As I meditate on the birth of the Babe of Bethlehem I wish there were words in the English language to describe the wonder of who He is. It would take the language of angels to describe He who is indescribable. O, how I wish I could describe Jesus! While language exists as a means of expressing our thoughts, there are yet no words to describe the wonder of Him who is called Wonderful. The names that describe Him are inexhaustible.

He is Jesus for He came to save us from our sins. He is Emmanuel who came to be God with us. He is Christ the anointed One from heaven. He is Messiah who fulfilled every OT prophecy about the Promised One. He is the Prince of Peace in the midst of our turmoil. He is Counselor in our confusion. He is Mighty God in our weaknesses. He is the Everlasting Father when lonely. He is Light in the darkness of this world. He is Resurrection when death knocks upon our door. He is Truth in the midst of abounding error. He is Righteousness for my unrighteousness. He is the Ancient of Days in our vanishing days. He is Anchor when we find ourselves drifting on the sea of life. He is our Rock when our feet sink beneath sinking sands. He is Redeemer who bought us back from the clutches of sin. He is the Bread of Life who nourishes our soul. He is the Water of Life who quenches the thirst of our spirt. He is the Bright and Morning Star who shines His Light into our hearts. He is Comforter in our hurts. He is the Chief Cornerstone who upholds our life. He is the Great I Am who meets every need of the heart. He is the Gift which grace has provided. He is the High Priest who offered the Perfect Sacrifice…and that Sacrifice was Himself. He is our Intercessor who sits at the right head of the Father on our behalf. He is our Surety who did for us what we could never do for ourselves. He is the Lamb of God who came to take away the sin of the humanity. He is the King who desires to sit on the throne of our hearts. He is Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, and He is the Author and Finisher of our faith.

He is the Sun of Righteousness who rises with healing in His wings. He is the Last Adam who was victorious as the first Adam failed. He is the Good Shepherd who is our Guide. He is the Exact Image of God who expresses the Father to us. He is the Man of Sorrows who weeps with us in our hurts. He is the Mediator who stands between man and God. He is our Advocate who pleads our case before the Heavenly throne. He is the First Born from the Dead as He conquered death, hell and the grave. He is the Door through which we enter into salvation. He is Friend to the friendless. He is Hope to the hopeless. He is the Rock upon which we stand. He is the Vine through which we draw our life. He is the Word by which the Father speaks to us. He is Revelator by which the Father reveals Himself. He is the Great Physician who can heal all our spiritual woes. He is the Branch on whom we can hang our every burden. He is the Master unto whom we yield our allegiance. He is the Faithful and True Witness who we can count on. He is the Lover of my soul who while I was yet a sinner died for me. He is the Key of David who holds the key to life. He is the Atonement who makes it possible for us to have at-one-ment with the Father. He is the Amen of whom none greater came after Him. He is the King Eternal who chose to dwell with us in time. He is the Forerunner who leads us through the wilderness. He is our Passover resulting in the curse of death and sin passing over us. He is the Carpenter who desires to reconstruct in our lives. He is the Just One who someday right all wrongs. He is the Seed from which believers’ sprout. He is the Unchanging One who is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is the End of the Law fulfilling the Law for us. He is the Rose of Sharon who adds fragrance to our lives.

