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Joseph & Mary Lost Jesus

Jewish Temple

Scripture:

41 Every year Jesus’ parents would go to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. 42 When he was 12 years old, they went as usual.43 When the festival was over, they left for home. The boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents didn’t know it. 44 They thought that he was with the others who were traveling with them. After traveling for a day, they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they didn’t find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.

46 Three days later, they found him in the temple courtyard. He was sitting among the teachers, listening to them, and asking them questions. 47 His understanding and his answers stunned everyone who heard him. 48 When his parents saw him, they were shocked. His mother asked him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been worried sick looking for you!” 49 Jesus said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you realize that I had to be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they didn’t understand what he meant. 51 Then he returned with them to Nazareth and was obedient to them.
Luke 2:41-51

Passover festival time again. Jesus was 12 years old now. He and his family went to take part in the festival as they did every year.

Imagine now, if you will, attending a festival with your children/child. Everything was going great. Now, it’s time to go home. Jesus had his own agenda. He didn’t tell his parents what he was doing. Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. When they didn’t see him in their entourage they just assumed he was hanging back with other travelers. When a day passed and they didn’t see Jesus in their group they started to worry and began looking for him. Now, I picture here, according to today’s society, the police have been called in and a huge search party was sent out looking. The parents stay home next to the phone waiting for any news of their missing child. Well, back then, they didn’t have the resources we do today. Imagine the scare of their life upon them. Their child is missing. They lost him. Total freak out ensues. I know how I’ve felt when I couldn’t locate my daughter on occasion.

Three days later, his parents found him in the temple courtyard. He was with the teachers, listening and questioning them. Jesus stunned everyone with his understanding and his answers. His parents saw him and were shocked to find him there. Mary asked Jesus, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been worried sick looking for you!” in verse 48. Jesus said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you realize that I had to be in my Father’s house?” in verse 49. He didn’t see what the issue was. He assumed they would know. They didn’t understand what he meant. So, they returned home. He was obedient to his parents. The kids today aren’t so obedient. They kick up quite a fuss.

This is a great lesson in communication and obedience. I believe we could all learn from this. What are your thoughts? Please share.

Prayer:

Thank You, Jesus, for Your guidance and obedience to Your Heavenly Father. Teach us to be obedient and to communicate. Thank You, for everything You said, still say (in Your word) to lead, guide, and direct our lives to You. I pray the readers of this blog will look to You for this leadership, guidance, and direction that leads to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Anna Met Jesus

19 of 25 Advent Scripture image

Anna… She’s an elderly woman who is widowed and a prophet for God; who also lives in the Temple. Scripture says she was very old and that she lived to the age of eighty-four (84). I guess in those days 84 would’ve been very old. Today, very old is more in the range of 100. My goodness, how times change. Scripture also tells that she never left the Temple; that she stayed there day and night, worshiping God. That afforded her the chance of meeting lots of people. She happened to come along when Simeon was talking to Mary & Joseph (more details of this in the previous post.) Anna was so excited about meeting Jesus that she shared the Good News of Jesus with everyone who had been waiting expectantly for the Messiah; so they could be rescued. Also, Jesus was filled with wisdom and God’s favor was on him.

Exciting indeed! I’d tell everyone too. This was a very long-awaited event to take place, the Messiah arriving. Though, no everyone knew he would arrive in this manner. It came as a great surprise to many.

Can you imagine, as a parent, having this experience with your child? I’d be beside myself and not know what to do, or be afraid I’d do something wrong in raising him. Or, all the different folks who encountered Jesus during this time after he was born; can you imagine what life would be like? What are your thoughts?

Prayer:

Thank You, Abba Yah, for giving us this gift of Jesus, the Messiah, to save us. It’s the ultimate gift of love. Love = Action, right? This is an amazingly awesome act of love. I pray that all the readers of this blog accept the gift of Jesus, A Savior. I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.

