More Blessed than Mary?

Luke 11:28   (NLT)   28 Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”

Luke 11.28 - More Blessed than Mary.jpgWe cannot overestimate the value of God’s Word—of listening to and obeying it. It brings an exceedingly great blessedness—greater blessedness than being a channel of our precious Lord’s incarnation.

Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus in His humanity without a doubt is extremely blessed. This is a truth recognized the world over. Others emphasize the wonders and value of this experience while at the same time neglecting the glories and importance of God’s word.

A lot of people have a tendency to do this or something similar to this. We have a tendency to elevate things and people above God and His Word. Our affection, our attention, our energy, our time, and our efforts are spent towards them; our focus on God, His Kingdom, our ministry, our callings, things eternal, things spiritual, our mission—all these infinitely more important things are lessened or diminished in our estimation. We get busy doing a lot of things we find very important and big; God’s word becomes a distraction.

So much is written about the wonders and the glories of the Word of God—so many admonitions for us to listen to it, read it, study, meditate on it, commit it to our minds and hearts, and live it out. That’s one of the obvious proofs that God really wants as blessed.

We thank You Lord for Your desire to bless us, and how You have made that possible, not just for a few but for all who would act and respond to Your clear directions appropriately and in humble, grateful, loving obedience. It’s so amazing living blessed. All this is from You, and we’re enjoying it immensely.

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Free Gift, Painful Price

Mark 10:27   (KJV)   And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

Mark 10.27 - Free Gift, Painful PriceSalvation is absolutely impossible for humans to achieve. It was impossible for the rich young ruler; it was also impossible for the apostles; it is impossible for any other human being. But we don’t despair; we’re not left without hope; it is possible with God.

We’re humbled by the truth that left to ourselves without any divine aid, we’re hopeless. We’re humbled because He Who can save us saved us. It’s not as if all God had to do was snap His finger or utter a command. No, it took Jesus lovingly and willingly leaving His glorious state of existence, coming to where we are, taking on the form of a servant in our likeness, humbling Himself further and subjecting Himself to heartless mockery, cruel torture, and excruciating death.

Heavenly Father, by Your power, salvation is possible for us to receive and enjoy. We pray that we won’t ever forget the loving yet extremely painful process our Lord Jesus went through, that we may never undermine it nor treat it lightly or contemptuously. We appreciate You Lord, and we thank you greatly for this wonderful, priceless gift of salvation we’ve freely received–in Jesus’ Name, amen.

Good News; Great Joy

Luke 2:10   (KJV)   10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

Luke 2.10 - Good News - Great JoyJesus’ incarnation is good tidings. It’s good news, not bad; it’s good news of great joy, not of deep sadness; it’s offered to all people, not just a few.

When one realizes it, there really is no gift greater than Jesus; there’s no experience more valuable than being saved; there’s nothing that brings joy to hearts of people greater than having Jesus living in us, being 100% sure of spending eternal existence in the presence of the One Who loves us most and we love most in a perfect place.

Salvation is God’s free gift for all. We have received Him. We now enjoy all the wonderful blessings included in the saved life. No life compares to the life of the saved. No greater love, no greater joy, no greater peace. It’s a life of one blessing upon another. All sufferings, persecutions, and trials associated with godly living are dwarfed by the glorious favors God has for us—here, and even more so, in eternity.

Christmas – He Came to Save

Luke 19:10   (KJV)   10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

It’s God’s earnest and loving desire that you and I—everyone—be rescued from the fires of judgment, from life and eternity without Christ. That’s the reason why Jesus willingly came. He was born to die for us—to give His life as a ransom for many. Not all are saved, luke-19-10-christmas-he-came-to-savebut all are salvable, and there are those who are and will be saved. We were once lost, but now we’re found, we were once blind, but now we see; we were once dead, but now we’re alive.

God’s eyes are still looking to and fro; Jesus, through His Holy Spirit is still knocking on the door of our hearts; the door for salvation is still open. Anyone, from the most moral sinner to the most hardened criminal, can be saved. All over the world, people just like us are looking for Jesus. For some, the process isn’t as easy and comfortable as we have it here in our free country. But against all odds, they find ways. With tears in their eyes and with indescribable gratefulness, they joyfully cling to the Savior, and bow in absolute surrender before the Lord.

The Lord never disappoints His own. He always sees us eye to eye; He always meets us at the point of our need, always, with a loving invitation to rest in Him. Others don’t understand this beautiful divine dynamics; they can’t understand how sinners such as I can be saved and accepted by a perfectly holy God. They can’t believe the genuineness of good drastic changes that transpire. But the Lord doesn’t have any problem with it. He knows His purpose is just getting accomplished. The salvation for which He came is happening, proven by genuine repentance of those who experience it.

