Bruce Collins. I am an evangelist and teacher of the Bible. I
became a child of God by faith in the person and work of the Lord Jesus
Christ on November 24, 1963 and have tried to serve the Lord in various
capacities since then. I am presently an itinerant minister of
the Gospel. I do not work for an organization but I try to
serve the Lord in the best way that I can wherever He leads. That
means that my wife and I have our financial needs met by the Lord as we do
not have a salary from any church or organization. We believe
that the Gospel is free so we have never made a charge for our services.
am available for Bible studies, conferences, Gospel meetings, children's meetings
and camp work. I have traveled throughout much of the United States
and Canada in my service for the Lord. My wife helps me, and
we attend the Bethany Bible Chapel in Cedar Falls, Iowa. They have encouraged us
by commending us for this work.
wife, Geneva and I live in Waterloo, Iowa. We have four children.
One of them is married and has provided us with two grandchildren.
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He will be Great
Luke 1:31-33 And behold,
you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His
name JESUS. He will be
great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will
give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the
house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end."
Who is this Jesus?
In Matthew we find out that the name Jesus is
given to him because He is going to save.
The name is a variant of the Old Testament name Joshua which
means Jehovah the Savior or Jehovah saves.
Matthew 1:21 says, “And she will bring forth a Son, and you
shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their
sins." The angel foretold the means of the Lord's birth, the name
of the Lord, the greatness of the Lord and the everlasting kingdom of
the Lord. What was left out
was the rejection of the Lord. How
can one Who never had wealth, Who came from a humble city called
Nazareth, and Who was born without a natural father (and thus was
illegitimate in the eyes of many), be someone great?
How could the Lord who came unto His own but was not received by
them (John 1:11) be someone great?
Fulfillment of the Prophecy
This prophecy will be literally fulfilled
when the Lord sets up his earthly 1000 year reign, yet the prophecy
overlooks many things that happened between the Lord's birth and His
earthly reign. There is a
lesson here for us. Everything
that the Lord says will happen or that He says has happened is accurate
and true. But the Lord
hasn't told us everything in each of His prophecies.
And sometimes we think God's word has failed when in fact we are
living out events that were not included in the prophecies we are
everything in the above prophecy will be literally fulfilled but there
are some other events that will happen that aren't covered here.
One is the crucifixion and one is the resurrection.
One is the ascension back to heaven.
Another has to do with all the events associated with His coming
again. We don't see those
events in this prophecy directly, but they must all occur in order for
the Lord to be great. All of
these events are foretold elsewhere, but the timeline with regard to all
of these events was not clear until the events took place.
For example, we know that the Lord had to suffer before He could
reign. This passage deals
with His reign. Isiah 53 and
Psalm 22 deal with His suffering. But
how and when do the events unfold? The
nation of Israel still is having trouble figuring that out since they do
not consider Jesus to be their Messiah.
But for those of us who accept the testimony of the New Testament
witnesses, the timeline for us is now clear.
When will He be Great?
For the New Testament believer, the Lord is already
great. And yet, we
understand that before He could be great He had to humble Himself and
become obedient unto death (Philippians 2:8).
Looking at those events from a natural point of view, the Lord
didn't seem so great. Even
those crucifying Him thought that if He was the Son of God, He could and
should save Himself. But of
course to be great, He couldn't. God
has now exalted Him and given Him a name
that is above every name. We
exalt Him when we trust Him. The Jewish nation will one day have to
confess, “Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our
sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our
iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His
stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:4-5).”
Only then will He be considered great by the nation that rejected
Him at His first coming.. The
unbelieving nations will also be forced to acknowledge the greatness of
this one called Jesus when the Lord descends on the white horse with the
armies of heaven supporting Him to save the Jews from being
exterminated. Philippians 2
reminds us that one day every knee shall bow at the name of Jesus.
think He is Pretty Great
of what is practiced as Christianity today is all about us.
We go to the church of our choice.
We go where the music pleases us.
We go where there are programs for people who need marriage and
financial and drug counseling and where our children can find mates.
These things are all well and good.
But we make bad choices in these areas if our Christianity is
always all about us. We need
to find out how great the Lord is. Then we will find our needs met by
the Lord through others who have also realized how great this man is.
There was an afternoon
sitting in my room all alone pondering my own need of this Savior, that
I came to understand that He Had already died to save me and I had His
Word for that. He took
me a nobody, a sinner of the Gentiles and made me a child of God by
faith. Thus, I am glad that
I found that this Jesus was and is great.
It is nice in a day when loyalty is in short supply, that I can
honestly say that the Lord has always been loyal to me.
He has been faithful. I
can honestly say that He is pretty great.
I hope my reader can say that as well.
for the week of March 19, 2017
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