Before Abraham, I Am
Jesus Christ be our Center
And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
Thank you, God for Your Goodness. Really, Thank You God.
Most of our clay nativities, we all have, and,, hopefully, display more than snowmen - have Three Kings.
And when you really get to the details - why do we have Three Kings and they are going into the 'house' to see Jesus? This is not a Biblical mistake, indicating today we are suddenly wiser. For 2,000 years since the time of Moses, Jesus has been written and looked for as - Messiah. Savior. King of Kings.
Isaiah told us the most of Jesus. Including factually and economically households would typically have a some cattle. Not abject poverty. A donkey, therefore, because we were informed about the livestock. A man taking a very pregnant woman 68.9 miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem might have a donkey cart. Particularly a carpenter. It's historically accurate to set the journey with a donkey. Wealthy families traveled using horses, while poorer families traveled by donkey or on foot. Since Mary and Joseph were probably a poorer family it is probable Mary rode a donkey to Bethlehem. Isaiah 7.
And wise men? If you combine Isaiah following the light to find the Messiah - you find Kings. And doing the wonder of Biblical examination - intense scrutiny - you find the true nobility are those who seek Jesus.
Imagine thousands and thousands of years people long - to see - Jesus. What Bible people have faithfully and with love - placed together Scripture. Just like the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday since the 6th Century A.D. Even using visions to place the Scriptures together. Like Joseph. We may use different musical instruments, but the heart and soul of worship of Father God goes on from one loving soul to the next - for thousands of years - This, this, this is the communion of the Saints. The faithful reaching through The Word of God to bring what God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit has brought to them - the Love God has placed in us.
The communion of Saints - yesterday, today and tomorrow!!!
16 Blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17 For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
GOOD NEWS! This Generation is unique - never have more Biblical Archaeological finds told again, and again and again - the Truth of God's Word. The stones cry out!!!
And we read in Matthew 2 the wise men enter the 'house' of Jesus as a baby...
We find stables in Bethlehem through the millenniums - do - in fact - look like a house.
God does all things for His Purpose. The New Testament tells us the True Nobility are Wise Men seeking Jesus - Kings. Hence, God calls these wise men - Kings - in Isaiah. And bare in mind, this could be a literal king as well. God's purposes are God's.
2 "For behold, darkness will cover the earth And deep darkness the peoples; But the LORD will rise upon you And His glory will appear upon you. 3 "Nations will come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. 4 Lift up your eyes round about and see; They all gather together, they come to you. Your sons will come from afar"
Bringing us to the Scripture for Today:
Now a centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him. 3 When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant.
And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, 5 for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue.”
And Jesus went with them.
When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. 7 Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. 8 For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” 10 And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant well.
Our eyes will behold this fine sight, someday. When Jesus is our center.
And how, today, is Luke 7's Passage about Preparing a Place for Jesus?
What would we bring to Jesus that He has not given first? Our faith and belief with gratitude.
What gift would we give Jesus? To believe the One God has sent!
Thank You, Father God, our prayers are heard and answered.
We see our lives reflect God, You, are God. We give You thanks for our blessings and blessings. And in our complaints, take a second to say, God is God, not me.
Grow us up. Lead us. Guide us. You alone are God.
Help us to stay on the Plan and Path You have picked for us before our days. You have planned us and named us before we were in the womb - where You saw us being grown.
In Your Mercy, You have brought us into the Light. We want to walk with You, Jesus, on the Path You have for us. Keep us diligent, keep us focused. Keep us in Love, Joy, Faith, Hope. Because we know that You, have a Plan that is our Hope and Future.
Protect us. Forgive us. Love us. And Love those people we love and the people You have given us. Bless our Nation, our culture and the world holding the communion of saints.
Thank You for Your Eternal Life and Kingdom - where the Celebration of You continues. The Highest Name is Jesus - Jesus is Lord. To Him be the Glory, Now and Forevermore. Amen. Alleluia to Jesus.
We are going to give Jesus the gift of our souls to Him today. Give Jesus our burdens and cares. We are going to give Jesus our Loved Ones for His Tender, Steadfast Love. We are going to Trust Jesus. Trust Him with our yesterdays and our Tomorrows. Jesus the Lord. Our gift we lift up to You is Faith! And we will Live in expectation. Jesus is our Righteousness. Always. We ask Jesus to help us finish well with His Blessings. Amen in Jesus.
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