Glory to God in the Highest

Scripture:

Luke 2:12-20
12 This is the sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth, lying in a feeding trough (manger).” 13 Suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army praising God, and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
    on earth peace, goodwill toward men.”

15 When the angels went away from them into the sky, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem, now, and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 They came with haste and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby was lying in the feeding trough (manger). 17 When they saw it, they publicized widely the saying which was spoken to them about this child. 18 All who heard it wondered at the things which were spoken to them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these sayings, pondering them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, just as it was told them.

Wow! What an amazing display of joy, adoration, glory, and praise for the newborn, who is Jesus. The multitude of heavenly angel army praising God, Mary & Joseph; then the shepherds. Such a beautiful mental image.

It’s so amazingly great that the shepherds went out and shared this good news so quickly. I wonder how many would do that today? I wonder what their response would be. Would it be one of fear, or cowardice, or something else, other than joy and an urgency to share the good news of Jesus? What would our response be?

Prayer:

Dear Abba Yah, Adonai, thank You for this great good news of Jesus. Thank You for this gift to become our salvation. I pray that all who read this are and if not, will be saved. I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.

Birth Announcement of Jesus Given to Shepherds

16 of 25 Advent Scripture image

The fullness of time had come, when God would send forward His Son, made of a woman, and made under the law; and it was predicted that he would be born at Bethlehem. Now, here is an account of the time, place, and shape of it.

God chose to announce Jesus’ arrival to the Shepherds because they were plain men, like Jacob, Moses, and David; and by this occasion, God showed that He still had favor for those of that kind of modest job. In my opinion, the chief priests weren’t ready to hear this kind of news. The shepherds were more open-minded to hear about this and were unencumbered by a ritualistic lifestyle as the holy men.

The angel of the Lord frightened the shepherds. Understandably so. I would be frightened to be approached in this way as well. Who knows, I could faint from the experience, likely. Throughout scripture people who were approached by angels fell on their faces in fear. The angel always had to say, “Do not be afraid” to calm them and have them be able to hear the message.

But, new of Jesus’ birth. The long-awaited savior. Wowza! What an exciting time!

I think that God can use people for His plan no matter how low or high up the ladder you are in society. He wants to reach every living soul.

God’s great plan is amazing and incomprehensible to me. It’s so behind my mind. I do know that He wants a relationship with each of us. Without a savior, God can not have a relationship with us. Why? Because we are sinners. We needed a savior to obtain forgiveness of sin. God can not be in the presence of sin. It’s evil and he can not deal with evil. He’s the opposite of evil. It’s like oil and water. They do not mix. They naturally separate.

Are you separated from God? Through Jesus, the Savior, you can be joined with God. You can have the most amazing relationship ever with God. If you want to contact me (click the link to open the contact page =~>) here. I’ll pray with you and share the Gospel to guide you leading you to God.

So, the Savior, Jesus! What do you think? Imagine yourself as a shepherd and the experience. What do you think it would be like? How would you be affected?

Prayer:

Thank You, Yahweh. I praise, honor, glorify, and adore You. I pray that the readers of this blog also thank You. I pray they see You for who You are, for what You’ve done for them, and how much You love them and want a relationship with them. Thank You for the gift of salvation through a savior, Jesus. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Zechariah Speaks

15 of 25 Advent Scripture image
Read the full text in Luke 1:67-80 here. <~== Click to read.

The moments after Zechariah’s voice returned his excitement was such that he sang a prophecy. A prophecy of the Messiah and what John’s purpose would be as the forerunner of the Messiah. All who are filled with the Holy Spirit as Zechariah was should also express this kind of excitement to share the gospel.

“In sending the Messiah, God has made a gracious visit to his people. He has worked out redemption for them: He has redeemed his people. He has fulfilled the covenant of royalty made with the most famous Old-Testament prince, that is, David. He has fulfilled all the precious promises made to the church by the most famous Old-Testament prophets: As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets. God is now doing that which he has long ago spoken of. Sending the Messiah.” [quoted by Matthew Henry].

