Friday, December 25, 2015
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Week 4 – Relation
Day 26 – Love
It was because of love that the Everlasting Father came to Earth to dwell with his creation.
To live as one with his handiwork.
He did not come as the anticipated, the expected King – but as a newborn baby.
Through the very ones he made – he chose to redeem his family line,
Through a family lineage marked with cheaters and robbers and harlots and murders.
He chose to come - to dwell - to live with us,
all because of love.
The Everlasting Father provided a way for restoration – for wholeness – for reconciliation…
With strife all around us in this broken, hurting, missed up, confused world –
a world - speaking accusations
- seeking justices –settling for the last word.
a world - yearning for a word of hope -
hope comes… all because of love -
love is always the politically correct reply – love is always the best word – love is always best…
We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.
Because the word became flesh – on Christmas morning…
ultimate, extravagant love was born - and love is always the last word.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.Pin It
Posted by ChellsenClan at 3:40 PM
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Week 4 – Relation
Day 25 – Kingdom
Long before Jesus was born, when the nation of Israel was gathered on Mt. Sinai, the people accepted this Covenant from God their King.
"Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation." (Exodus 19:6)
His palace was a tabernacle in the wilderness, and his presence was with them in the cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. When he moved, they moved and when he stopped, they stopped. They followed their King, as he instructed them through Moses.
But the people grew discontent.
"We want a king over us," they cried. "Then we will be like all other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles" (1 Samuel 8:19-20).God’s people had rejected Him as their king, but be gave them what they desired and appointed a king over them. Saul was the first king but he proved unfit, so he anointed David from the tribe of Judah, born in Bethlehem - all part of his plan to establish a kingdom - not a human kingdom but the Kingdom of God.
"Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever," and one of your sons will always sit upon it (2 Samuel 7:16).
Jesus was that Son of David who had come to re-establish the reign of God once more and restore this kingdom - a kingdom not of human glory like David's or Solomon's, but one with spiritual glory like the Kingdom in the wilderness, where the King himself dwelt in the midst of his people.
So when Jesus came preaching, "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near" he was speaking of himself. The kingdom was near – the kingdom was here because he was in their midst.
"The kingdom of God is in the midst of you." (Luke 17:21)
This kingdom is available for every heart that acknowledges his kingship - for every life that desires to follow him.
Posted by ChellsenClan at 11:34 PM