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History is His Story

Luke 2:1-7 (NASB)

Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

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Adam, A Type of Christ

Romans 5:15-17 (KJV)

But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

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Open Eyes That They May See

Luke 18:31-34 (NASB)

Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things which are written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished. For He will be handed over to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and mistreated and spit upon, and after they have scourged Him, they will kill Him; and the third day He will rise again.” But the disciples understood none of these things, and the meaning of this statement was hidden from them, and they did not comprehend the things that were said.

In this text Jesus tells His disciples all that is about to take place. Jesus will go to Jerusalem, He will be beaten, scourged, die, and rise from the dead “just as the prophets said.” But the disciples understood none of these things. The meaning was hidden from them and they did not comprehend the things said.

The first 17 OT books are historical, 5 are poetical, and the last 17 are prophetical (Isaiah to Malachi). The prophets and the psalmists gave two general categories of Messianic prophecies:

  1. Messianic prophecies related to the greatness and majesty of the Messiah (see Psalm 2).
  2. Messianic prophecies related to the suffering and humiliation of the Messiah (see Psalm 22).

Everything that the Son of Man suffered was revealed in “the prophets” – the 17 OT prophetical books.

  1. The disciples didn’t see the significance of the sufferings of Christ.
    These were men who went every Sabbath to the synagogue and heard the prophets read to them. As Jesus explained how He must be beaten, die, and rise again. They had no wonder or awe of this. Romans 5:8 - “God showed His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
    1. The disciples understood none of these things – like a foreign language (though it wasn’t).
      They expected a temporal prince and a conqueror (as the prophets predicted) and not suffering. Remember this: We too lose sight of the Conquering Christ in the midst of our personal suffering.
    2. The disciples had the meaning hidden from them.
      This is a passive statement. Something or someone has “hidden” this truth of Christ from them. “The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (II Corinthians 4:4).
    3. The disciples did not comprehend the things said.
      This summary statement simply means there was no personal “laying hold of” the truth.

  2. There is a blindness in the minds of people today regarding Christ.
    “Since the creation of the world God’s invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that all are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but became futile in their speculations, their hearts darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:20-22).
    1. Notice, this blindness is both active and passive – “They did not honor God, and their hearts became darkened.” Spiritual darkness is both a decision and a disease; deserved and delivered.
    2. Spiritual blindness is the source of all human decay – “If your eye (of understanding) is bad, your whole body (life) is full of darkness” (Matthew 6:23).

  3. There is a cure for spiritual blindness that is a direct result of God’s mercy.
    Maybe you know or love someone who is blinded to the beauty of Christ’s death and resurrection.
    1. Spiritual blindness is a disease that can be cured by God Himself.
      “For God, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (II Corinthians 4:6).
    2. Prayer for the blind is the scheduling of an appointment with God Himself.
      “Then Elisha prayed and said, ‘O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ And the LORD opened the servant's eyes and he saw” (II Kings 6:17). When’s the last time you prayed like this?
    3. When a person “turns to the Lord,” the veil of blindness is removed.
      “Whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away” (II Corinthians 3:16).
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He Took Hold of Him, He Healed Him, and He Sent Him on His Way

Luke 14:1-6 (NASB)

It happened that when He went into the house of one of the leaders of the Pharisees on the Sabbath to eat bread, they were watching Him closely. And there in front of Him was a man suffering from dropsy. And Jesus answered and spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” But they kept silent. And He took hold of him and healed him, and sent him away. And He said to them, “Which one of you will have a son or an ox fall into a well, and will not immediately pull him out on a Sabbath day?” And they could make no reply to this.

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My True Love Reveals Christ to Me

Luke 24:27(NASB)

Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.

II Corinthians 4:6 (NASB)

For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

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The Cure for Worry

Philippians 4:4-7 (KJV)

Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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Divine Intervention: Overcoming Addiction 2: God's Sovereinty in the Midst of Gross Sin

Genesis 20:3-6 (KJV)

But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife. But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, LORD, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation? Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this. And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.

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