Holy Family by Henry Ossawa
11 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible
Advent and Jesus the Lord, as told through Hebrews 11
By faith Joseph offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice to be merciful to Mary, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting him as the earthly Father to His Son. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.
5 By faith Jesus was in His Father's house so that we should not see death, and he was not found by Mary and Joseph for 3 days missing, because God had put zeal for His Father's House in Him. Now before Jesus was taken, he was commended as having pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek him.
7 By faith the Wise Men, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed a pilgrimage for the saving of themselves and their households to the millenniums. By this God could have condemned the world and us. Yet with Jesus Christ we have become an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
8 By faith Mary obeyed when she was called to go out to a place that she was to receive as an inheritance as a handmaiden of the Most High God. And she went out, alone, not knowing where she was going in the future. 9 By faith she went to see Elizabeth in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, traveling 70 miles with uncertainty, heirs with Jesus of the same promise. 10 For she was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. 11 By faith Mary herself received power to conceive, even when she was a virgin, since she considered God faithful who had promised.
12 Therefore from one woman, and her as good as dead, to her parents, were born descendants to the Children God would call His Beloved, as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland of God. 15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
17 By faith the shepherds, when they were tested, offered up to find what Good News had been told to them, and they who had received the promises were in the act of offering up His only son, 18 of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 19 They considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, they did receive Him back.
20 By faith Simeon invoked future blessings on Jesus and His Beloved. 21 By faith Simeon, when dying, asked to depart in peace, blessed Jesus of Joseph, bowing in worship over the baby Jesus' head.
22 By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, knew he had provides well for Jesus that He was seen coming to His hometown, and as He taught the people in their synagogue, and they were astonished. “Where did this man get such wisdom and miraculous powers?” they asked. 55“Is this not the carpenter’s son? Isn’t His mother’s name Mary, and aren’t His brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? 56 Aren’t all His sisters with us as well? Where then did this man get all these things?” Joseph knew where Jesus had His Wisdom.
23 By faith Jesus, when he was born, was hidden by his parents, and the Wise Men Isaiah spoke of in th 60th Chapter because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king's edict.
24 By faith Jesus, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of the King of Kings. 25 Choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of the nations, for Ge was looking to the reward. To see a New Heaven and a new earth. 27 By faith Jesus left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. 28 By faith He kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.
29 By faith the people crossed into the wilderness as the Exodus, but the Pharisees, when they attempted to do the same, were greeted with Jesus' true commentary. 30 By faith the walls of doubt in the healed fell down after they had been encircled with the God of Love. 31 By faith Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given belief to the Christ of God.
32 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of the Apostles— 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. 36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— 38 of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, Stephen saw Heaven from afar, 40 since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.
Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah. Was faithful to the law, after he had considered this, Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him. By Faith.
Blessed are You, Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be Your Father and Ours, In the Holy Spirit we rely upon God. Always. Amen.
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