Dear Friends in Christ,
Three times in Hebrews 2 the Scripture references the significance of the incarnation. First, in verse 9, Jesus was made a little lower than the angels, “so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.” He was born physically to die! God is a Spirit and cannot die. Thus Jesus became a man to take our place and suffer death. Secondly, He became a man so that He could destroy the works of the devil (v. 14). This destruction again involved His death. So for Satan to be defeated and each of us delivered from the god of this world, Jesus was born as a man. Thirdly, Jesus had to be made like His brethren to become a merciful and faithful High Priest. His incarnation led to His propitiation. Again, Jesus died to make propitiation for our sins. He satisfied the legal demands of the Law for sins and the moral justice of God. Everything about the incarnation in this chapter relates to the death of Christ. We celebrate His birth this month only because God entered into our world as a man so that He could die for us.
“I just wanted to thank you for the time you are spending with us. I’ve been feeling for a while that something was missing from my walk with the Lord, and I feel like that missing piece is the dependency on God we talked about last night. Thank you for letting God use you. I can’t wait for next week!!” This came from the wife of a couple who has recently started marriage counseling. God used the struggles of anger and depression in her husband and her feelings of helplessness to prepare them both for understanding their identity in Christ and trusting Christ as their life.
Ben Walker, who has been raising support for mission work in Albania, plans to leave the first week of January to begin ministry full time there. He will work with a Christian school in a coastal city. The school is operated by a man and his wife who came to Christ after the fall of communism in Albania. Because of the excellent quality of education provided by the school, it attracts a large number of students from Muslim families. Ben, who was asked to teach English at the school, has studied the Albanian language in his previous two years in the country. He will continue learning the language and also teaching English and the gospel to Muslim students. In addition he will have opportunities to reach out to the families of the students. Please pray for him as he continues to raise finances for this vital ministry. If you are interested in helping, you can earmark a check or online payment for Ben Walker.
Praise the Lord for our veterans! The picture to the right is a small group which John Murphy (far right) helps to facilitate. These veterans meet weekly and share struggles, victories and needs. Most importantly they get into the Word of God and seek the Lord Who is sufficient. Please pray for John and his financial needs.
If you could send a year-end gift, it would help us finish the year in the black. We appreciate your prayers and giving.
In Christ Our Life,
Dr. Jay Jackson