Capernaum

March 27

“And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali…” (Matthew 4:13)

In my studies for “The Red-Letters” – Thoughts on the Words of Jesus (@ the HeartSeekerblog.wordpress.com [shameless plug!]) I keep running into a fact that captures my interest.

Out of all the towns, villages, and cities in all of Israel, Jesus chose to make Capernaum His home. Why??

I have come to discover that God does nothing without a purpose. So there must be a really good reason behind Capernaum as Jesus’ choice for the homebase of His ministry in Galillee.

capernaum map

Not only was Capernaum a thriving little village (located on the Sea of Galillee) but I discovered that it’s very name was tremendously significant.

Capernaum, in Hebrew, means: “Village of Comfort.”

If we understand anything about Jesus we know that He came to fulfill God’s promise of the Messiah – and as the Savior of all the world’s people.

In those days, there was no New Testament (the New Covenant had not yet been established) so people had to glean their information about the Messiah from “the Law and the prophets” (what we know as the Old Testament).

One of the primary sources for this Messianic information came through the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 53 is a phenomenally accurate look at the Messiah as the suffering Servant). But there are other very significant passages.

In “The Red-Letters” we just talked about how Jesus came as the fullfillment of Isaiah 61:1-2, and how that pronouncement got Him into such trouble.

But one of the more important passages of Messianic fulfillment occurs in Isaiah 40:1-2… “’Comfort, comfort My people,’ says your God. ‘Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her forced labor has been completed, her iniquity has been pardoned…’”

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Isaiah prophesied that Messiah would come as the initiator of divine comfort – for all those in captivity to sin, and in bondage to fear and hopelessness. He came to fulfill the promise of “Comfort, comfort…” made by God Himself.

He came to turn our sorrow into joy, our grief into celebration, and our bondage into freedom. He came to BE the relief that our souls desperately needed – and He came to offer Himself as the guarantee of divine help.

In short: “the God of all comfort” (2Corinthians 1:3) came to us (in Jesus) and made divine comfort the goal of His work on our behalf.

So it makes perfect sense that the One Who came to bring God’s comfort to our weary souls would choose His homebase in the “Village of Comfort.”

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A Day of Loss…

March 1

This week brought one of the saddest of days for our household. We had to say “goodbye” to our Golden Retriever, Daisy.

Daisy Doo

I’m the type of person who believes that each episode of our lives can teach us something… if we are willing to take notice, we can learn valuable lessons. Even in the death of a beloved family pet.

It only seems like yesterday we were holding Daisy (as a puppy – and choosing her over the big snuggly boy) and teaching her all the “rules of the household.” She was a great student – learned what was “right and wrong” so quickly. And lived out her 12+ years with a keen notion to please us. She was a faithful and endearing companion. She loved her family… and her family loved her.

There was nothing particularly special about Daisy. She didn’t do tricks. She never won any prizes or competed in any shows. But she was always there to meet you at the door (with one of her “babies” [toys] in mouth) to make you feel like you were the most important person on earth. She never met a person she didn’t like – often (when on our walks) she would take off running to greet total strangers (who weren’t real certain if her intention was to befriend them… or end them!)

She was gentle. Good-natured. Loved to eat (she was a big gal!) …and loved being “scratched” behind the ears (honestly, she could go for hours!).

Lessons to be learned…

* Make people, not things or success, your center of attention. Daisy was always wanting to be near people (especially her people). She was outgoing, kind, and just had a welcoming presence about her. Those qualities alone are some of the highest and best to which any of us could aspire.

* Make a difference in your little world. When Daisy passed there were probably only a handful of people that mourned her loss – but those of us who mourned cried buckets of tears because of the place she had gained in our hearts. So often in life we want to be somebody. Woo the masses. Become someone to so many – that we miss the importance of just making a difference in the lives of those around us. We can get so caught up in trying to impress the world that we miss the vital importance of just making a lasting impression on those around us.