Such an amazing and wonderous event. John will grow up and be Jesus’ forerunner to prepare the way and prepare the people of His coming.

We are all to be His disciples. He calls us to be His workers planting the seed and cultivating leading people to God for the harvest.

I struggle with this. However, I do what I can. It seems like a daunting task. Although, with the Holy Spirit, it can be done. As the body of Christ, we work as one team to accomplish this. We don’t have to go it alone.

How is God using you for His great plan? What would you do if you were visited in person by God? I’d probably faint.

Prayer:

Dear Yahweh, I pray that we are willing and ready to be used by You for Your purpose in spreading the Gospel. It’s four our own good. Thank You for the gift of salvation through the Messiah, the greatest gift known to man. I pray the readers of this blog seek You and will surrender all to you, as I have. In Jesus’ name, amen.

A Birth Party

Scripture:

Read some history of Elizabeth here & here. <~ Click to read.

A celebration. Elizabeth’s baby was born. The whole region heard of it. They all came to celebrate with Elizabeth and Zechariah. They were very happy for Zechariah and Elizabeth. God had shown mercy to her. She was in her old age by now. She was barren.

As is the custom in most families to name a baby after a family member. If you recall, Zechariah and Elizabeth were told by the angel, Gabriel, to name the newborn John. The people were shocked when Elizabeth said, “No” when they suggested that she name the baby after relatives. They turned to Zechariah. Because God had muted him until the baby’s birth, Zechariah couldn’t speak so, he asked for a writing tablet. He also said the baby’s name is to be John. Instantly, Zechariah spoke again. Only God can do that.

Everyone around wondered what John will turn out to be. We know the hand of the Lord was on him. We read in previous scripture that the Holy Spirit came into him while he was in Elizabeth’s womb. That’s mindblowing to me.

He is the forerunner of Jesus to prepare the way for Jesus’ ministry.

How amazing and awesome this is. I love how God’s word shows me something new each time I read His word. It’s humbling. It shows how powerful God is and that He uses every situation for His plan. He can use any one of us for a great purpose.

What does this scripture speak to you?

Prayer:

Dear Yahweh, Adonai, praise YOU for this wonderful story and lesson of how You work in our lives. I pray that it blesses the readers of this blog. I pray that the lost will be lead to You. Thank You, In Jesus’ name, amen.

A Hurried Visit

Scripture:

12 of 25 Advent Scripture

This is an amazing piece of scripture. Why?

  • Mary’s conceived with the Messiah.
  • Elizabeth is pregnant with the forerunner of the Messiah.
  • Elizabeth is immediately filled with the Holy Spirit upon greeting Mary.
  • The joy both women and baby expressed at the greeting of the two women.

I mean, this is astoundingly amazing. There is so much in this. It’s obvious the Holy Spirit is at work here. Why?

  1. Elizabeth has no forewarning of Mary’s visit and that Mary would be pregnant, no less with the Messiah.
  2. The only way Elizabeth’s baby (John) would know of Mary’s pregnancy would be by the Holy Spirit.
  3. Mary made this long journey to see her cousin, Elizabeth. Not sure about the reason. There’s a lot of speculation about why Mary visited Elizabeth. Some theologians say it could’ve been
    1. …to be with someone who would listen and be understanding of Mary’s situation.
    2. …because she was to conceive of the Messiah in the country of the line of David.
    3. …because Elizabeth was Mary’s favorite relative and she felt more comfortable with Elizabeth.
    4. …because of the embarrassment she felt from the people in the place she lived.

No matter the reason. The whole point is that the Holy Spirit moved in Elizabeth upon their greeting. The baby, John, within Elizabeth knew that the Messiah was within Mary. Only the Holy Spirit can do this. And the way John lept in Elizabeth’s womb was not just the baby moving around like a normal baby in the womb moves. That’s mind-blowing to me.

