The Christmas Branch (Isaiah 11:1–10)

There are three major holidays around which—every year, without fail—you can count on articles appearing from opposing Christian perspectives. Many are strongly in favour of celebrating these holidays and defend their position fervently. Others are strongly opposed and defend their position with equal fervour. The Read More …

The Good News Anticipated (Luke 2:21–39)

As we approach the text before us, Jesus Christ, Messiah, had been born. The long- awaited promised good news had been announced (1:26–38), affirmed (1:39–56), and arrived (2:1–20). An angel of the Lord informed the shepherds of Messiah’s birth, and so they left their lambs, Read More …

An Ancient Christmas: The Despised

The Old Testament, we have seen, is filled with prophecies of the coming Messiah. Christmas truly has ancient origins, stretching back to the very dawn of human history. But of all the ancient prophecies of Messiah, perhaps the best known by Christian readers of the Read More …