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Faith Alive! | February 2013

In Faith Alive! this issue:

  • Editorial The person of Jesus
  • Zechariah’s visions measuring Jerusalem
  • Zechariah the main players
  • COVER FEATURE: Jesus “I am the bread of life”
  • Jesus The price of commitment
  • “I am” Jesus in the gospel of John
  • Crossword / Quiz about Jesus
  • Ready to give an answer?
  • Jesus the man
  • Jesus the leader of men
  • Jesus the son of God
  • Jesus the king
  • Jesus the saviour
  • A time to time travel
  • Q&A Am I good enough?
  • This is God speaking an endless list
  • Commandments of Christ Children to obey their parents in all things
  • The Christadelphian Magazine Have you read it recently … or ever?
  • Faith Alive! breaking news Faith Alive! gains readers / Faith Alive! goes digital

A sample article from this edition:

Jesus the Saviour

Only the Lord God could have given Mary the mother of Jesus the true reason for what was to happen to her in the prospective birth of her son; the words of Gabriel:

“Thou shalt call His name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)

In the present world, common reporting in the newspapers and media talks of saviours; saviours for all sorts of situations, in wars, in sport, from personal disaster and difficulty, and from the most mundane of circumstances. Such saviours are perhaps important for the moment but can be of no benefit to anyone in the long term, for all men die because of sin.

God, however, made His intentions clear to everyone. He sent Jesus, a man, who even in the most difficult circumstances was able to overcome the most terrible of all of man’s difficulties, our human nature, and our tendency to sin.

Our difficulty and God’s solution are clearly spelled out:

“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

It is Jesus who achieves this. Jesus was like us, he shared our nature but with one very important difference; he was

“touched with the feeling of our infirmities, was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)

This wonderful achievement meant that when he was crucified, when he laid down His life, two amazing things happened;

First, He was to fulfil a wonderful prophecy:

“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5)

Secondly, death had no hold on him; He was raised from the dead:

“Now is Christ risen and become the first fruits of them that slept …” (1 Corinthians 15:20)

The only true ‘saving’ that a man needs is from his sin, and only God through His son Jesus can do that. The promise is sure for anyone who truly believes in God’s truth for the words of Jesus to His disciples are clear:

“Because I live, ye shall live also.” (John 14:19)

Amen.

Mike Morris

 

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