Following Jewish custom, Mary and Joseph took the twelve-year-old Jesus to the Feast of the Passover in Jerusalem. When they started home, they assumed Jesus was with their relatives-but Jesus had actually stayed behind in His Father's house. As Alistair Begg explains, Jesus' understanding of the Old Testament and of His own messiahship governed His decision. This glimpse into Jesus' boyhood underscores His full divinity and humanity as the Son of God and Son of Man who came to bear our sins.
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"Sojourners and Exiles"
40:00Christians increasingly understand what it means to be sojourners and exiles in a Western world that, not long ago, commonly gave those with biblical convictions a seat at the table. Drawing from Peter's first letter to the early, scattered church, Alistair Begg explains how to live faithfully in a world that has turned its back on God. By reminding ourselves-and each other-that we're God's children and foreigners in this place, we can live according to God's will, stand firm in His grace, and focus on His everlasting kingdom.
Refuge in Him
35:00While David was called a man after God's own heart, he was neither a perfect man nor a perfect king. So how can we account for David rejoicing that he was righteous and clean before a holy God- Examining 2 Samuel 22, Alistair Begg explains that David was not claiming sinlessness. Rather, David was expressing his trust in God's promise to blot out his transgressions. The righteousness David experienced was an imputed righteousness that all who put their faith in Jesus enjoy.
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David's Song of Salvation
38:00Our lives are not a series of haphazard events. Rather, God is sovereign over every detail. In 2 Samuel 22, we read King David's song of praise to God, which testifies to David's personal experience of God's intervention throughout his life. Alistair Begg explains how David's poetic description of God's sovereign activity reflects David's theology-a true understanding of God and His purposes that we, too, need in order to properly understand ourselves and our place in time and history.
"There Was War Again"
36:00God promised that through King David, He would save Israel from the Philistines. Second Samuel 21 recounts four incidents when an older, battle-weary David relied on his mighty warriors to strike down the Philistine giants. Alistair Begg compares and contrasts David's reign as described in these verses to Jesus' ultimate, victorious, and eternal reign. Just as God granted victory to David's men in battle, Christ's followers can be assured of victory over the giants of Satan, sin, and death.
You May Not Want to Look!
45:00Prompted by prolonged famine, King David sought the Lord for an explanation. Once he received it, though, he sought human counsel for the cure. The result was heartbreaking devastation, particularly for one family. Alistair Begg explains that while the world we live in is beautiful, it can also be harsh and cruel-a fact that, as Christians, we must confront. King David's endeavors to deal with sin and brokenness were totally inadequate, as are our own. In Jesus, however, we have a perfect King in whom God's just wrath has been fully satisfied.
"Then They Were Glad"
35:00In the days after Christ's crucifixion, His disciples hid behind locked doors, broken, confused, and convinced that Jesus' death was the end of the story. But the grave could not hold Him- Jesus appeared in His resurrected body, showing the disciples His hands and His side and speaking peace into their troubled hearts. As Alistair Begg explains, no idea, philosophy, or code of ethics can transform our broken world. True restoration is found in Jesus alone.
How Deep the Father's Love
22:00God the Father has unmeasured love for His people. The supreme manifestation of this love is displayed at the cross of Christ. In that provision, teaches Alistair Begg, the Father arranged for our atonement, and the Son willingly laid down His life. And still today, the Spirit opens the eyes of our hearts to the salvation that was procured-a salvation that is for all rebels who turn from their sinful ways and trust Christ.
"Who Is This?"
36:00Who is Jesus- In this Palm Sunday sermon, Alistair Begg describes three pictures that show how Christ fulfilled prophecy and revealed important aspects of His identity. The illustrations depict Jesus as the humble messianic King entering Jerusalem on a donkey, as the Prophet weeping over His unbelieving hometown, and as the Priest cleansing the temple of empty rituals and hypocrisy. Alistair explains that it's only in light of the Gospel message that these pictures give significance to Palm Sunday.
37:00In the midst of chaos and confusion that just doesn't seem to end, how do we stay strong in the faith- The answer, teaches Alistair Begg, is to steadily focus on the one who is unchanging. According to Hebrews 13-8, Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. This simple fact gives us confidence to face uncertainties about the future with the assurance that He will never leave us. Are you trusting in Him as your Savior, Shepherd, Friend-
"This Thing That Has Happened" — Part Three
42:00Following Jewish custom, Mary and Joseph took the twelve-year-old Jesus to the Feast of the Passover in Jerusalem. When they started home, they assumed Jesus was with their relatives-but Jesus had actually stayed behind in His Father's house. As Alistair Begg explains, Jesus' understanding of the Old Testament and of His own messiahship governed His decision. This glimpse into Jesus' boyhood underscores His full divinity and humanity as the Son of God and Son of Man who came to bear our sins.