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And set up over his head his accusation written, this is Jesus the king of the Jews . Matthew 27:37 The superscription above Jesus’ head is a glorious declaration of the truth of the gospel. Jesus was and is the King of the Jews. The superscription is so significant that all four gospel accounts record it in differing levels of detail. Significantly, all four contain the crucial phrase, “The King of the Jews.” We must see Jesus on the cross as the King of the Jews. Matthew, more than the other gospel accounts, treats the subject of Jesus’ kingship and...

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When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. John 19:26-27 Jesus spoke but seven times during the six hours of suffering on the cross. The first crossword was spoken after the soldiers nailed Him to the cross at 9:00 a.m.: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” The second crossword was spoken later in the morning to the penitent thief who...

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If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves,  and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins,  he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to  cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  I John 1:8-9  This is the message! John has a message, tidings. For he has heard, his eyes have seen, he has looked  upon, and his hands have handled that which was from  the beginning, the Word of life, the Life, the eternal Life  which was with the Father and is now revealed. Therefore he has tidings. He must speak....

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And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. Revelation 6:7-8 Are you conscious of the fact that God is executing His eternal counsel every day without fail? Do you know that powerful forces are at work...

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I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake…. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. I John 2:12, 13c. The inspired apostle John would remind us here that at the heart of living the Christian life stands the knowledge of who we are. We must know who we are and to whom we belong—as children, as fathers, and as young men. The text calls our attention to a wonderful distinction in Christ’s church—that of the various age groups in which God performs His wonder work of grace,...

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Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 Burdens—we all know what they are. We all have them and struggle to bear them to one extent or another. They are the temptations and sins with which we struggle, the anxious cares, the sufferings, and the sorrows that weigh heavily upon us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Yes, Scripture exhorts us to “cast thy burden upon the Lord” (Ps. 55:22a), but it is not always as simple as that. We need help. In this chapter the apostle Paul is applying the truth that living in the...

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And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away…. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear…. Matthew 14:22-33 Men of faith crying out for fear. How can that be? And yet...

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For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11 The details of Jesus’ birth in Luke’s gospel are scanty. In response to the decree of Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed, Mary and Joseph made their way to Bethlehem. The Jewish custom was to pay these taxes in the city from which one’s family originated. Since Joseph and Mary were of the house of David, they went to Bethlehem, the city of David. Finding no room in the inn of Bethlehem, Joseph and Mary found...

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And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots…. Isaiah 11:1 The mighty Assyrian empire had already conquered the northern kingdoms of Syria and Israel at the time of this prophecy; now it was threatening Judah. Assyria with her ruthless and invincible armies had conquered one nation after another. From a human perspective, Judah appeared to be doomed. Today, the antichristian kingdom goes about to establish itself. It manifests its agenda in greater and greater wickedness. It shows its hatred of God and the church more and...

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Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall  fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail,  and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be  cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in  the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the  God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength,  and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will  make me to walk upon mine high places. To the  chief singer on my stringed instruments. Habakkuk 3:17-19 The book...

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