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The Word and God - by Michael Phillips
Advent 2013 - Part 1 of 5
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John 1:1-2
Dec 01, 2013 am - Today is the first Sunday of Advent, a fitting time to remember the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Was Jesus really born in the real world at a real time in a real place? The Bible says He was, and having read the Nativity Stories all of my life, they come off as credible to me. They simply don't read like Greek, Roman, or Nordic Mythology, but as something more sober. What they look like is testimony, honest men and women bearing witness to-- What we have seen with our own eyes, What we have looked upon, And our hands have handled. Three of the Four Gospels tell the story of our Lord's birth, each in its own way. If you want historical detail, Luke's Gospel is the best to read; if our Lord's connection to the Old Testament is your bailiwick, Matthew is a better choice. But, if like me, what you admire most in a story is its brevity, John has got to be your favorite! The man's ability to say so much in so few words is breathtaking! Here's what I found in the first eighteen verses: Who Jesus is in relation to (a) God, (b) the world, (c) life, (d) morality, (e) truth, (f) John the Baptist, (g) Israel, (h) unbelievers, (i) believers, and (j) the Apostles. Ten major doctrines in a ... More >>>

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