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Jesus' Resurrection Pictured in the Old Testament

In the spring months of each year, our thoughts are directed toward the death and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Our spring celebrations are of “first importance” to us, for they remind us of the meaning of Jesus’ death and the importance of his resurrection.

Because of God’s great love for us, he sent his Son to die for us, to redeem us from sin. This is a central truth of our lives as Christians. I hope that we never grow tired of celebrating and observing these monumental events. They should never become stale or routine.

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Joseph Tkach
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Born to Die

The Christian faith proclaims that at a specific time and place, the Son of God became flesh and lived among us. However, Jesus was such a remarkable person that some people even wondered whether he was human at all. The Bible therefore goes out of its way to say that he was flesh, born of a woman, in very nature a human, made like us in every respect except for sin (John 1:14; Galatians 4:4; Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 2:17). He was really human.

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The Birth of Jesus: A Story of Shame

Jesus’ birth involves more humiliation than glory. The Son of God was in glory, but he saw us living in the slimepit of sin, and he loved us so much that he came into this slimepit to save us. He gave up his glory and he lived in humble circumstances. When Jesus was born, people were not amazed by his glory. There was no glory in putting a baby in an animal’s feed trough.

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Joseph Tkach
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The Date of Jesus' Birth

Many Christians acknowledge that no one knows the exact day Jesus was born. The precise date of Jesus’ birth is not critical, and speculation and controversy about this topic can cause Christians to lose focus.

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Baptism

Joseph Tkach

Baptism

Baptism is not a sign of something about us. It is a sign of something about God.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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When should a person be baptized?

A lot of people see baptism as something you do when you get your life straightened out. Others see it as the thing to do when you are ready to fully commit yourself to straightening out and flying right. But that’s not really what baptism’s all about!

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Trials and Faith

Some Christians think that they have a guaranteed a way to escape trials. They point to biblical promises that God will intervene for those who have faith in his Son.

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Commemorating the Crucifixion

Almost 2,000 years ago, a Jewish carpenter was condemned as a dangerous religious and political rebel. He was executed in one of the most painful and shameful punishments ever known: flogging and crucifixion. This form of death was a scandal to both Jews and Gentiles.

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Jesus Helps Us in Everyday Trials

Jeremiah in the cistern, illustrated by Ken TunellFrom birth to death, Jesus had a difficult life. He had moments of joy, and hours of pain — and we are no better than he is, so we cannot expect a trouble-free life. In this world, Jesus said, we will have trials. He warned his disciples about the cost of following him: They would have to take up the cross each day, willing to suffer and die, if need be, for their faith in Jesus Christ (Luke 9:23).

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Why Jesus Gives Us Hope

The Old Testament is a story of frustrated hope. It begins by telling us that humans were created in the image of God. But it was not long before we humans sinned, and we were kicked out of paradise. But along with the word of judgment also came a word of promise—God said that one of Eve’s descendants would crush the enemy (Genesis 3:15). A deliverer would come to rescue the people.

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