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I AM HE – the Messiah – Intro Lesson 2 – January 15 – 22

Was Jesus really “The Messiah”?  For centuries not only the Jews, but apparently much of the Gentile world, anticipated the arrival of “The Messiah”, the one who would liberate the nation of Israel from the oppression and domination of other nations.  He would bring peace and prosperity.  He would establish His chosen people as a nation, protecting and providing for them.  Although the prophets had predicted that this Messiah would be born from the lineage of David in a town called Bethlehem, people did not expect a baby.  Thirty years later, when Jesus began to do incredible miracles, to preach and to teach, and to make extraordinary claims about His identity, the response of the people varied greatly.  Some were prepared to believe immediately while others remained skeptical.  As He continued to make very bold statements that He was “God’s Anointed One” or “The Messiah”, real controversy developed.

As we read about the life of Jesus in the New Testament, we often come across His title “Christ”.  It almost becomes the second part of His name, Jesus Christ, but, in fact, it is His title – Jesus, the Messiah.  Rather than being transliterated from the Greek word “Christos”, it could be translated, “the Anointed One” or “the Anointed”.  By using this title, the authors of the New Testament made it very clear that Jesus was truly the promised Messiah – “the Liberating King”.  It is no wonder that when Jesus announced to the Gentile woman at the well that “The Anointed is speaking to you.  I am the One you have been looking for”, it caused a huge stir in her heart and then in the whole village.  In fact, “when they heard for themselves, they were convinced the One they were hearing was and is God’s Anointed, the Liberating King, sent to rescue the entire world”.  (The Voice – John 4: 42)

The message hasn’t changed, has it?  Jesus, the Messiah, came to bring salvation to all those who would believe in Him. Through His death and resurrection He offers forgiveness and the gift of eternal life to anyone who will put his/her faith in Him.  Even more, until the day comes when He will establish His kingdom on this earth, a kingdom free from the curse of sin and death, He offers to liberate all those who are His children from the bondage of sin.  In fact, through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, we are able to make His kingdom visible in this world and to be light in the darkness.  It continues to be so amazing!

Believe? or BELIEVE!

Would you agree that it is very difficult to know what another person is really telling you when he or she uses the word believe?  It is one of those words that has many synonyms and many levels of meaning.  In fact, one website claims that there are more than 2600 variant or similar words for the simple word believe.  It…Continue Reading

IT’S O.K. TO STARE!

It isn’t polite to stare at someone, is it?  Your parents undoubtedly reinforced that idea when you were a child.  There are times, however, when you cannot help yourself.  Webster’s dictionary defines the word “stare” by explaining that it means “to fix with a steady, often wide-eyed gaze” or “to look at insistently”. When you…Continue Reading

Food for Thought . . .

These days people want their physical food precooked, prepared, processed, and packaged. Quick, easy and convenient is a priority. Tasty and delicious is a bonus. Has it ever occurred to you that we have similar preferences when it comes to our spiritual diet? We so easily turn to a book, a video, or a devotional…Continue Reading

BONUS LESSON – REVIEW AND REFLECT – November 20 – 27

How do you move information, ideas, lists and even names from your short-term memory to your long term one?  Experts tell us that this process is called potentiation.  Evidently the more that “frequent signals are passed within your brain, the stronger the synapses become”, meaning that these neural networks are gradually strengthened and reinforced.  In…Continue Reading