Our awesome Savior

Birth of Jesus Tapestry - 1

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Who

Incomprehensible Majestic One

Artistic Creator

Unspeakable Love

Unimaginable Merciful One

Everlasting Gracious One

Wonderful Counselor

The Mighty God

Everlasting Father

Prince of Peace

Redeeming Savior

Jesus.

What

Became flesh

Dwelt among us

Taught Good News

Healed the sick

Gave sight to the blind

Raised the dead

Fed the 5,000

Calmed the sea

Took humanity’s sin

Died on the cross

Rose from the dead

Ascended to heaven

Sits at the right hand of God

Speaks on our behalf

When

Past

Present

Coming Soon

Forever

Where

In glory

Heaven

Earth

The New Jerusalem

With men and women

Why

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

My prayer

Father, fill Your children with an awesome understanding of You as our Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. May the knowledge of God’s love and sacrifice dwell in you richly as you ponder the meaning of Christmas.

Please share the wonder of our Lord and Savior with others. Tell us what the Lord is teaching you about His nature.

Pieta-Tears of Eternal Life

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“You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1:31-33

Keith and I just returned from Rome. The Pieta is my favorite piece of art. While tourists are pointing and snapping photos, I work my way through the crowd to stand next to the barrier that separates us from Michelangelo’s meditation in marble. Each year that I’ve returned, I’ve cried or I’ve hugged another woman who could not control the tears.

Mary’s grief became our grief.

I wonder if she was thinking about Gabriel’s proclamation about her son, the One who would be the Son of the Most High, Jesus who would reign on David’s throne.

From a mother’s eyes, I saw a woman who had experienced everything miraculous about her Son, her Savior, her Lord … from His birth, to the turning of water into wine, from raising the dead, to healing the lepers, restoring sight to the blind and song to the deaf. This was the Man who was slated to save Israel. In her lap was her Messiah. Here was all her hope, all her love, all her dreams. Beaten beyond recognition. Dead.

As she holds her Savior, her hand asks “Why?”

Why?

You and I are sinners.

Why?

The cost of our sin is death – complete separation from our Holy God.

Why?

Jesus paid the cost of our sin by living a perfect life and dying in our place – the perfect sacrifice.

Why?

Jesus’ death on the cross cleansed us from our sins and made it possible to live forever with Him – if we become His followers.

Why?

Jesus rose from the dead, conquering death.

Why?

Jesus now sits in heaven at the right hand of God speaking on our behalf when Satan accuses us of sin.

Why?

Jesus loves me. Jesus loves you.

Why?

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

My prayer

Father, thank You for Jesus. Thank You for giving Jesus to the world as our Savior. I pray that You will fill readers with a deeper knowledge and appreciation of Your sacrifice and bring those who do not know You to a saving belief in Jesus. I love You, Lord.

Are you looking into the Gospel like the angels, or are you all in?

Parakeet Peering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look. 1 Peter 1:10-12

I’ve always wondered why the angels long to look into the Gospel. This implies that they don’t comprehend the Gospel.  I’m sure that they can recite the Gospel message. The angels who serve God are holy. They have never broken the Law of God.

I have broken the Law of God. I am a sinner. I have stood ashamed before God. I understand my helpless state. Like Paul, I do what I don’t want to do and neglect acting the way I want to act.

The price for sin is death. Separation from God. Hell.

I deserve eternity in hell.

knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. 1 Peter 1:18-21

From the foundation of the world, Jesus knew that I could not keep the Law. He knew that I could not earn my way to eternity with Him.

From before the creation of the world, Jesus decided that he would pay the price for my sins. For your sins.

That price cost Jesus everything. He shed His glory and entered the world as a baby of poor parents. Forever, Jesus became a man. Jesus roamed this earth for a short season teaching, preaching, healing, and serving.

In darkness He was seized. By firelight, He was denied. In courts, He was illegally tried. In silence, He bore the spittle, beatings, the cursings. In judgment, He was nailed to the cross, pierced through.  In agony, He took on my sins, your sins, my sicknesses, your sicknesses. In relief, He declared “It is finished!”

In hopelessness, His followers buried Jesus.

In victory, Jesus rose from the dead.

In Jesus, the price is paid for my sin, your sin.

In Jesus, I choose to live.

Parakeet in

Are you safe in Him?

My prayer for you:

Father, thank You that we can look into the meaning of the Gospel and understand to a small extent the price You paid to give Your Son to the world, so that we might live eternally with You. Thank You, Jesus, for becoming a man forever and then taking on the world’s sin. You who never knew sin, became sin. Oh, what an eternal price You paid! Thank You. Praise God, Wonderous LOVE!

Are you eating and drinking eternity?

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My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever. John 6:55-58

Outrageous. Radical. Shocking. This One who calls Himself the Son of Man, who claims equality with God, who raised the dead, healed the sick, opened blind eyes, and fed thousands declares that His flesh and blood are food and drink.

The word He uses for “eat” is trōgō, to “gnaw, crunch.” We’re to gnaw upon the flesh, the nature of Jesus. The flesh that was punched by the soldiers. The flesh that was torn from his body as He endured scourging. The flesh that housed God.

‘And any man from the house of Israel, or from the aliens who sojourn among them, who eats any blood, I will set My face against that person who eats blood and will cut him off from among his people. ‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.’ Leviticus 17:10-11

God commanded the Israelites not to drink the blood of animals, for the blood was to be sprinkled on the altar.  Yet, the Son of God tells the Jews to drink His blood.

The Israelites depended on the daily provision of the manna in the desert. Six days a week they gathered the bread from heaven. It gave them life – earthly life.

Gnawing on a piece of steak takes work. My jaws, teeth, tongue, thoughts, fingers, angle that bone up, down, and sideways to tear the remaining strands of steak from the bone. I think that’s what Jesus wants us to do with His flesh, His nature. Gnawing on the essence of our Savior. Gnawing on the body that was broken for us.

The blood that He escorted into the heavenly Holy of Holies and sprinkled on the altar for the forgiveness of our sins once and for all, that blood, we can lift to our lips and drink in deeply. The blood’s cleansing sweetness brings new life to us, eternal life.

Are you abiding in Jesus?

My prayer for you

Our wonderful Savior, teach us how to eat Your flesh and drink Your blood fully. We want to abide in You completely and wholly. Help us break through the limitations we have created in our understanding of You . We invite You to abide in us fully. Thank you, Jesus.