on a mission in Kuwait with the USAF calls me this coming week to tell me he is home safely…

As a mother, THAT to me is Comfort.

But until that time, God’s Word is my Comfort.

Spending time meditating on His Word and resting in His Love refreshes my weary soul.

He is my portion and my strength – if I allow myself to focus on the things of this…

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When Healing Doesn’t Happen

An honest article about healing by a friend.

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CJGodHasAPlanToday is a pain day. Every once in awhile, they creep up. The pain is severe and uncontrollable and obviously, unwelcome. I have had people ask me why God doesn’t heal me. I’ve had people ask me if I have even asked for healing. I have had people ask me if I believe He can do it.

Yes, I do believe He can. But right now, I do believe He won’t.

I don’t believe He doesn’t heal people – I know He does. I have seen it happen before with my own eyes. I just believe it is not the time for me to be healed. Sometimes healing doesn’t happen. But I believe healing doesn’t happen because God has a different plan for you.

When it is just you and pain, you join with Christ for relief. Even if there is no healing. Sometimes He allows the pain to…

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