 

True Messiah Has Been Born

Luke 2:11   (KJV)   11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

The Savior has been born. We don’t have to wait anymore; the long awaited promise has already come. The Messiah—Christ—Anointed One has come. He’s the One Who brings Good News; in fact, He is the Good News. His given Name is Jesus, which means “The Lord luke-2-11-true-messiah-has-been-bornsaves.” He proclaims liberty to the captives; He brings sight to the blind; He sets the captives free, and He proclaims the arrival of God’s favor.

Sadly, there are so many people still longing and looking for the Messiah to come. Sadder still, there are also so many who are now following self-proclaimed messiahs. The true Messiah’s birth was heavenly initiated and orchestrated. Angel Gabriel brought the news to Mary; an angel spoke to Joseph in a dream; the Holy Spirit supernaturally overshadowed Mary and she had a supernatural conception—a virgin with child.

The Name alone is very telling: Jesus. The purpose of the Name says more: For He will save His people from their sins. What about the prophecy: “…They will call Him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us’?” So many things about Him are unexpectedly unique. His advent was surprisingly humble; His birth was surprisingly miraculous; the promises were surprisingly grand. The fulfillment was surprisingly precise. He is the one true Messiah.

The true Savior has been born. The Messiah, the Savior born is also the Lord. The angel told Mary something interesting when he told her about the Son to be born through her: “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end (Luke 1:31-33).” Yes, Jesus has come, but there’s a lot more to come.

Christmas’ Greatest Gift

John 3:16   (KJV)   16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The incarnation of our Lord and Savior Jesus—Christmas, is an extremely clear statement and demonstration of love and salvation. God loves us. He desires all of us to be saved. That’s the reason why He generously gave us the best and most valuable Christmas gift john-3-16-17-christmas-greatest-giftever: God’s Son wrapped in humanity cloak. The little Baby laid in a manger is God’s gentle yet profoudly emphatic declaration that imperfect and fallen humanity has hope.

One of the worst feelings is that of being unloved. So many people all around the world suffer this tragedy. It’s not that they don’t love; it’s that their deep and true love isn’t reciprocated. True love is willing to give without anything in return, but it does really feel wonderfully great when it’s returned, or when you receive it even from another source/s. I’ve learned it from somewhere before: love is man’s greatest need. In the context that God is love, I agree.

Love came—in the person of God’s Son. The majestically and perfectly pure Darling of Heaven willingly came in complete submission to the Father. Here on earth, He lived to die; He left the heights of heaven to descend to the depths of hell. The beautifully wrapped Perfection was to be horribly and cruelly desecrated and destroyed. It didn’t deter Him; He willingly offered His body as a living sacrifice: truly holy and acceptable to His Father and totally beneficial to us.

In humble and truthful admission of our desperate need of Him, we bow and walk in complete yieldedness to His Lordship and total dependence in Him as our Savior. Gratefully, we offer ourselves in love and obedience—in peaceful and joyful awareness of the truth that all He wants for us is the best, comforted in knowing that He’s absolutely able to take us there.

The Word

John 1:1   (KJV)   1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

One of humanity’s greatest struggles is knowing God. Praise God, He Who is the one true God wants to reveal Himself to us. He doesn’t want us struggling in that area. And speaking of revealing Himself, this passage is one of His greatest revelations. Before time john-1-1-the-wordbegan, our Lord Jesus already existed. He existed together with God and is Himself God. This may sound difficult for our minds to comprehend, but it really isn’t.

This isn’t a play of words to confuse us; confusing us is farthest from His mind. He’s drawing us closer to Him; He wants us to draw closer to Him; He wants to be near us. He took the most loving step to prove this: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Through our Lord Jesus, we meet God face-to-face.

The endless debate about Jesus being divine isn’t supposed to be… Whatever our stand regarding this is, we at least have to admit that there are direct statements about the divinity or “Godhood” of Jesus. There is a direct statement about the “Godhead.” The problem arises in understanding how Two can be One. There really isn’t a problem with that when we understand that even human makeup reflects this. We have an immaterial part; we have a material part. Common understanding of God’s Word shows that when our earthly tent (body) gives up, we (our spirits) is present with the Lord. There, we see how one can be two and two can be one.

I praise God that our Lord Jesus gave us more than enough “glimpse” of God—enough for us to have a saving knowledge of Him; enough for us to love Him; enough for us to walk worshipfully and faithfully before Him.