Just like I mentioned previously in the post about Elizabeth, the Messiah/the Holy Spirit is everywhere all the time at once. I’m gobsmacked at this. It’s so amazingly awesome!

These kinds of signs are unmistakable. Only God can do this. Having this kind of tangible evidence is undeniably God.

Don’t be dismayed, however. God uses each of us to fulfill His purpose. We all have a place in His plan. Don’t give up.

What are your thoughts on this occasion with Elizabeth and Mary?

For further reading go to a more detailed post here.

Prayer:

Dear Adonai, Abba Yah, Holy Spirit, YOU are beyond comprehensible to understand. YOU are amazing and awesome. Thank YOU, Yah, for this awesome and amazing gift of a Saviour. I lift up the readers of this blog and pray that they’re blessed to move and share YOU with everyone they encounter. Thank You, Yah, for using me and others for Your purpose. Thank You for the readers you send here. In Jesus’ precious and holy name, amen.

Mary’s Shocking News

Scripture:

I posted 2 years ago about Mary in great detail. To get a better grip on Mary in this life stage, read/listen to the post here.

We heard about Elizabeth in a previous blog post. The same angel that visited Elizabeth, Gabriel, now visits Mary. The shocking news had Mary in a quandary about the whole situation.

It’s time for the Savior of the world to come as a man and live out His earthly ministry. We heard in and throughout the Old Testament about a Savior, the Messiah, coming to save us. He’s the long-awaited messiah.

Poor lowly Mary is only a teenager. However, she’s been promised to Joseph in marriage. His betrothed. Neither of which has had intimate relations. Virgins. Mary being a virgin is a main factor of God having favor with her. She’s a good Jewish girl.

She was dumbfounded at the concept of becoming pregnant since she is a virgin.

You read the interaction between Gabriel and Mary in the scripture. Gabriel tells Mary that she’ll conceive of the Holy Spirit. In v. 35 it says this:

The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.

Luke 1:26-38

Mary couldn’t argue with that. She accepted it. But, she added this at the end of their interaction in v. 38:

“I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.

Mary had some doubts. Who wouldn’t? That’s a pretty major thing; become pregnant while still a virgin. I’m sure she also had major concerns being not fully married to Joseph, yet.

How would you feel if it were you going through that situation? What would be going through your mind?

It’s scary, to say the least. In those times, they stoned/crucified people for offenses. Betraying a spouse to be… that’s infidelity. They didn’t take that very lightly. Read the Bible for yourself and see. Don’t take my word for it. It’s all there in black and white.

So, the big news… The Messiah is coming! That’s exciting! Joyous! How does that make you feel? Me?

If I lived in that time where I could encounter Jesus in person… I’d fall face down at His feet honoring, praising, and worshipping Him.

But, before he’s grown I’d try to find a way to get to Him to meet him in person. I’d definitely be one of the women who followed Jesus throughout his ministry. The ones who experienced things just out of arms reach of everything.

Your turn! Go!

Prayer:

Dear Abba Yah, Adonai, I lift up every reader, even the brief visitors, of this blog. I pray that even if just one sentence, or one word, is written that the reader will be so blessed that they don’t want to leave Your word and Your presence. I pray they are blessed beyond measure and their needs are met. In Jesus’ name, amen.

No More Shame; Good News

Scripture:

10 of 25 Advent Scripture

Angel Gabriel is a prominent name in the realms of the angels. He’s the main attending to and messenger of God.

Gabriel puts his name to this prophecy, did it as it were to sign it with his own hand, —take my word for it. Angels have sometimes declined to give their names but, this angel promptly said, “I am Gabriel”, which symbolizes the power of God, or the mighty one of God, affirming that the God who solicited him to say ‘this was able to make it good’. He also makes himself known by this name to place him in mind of the news of the Messiah’s coming sent to Daniel by the man Gabriel, Daniel 8:16; 9:21. “I am the same that was sent then, and am sent now in pursuit of the same purpose.” He is Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, an immediate attendant on the throne of God.

