Jesus, the Son of David

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Matthew 1:1 If you were going to write a book that introduced Jesus Christ to the world, you probably would not begin it the way Matthew does his. A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham: Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of …

The Light of the Nations

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Matthew 2:1-12 Jesus Christ is the Light of the nations, and the nations are coming to him. In fact, in a sense, they even came at his birth. It’s Christmas again, and all over the world, hundreds of millions of people are doing exactly the same thing: celebrating the birth of the Christ-child. Amidst the splendor of stained glass and stone in a European cathedral, under a thatched roof in the African bush, within the walls of a …

The Real Story of Christmas

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Luke 2:1-16 This is the season when, once again, people will be talking about “the real meaning of Christmas.” I’d like to show you what that is by telling you the real story of Christmas. The Gospel of Luke, chapter 2: In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to …

The Faith of a Maiden

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Luke 1:26-38 No other woman in history has been honored as Mary, the mother of Jesus, has been. Would you like to know why? She was just a girl, really. If she was typical of her culture – and nothing in the New Testament story leads us to assume otherwise – she would have been young, in her teens (perhaps 14 or 15 years old), a simple peasant girl betrothed to an ordinary man. In the Jewish culture …

God Is With Us

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Matthew 1:18-25 Something happened 2000 years ago that was so important, we still divide history by it. That something was the birth of the man we know as Jesus Christ. This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want …