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Well, be that as it may, when news reached Joseph that Mary, his fiancee, was pregnant, there really was no possibility that the Bethlehem & District Hospital had made a mistake that day. In fact, poor Joseph was facing a nightmare scenario, wasn't he? In those days and in that culture, betrothal was about as serious and as inviolable as marriage itself, which is why verse 19 makes...

Rooted

Do let me direct your attention to verses 8 through 10. One of the things you’ll notice immediately if you cast your eye over these three verses is that Paul is setting up a contrast. On the one hand, there’s what he calls the philosophy of certain teachers who have been introducing their message into the Colossian church, their philosophy. And that’s in contrast to Paul’s message focused...

Veiled in Flesh

This morning we were looking at Luke’s gospel, chapter 2, and the nativity scene in verses 1 to 7. If you have your Bibles, if you don’t already have them open, would you turn to them once again to Luke’s gospel, chapter 2, to the passage we read a moment ago, and to the second half of the chapter. I thought since we considered the first half this...

Veiled in Flesh

I want you to see that Luke chapter 2, or this portion of Luke chapter 2, is offering us a choice. It proposes two different visions of power, two different models of life, to regimes, under one of which we, all of us, must live. You notice the contrast that Luke draws between two kings in our passage. Don’t you? In verse 1, there’s the kingship of Caesar...

Veiled in Flesh

Over these weeks of Advent so far, we have walked with Mary through the events of Christ’s first coming and listened in as the angel, Gabriel, announced to her, her miraculous pregnancy. We went with Mary on her journey last Lord’s Day Morning to visit cousin Elizabeth in the hill country of Judah and we saw the explosive joy that characterized their meeting. You remember Elizabeth was so...

Veiled in Flesh

On this second Sunday in Advent, we are continuing to consider the Christmas story through the lens of the experience of the virgin Mary. It is a fascinating and, I think, important fact to notice that both at the beginning of the story of Jesus’ first coming and at its conclusion, both at the incarnation and at the resurrection, the first witnesses are women. At a time when the news is filled...

Veiled in Flesh

Well, this morning is the first Sunday in the Advent season, so we are taking a break for this season from our usual studies in Paul's first letter to the Corinthians as we are reminded of the meaning and the significance of the birth of the Lord Jesus and as we celebrate together His first coming. We're taking a break to consider the message, the meaning of the...

Prepare Him Room

Probably the great symbol of Christmas is the tree. I love a good Christmas tree, don’t you? All decorated, sparkling with lights, covered in ornaments; those ornaments, many of them perhaps in your home, tell a story of some significance to your family. Well, Isaiah suggests a different Christmas symbol for us in the opening verse of chapter 11. Not a Christmas tree, but the stump of a...

Prepare Him Room

I remember as a fairly new believer attending the parish church in the village on the outskirts of Glasgow where I grew up for our midnight service one Christmas Eve. It has been a cold and gloomy night as I walked down the street from my family home to the church. We spent the next happy hour singing the praise of God, singing carols by candlelight, praising Him...

Prepare Him Room

Believe it or not, this morning is the first Sunday in Advent. It comes, it seems every year a little faster. Don’t you think? The Christmas season and all the sentimentality and the fun and the gifts and the Christmas present buying and all the trappings that go along with it. We want to try to make the most of the cultural opportunity afforded by the...

Advent Songs

Well it has come faster than you thought, right? Thanksgiving’s over; Advent has begun. It seems to come faster every single year. It is nevertheless, I think, useful for us in the Sundays leading up to Christmas to make use of the time and remind ourselves of the great mystery that stands at the heart of the Christian message - that God became man for us...

The Word Became Flesh

Now would you please take a Bible from the pockets in the pews in front of you or turn in your own copy of God’s Word to the gospel according to John, chapter 1.  John’s gospel, chapter 1.  If you are using one of our church Bibles you’ll find that on page 886.  Before we read, it is our custom to pray and ask for God to help...

The Word Became Flesh

Now if you would please take a copy of the Scriptures in your hands and turn with me to the Gospel according to John, chapter 1.  John chapter 1; page 886 in the church Bibles.  Christmas for very many of us is a season of brightness and relief - tinsel and Christmas decorations and lights on a tree in the midst of the gathering gloom of winter.  But...

The Word Became Flesh

This morning we are taking a short break from our ongoing studies in the book of Exodus to capitalize on the opportunity afforded by the Advent season and together to think in a sustained and concentrated way about the significance of the first coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  And this year, our thinking will be directed by the prologue to the gospel according to John. ...

This evening I’d like to think a bit, though I’m not a merchant, I’d like to think a bit about Christmas.  I know you don’t like to think about Christmas right now, but it’s upon us.  And pardon the expression, but I’d like to not see us belly-flop into Christmas.  You know how to belly-flop into Christmas?  All of a sudden Christmas Day is upon you and you...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “What Child is This”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”…Here with “Hymns of the Faith”...

John

John 9:1 to 41 Who Sinned

Turn with me now to John's gospel, the ninth chapter, as we read this story of the healing of a man who had been born blind. Hear the Word of God.

As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?" Jesus...

John

John 4:1-26 Temptation at the Well

Please turn with me to the gospel of John, chapter 4.

The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John, although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but His disciples. When the Lord learned of this, He left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. Now He had to go through Samaria. So He came...

Matthew

Matthew 2:1-12 Jesus born in Bethlehem: According to Scripture

 

Would you please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 2. As we continue our study in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew. Last week we concentrated on the circumstances of Jesus’ birth and the nature of our Savior. Some of the things that Matthew teaches us about who He...

Matthew

Turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 1. Last week, we saw some of the truths about our Savior set forth in the genealogy and this week, we attend God’s Word to us about His virgin birth. Matthew chapter 1, beginning in verse 18.

"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows. When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they...

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