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Know the lord

It takes either faith or strong evidence, to believe in something, or someone you can’t physically see with your eyes. God’s Word provides both.

There are more than enough facts to whole-heartedly receive and believe in Jesus Christ. Consider this; we’ve seen the effect of the wind through the leaves, and we’ve felt the proof on our skin, even though it is invisible. We know magnetic opposites are drawn together. We are aware of the power of electrical current though we can’t see it.

From a child, taught by two loving parents, with a deep abiding faith in God, I too believed without doubt, in the truth of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As I matured and grew, my faith has grown also. I’ve seen the evidence, not only in answered prayer, but also in the study of God’s Word. If you aren’t completely convinced, please join me as we examine the proof, and become entirely sure and certain beyond doubt, Jesus Christ truly is the Son of God as He claimed. We will learn, there is absolute proof positive in the Bible!

The fulfillment of prophecy is irrefutable. Noah Webster defined a prophet as; “a person illuminated, inspired or instructed of God to announce future events; as Moses, Elijah, David, Isaiah, etc.” Isaiah 44:26 tells the reader, God “confirms the word of His servant, and performs the counsel of His messengers.” See I Samuel 3:19-20, “and Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel…knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord.”

In contrast, Deuteronomy 18:21-22 says, “And if thou say in thy heart, how shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken? When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken.” So let us look intently at the prophecies given us, in the Holy Scriptures, foretelling the coming of God’s Son, the Savior of fallen mankind. Let us see with 20/20 vision, the Word is from God, and is absolute truth; it has come to pass. We can be sure and secure, because of the fulfillment of these many prophecies. “Know the Lord.”

Matthew 2:1-12 tells of the Magi, the wise men who came from the East to Jerusalem, to find and worship “He that is born King of the Jews, for we have seen His star.” They knew He was the Messiah, and where He was to be born, because they studied the prophecies in the Scriptures written in Micah 5:1-2 (710 BC), “…But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; Who’s goings forth have been from old, from everlasting.” And Numbers 24:17 (1452 BC), “I shall see Him, but not now: I shall behold Him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel.”

We also have the amazing, humanly impossible prophecy of a miracle only God could do, found in Isaiah 7:14 (742 BC), “Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold (look at intently, take notice, observe and consider carefully), a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (God with us) – John 1:14.

This stunning proclamation foretold over 700 years before fulfillment, came to pass, and was recorded in three of the Gospels, and technically in all of the New Testament; (Luke 1:26-37). “And the angel said unto her, Fear not Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shall conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call His name Jesus (the Lord is Salvation, Savior). He…shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father (ancestor) David: …and of His kingdom there shall be no end (Second Advent soon to be). Then said Mary unto the angel, how shall this be seeing I know not a man? (She’s a virgin!) And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”

(Read Matthew 1:20-25.) Even though this seems unbelievable to our human understanding, due to all of the prophecies spoken by “holy men of God” (II Peter 1:19-21) hundreds of years before, then precisely fulfilled in Jesus Christ, we are wise to receive the evidence as the truth. There are many more I’ll share with you next Friday as we seek to “Know the Lord” together. Jeremiah 9:23-24 “Thus says the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom…But let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord.”

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George Randall Jr.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/web1_George-Randall-mug-1.jpgGeorge Randall Jr.

By George Randall Jr.

George Randall Jr. is the minister to youth at Rocky Ford Christian Church in Cana, Virginia.

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