* Life is so fleeting – cherish those around you. Death has a way of reminding us just how important life is… and how precious are those people in our lives. Treasure your “loved ones.” You just never know how much time you may have with those in your life. Spend time with them. It doesn’t even have to be doing anything particularly special – just be with them, and love on them in all the small ways.

* (In this life) Death is final. There is something so sorrowful in a creature’s last breath. But we all know we are going to be there someday. Death brings down the curtain on our opportunities to make our lives count for something worthwhile. We each have just one lifetime to fulfill what our Creator created us to do – and we never know how much time we have. There is a line in one of my favorite songs (linked at the end of this post) that rings so true about what truly matters in this life: What we give is all we have, How we love is what will last.” These are the things that are foundational to a life well-lived.

* Live to please the Master. Daisy’s best quality was her obedience. She lived to do what was pleasing to us – even when she might want to do something else. In so many ways, I think that is what God is seeking in us… a simple trust and a willing obedience. These are really the nature of Biblical faith.

I have often wondered if dogs go to heaven – or if our beloved animals will be there waiting for us. I have heard it said that if it is important to us… it will be there in heaven for us. I hope that is true. When I pass from this life, I sure hope that Daisy is there with toy in mouth waiting for me. I’d like to just take a few hundred years and scratch behind her ears just one more time…

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The Afters… “This Life”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLhu-T8OBEA

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Lessons from a Royal Official

This is a follow-up piece to this week’s work on… theHeartSeekerBlog.wordpress.com

February 22

In chapter 4 of his gospel, John records a powerful account (vs. 46-54).

royal-officialSummarizing… a man (identified only as a “royal official” in Capernaum) has a sick son who ebbs near death. In desperation, the official hears about Jesus (a man who can do miracles) and makes the 20-mile journey to Cana… to beg Jesus to come and heal his dying son. Upon finding Jesus, and making his plea, Jesus sends him back home – offering only the encouraging words: “Go, your son will live.” The official takes Jesus at His word, and returns home.

Along the way back, he meets his servants… running to greet him with the wonderful news that his son is recovering – and is no longer in mortal danger.

The account ends with the stunning realization that the son began to get better at exactly the time that Jesus spoke the words to the official (4:52). John concludes with telling his readers the other wonderful news about the official… “and he himself believed (in Jesus) and all his household.” (v. 53)

I offer a couple of lessons for us to learn through this miraculous account.

1) If we seek God in earnest… we will find Him. The official in this story knew only that Jesus was seen in the vicinity of Cana. He did not know exactly where… or if he was still there. But he had only one hope… the God of Heaven who was doing mighty works through this Man – and he would not return until he had exhausted every possibility of finding Him.

Sometimes, we all have to ask ourselves about our passion for God. To what lengths would we go to gain His touch in our lives. God is always there. He is always available to any of us. But He seems to desire that we amp up our desire for Him before we are able to encounter Him in the fullness of His goodness. Scripture is abundant with admonitions to seek after God – but we can forget the important caveat… we need to seek with ALL our hearts.

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Anything less than engaging our whole hearts only reveals that we feel that God is merely supplemental to our lives. The royal official had no other hope… find God or else. True faith is relentless in pursuing the Object of our hope.

2) God answers us in His way, on His terms. The royal official went to find Jesus and compel Him to come and heal his son. But Jesus refused to go with Him. Instead, He offered the hopeless man only a few brief words. But they were words spoken by the One Who spoke all things into existence (Col. 1:16). Words of infinite and unrelenting power.

The official did not argue or complain about Jesus’ method (though it certainly did not meet his expectations). Instead, he took Jesus at His word – and returned in the faith that Jesus’ words (spoken from twenty miles away) were enough.

It is often easy for us to convince ourselves that we know what God needs to do for us. Our prayers can often reflect our will… and the way we want for God to work in our lives. But true prayer seeks only the will of God – and the Heart behind that will. And humbly accepts God at His word.

Take at His Word

There are many other lessons we could learn – but the main lesson is that Jesus is the answer to all of life – not just to our problems.