He is the Lily of the Valley adorned with heavens beauty. He is our Overseer who never slumbers nor sleeps in his watchcare over us. He is the Apostle sent from above. He is our Ransom who paid the price for our sins. He is Horn of Salvation onto whom we take hold. He is Jacob’s Staff which steadies us as we walk through life. He is the Dayspring who gives light to those who sit in darkness. He is the Beloved through whom the Father expressed His love for humanity. He is the Accepted One by whom we are accepted before the Father. He is the Prophet who knows all about us. He is our Strong Tower where we can find asylum. He is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah who is triumphant over all others. He is the Scepter in whom is invested all authority. He is the Stone made without hands on which we can stand. He is the Arm of the Lord who lifts us out of the miry clay. He is the Virgin Born in whom no sin flowed in his veins. He is the Only Potentate who has no predecessor and will have no successor. He is Captain who commands those who follow Him. He is the Way in the midst of the world’s confusing maze. He is the Blessed One who blesses us. He is the Foundation on which one can build their life. He is the All Sufficient One who meets our every need. He is Teacher for those seeking moral and spiritual instruction. He is Wisdom in the midst of our bewilderment. He is the Elect One in whom all who yield to Him become the elect. He is the Elder Brother who forever stands by our side. He is the Bridegroom who comes to claim His Bride (Church). He is the Judge before who all will one-day stand. He is the Fullness of the Godhead who became flesh and dwelt among us. He is the Son of God for He came from God. He is the Son of Man for came to identify with man. He is the Baptizer who came to impart to us the Holy Spirit. He is the Babe who was born a King. He is the Star in the midnight experiences of our lives. He is the Holy Child whom the prophets predicted, who the shepherds wondered in awe, the Wisemen worshipped, and to those who have an encounter with Him find themselves never again being the same. And above all, He is Lord of all before whom one day every knee shall bow and confess, “Jesus Christ is Lord.”

O, how I wish I could describe Him!!

Merry Christmas,
Dr. Dan


We find recorded from the amazing life of Jesus a story that has always intrigued me and always results in me meditating upon the depths of its meaning. The passage reads, “Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon. And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.’ But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, ‘Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.’ But He answered and said, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, ‘Lord, help me!’ And He answered and said, ‘It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.’ But she said, ‘Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus said to her, ‘O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed at once” (Matthew 15:21-28).  crumbs

In this incident Jesus travels outside the borders of Israel into Gentile territory. The woman Jesus encountered was a Canaanite woman who was seeking healing and deliverance for her daughter. A Gentile, she was a descendant of those who had made war with Joshua and the Children of Israel when they first sought to settle in the land that was given to them by the Lord. You can imagine the disgust of the disciples as they traveled into this “foreign” territory and their even greater disgust when this woman began crying out to Jesus to get His attention. They no doubt whispered among themselves, “How embarrassing. I can’t believe this Gentile dog (“dogs” is what the Jews called the Gentiles on account of their idolatry) is trying to persuade Jesus to stop for her.”

The woman‘s desperate and persistent cries for help are rejected by Christ twice. She was not rejected because of her disrespect of Jesus, for she called Him “Lord” and the “Son of David.” She recognized His divinity and His royalty. Even so, at first He didn’t say a word in response. Have you ever felt like this dear woman? You cry to the Lord and it seems if your petitions fall on deaf ears. The fact that Jesus at first did not answer her did not mean He did not hear, and so it is with us. He is always listening but He delays His response for the purpose of working in us a greater faith and blessing.

When Jesus does respond to this woman His response seems to be one of rebuke. He tells her He is come to minister to the lost house of Israel. Her being a Gentile, that didn’t include her. That did not discourage her, though, as she fell at his feet and worshipped Him and repeated her utter dependence upon Him for help. Worshiping Christ, she humbles herself before Him, for it is the contrite and humble heart that the Lord does not and will not ever turn away. Like this Canaanite woman, we must humble ourselves before our Lord; for He resists the proud (James 4:6), but He loves the surrendered heart. Ah, we must follow the worshipful example of this woman. Desperation will drive us to the feet of Jesus where we alone can find help for our needs.
In response to this woman’s humble submission before Christ, she hears Him say to her, “Shall I take food from the children’s table and cast it to the dogs?” While on the surface Jesus seems to be dealing rather harsh with her, He is trying to draw out, like precious gold, the genuineness of this woman’s faith. Her desperate need and surrendered heart looked with eyes of faith beyond what seemed like a stern remark. She humbly replied, “Even the dogs are allowed to eat the crumbs that fall under their master’s table.Just give me the crumbs that fall on the floor from your table and that will be enough to meet my needs.”

One ancient divine, commenting on the woman’s faith response to Jesus, writes, “Nourish me then as Thy dog. I cannot leave my master’s table. You cannot drive me from Thee either by rough words or by blows. I will not leave Thee, until my need is met. Give me therefore, 0 most merciful Lord, only a crumb, give me this and it will suffice. Let this one crumb fall among us Gentiles, and I will gather it up.”

