Happy Birthday Jesus :)


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Luke 2:4-7

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,

to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.

So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Christmas… is a really important and blissful moment for all of us because our Savior Jesus Christ was born on Christmas day. Almost all people have lost the true meaning of Christmas, and replace the core of Christmas (that is, Jesus Christ) with some other character like Santa Claus and with perishable presents. Now, I want to talk about the day when Jesus Christ is born and the true meaning of His arrival on this earth.

First of all, look at verse 7 above. He was laid in a manger! The King of kings, the Lord of lords, was laid in a manger! Now manger is for all the sheep to eat. It’s a lunch box for sheep. And yet, God’s message and intention is crystal clear here. Jesus was born to this world to be the Food for all of His sheep, for us. Psalm 23:1 stated that He is our Shepherd and we shall not want. He is the Bread of Life and He gave His own Flesh freely for us! They were at Bethlehem according to verse 4, and Bethlehem means the House of Bread. Out of Bethlehem, came out the finest Bread there ever was. Check this out:

John 6:51

I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”

And:

John 6:53-56

Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.

Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.
He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

Jesus was destined to die at the cross in order to give us His Flesh and Blood – His Sacrifice. This is His Gift for us. He lived and walked on this earth only to be punished, suffered, and died so that we won’t have the same fate as that. You know, it should be us back then at the cross. It should be us that was whipped and tortured until we die. But Jesus Christ is so graceful and merciful. He, The Creator of all things and yet so very humble, was willing to take our place so that we can have our relationship again with the Father in Heaven. That’s why this verse says:

John 15:7

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

This can happen because our relationship with Father in Heaven is not polluted by sin anymore. We have received Jesus’ Sacrifice at the cross and believe that He has saved us from eternal damnation. And so, we have been forgiven and our status becomes sons and daughters. And since the verse above said that we can ask what we desire, I suggest that we ask Wisdom from God.

Proverbs 4:7

Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.

Remember Solomon when he was still young? All he asked was wisdom and God see it as righteous. So, He gave Solomon wisdom like no other and He also add everything else that Solomon didn’t ask such as richness etc. It was because of this verse:

1 Corinthians 1:30

But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God — and righteousness and sanctification and redemption —

Since Wisdom itself is Jesus Christ, and when we seek Wisdom, this verse below will be fulfilled:

Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Why this is fulfilled? Because the one who owns the Kingdom of God is Jesus Christ. So in this Christmas, receive the greatest Present from Him and be refreshed 🙂

 

 

Coming Back to the ‘Dust’?


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Isaiah 26:4-8

Trust in the LORD forever, For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.

For He brings down those who dwell on high, The lofty city; He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He brings it down to the dust.

The foot shall tread it down — The feet of the poor And the steps of the needy.”

The way of the just is uprightness; O Most Upright, You weigh the path of the just.

Yes, in the way of Your judgments, O LORD, we have waited for You; The desire of our soul is for Your name And for the remembrance of You.

Today I want to talk about being humble and depend on God instead of men. Most people only cried to God when they want something or when they are in a somewhat difficult situation. I’m not saying that it’s wrong. But, why don’t we start to ask, pray, talk, be who we are, and cried to Him in our everyday lives?

You see, people tend to forget God when they are blessed with whatever they need or want. When they forgot that they can be that successful because of God, they can be very arrogant. If we look at verse 5 above, I can say that the verse means that arrogant people, who forgot about God when God has helped them from the very bottom and claimed that his success was because of himself, will be brought down to the dust from where they were at the start.

But, trust in the Lord and He shall bring us up. Because He is our Strength. He is our Redeemer. He is our Savior. He is Jesus Christ our Lord. And for someone so big and powerful, He is so humble. So graceful and merciful. So loving towards us. We should learn from Jesus Christ our Lord. He even washed His boys’ feet! The Lord Jesus Christ did that! If the big and powerful Lord Himself is humble, then what are we that we act arrogantly as if we are capable to do anything by our strength alone? We are nothing without Lord Jesus you know. I am nothing without Him.

Our soul’s desire should be Him and the remembrance of Him. This will keep our soul from dehydrating you know. For He is the Living Water, and our souls crave for Him. Even though people doesn’t believe in God, their souls crave for The Living Water without them realizing it. That’s why a lot of people are tired and wasted spiritually, and this will eventually affect the bodies.

The remembrance of Him. Do you remember where this verse leads to? Check this one out:

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;

and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

And,

John 6:53-56

Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.

Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.

He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

You see now? Trust God and He shall brings you up. This means we trust our Lord Jesus Christ, and the sacrifice He made at the cross for our salvation and welfare. Receive His sacrifice, receive His Flesh and Blood for His Flesh is Food and His Blood is Drink indeed. Not so hard right? It really is simple. For we must be like a child to enter the Kingdom of God. And to be like a child means that we just depend on God and stop worrying and thinking a lot about our problems in this life. In other words, be simple. Don’t focus on the problem but focus on the Answer.

And again, don’t ever forget that you can be who you are right now is only by the grace of God. If you are still down at the dust, believe that God’s plan for you is not the plan to make you suffer, but a plan to prosper you and to give you future filled with hope. May the Holy Spirit refreshes you 🙂