The same Jesus Who created all things, and died for us, seeks to invest His Life into us.

IF we will only seek Him with a true expression of our whole-hearted faith.

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The Light?

February 1

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” (Jesus – John 3:19)

In Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus, Our Savior talks about many important issues – jesus-nicodemusbeing “born again,” seeing and experiencing the kingdom of God, judgment of our sins, and what is required for us to believe in Him. But at the very heart of the matter is the all-important matter of the heart.

The key concern for each of us is whether we will embrace the Light or remain in our darkness. These are the issues that resound from the core of our being – and become what determines if we will turn from all our vain attempts at being “good” people – and turn to the One Who came to secure our righteousness with His selfless sacrifice.

In my companion piece (at theHeartSeekerBlog.wordpress.com), I made the observation that it is human nature to prefer darkness to Light. We so often tend to value human opinion over God’s viewpoint – and value our own reasonings to the One Whose reason is absolute truth.

Jesus came to tell us that our deep desire to hang on to darkness and refuse to embrace the Light is the verdict that condemns us to an eternity of separation from God. We, as human beings, are too proud to let go of what we want to think, say, and do… to lay hold of what God thinks, says, and does.

In a very real sense, God sends no one to hell – those who will go there… choose to go there themselves… simply because they prefer darkness to light.

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When Jesus speaks of Light, He speaks first-Hand. He is God, telling us what is absolutely true. Often, we do not like what He has to say – but the only path to find what Jesus has come to offer us, is by accepting Him at His Word.

He came to be the Light of the World. This means that He came to show us (and tell us) one very essential thing… God’s viewpoint.

When Jesus speaks, He is telling us God’s thoughts and God’s truth. When Jesus acts, He is showing us God’s ways and God’s Heart.

Jesus IS the full and complete expression of the Living God – so we can see God and know Him as He really is (see John 1:1-4).

And what do we see? We see a deep and profound love for all human beings – even for people that may not have their act together… or people who oppose and mock Him. We see Someone Who has time for “the least” and the “rejected.” Someone Who accepts people whom society can only see as morally (or religiously) unacceptable.

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And Someone Who would willingly be tortured to death for EVERY person on earth… past, present, and future.

It is also WHY Jesus is the only way to God. He is not only the Light… He is the Source of all Light.

Irregardless of what any human might think or say…

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Water into Wine

This is a companion piece to my work going on at: theHeartSeekerblog.wordpress.com…

January 21

“(Turning water into wine), the first of His signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and revealed His glory. And His disciples believed in Him.” (John 2:11)

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The Bible tells us that turning water into wine was Jesus’ very first miracle. John called it a “sign” – not just an event that was impossible… but an event that was proof of Who Jesus was – God with us!

Just for educational purposes, it is important to note a few facts about this first miracle…

* This was an orthodox Pharisee wedding reception – as evidenced by the “stone water pots” mentioned, and their purpose was for ceremonial hand cleansing (an emphasis of the Pharisees).

* The pots were about 2-3 liters apiece. Many English translations wrongly describe the water pots as 20-30 gallons apiece. But this size would be nearly impossible to carry (made of stone, and filled with 160/240 pounds of water!). Archaeologists have found many of these stone water pots (from this time period) in various digs to verify their size.

* To run out of wine at a wedding celebration is a profound embarrassment – that reflects very unfavorably on the host (and all in charge!).

* Also, most English translations give the appearance that Jesus is annoyed and (quite frankly) rude to His mother – when she asked Him to do something about the fact that the party had no more wine. Actually, given her authority over the servants, Mary was apparently in a position of responsibility which merited Jesus’ more respectful response of (something like): “My lady, this is not my concern – but of those who are higher on the guest list than I.”

* After some discussion (Moms do have a way with their kids), Mary commands the servants to do “whatever He tells you.” Jesus tells the servants to fill the pots to the rim (according to Talmudic tradition) and then draw out some water and take it to the master of the feast (most always the Head Rabbi of the community).

