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“I thirst” are two everyday words that we use off and on all the time.  But when Christ said these words they meant so much more than what they mean when we say this.  Christ said these words on the cross on the hill of Golgotha when He was crucified.  He uttered them right before He gave up the ghost.  He was then given a spongeful of vinegar to drink.

On this earth Christ had a human nature.  He looked like and did the same things people do.  But with one big difference.  He was God, making Him perfect.  Getting thirsty is normal to people.  And Christ shows His human nature when He says “I thirst.”  It is also shown in John 11:35,”Jesus wept.”  This was at the death of Lazarus.  Christ had to have this human nature because it was man who sinned so it is man who has to pay for those sins.  This is exactly what Christ did.  God’s glory, power and guidance over His people are also shown.

Not only was Christ very human but he was also very God.  We see this in Mark 1:1,  The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and in Matthew 1:23, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child and shall bring forth a son and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

Christ also had to be very God because He had to endure the death and pain of the cross.  And He had to bear His people’s sins.  No other ordinary person could bear this burden of God’s wrath.  Also, Christ had to be free from sin in order to pay for us.

It is hard to understand how Christ could have had a human nature and be God at the same time.  But if He hadn’t, we would have all died.

The Christian is placed in many different circumstances while on this earth. Some are characterized by hardships and trials, and others are full of joy and peace. How should the Christian respond? Throughout the Bible there are numerous times where God’s people sang in response to their various circumstances. Singing in response to God’s ordering […]

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The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon to his young adult son. Solomon’s purpose in writing Proverbs was “that the generation to come might know them [God’s wonderful works]…that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Ps. 78:6–7). Throughout the book, Solomon […]

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The group of churches that John writes to in this trio of epistles had recently experienced a split because of doctrinal controversy. We do not know the exact content of the error that these false teachers were spreading, but it is apparent from John’s writing that their teaching somehow denied the truth of the incarnation—that […]

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Jael: An Example of Christian Warfare

This article was originally presented as a speech at a Protestant Reformed mini convention held at Quaker Haven Camp in August 2021. Jael lived during the era of the judges. Deborah the prophetess was the judge who served Israel at the time of Jael. During this time, the Canaanites under the rule of king Jabin […]

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Indiana Mini Convention Review 2021

One of this year’s “mini conventions” was hosted by Grace and Grandville Protestant Reformed Churches at Quaker Haven Camp. Located just over two hours away in northern Indiana, the camp was a perfect fit for the 120 kids and 15 chaperones who attended. A total of twelve different churches were represented: Byron Center, Faith, First […]

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Editorial, November 2021: Catechism Season

At the point that this edition of Beacon Lights arrives in the homes of our subscribers, most young people in the Protestant Reformed Churches will have been sitting under the catechism instruction of their pastor or elders for more than a month. If our readers are honest, that observation probably comes with a (quiet) sigh […]

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Tennessee Young People’s Retreat 2021

The 2021 Tennessee young people’s retreat was held August 9 to 13 by Providence, Hudsonville, Unity, and First (Holland) Protestant Reformed Churches. The retreat took place at Eagle Rock Retreat Center in the city of Tallassee. It was about an eleven-hour drive, give or take a bit due to stops for food and restrooms. Though […]

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