The crumbs from His table were enough for her, more than the finest dishes from any other table. Even the crumbs of His grace and mercy are superior to the richest feasts found elsewhere on earth. Even though a Gentile she believed in Christ; she believed the Messiah was able to meet her need. She trusted in His Almighty power and love. She knew that He would set her daughter free and she only needed a crumb from His infinite grace for it to be so. Jesus commends her for her faith and granted her request.
While Jesus appeared to be rather harsh, by faith this woman could see the true heart and love of the Savior and His love for her. As the powerful and poetic Charles Spurgeon once said, “We may not always be able to trace the hand of God, but you can always trust the heart of God.” This woman trusted the heart of Christ even when it seemed He was indifferent. We must do the same. Jesus knew how desperate this woman was and He is always waiting to be gracious to all who sincerely come before Him with surrendered heart, who appeal to his merciful and loving heart.

To embrace Christ even when we don’t understand all His dealings with us is to eventually be filled with His graces that are found even in His smallest crumbs. Whatever our need His tiniest crumb is filled with enough mercy and grace to meet our biggest challenge and need. God’s grace is immeasurable. Since God’s grace is limitless, any crumbs falling from His table of grace contains His infinite provisions.

No matter how stern and indifferent life or heaven may sometime seem to our cries, let us remember His heart is full of boundless grace, mercy and love and waits for us to come before Him with a surrendered heart. As we do, we will discover even the crumbs that fall from His table is sufficient provision for our every need. A crumb from the Master’s table is enough.


Dr. Dan


Upon reading the sixth chapter of John, one finds two of the best known miracles of Jesus in the Four Gospels; the feeding of the five thousand and Christ walking on the water. What miracles they are.WalkingonWater

In the feeding of the five thousand we find a group of people who clearly resemble many in our day. After they saw this super-natural miracle of Jesus feeding the large crowd with the multiplication of a lad’s small lunch, they wanted to take Jesus, the Master Provider, and make Him King. Jesus, however, would have none of that, and managed to escape from their midst, departing into a mountain to refresh His soul in prayer.

To those who desired to make Him King only because they saw a great miracle that resulted in them filling their empty stomach, Jesus spoke these words, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye seek me not because ye saw the miracles, but because you did eat of the loaves and were filled” (John 6:26). They were not interested in following Him because of who He was, but only because they had their bellies filled and satisfied.

In the second miracle, when the disciples saw Jesus walking on the stormy waters (John 6:16-21), it at first caused great fear to well-up in their hearts. But in the midst of the fierce storm they heard from the lips of Jesus these reassuring words,  “It is I, be not afraid” (John 6:20). It seemed those calming words from the Master of the Sea were sufficient to chase away the fears of the anxious disciples, and “they willingly received Him into the ship” (John 6:21).

Sadly, it seems that many today only make a commitment to Christ based upon what personal benefits may be obtained or gained from that commitment. It is easy to see the miracle but never see Him. The greater miracle is when we see Him in the storms of life. The greater miracle is seeing Him walking toward us when fear wants to grip and overtake our hearts. The greater miracle is seeing Him when the high waves of life seek to hide His face from us. The greater miracle is to hear His reassuring voice above the noise of the waves beating against our ships. The greater miracle is seeing amidst life’s disappointments His appointment to draw closer to Him.

It is as He walks with us on the troubled seas of life that we truly come to know Him and realize that the greatest miracle of all is knowing Him, walking in intimate communion with Him, and hearing His reassuring voice above the sound of the crashing waves. It is as we make Christ King of our hearts that we realize the providing of all other needs that occur in our lives are met as our personal relationship with Him grows, matures, and develops.

Recognizing His voice in the turbulent waters of life is enough to calm our greatest fears. Do you hear Him above the noise and distractions of the world? Do you see Him though the waves beat fiercely against you? If in those times you see Him, communion with Him, and hear His voice — then what a miracle indeed; yes, the greater miracle!


Dr. Dan