A great deal of change occurs in 30 years. In fifty years, almost all things are noticeably changed, particularly in this life time.
And still for millenniums, there has been the Steadfast Love of Christ Jesus. God's Only Son. The Church was unknown when Jesus stood in Caesarea to tell His Disciples of the Church to come. After 2,000 years and 2 millenniums - Jesus is still King of Kings and the Church of Jesus is His.
Imagine Caesarea, 62 miles from Capernaum, Israel. Jesus was making a journey to make memories.
The longest surviving government in the History of the world - would fail. Jesus was going as close to Rome as He wanted to go to make this prophetic talk to His Beloved Disciples. No one would have really wanted to say that on the day Jesus spoke to them. This was bedrock. And Jesus was giving something far, far, far stronger - the news that the Church of Jesus Christ would exist and continue past the gates of hell. To the very Keys to the Gates of the Always Open 12 Gates of Heaven. And here we are today. What is the same?
Herod is long gone. We have the Scala Sancta - the stairs Jesus walked upon in Herod's Palace - and even Herod's Family Tomb. And the tomb of the man Herod employed to be in charge of the Herod Rebuild of the 2nd Temple.
Like Herod, most of this is long gone.
What is the same? The sky. The blue sky we believe keeps us safe from the vast empty spaces of the universe - the lid. The lid. Disappears at night and reveals the vast universe of God's Creation of All Things.
What the Heavens would tell us they witnessed. The Exodus was so magnificent to our Vast and Powerful God Almighty - He asked His Son to relive the Exodus.
The Heavens might tell us of Gabriel visiting Mary.
The Heavens might reveal seeing a worried Mary traveling to and from visiting Elizabeth and Zechariah.
We might learn of the Heavens witnessing the conclusion of Joseph's separation from Mary. And her relief. And their joy.
We might see a very uncomfortable Mary riding a Donkey
We might see the Heavens display the sight of the barn in Bethlehem the Shepherds found. This Light of the World. Zechariah witnessed of Jesus and spoke to us through the years until this is today:
Because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79 to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.
True God of True God. Light of Light.
When you look at the artists and visionaries discussion - their work - telling of their faith in the Birth of God's Only Son, they Proclaims this of God :
… Thou shalt call his name Jesus for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1: 21
…His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, The Might God,
…The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace Isaiah 9:6
… God hath made that same Jesus… both Lord & Christ Acts 2:36
…Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world! John 1:29
…they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, the song of The Lamb Revelation 15:3
…Behold, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah Revelation 5:5
..and the Bright & Morning Star Revelation 22:16
..and our hands have handled, of the Word of Life 1 John 1:1
…we have and advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ The Righteous 1 John 2:1
…whereby the Dayspring from on high hath visited us. Luke 1:78
…Before Abraham, I Am. John 8:58
…And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. John 1: 34
…are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. 1 Peter 2:25
…We have found the Messiah which, is being interpreted, the Christ. John 1:41
…I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
…through the knowledge of the Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. II Peter 2: 20
..a name written King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Revelation 19:16
…I am the Light of the World. John 8:12
…The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world… John 1:9
…I am Alpha & Omega the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come
The Almighty Revelation 1:8
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
What you will not really find easily ---- is an aerial of Jesus' birth. We might see from far away and want to see the look on Mary's face and the warmth, but not really an aerial.
Emmanuel - God with us.
1 John 3:5
You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.
God's Beloved Son Jesus. God said to believe upon the One God has sent. This is His Beloved and Righteous Son in Whom there is no sin. The blind would see. The deaf would hear. The lame would leap and walk, The leper would be touched and healed. The Poor would Have His Good News.
More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Our Loving Abba,
You have given us Your Son. To raise our hearts to Eternity. Today. Jesus invites us to belong to His new Heaven and new earth. Receiving the God of Love to live within us, just in our asking and in our faith.
Live within us always Jesus the Lord. Forgive us for what we cannot do and what we should do and what we have failed to do. Thank You Your Heavens display how vast and magnificent You are. You have become one of us and teach us each day to cast our cares and hopes in Your Love and Mercy.
Only by Grace to we know in prayer and in some day, reality, we have access today to walk through the Heavenly Gate, past the shining waters to Your Throne and hold You knowing how much You Love me and all of Your Creation. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Jesus is Mine. Jesus is Yours. Alleluia.
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Abba for so many answered prayers. To You be the Glory, the Majesty, The Awe, The Wonder. You are the God John walked with declaring God Is Love. Jesus is Love. You draw us near. You draw us to Love. Father You alone are God. Amen in Jesus.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves! †