It has often been said that the cradle of Christ lies in the shadow of the cross. Indeed, Jesus declared that the purpose of his coming was to “give his life as a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:28, Mark 10:45).1 However, something like the reverse of that great statement is also true. The crucifixion of Christ only makes sense in light of the cradle. Continue reading The God-Man, Part 3
For Christians, the birth of Jesus lies at the very heart of the Christmas celebration. However, the New Testament itself does not ever actually make any claim as to when exactly Jesus was born. Scholars have suggested a variety of potential dates for Jesus’ birth, but there is no real consensus. It could be the case that Jesus was born on the traditional date of December 25th, but he may very well have been born on just about any other day of the year. In truth, we don’t know when Jesus was born – the New Testament authors simply do not tell us. Continue reading The God-Man, Part 2
It’s Christmas eve. You’re sitting at the dining room table at your parents’ house chewing on some delicious smoked ham while listening to your cousin Jane tell everyone about her church’s recent Christmas pageant. She and her husband had been asked to play Mary and Joseph along with their new-born son, who was going to play baby Jesus. “I can’t believe it,” she said. “It seemed like everything was going smoothly, but all of a sudden the baby just started bawling and I couldn’t get him to quiet down! It was so embarrassing.” Continue reading The God-Man, Part 1
So far in this series of articles, I have argued that the future hope for those in Christ is that of bodily resurrection. I put this forward in contradiction to the popular view that people will live on after death forever as immaterial souls in a disembodied state. Instead, I believe the Bible clearly teaches that the physical bodies of believers will be brought back from death to glory and immortality. The issue this brings us to examine, then, concerns where these resurrected believers will live.
The Christian hope for the future does not lie in an otherworldly disembodied existence. Instead, the consistent testimony of the biblical authors is that they were looking forward to a thoroughly physical existence in resurrected bodies. Observe how the notion of resurrection is contrasted with the idea of being without a body by the apostle Paul, who likened the latter to being naked and unclothed: