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Out of Egypt

When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt. Hosea 11:1

Fortold over 700 years before Jesus was born, another prophecy fulfilled when Joseph and Mary took the baby Jesus to Egypt to avoid King Herods murder of the innocent babies of Bethlehem. However this prophecy has a deeper meaning, as we understand the Old Testament is foreshadows of Christ and his New Covenant.

And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn: Exodus 4:22

We must go back to the Exodus to understand what Christ has fulfilled and accomplished for us. The Israelites were in slavery to Egypt for over 400 years. Notice God calls Israel his Son, a foreshadow of Christ. God freed Israel from slavery through Moses and led them to the Promise Land (Israel)

Now you might ask, what does this have to do with me? The same way God used Moses to free the Israelites from slavery, God also used Christ to free us from slavery of sin and death. The Exodus was a complete foreshadow of Gods redemption plan through Jesus Christ

When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. Matthew 2:14-15

So by Mary and Joseph taking Jesus to Egypt and later returning to Nazareth, they fulfilled this Old Testament prophecy, which was confirmed by the Apostle Matthew. The Son of God, Jesus Christ, has freed of us of from the slavery of sin and death.

Our chains are gone, we have been set free! And Jesus will lead you to the Promise Land of the New Heavens and Earth (Revelation 22) Amen!

Rachels Weeping

Thus says the LORD, “A voice is heard in Ramah, Lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; She refuses to be comforted for her children, Because they are no more.” Jeremiah 31:15

Part of the Christmas story that nobody usually talks about is known as “Rachels Weeping” this was prophesied by Jeremiah and fulfilled in the gospel of Matthew

However we must remember that the Christmas story is not just about the birth of Christ but about the rebirth of humanity through Christ. This could only be accomplished by Jesus taking the punishment of our sin so we can be saved. So essentially Christ was born to die, born to defeat sin and death, born to set the captives free…set us free!

Who is Rachel? Rachel was the wife of Jacob and the mother of Joseph. For those of you familiar with the story of Joseph, he was a shadow of Christ to come. Rachels Tomb, which is one of the holiest sites in Israel, is in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ.

The prophecy of “Rachels Weeping” was fulfilled when King Herod issued a decree that all boys in Bethlehem 2 years old and younger be put to death in fear that they were the Messiah

Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi. Matthew 2:16

Since the beginning Satan has declared war on God, he would use any means he can to try and destroy the fulfillment of the Messiah (Christ) If Jesus wasn’t important Satan wouldn’t be spending his final days trying to stop Jesus, trying to divide the Church, trying to lead people astray with false doctrine and religion.

Jesus said Satan came to rob, steal, and kill (John 10:10) Accept the gift from God which is Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and the only way to salvation, Amen!

The Godhead

For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Colossians 2:9

Who said the Bible doesn’t mention the Trinity? Here we see the Apostle Paul explaining how the Godhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) dwelled in Jesus. One thing you have to remember about God is that he is Triune in nature. So whatever he is doing, hes doing it in unison with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

Now some would say “Well my Bible doesn’t say “Godhead” its translated as “Deity”. Well the word Deity means basically God, Divine nature, creator ect. When you say that something is a Deity , your giving that divine status. So if you rather say Jesus is the fullness of Deity, your calling him God in the flesh!

When Mary gave birth in the manger, the Triune God came in human form. But notice God didn’t come down in a castle or a mansion. He came down in a barn. Why? Because Gods not impressed with worldly riches. We may be impressed, but Gods not. As Jesus said “Store up your treasures in heaven and not of this world” (Matthew 6:19-20)

And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: Colossians 2:10

Why did Jesus come down to Earth? To deliver us from our sin, we are completed in Him. Jesus loves you enough to leave his throne in Heaven and take the position of a baby. To eventually become crucified for your sins. Then he rose from the dead after 3 days defeating the curse of sin forever!

Rejoice for the coming of The Lord! Rejoice for the coming of The Christ! Amen!

The Way

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus provided the way for our salvation, Jesus provided a way for us to be reconciled back to God. Without the Birth of Christ, none of this would be possible. Our sins could never have become atoned for without the Birth of Christ. The Word being spoken by the Living Word, could have never happened without the Birth of Christ. The Cross could have never happened, The Resurrection could have never happened! It all began at the Manger to the Cross and then To The Tomb!

But people say “There are many ways to God” , there are many ways to Hell but there is only one path to eternal life and that is Jesus Christ! Who else accomplished what Jesus did? Who else was born of a Virgin by the Holy Spirit? Who else performed miracles and rose the dead? Who else willingly died for the sins of the world? Who else rose from the grave after 3 days? Who else ascended into Heaven to sit at the right hand of God? Who else fulfilled over 300 prophecies in the scripture? Nobody else has even come close to any of this, why would you follow another way?

Jesus came to provide us The Way, because we couldn’t provide that way ourselves. So celebrate his birth, the angels in Heaven did on that glorious night. Glory to our new born King , who loved us before we loved him! The Way starts at the manger! Bow down to the King of King and Lord of Lords! Amen!

Image of God

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him Colossians 1:15-16

Who Is the image of the invisible God? Of course its Jesus Christ! Immanuel, God in the flesh came to this Earth, born of a Virgin, Born to save us from our sins. Notice it also says “By Him (Jesus), All Things were Created”

When we look at the baby Jesus, this isn’t just another birth. This is God coming into human form to live among us. When you try to comprehend and understand this, you understand the significance of what happened that blessed day when Christ was born. The Creator essentially became created to bring grace and glory to the world

And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. Colossians 1:17-18

Now some groups like Jehovah Witnesses will use will use the previous scripture “Jesus is the firstborn” (Colossians 1:15) to say Jesus is not eternal or he was a created being from God. However if you look at verse 17 it answers this mystery. Jesus is the firstborn from the dead , what is it talking about? The resurrection!

Its not saying Jesus was created by God, because we know Jesus is God. Its saying Jesus was physically brought back to life at the Resurrection, the firstborn. Therefor we can inherit eternal life through Christ at the resurrection also!

This essentially is the Christmas story, not just Jesus was born into human form. But he also died for our sins and then was risen from the dead and defeated sin and death forever! Amen!

The Christmas Sheep Part 4

What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. Luke 15:4-5

When we think about Christmas, we think about the Nativity. When we envision the Nativity, we think about the baby Jesus being surrounded by animals, specifically sheep. As we learned from previous posts, Jesus is our Good Shepherd, we know the Saviors voice and we follow him. The Shepherd  also lays down his life and protects the sheep

What if one of those sheep gets lost? The Good shepherd leaves the other 99 sheep to go find his 1 lost sheep. Remember Jesus said “we belong to the shepherd”, you were bought with a price of Jesus blood (1 Corinthians 6:20) you belong to Christ and he goes looking for his lost sheep!

Notice what happens when Christ finds his sheep, he puts them on his shoulders and rejoices! He didn’t condemn the lost sheep because the price was already paid for their debt.

I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. Luke 15:7

All of Heaven rejoices when that lost sheep is found and repents of their sins. Just as in the way the sky was filled with angels glorifying the birth of our Savior! The sky is celebrating with angels every time a lost sheep comes home to the Good Shepherd

If your lost, come to the manger. Come to the Good Shepherd who you belong to! Let the heaven rejoice by your return to God Amen!

The Christmas Sheep Part 3

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:11

When we think of Christmas, we think about the Nativity scene and we think about the baby Jesus being surrounded by animals, especially sheep. I want you to envision yourself one of those sheep if you are a follower of Christ. Jesus says “ He is the Good Shepherd and gives his life for the sheep”.

We must remember this during Christmas, even though its joyful we celebrate the coming of the Messiah (Christ) we must also remember that Jesus came to give his life for us. It starts with the manger , and then the cross, and eventually it is completed at the tomb when Jesus defeats sin and death

But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. John 10:12

Jesus warns us to watch out for the wolves among the sheep. They will deceive many and eventually devour them. Jesus compares false teachers and false prophets to wolves (Matthew 7:15) But as Jesus says “They don’t own the sheep”, If Jesus is your Shepherd you belong to him! Cling to the Shepherd and stay away from the wolves of this world

The Sheep are scattered, however we still belong to the Shepherd, we still answer the voice of the Shepherd, and the Shepherd still protects us! No matter where you are, Jesus is in your midst! Cling to the Shepherd because he loves you and you belong to Him

So this Christmas, envision yourself at the manger with your Savior. You have answered his voice, and he has given his life for you! No matter where you are, the good Shepherd and watching over you! Amen!

The Christmas Sheep Part 2

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. Luke 2:8

Again as we think about Christmas, we think about the Nativity scene, we think about the baby Jesus being surrounded by sheep. Here we see Shepherds out at night with their sheep. This was very common in Bethlehem as its biggest industry was the raising of sheep

Now I want you to picture yourself as those sheep. You are out in the world, doing your own thing, when suddenly your going to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. Luke 2:9-12

An angel, which is the translation of the Greek word angelos, meaning messenger. A messenger from God told them the Good News (gospel) that a Savior has been born for the entire world! Not only that here is the sign! The sign is a baby lying in a manger.

Now remember God gave a previous sign to Isaiah, saying a Virgin will give birth to a Son (Isaiah 7:14) Now another sign, that Son is lying in a manger. So what do you do? Remember the sheep of Jesus listen to his voice. Those who are the sheep of Jesus answer his calling

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. Luke 2:15

So the sheep led by the shepherds made their way to Bethlehem to see their Savior. Are you answering the voice of the Shepherd? Are you making your way to the manger to sit beside the Savior?

Become Righteousness

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

Why did Jesus need to be born of a virgin to live among us? For God made Jesus, who was sinless, to become our sin , so we can be made righteous before God. Why would God do this for us? Why would God have so much compassion and mercy on a wicked creation? Because of love, because God loved us before we loved him

But of course, Jesus didn’t need to be born, he chose to be born. He chose to come down here in human form to live among us because he loves us. He chose to become our sin for us to be our eternal Passover Lamb. He chose to reveal himself to the lowly and the meek. Those whose hearts and minds are not hardened have allowed the living Lord to enter into their lives

Most people cant even grasp the concept of God, let alone understand that the Creator of the Heaven and Earth, would intervene in our world. That the Creator would become a creation and take on the penalty of our sin. Can you grasp such a concept? Of course not and then we learn this divine revelation happened in the lowest of place. God would become human in a stable?

This was declared and celebrated by all the angels of Heaven, are you coming to see what God has done? The very thought should bring you to your knees in repentance and praise! Glory to the new born King Amen!

The Christmas Sheep Part 1

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: John 10:27

When we think about Christmas, we think about the Nativity scene. And when we think about the Nativity scene we envision the baby Jesus in a manger surrounded by animals. Well its most likely one of those animals are sheep. Especially since Bethlehem was known as the birthing place of sheep, especially for the Passover

Jesus says “My Sheep hear my voice and they follow me”. Think about it why did you answer the calling of Jesus and others didn’t? Of course the Holy Spirit intervenes, however you are Jesus faithful Sheep. You are the Sheep Jesus is talking about. If you follow Christ you are his sheep

Now when you look at the Nativity scene, and you see the baby Jesus surrounded by sheep. I want you to envision that you are those sheep. You are at the manger with Jesus. You might say “This is crazy, Jesus is a baby, the sheep are dumb and dirty, ect” Jesus said “Unless we become like little children we cant see the Kingdom of God”

Humble yourself before the King. If you are a follower of Christ, you are his Sheep.

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. John 10:28

Jesus gives us the greatest gift of eternal life. A gift that cant be bought, but by the blood of Christ. A gift that cant be found in this world except at the manger. If you are his sheep , nobody can pluck you out of the Shepherds hand!

Come to the manger, and sit down with the Savior. You have answered his calling and he will save you Amen!