Gospel Insights

by Michael Smith

 

Chapter Two

TWELVE REASONS TO BELIEVE
THAT GOD BECAME MAN

 

(1)   A virgin conceived a Son (Luke 1:26-35).  His name was Jesus Christ, meaning 'God's Anointed Saviour'.  The Bible states very plainly that Joseph was not the father of Jesus, but that the child was conceived of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35;  Matthew 1:18),

(2)   One of the greatest Old Testament prophets, Isaiah, predicted that a God-Man would come (Isaiah 9:6).  Emmanuel means 'God with us',

(3)   Many angels announced the birth of Jesus Christ (Luke 2:8-14),

(4)   At Jesus' birth a sign appeared in the sky indicating the coming of the Messiah.  Prophets had spoken of a Ruler who would come out of Bethlehem (Micah 5:2),

(5)   The time was right for a Jewish Messiah as predicted by the prophet Daniel (Daniel 7:13-14; 9:24-27),

(6)   Jesus Himself claimed to be equal with God (John 8:58; 10:30),

(7)   The Lord's disciples worshipped Him; worship being reserved for God alone (John 1:1-3,14),

(8)   The enemies of Jesus accused Him of blasphemy when He forgave sins and spoke of God as His father; even saying He was one with God (John 10:33),

(9)   The miracles of Jesus supported His claims as they did what only God can do (John 20:30-31),

(10)   The Lord's departure was greater than His arrival.  After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to His closest disciples, and then to more than 500 followers at once, during a period of forty days before ascending with the clouds back into heaven from whence He had come (1 Corinthians 15:5-8),

(11)   His disciples soon realised that it was God Who had come and lived among them for over thirty years, and so the time prior to Jesus Christ came to be known as 'B.C.' (Before Christ),

(12)   Many millions of people for the last two thousand years have also realised God has come amongst us, and have worshipped Jesus Christ as God the Son; co-equal in every way with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

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Michael Smith 2013