Daily Devotional

The Temptation of Jesus Part I

Guy Roberson

Martin Luther once said, “There are three things that make a Christian—prayer, meditation, and temptation.”  While some may deny this statement the Word of God will prove that statement to be true.

The temptation of our Lord follows immediately after His baptism discussed in the previous article.  Notice that Matthew said, “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by ...

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The Baptism of Jesus

Guy Roberson

From the time Jesus was found in the Temple sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions, until about 30 years of age, the Gospel writers do not reveal anything to us.  This period of time has been called the “silent years.”  Matthew leapfrogs over this period and reveals to us the baptism of Jesus.  In ...

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Jesus As a Young Child

Guy Roberson

There is very little written about Jesus’ early life.  In the gospel of Luke, we find the only story of Jesus as a young child (2:41-52).  When Jesus was 12 years of age, he traveled with his mother and stepfather, Joseph, to Jerusalem to celebrate the annual Feast of the Passover. “His parents went ...

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The Birth of Jesus, Our Savior

                                                   Guy Roberson

The birth of our Lord is recorded both in the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke.  His coming into this world was spoken by the prophet Malachi, as the rising of the sun (Malachi 4:2).  This birth of our ...

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Prophecies Surrounding the Birth and Life of Jesus Christ

 

Guy Roberson

The coming of the Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled numerous Old Testament prophecies given centuries before He was born.  While some scholars and interpreters place the Messianic prophecies in the hundreds we can only notice a few of them in this article.  It is important to understand that the prophecies form an incredible line of truth and remarkable evidence establishing not only that Jesus was sent from God ...

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Was the Prophesied King Born of a Virgin?

Guy Roberson

Isaiah, the great prophet who lived 700 years before Christ, declared that God would provide a much greater deliverance for Israel than the deliverance King Ahaz was asking for in his reign, when the kingdom was being threatened by their enemies from the north.  Isaiah directed the king’s attention to the “house of David and declared that “the Lord Himself will give you a sign: ...

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A Long-Awaited Hope – Matthew 1:18-24

Guy Roberson

Some 1000 years had passed since God promised David that his descendants would reign forever (2 San 7:12-16).  The Jewish people, David’s descendants, had suffered oppression and hardship in captivity.  Even though they had returned to their homeland they waited and hoped for God to fulfill His promise and the restoration of the kingdom to the glory it had enjoyed under David and ...

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What do you think about the Christ?

Guy Roberson

During the time of Christ, the Pharisees had some wrong ideas about “Who He Was?”  Jesus endeavored to correct their misunderstanding about Him and asked the question “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?”.  They said to Him, “The Son of David.” He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying: ‘The Lord said to my ...

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The Glorious Splendor of God’s Majesty

The Glorious Splendor of God’s Majesty

Guy Roberson

I don’t know of a more appropriate passage to close these devotionals on the attributes of God than Psalm 145.  The Psalmist presents A magnificent hymn to the Lord, the Great King, for His mighty acts and benevolent virtues, which are the glory of His kingly rule.  Space will not permit the inclusion of the entire Psalm but I encourage you to read it.  In verse 5 the writer wrote: “I will ...

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Understanding God’s Mercy

Guy Roberson

Paul, writing to the church in Ephesus, said: “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved” (Eph. 2:4-5). In Exodus, ...

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