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* Upon tasting the water-turned-into wine, the master of the feast declares it superior to anything they have been drinking up to this point. He comments on how curious (borderline offensive) this is…

What do we learn from this first miraculous sign?

Jesus has power over nature – and the ability to take the common and make it extraordinary. We learn that drinking alcohol is not wrong or immoral (in spite of what some churches may teach) and all things given by God are for our enjoyment (in their proper context and within limits). We learn that Jesus cares about people, first and foremost – even when their own mistakes may deserve their just rewards.

And most importantly, we see that Jesus’ disciples made the connection between Jesus and Who He really was. Up to this point, Jesus was just the Teacher, the professed “Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world,” the One Whom John the Baptist had declared to be worthy of their time and attention. This was the first real evidence that Jesus was more than just a man – that He could do things that could only be attributed to God.

It was the first time, but not the last time, Jesus would offer such convincing proof…

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Temptation Foundation

January 11

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.” (1John 2:16)

Most of us know this, but it is good to be reminded… there are really only three ways in which we are ever tempted.

The temptation of the flesh (our physical desires). The temptation of our eyes (wanting things that we see). And the temptation of pride (elevating our own self-importance).

As we recall, way back in the Garden… this was the tempter’s tactic with Eve.

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As Eve was considering whether or not to give in to the tempter’s ploy, Genesis records her thoughts: “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was a delight to the eyes, and desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate…” (3:6) The devil appealed to her flesh, her eyes, and her pride. We all know (and are living in!) the rest of the story.

We may also recall that this was the tempter’s same approach with Jesus in the wilderness. He appealed to His physical needs (flesh). He showed Him all the kingdoms of the earth (eyes). And, because He was too important to die, He tried to goad Him into throwing Himself off the highest point of the temple (pride).

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Every temptation is a version of one of these three things – but, ultimately, all of them boil down to one… who will be “calling the shots” of our lives = who gets to be God?

The tempter’s schemes are simple, but effective. They allow him to keep a tight rein on this world’s people.

The sad thing is that it also allows him unwarranted access into the lives of many Christians.

Think about our addictions.

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They are our bodies calling the shots. Ruling over us – and our decisions to give in to them strengthens their hold over us. It is a vicious, never-ending circle. Our fleshly desires can be a relentless beast!

Think about our ambitions.

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“Climb the ladder of success. Get to the top. Assert yourself. Eat that “other dog” before you are eaten. Be somebody – no matter who you may have to trample to get there. Make yourself important.”

Think about our attractions (what we see daily).

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The entire commercial industry is based on getting us to see something “awesome” and getting us to want it… no matter the cost. We can’t watch TV (or go to the movies for that matter) without being inundated with “get this, be that, take control of your life – you can’t live without it.”

We often forget who is behind all this. He doesn’t have to be smart – as long as he is subtle. Get us to think how he wants us to think. Get us to reject the thoughts of the One Who made us – Who is always right and true.

And I’m just talking about us… God’s people. We aren’t even really talking about the people of this world. He doesn’t even really have to work on them… they’ve already bought in – because all those three lusts… are just human nature.

We need to challenge ourselves, as Christians, to live in the freedom Jesus has provided – freedom from the lies and deceptions of the enemy of God. And freedom IN the deliverance that Jesus won for us at the cross.

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And we need to become people of the Word again. So we can meet every temptation of the enemy just as our Liberator met them… “It is written!”

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Humbling and Testing

This is a companion piece to my post on theHeartseekerblog.wordpress.com…

January 4

Have you ever wondered why we all go through times when our world is shaken – or God seems to be absolutely disinterested in what you are going through?

We all have. And some of us go through way more than others.

But each of us go through times (or seasons) in what seems like an endless wilderness.

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We wonder… “Isn’t God supposed to keep me out of such times and places? Why is He so indifferent to my pain? How could He just have left me here?”

These are difficult issues. But the Bible does give us answers to such questions.

Our understanding comes when we ponder a passage from Deuteronomy 8 (Yeah, I know it’s the Old Testament, but bear with me).