Can you imagine being confronted by “the” angel of God, Gabriel? Most people fell down on their faces, prostrate as if to worship the angel. People thought the angels were God. Many times in scripture the angels would comfort the person they were reaching out to and tell them not to be afraid. People feared the angels. Gabriel is God’s immediate attendant who had and used powers to get his message across. Reading the full context of the scripture of Luke 1 you learn that Gabriel visited Zechariah to tell him of the birth of John. Zechariah didn’t believe Gabriel. Gabriel muted Zechariah until John’s birth just to prove to him that Gabriel was who he said he was and that the good news of John’s birth was real and true.

Human nature tends to be pessimistic, unbelieving, and untrusting. Some have to learn the hard way to trust God.

Gabriel was sent with the express purpose to deliver the message of the good news of the Messiah coming.

Elizabeth was very happy that she wouldn’t be ashamed any longer because she was childless. Her exclamation about the Lord being kind is awesome faith in God.

Have you been pessimistic, unbelieving, and untrusting? I have. Name one situation you were untrusting of God; and why? How did it turn out? Me?

Well, let me see here… my whole life is filled with untrust toward situations. The worst part for me is when I was betrayed in a life situation. It’s hard to learn to trust after that. However, when we lay it at the foot of God’s throne and not take it back God takes care of it. I had to relearn to trust. But, that requires having faith in God too. Without faith in God, our lives are lost.

Prayer:

Yahweh, I lift up the readers here on this blog. I ask that You guide them to trust You in all things. I thank You for the coming Messiah. I pray for blessings to be showered on the readers here. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Holy Spirit Indwelling

Scripture:

9 of 25 Advent Scripture

These angels of the Lord are busy characters. In this scripture, one of the angels is comforting Zechariah to not be afraid, as well as, informing him that God heard his prayer and his wife Elizabeth will give birth to a son (Elizabeth was on older woman by this time. She’s not been able to conceive before now) and they are to name him John. John will be great in the eyes of the Lord. John mustn’t touch any kind of alcoholic drink. Even before John is born he will be filled with the Holy Spirit.

He will be the forerunner of Jesus.

So, something that blows my mind is that the Holy Spirit is to dwell in utero within John’s fetus. At the same time, Mary will be pregnant with Jesus. That’s amazing because two of the Trinity are in baby form at the same time. He is the all-powerful, almighty, and supreme God. There is none other. He is one of a kind. He is alive; living in and through His word and His church body.

That proves HIS Omnipresence. He can be everywhere at the same time all the time.

Yahweh is beyond amazing; comprehension is unattainable regarding how He works.

This is where faith kicks in. We must trust Him. If we don’t, chaos ensues.

The Messiah is coming!

How does this scripture speak to you? How do you apply this knowledge to your life? Me?

I cannot help but praise, honor, glorify, worship, adore, and love Yahweh for this gift He has given to us. He is so beyond any comprehension I have. I do trust Him. I’ve long ago surrendered to Him. Yeah, there are times I break down and question my faith and why He is doing with my life. I also wonder what is that He needs to use me for? I feel useless at times. But, that’s what Satan would have us believe. He is a liar. He’s the father of lies. I stomp on his head in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayer:

Almighty Abba Yah, thank you can’t say it good enough. But, thank You. You are amazingly awesome. I lift up the readers of this blog to You. I pray that they will be blessed beyond measure. Pressed down and overflowing with Your grace and mercy. I pray the Holy Spirit washes over them and brings them to their knees in full adoration and honor to You for who You are and what You’ve done for our depraved souls. The gift of salvation is the only way to Heaven. I pray for everyone reading this blog to seek You fully. In Jesus’ name, amen.