Who is the greatest man ever born of a woman according to Jesus Himself? John the Baptist! (Luke 7:28) Why is this the case? Well, let’s dig in and see some important connections between John the Baptist and being a Christian.
Peter is one of my favorite people from the Bible. I feel like I can relate to him a lot as a Christian. His life illustrates the “paradox of grace”: how we are far worse than we ever dare to believe, yet far more loved than we ever hoped to imagine!
This devotion using The Redemption Bible focuses on Mary, the “mother” of Jesus (humanly speaking – in actuality he preexisted her as he is God!). Mary was a sinful human being like all people (Romans 3:23), but she also was very Christ-like at times. Let’s see how!
David is, after Jesus, my favorite Biblical person. I am fascinated by the dynamics of his life, his heart, and his relationship with the Lord. David seems to have the highest highs and the lowest lows of anyone else in Scripture and yet God’s summarizing statement of him both before he is first introduced as a young teenager (1 Samuel 13:14) as well as long after he had passed away (Acts 13:22) is “a man after God’s own heart.” Let’s examine how David is “Christian-Like” using The Redemption Bible!
Undoubtably, one of the most influential people in history is Moses. He is also very Christ-like in certain aspects of his life and character. Let’s delve in and see how he compares to Jesus!
In both his character and his life, Joseph is one of the most Christ-like figures in all history, at least that God has told us about in His Word. One of the 12 sons of Jacob, and one of the two sons of Rachel along with Benjamin, Joseph was specially favored by his father. Not only did he receive a Coat of Many Colors as a gift from Jacob, but his Brothers’ Envy boiled over after he shared a few dreams that the Lord gave him showing that he would be in authority over them one day. Joseph’s Brothers’ Scheme was originally to kill him, but Reuben and Judah convinced the others to have Joseph cast into a Pit, the Pit of Dothan, and Sold Into Slavery.
Paul’s letter to the Colossi Church and his letter to Philemon give us some unique insight into this group of believers. Colossians was written primarily to encourage the church to grow in their faith and to refute heretical teaching that was threatening the church. Let’s take look at how that plays out in the development of the Colossi Church for Redemption.
Jacob is an enigma, of sorts. His life seemed to be filled with deception (indeed, one meaning for his name is “he cheats”!), and yet God blessed him, and the very nation and people of Israel are his namesake! Jacob was cunning and shrewd, but Jesus tells us to be as wise as serpents and innocent as doves (Matthew 10:16), which Jacob certainly did as he sought God’s blessing. In fact, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I hated” is a repeated phrase in the Bible (Malachi 1:2-3, Romans 9:13) expressing God’s choice to fulfill His grand Covenant of Abraham through Jacob’s line and not through Esau, despite Esau being the firstborn son, as Jacob desired it.