Moses is addressing the people of Israel. They have been wandering around in the wilderness for forty years – and now they are finally ready to go into the promised land and commence to being what God had called them to be.

moses and the people

Moses declares: “Remember that these forty years the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness, so that He might humble you and test you in order to know what was in your heart…” (Deuteronomy 8:2)

Bottom line… the wilderness is for humbling and testing – that our hearts may be ready for the fullness of God’s plans for us.

Let’s think about humbling and testing for a bit…

Humbling is to bring us to a place of complete and utter reliance upon God. It is not pleasant. We are humbled to get us to the end of our own resources and strength – so we will give God His proper place… so we will KNOW that we must rely on Him alone as our provider and strength.

Testing is what it takes to challenge that commitment of reliance. It is the proof of what we say we believe. Belief that is untested… is not real belief.

Sometimes we forget that God is committed to bringing us each into the fullness of His plans for us. And if we really grasp that, then we must also grasp that God’s commitment to us will contain times when we will be humbled and tested.

Maybe it’s a difficult time in our lives. Or a loss. Or a heartbreak. Or a season when we are parched and aching from so much “desert” time. You know… the times when we feel like God is nowhere to be found – and could care less about our struggles.

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It is those times that reveal the true condition of our hearts… and of our commitment to what we say we believe.

We don’t like it… but we NEED those times. If we never have them, there is just too much of us in all we do. And God loves us too much to leave us to ourselves. He is building something within us. Something that closely resembles Himself. And the only way to that place is through the humbling and testing points of our lives.

So if you are going through something that you don’t quite understand, know this: The God Who bought and paid for you, will never abandon you – look to Him in your season of need and fix your heart and mind on His faithfulness.

Even in the wilderness, He is always with you!

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Fulfilling Righteousness

Also posted at… TheHeartseekerBlog.wordpress.com

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January 3

“It is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” (Jesus – Matthew 3:15)

John was all the rage. Hoards of people came out to see his gig daily.

Listening intently. Feeling their hearts moved. To seek God. To re-commit their lives to serving him wholeheartedly.

J the B preaching

Many of them found themselves in the waters of the Jordan – longing to be cleansed, made afresh and anew. Yearning for their past failures and missteps to be washed away. Being publicly baptized to demonstrate their eagerness to renew their faith in the One true God.

There was the overwhelming sense of something extraordinary in the air.

Then The day came. The one John was always preaching about. Messiah was coming… riding on the voice of the one who was sent to prepare the way. The Messiah that the whole nation had been hoping and longing to see. The One, John declared,  whose footwear he was unworthy to untie.

The One was standing in the Jordan! Along with all the other penitent sinners who were seeking cleansing and consecration. John recognized Him – and then something stirred so deeply in his heart… that unworthiness… a deep sense of being undone.

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“Why are you here?” John pleaded… “I need to be baptized by you… and do you come to me?”

John was right. The One Who is greater should baptize the lesser. It’s how it always should be. And the Messiah should humble Himself to no one!

But Jesus’ words surprised John – and even as He spoke them, John knew His words rang true.

“Let it be so now. For it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”

Jesus wasn’t concerned about appearances. He wasn’t mindful of status. Or pecking order. Or what others might think.

All that mattered was righteousness. Doing what God would do. Doing what was right. At all times. Always.

And what was right was for the Messiah to be consecrated for service.

Jesus didn’t need to be cleansed that day. He had no sin. He needed the world to know that He was sent with special orders – to love humanity, to serve humanity, to bring the Kingdom of God to where that Kingdom was lacking… or missing altogether. Jesus had come under divine orders.

And proper servants of the Most High, needed to be consecrated into that service. Publicly. Before all persons. Humbled. Anointed. Called to pour out One’s self for the good of all others.

And so it happened. John plunged Jesus beneath those consecrating waters…

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How did God respond to such an eagerness for righteousness?..

“This is My beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased!”

