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MatthewWednesday, Nov 25, 2020

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Who Were the Magi from the East?

Matthew doesn’t provide any background to the mysterious magi that visit Jesus, but a historical look at the Gospels will help us unlock their identities. Learn more about the Magi and their importance within the Gospels.

Matthew doesn’t provide any background to the mysterious magi that visit Jesus, but a historical look at the Gospels will help us unlock their identities. Learn more about the Magi and their importance within the Gospels.

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Simeon and Anna waiting for Messiah

The hope of Messiah animates us and keeps us alive, sustaining us with optimism for the future and consoling us in our sorrows and suffering as it preserved and sustained old Simeon and for ancient Anna and her friends praying daily in the Temple for Jerusalem’s redemption.


Jesus, Jeshua, Joshua, Yeshua, Yehoshua

It’s properly pronounced Y’shua, not YAH-shuah. Some suppose the Master’s name should properly be pronounced “YAH-shua,” thereby emphasizing the theistic element of His name. That’s not how Hebrew or Aramaic work. When people pronounce our Master’s name as YAH-shua, they demonstrate ignorance of biblical languages and Jewish nomenclature.


Christ is Not a Name

The prophets anointed the kings of Israel with oil to symbolize the LORD’s Spirit resting upon them to rule. The word Mashiach has the same meaning as our English words Messiah and Christ: “anointed one.” More to the point, the title referred to the king of Israel. The name “Christ Jesus” means “King Jesus.”


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