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Why did Christ come to earth?
During this Christmas season, it’s important for every believer to stop and consider the wonderful reason that we celebrate. Christ came to earth to save us. But we must also consider the reason for His birth . . . and His death upon the Cross.
God gave us the entire Bible, and every verse is important. The book of Genesis is especially important because so many details in Genesis are directly tied to our understanding of the gospel.
For example, Galatians 3:13 says Christ was “made a curse for us.” We can’t understand the “Curse” unless we understand that it originated in the Garden of Eden when God judged Adam for his sin. Christ then took this judgment for us on the Cross.
1 Corinthians 15 says Christ is the “last Adam [who] was made a quickening spirit.” We understand what God’s Word means by telling us that Christ is the last Adam because the Bible also tells us about the first Adam!
After Jesus rose from the grave and met some of His discouraged disciples on the road to Emmaus, the Bible indicates in Luke 24 that “beginning with Moses and all the prophets,” He explained to them why He had to suffer and die. “Moses” refers to the books of Moses, the first five books of the Bible, starting with Genesis. If we want people to fully understand why God took on flesh over two thousand years ago, we need to teach and preach the book of Genesis!
Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed. (Luke 1:1–4)
See also: Evangelism in a Pagan World.
News to Note Quick Look
Another whale tale: A team of paleontologists publishing in Nature has “identified” a fossil that is being hailed as the missing link connecting land mammals to our supposed (and closely related) evolutionary kin of whales, dolphins, and porpoises. But is this just another whale of a tale? Read more.
Slinging mud: A predominant understanding of how the “sedimentary geological record” was formed is apparently in error, according to research by geologists at Indiana University–Bloomington and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read more.
Also: Creation Museum still in the news, Getting Expelled, and an ironic genetic twist. Read more.
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