December 22, 2018 | When God Became Man (Part 1, Humanity)


The Incarnation: Humanity of Jesus

Merry Christmas! We are excited to take some time out of this busy season and reflect on the reason we celebrate: God sending Jesus to the earth! We begin a two-part series on the incarnation of Jesus, when the Word became flesh. The incarnation is the combination of God becoming man but also being fully God. Is that possible? Of course it is if you’re God! The only way for God to allow sinful humans (that’s all of us!) in His presence was to be both just and the justifier! Chris will focus in on Jesus’s humanity this week.

Here is something we don’t want you to miss: God loves us so much He sent His Son to earth to live a perfect, sinless life and to die for our sins. This is why Jesus came. This is why we proclaim the Good News this time of year. God made a way for us to live and not die! As the famous Christmas hymn exclaims, “Born that man no more may die: Born to raise the son of earth, Born to give them second birth. Hark! the herald angels sing,”Glory to the newborn King!”

If you’d like to listen to Part 2 of this series, Listen Now

Isaiah’s Messiah

By Victor Buksbazen

From the scholarly pen of Victor Buksbazen comes an excellent witnessing tool on a premier section of the prophetic Hebrew Scriptures, Isaiah 52—53. This attractive gift-sized volume masterfully answers the all-important Jewish question, “Of whom did the prophet speak?” Of Israel, as many rabbis teach, or of Messiah? In a superb, verse-by-verse exposition, Dr. Buksbazen shows how Isaiah 53—a section of the Bible never read in the synagogue—speaks unequivocally of Jesus.


Apples of Gold: How Can God Have a Birthday?

“Why are you so happy this time of year?” The people in Israel asked Zvi this question every year.  Zvi loved Christmastime and enjoyed explaining why it is such a joyous celebration. But he always warned them that his answer may not be what they expect. Zvi took them to the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament). They were shocked and thankful for him taking time to show them where the Messiah was talked about in the Old Testament.  

Zvi’s story is available in Elwood McQuaid’s book, “Zvi: The Miraculous Story of Triumph over the Holocaust,” available at our online store.

More stories from Zvi are also available in his book, “The Best of Zvi,” available at our online store.


The Friends of Israel Today and Apples of Gold theme music was composed and performed by Jeremy Strong.

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