Daily Devotional

Jesus Turns Water into Wine

Guy Roberson

In John 2:1-11, we read about Jesus, His mother, and His disciples attending a wedding of an unnamed couple at Cana in Galilee.  This story, where Jesus performs His first demonstration of power, is found only in John’s gospel. This wonderful story shows that Jesus was not an Ascetic (a person who dedicated his or her life to a pursuit of contemplative ideals ...

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Did Jesus Claim to Be God?

Guy Roberson

It has been argued that Jesus never claimed to be God, and any statements implying that He was are merely legends or myths that came into being after His death. Others have declared that Jesus was sincere but self-deceived. Such arguments may be made by skeptics or even from those who believe that Jesus was truly a good or even a great man, ...

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Why Did John Seem to Have Doubts About Jesus?

Guy Roberson

In Matthew 11:2-3, we read, “And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” (cf. Luke 7:18-23).

As we have pointed out in the previous article, John was prophesied to be the forerunner of Jesus, His messenger, the one who ...

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The Testimony of John the Baptist Regarding the Christ

Guy Roberson

Although we have already looked at both the baptism of Jesus and His temptations, I want to begin a study of the mission of Jesus with a look at the testimony of John.

John’s work was the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. The great prophet Isaiah foretold of his work: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make ...

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The Temptation of Christ #3

 Guy Roberson

Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “It ...

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The Temptation of Jesus #2

Guy Roberson

The temptation of Jesus, as recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, was no small battle.  This meeting did not just happen—a divine plan was being worked out.  The Holy Spirit led Jesus to the place where this cosmic battle between good versus evil, light versus darkness, would take place and this battle had eternal implications.  The Apostle Paul informed us that we are also ...

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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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