Posts Tagged Jesus

Joseph (Part 3): Dreamer, Refugee, Protector (Matthew 2:13-23)

It happens so frequently.  Someone or something captures the public imagination and for a short time they are the talk of the town.  But, no sooner than they become a household name, they disappear from view.  Just two months ago, Joseph was the subject of every nativity play in the country.  Now, in the middle […]

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Joseph (Part 2): On that holy night (Luke 2:1-7)

The Christmas story, as is true of any and every historical event, is firmly rooted at a particular time in a particular place.  Luke, that most careful of chroniclers, identifies the circumstances surrounding the time and place of Jesus’ birth in Luke 2:1-7.  Emperor Caesar Augustus decreed that everyone within the vast reach of the […]

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Joseph (Part 1): A righteous man (Matthew 1:18-25)

It was an absolute bombshell when Joseph heard the news that his fiancée was pregnant.  It was almost unbelievable that Mary could have done this.  It seemed so out of character for the young woman promised to him in marriage… And yet it was true.  She was pregnant and the rumours were swirling. Matthew 1:18-25 […]

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Psalm 80 – The Vine

Psalm 80 was written during a period when God was angry with His people (v4).  He was not answering their prayers and they had become an object of ridicule amongst their enemies (v6).  Three times in the psalm the refrain, ‘Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!’ occurs (verses […]

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Psalm 22 – The anguish & victory of the cross

Towering across the ages as a permanent monument to the grace of God stands the cross of Christ.  The events of Good Friday, the horrific suffering, crucifixion and death of the Son of God, are beyond description and should constantly cause us to be amazed at what our Saviour has done.  Jesus’ ensuing resurrection from […]

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The Magi: Gifts for a King (Matthew 2:1-12)

The nativity accounts of the birth of Jesus contain some famous characters.  Some of those characters are the Magi, or wise men, whose appearance is described in Matthew 2:1-12.  These Eastern mystics travelled a long, long way from their homeland because they believed they had seen a heavenly sign that a special baby had been […]

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Psalm 72 – Praying for a perfect king

Psalm 72 is a prayer.  Penned by King Solomon, David’s son, it expresses a desire for the king to be empowered by God to rule the nation in a godly way.  It describes an ideal ruler who will establish the key priorities for God’s people.  A number of themes leap out at the reader. The […]

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