"Unto Us a Son Is Given"
Summary: The above title comes from the words of Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, ...
'Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive . . .'
Summary: To some, the virgin birth is a major teaching. However, Richard Ritenbaugh shows that it is only one of several signs that prove Jesus is the promised Messiah. Moreover, its major purpose is not to glorify Mary but her divine Son!
A Blessing in Winter?
Summary: Within the pages of the Bible, relatively few dates are mentioned. Because of this, and because God works in similar patterns and many of the prophecies have a dual fulfillment, when prophetic dates are mentioned, they take on a special significance. ...
Born of a Woman
Summary: Though the church of God has traditionally emphasized His death over His birth, the prophecies concerning Christ's first advent are vitally important in establishing our faith in His second coming. Richard Ritenbaugh summarizes twelve Old Testament prophecies and their significance to us.
Christmas, Syncretism, and Presumption
Summary: Many who consider themselves Christians believe celebrating Christmas honors Jesus Christ, even though the holiday has no biblical support. While it is attractive and appealing, Christmas is actually a spiritual trap because it is not true. John Ritenbaugh explains that it is highly presumptuous to believe that such a syncretized holiday, blended liberally with heathen customs, could please God.
Dating Christ's Birth
Summary: Despite the continuing secularization of our society, people remain fascinated and curious about the historical basis for the life of Jesus Christ. ...
The Birth of Jesus Christ (Part One): Annunciation
Summary: We rarely think about the birth of Jesus except during the Christmas season, when it is abused by traditional notions found nowhere in Scripture. To remedy this, Richard Ritenbaugh delves into the Gospel accounts of the annunciation of His coming to Mary and Joseph.
The Birth of Jesus Christ (Part Two): Nativity
Summary: When the Son of God was born into the world, one of the greatest events of all history occurred. Richard Ritenbaugh describes the birth of Jesus and the angel's announcement to the 'shepherds abiding in the fields,' perhaps the first preaching of the gospel to mankind.
The Crazy in Christmas
Summary: Many years ago, while talking to an acquaintance, the subject of Christmas came up. I told him up front, “I don’t celebrate Christmas.” He replied ...
Three Missing Kings (Part One)
Summary: The apostle Matthew structured his genealogy of Jesus Christ in three equal sections. To make it work, he had to exclude three kings, but which three? John Ritenbaugh provides background and wades through the jumble of similar names to narrow the answer to four kings and a choice between two sets of three. Which set would God exclude for our benefit?
Was Jesus Christ Born Under the Law?
Summary: As Christians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, but many subtle arguments are advanced to prove we really do not have to walk in His footsteps—that He did it all for us. Earl Henn explains that such teachings are ridiculous!
When Was Jesus Born?
Summary: The world claims Jesus was born December 25. But when was he really born? John Reid explains.
Who Were the Wise Men?
Summary: Mentioned in Matthew 2, the wise men or magi have been mysterious figures since their appearance two thousand years ago. Their visit to Bethlehem was more significant than most realize.