by Christopher Harbin

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NOTE: This sermon is part 5 and 6 of a 50 part devotional series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Fifth Day (5 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Romans 1:3-4

‘‘This good news is about his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ! As a human, he was from the family of David. But the Holy Spirit proved that Jesus is the powerful Son of God, because he was raised from death.’’ Romans 1:3-4

We are so accustomed to understanding Jesus as God in human flesh that we may overlook the importance of Paul’s words. The mystery of the incarnation has become an assumed fact for so many of us. We quote Scriptures, sing hymns, and repeat messages pointing to God being present in Christ Jesus so often we may forget that this is something novel, special, and completely unexpected in Paul’s day. When Paul refers to Jesus as God in flesh, or when the gospel writers mention the same, it was to an audience who considered such unimaginable outside the fantastical myths of Roman and Greek deities.


Sixth Day (6 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Genesis 44:33-34

‘‘Sir, I am your slave. Please let me stay here in place of Benjamin and let him return home with his brothers. How can I face my father if Benjamin isn’t with me? I couldn’t bear to see my father in such sorrow.’’ Genesis 44:33-34

These do not sound like the words of a man who had sold his bother into slavery. They do not match the character of one who had gone along with the attempt to kill Joseph, or at least get rid of him so their father might quit comparing them to Joseph. Reuben had been the one to intervene in the plan to kill Joseph. Judah had just gone along with the others. We might have expected Reuben, the eldest brother, to have assumed responsibility for Benjamin’s safety, but it is Judah, instead, who steps up to the plate.
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