Micah: Warnings and Hope

Like Amos, Micah speaks to Israel about the coming judgment of the people.  His ministry began in 740BC.  By 722 BC, the Assyrians take Israel into captivity. With every prophesy, God always give a warning. But, He also gives a promise. He is a just God, but also a merciful God. God’s word always has a message, and although Micah may be speaking to Israel, all of us need to take note. What He teaches one people are words for all people. The words of more than 2000 years ago still apply today.

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Jesus and Jonah

Some people think that the events in Jonah are nothing more than a fish story. Yet Jesus referenced the events at more than one occasion. He compared His death and resurrection to Jonah’s experience with the great fish. In the Book of Jonah, we read how God uses His power to convince Jonah to fulfill his calling, to save him from death, to teach him (and us), to show his mercy and to bring others to repentance. Jesus did the same thing.

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Events of Jesus’ Resurrection

Jesus’ ministry did not stop at the cross.  In many ways it had just begun.  Christ said, “It is finished.”  Dying on the cross accomplished God’s goal.  But part of the victory is conquering death so that we may be raised into eternal life.  Without the resurrection, He was just another prophet.  But Jesus is more than that; He is our God, our Savior, our Lord.  He also had to prepare His disciples for their ministry.  And He revealed Himself to many.  One day He will return and reveal Himself to all. Continue reading “Events of Jesus’ Resurrection”

Jesus’ Sacrifice and Glory in Isaiah

Long before Jesus came to this earth, there were prophesies throughout the Old Testament of His coming.  Many did not understand and many opposed Him.  But many believed and were redeemed through Him.  As we mentioned in the previous post, God had a plan for us through Christ.  And Jesus fulfilled scripture.  Isaiah 53 is just one example. Continue reading “Jesus’ Sacrifice and Glory in Isaiah”

God’s Plan Through Jesus and the Cross

We have been discussing Jesus’ words on the cross.  God had a plan all along.  Jesus proclaimed that He accomplished it.  God spoke through Isaiah nearly 800 years earlier about this time.  Daniel mentions the coming of the Messiah over 400 years earlier and gives a specific date.  God’s message gave hope, and that hope was through Jesus Christ. Continue reading “God’s Plan Through Jesus and the Cross”