DIG for Wednesday the 21st of December….the importance of the Word…..2 Timothy 2 v 15

Before I write the next 4 DIGs I want to remind you about the importance of the Word of God.

If we want to know something about the Lord this is where we should look.

The bible should be the first place we look for truth, indeed it should be the final arbitrator of truth.

Take for example healing; we find out the truth about healing in the Word from Isaiah 53 v 4 and 5 and 1 Peter 2 v 24 for example.

The same is true for prosperity; we find out the truth about prosperity in 2 Corinthians 8 v 9.

Indeed the Word shows us that the Lord wants us, above all things, to live in health and prosperity (3 John 2).

So if we want to learn about the birth of Jesus we should look to the Bible and not the traditions of men.

This is true if we want to find out about the birthplace of Jesus; we should look to the Word of God and not to the traditions of men.

My DIGs over the next four days will look at this very topic.

I pray that you read these DIGs with you Bible close at hand, so that you can check for yourself what I am writing.

I pray that you read these DIGs with an open heart and open mind, ready to marvel at where Jesus was born.

I pray that these DIGs bless you and I speak out over you right now that you have a blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word and thank you for the truths held within”.

2 Timothy 2 v 15…..Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth

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DIG for Tuesday the 20th of December…..so who was Jesus…..Matthew 1 v 21

Any historian worth his salt will tell you that a man called Jesus was born, walked the earth and died on a cross around about two thousand years ago.

This is a historical fact, one that not many academics or theologians will dispute.

The debate should really be about who He was, not whether He lived.

To many He was just a man, to many He was a great teacher, and to others He was a liar and charlatan.

To us as born again believers He was the Son of God and the Saviour of the world.

At this time of year the church quite rightly celebrates the birth of Jesus (although this is something we should do all year to be honest).

We celebrate that He was the Son of God and given as a gift.We celebrate that He was born of a virgin, born perfect and sinless with a divine nature.

We celebrate that He was fully man, yet fully God.

We celebrate that He was born as the perfect sacrificial lamb, born to save His people from their sin (Matthew 1 v 21).

The birth of Jesus was one of the most monumental events to ever take place on the earth, an event that started His life and ministry on earth ending with His death, resurrection and ascension.

Today we need to remember that the birth of Jesus was not just a one off event, miraculous as it was, but the first in a chain of events that led to our salvation and righteousness.

That is something to give thanks for.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the birth of Jesus and thank you for His life and ministry”.

Matthew 1 v 21…..And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins

DIG for Monday the 19th of December…..would you ever consider leaving your Christmas gifts unopened…..Isaiah 9 v 6

In the run up to Christmas we often hear about Jesus being given as a gift from God, and that is indeed true.

As a Son he was given (Isaiah 9 v 6).

And through His finished work Jesus gave men many other gifts including healing, prosperity, acceptance and abundance.

Gifts however are worthless if they are not accepted, opened and used.

Gifts are given to be used.

The same is true of the gift of Jesus.

Through His finished work all men have been forgiven and reconciled to God however the benefit of this is not received unless Jesus is accepted.

Once Jesus has been accepted there are lots of other gifts to be accepted and used.

Healing is a gift; please don’t ignore it and stay sick.

Prosperity is a gift; don’t stay in a state of poverty.

I have never once seen my children or grand-daughter leave a Christmas gift unopened; pretty quickly on Christmas morning the room is awash with ripped up wrapping paper with ever present exposed and examined.

Jesus gave His Son so that we could have the possibility of righteousness and salvation, thus opening the way to all His other gifts bought for us at the cross.

If you are reading this DIG I am assuming that you have accepted the gift of Jesus, so this Christmas do not leave any gift from Jesus unopened, accept every one!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the gift of Jesus and thank you for all the other gifts He bought for us through His finished work on the cross”.

Isaiah 9 v 6….. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…..

DIG for Sunday the 18th of December…..what part of “it is finished” do people not understand…..John 19 v 30

I was saddened this morning to see a post of Facebook saying that God had struck American with the Twin Towers disaster and that He had judged Russia and turned it into a Third World country.

If this was the case then Jesus coming to earth as a man, dying on the cross and being raised from the dead was a waste of time.

If God still requires to judge nations and people for sin then Jesus’ work was not the finished work that I keep writing about.

If God still requires to judge nations and people we should rip Hebrews 9 and 10 from our Bibles, as Jesus would not have dealt with all sin forever at the cross (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14).

If God requires to judge nations and people then Jesus was a liar as He said, “It is finished” (John 19 v 30).

Jesus came in the flesh as a man to deal with all the sin of mankind, past, present and future.