Jesus' baptism

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Words of Spirit and Life

happy new year

January 1, 2019

“The words I have spoken to you–they are full of the Spirit and life.” (Jesus – John 6:63)

New beginings are all about new priorities. New ways of looking at things. New directions. New focus.

As each year begins anew, so many people look at their lives… identify their weaknesses and shortcomings… and seek for new solutions in the coming year.

We call them New Year’s resolutions…

New Year's Resolutions

For most folks, their “resolve” lasts about three weeks. Then it’s back to the same old person, with the same old issues, the same old problems – and another year of life stuck in that rut that becomes who we are throughout the year.

While there are a few people (very few!) who have iron wills and can will their way into a better (improved!) “you” – most of us just do not have what it takes to better ourselves (or, at least, make ourselves into a better version of what we have always been). Still we try… year after year… until we realize the futility of it all – and just settle in to that Popeye philosophy…

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Caught somewhere between hopeless and helpless – we just deal with it… and make everyone around us deal with it as well.

But a vital truth remains… we know we should be better – and we are haunted by the fact that what we are is never what we could be.

What we all need is something from beyond ourselves. A power and ability that does not come from our own limited resources (and will).

We don’t often think about it, but Jesus came into this world not just to die for us… but to live for us. To show us what we all can be – and to tell us how we could all get there.

The Bible tells us…

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God’s fullest expression of His Person – right here among us. Living our kind of life. Facing our kind of issues. Tempted just as we are – yet, always (without fail) victorious over everything that drags us back into the dust of our struggles.

Jesus came to lead us out of the “best” that humanity can do – into the best that He can do. And, amazingly, we are the focus of His attention… and affection.

Jesus came bringing us words directly from Heaven – “full of spirit and life…” to liberate us from everything that keeps us constantly shackled to our lesser selves.

If we will listen. If we will heed what He says. If we will trust Him at His words.

His promise is abundantly true… the “fullness of life” (Jn. 10:10) is found in the One Who is “the way, the truth, and the life” (Jn. 14:6) – and the best thing that any of us can do is take the time to make Jesus, and His words, the centerpiece of our lives.

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This year I will be spending the majority of my time studying, applying, and writing about Jesus’ words to us. These thoughts will be covered in my other site…

theHeartseekerblog.wordpress.com

I invite you to come along with me… as we reflect on the words that are spirit and life!

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He Came…

Christmas Day      December 25

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He didn’t come to us as a warrior…

though He came to do battle against the darkness of our lives.

He didn’t come to us as a conqueror…

though He came to vanquish our hearts.

He didn’t come to us as a contestant…

though He came to win our complete trust.

He didn’t come to us as a thief…

though He came to steal away our sin.

He didn’t come to us as a doctor…

though He came to heal us — body and soul.

He didn’t come to us as a wise man…

though He came to impart His unparalleled wisdom.

He didn’t come to us as a teacher…

though He came to teach us things of heaven and earth

He didn’t come to us as a philosopher…

though He came to tell us what is actually true.

He didn’t come to us as a prophet…

though He came to speak God’s words into our lives.

He didn’t come to us as a judge…

though He came to condemn our sins.

He didn’t come to us as a guide…

though He came to lead us to walk on the path of righteousness

He didn’t come as a priest…

though He came to bring unconditional pardon for our sins.

He didn’t come to us as an architect…

though He came to unfold the blueprint of our lives.

He didn’t come to us as an artist…

though He came to create something masterfully beautiful in our lives.

He didn’t come to us as a builder…

though He came to construct something magnificent in us.

He didn’t come to us as a lawyer…

though He came to be the advocate for our souls.

He didn’t come to us as anything we might have imagined… or in any way that would have made more logical sense…

But He came to us as a baby.

Helpless. Defenseless. Unthreatening. Dependent. Tender. Welcoming.

To draw us near to Him. To smile at Him. To want to hold Him. To look upon Him with hope, and love, and joy.

To see the wonder of life. Afresh and anew.

To look upon the Face of God…

And realise… the lengths to which He would go to bring us the fullest expression of His love…

baby Jesus

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