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Yom Kippur: The Day Of Atonement, Part 2

Now it was time for one of the most unusual yet fascinating rituals performed on the Day of Atonement—the scapegoat. Approaching the male goat with the red wool thread tied to its head, the high priest laid his hands on it and recited the same confession of sins as he pronounced over the bull, the only exception being the substitution of the House of Israel for himself and his own house.Read More...

The Wise Men: Gentiles On A Journey Of Faith

There are many misconceptions about the magi who visited Jesus. The beloved Christmas carol begins, “We three kings of Orient are,” but already it has made at least three errors. First, the number of wise men who made the trip to Bethlehem is unknown.Read More...

The Passover Lamb

Jesus and the Jewish holiday of Passover are inextricably intertwined. “Behold the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world” (Jn. 1:29).Read More...

Mary and Joseph: A Testimony of Faith

Christmas has never been a time of rejoicing for Jewish people. The hubbub and festivities that effervesce around the holiday seem to many Jews more like a big ball of excitement that rolls through the lives of the heathen once a year as they celebrate the advent of the pagan deity whom they worship.Read More...

The Messiah's Birth

On November 19, 1997, something extraordinary happened. Bobbi McCaughey of Carlisle, Iowa, gave birth to seven healthy babies. With the news of the successful septuple deliveries, the world seemed to pause and reflect in wonder and amazement.Read More...

No Greater Love: The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus

“For he was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgression of my people was he stricken” (Isa. 53:8). Read More...

Looking for Christmas

A dispute raged a few years ago over whether to allow a manger scene in front of a local municipal building. A lady in town reportedly opined, “Isn’t it a shame that we have to ruin Christmas by bringing up the subject of Jesus.”Read More...

The Incarnation: Why Would God Do Such a Thing?

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail the incarnate Deity! Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel. —Charles WesleyRead More...