Jesus took all this sin (and sickness), all the judgement, on His body at the cross so there is nothing left to judge with regards to sin.

If God were to judge a nation for their sin He would actually be judging the work of Jesus Christ as not good enough.

I know that is not true, I know His work was perfect, a once for all work.

He came in the flesh so that He could perform this finished work.

We celebrate His coming at this time of year, coming as Emmanuel to be among us and coming as Jesus to save us from our sin.

If He was successful in His mission God will not judge any nation ever again!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that the finished work of Jesus was a perfect and once for all work”.

John 19 v 30…..When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost

DIG for Saturday the 17th of December…..was the baby Jesus really the greatest gift ever given…..Isaiah 9 v 6

It is not often I quote another minister or pastor in my DIGs however I thought a statement I read today was worthy of discussion.

Andrew Farley wrote, “God’s greatest gift is not baby Jesus living in Bethlehem. It is Jesus living in you today. Nevertheless, Jesus’ humanity was indispensable to our eternity with Him”.

I found this very interesting, given that quite a lot of what we read around this time of year is about the gift of Jesus from God.

God gave us his Son (Isaiah 9 v 6).

God’s plan of redemption for man was Jesus coming to this earth in flesh and dealing with our sin on the cross.

Because of His finished work we can, as a gift of grace through faith, be born again, saved and made righteous.

Because of His finished work we can, as a gift of grace, have the indwelling Almighty God living on the inside of us.

We now live under grace and the new covenant and not under law and the old covenant.

Part of grace and the new covenant is that we can have God in us, and this is a wonderful gift.

Jesus had to die and be raised again for the new covenant to be ushered in, so of course He had first to be born as a man.

I think I see where Andrew is coming from here, in that through the birth, life, death and resurrection ever man has the opportunity to be saved; that is a great gift.

However the actual gift of salvation and being made righteous could be argued as being the greatest gift.

What do you think?

Speak this out today…..”Thank you for the finished work of Jesus and thank you that every man has the opportunity from salvation and righteousness”.

Isaiah 9 v 6…..For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…..

DIG for Friday the 16th of December…..Emmanuel, I just cannot stop thinking about this…..Matthew 1 v 23

I know I wrote about this same topic just over a week ago, however I cannot get over the amazing truth of Jesus being Emmanuel.

This is a truth that I find absolutely astounding.

We know that Jesus is God.

We know that Jesus was the agent of creation; God created everything through Jesus (Hebrews 1 v 3 and Colossians 1 v 16).

We know that Jesus was pre-existent as part of the Godhead (Revelation 1 v 8).

Yet we also know that Jesus was made flesh and dwelt among us (John 1 v 14).

We know that Jesus came among those He created, even though most would reject him (John 1 v 11).

We know that He would live a life of ministry before giving up His life to deal with all our sin, to make it possible for us to be saved and made righteous.

This is of course a truth that we focus on at this time of year.

However this amazing truth is like a puppy; it is not just for Christmas!

Our God became our Saviour by coming to earth in the flesh.

What’s even better is that we can all say, My God became My Saviour by coming to the earth in flesh for me.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that Jesus came to earth as Emmanuel, to become God with us”.

Matthew 1 v 23…..Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us

DIG for Thursday the 15th of December…..all this was written before it happened…..Matthew 2 v 5 and 6

I did a quick search on the Internet this morning after reading Matthew 2 v 5 and 6, with one article saying that Jesus fulfilled 353 prophecies that were written in the Bible.

This is an astounding number of prophecies to fulfil.

As many of you know, I have a degree in mathematics and know quite a lot about probability theory and statistics.

Jesus could have fulfilled a few of the prophecies written in the Word by accident, there would be a fair probability of him possibly meeting some of them just out of coincidence.

But to fulfil over 300 by chance is just not possible; the probability would be too small for that to happen.

According to probability theory once the probability of an event or series of events gets below a certain value it means this event is impossible.

This is what mathematics would say if we calculated the probability of Jesus fulfilling all the prophecies by chance; it is just not possible.

We of course know why it was possible; God was behind this.

God put in place a plan for the birth of Jesus and He got men to write down this plan through various prophecies.

Micah 5 v 2 spoke of Jesus being born in, at or near Bethlehem, we know from the Gospels that this was indeed where He was born.

This was written about 750 to 800 years before the event happened.

This is just one of the many prophecies fulfilled through the birth of Jesus.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the birth of Jesus, thank you for the prophecies in the Old Testament and the confirmation in the Gospels”.

Matthew 2 v 5…..And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judea, art not the least among the princes of Judea: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel