Sunday, December 23, 2007
The Birth of Jesus the Messiah
Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel’,
which means, ‘God is with us.’
When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.
The Visit of the Wise Men
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’ When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
“And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel.” ’
Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’ When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
The Escape to Egypt
Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’ Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I have called my son.’
The Massacre of the Infants
When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:
‘A voice was heard in Ramah,
wailing and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.’
The Return from EgyptWhen Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.’ Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee. There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, ‘He will be called a Nazorean.’
Source: Matthew 1:18-2:23
There are many who believe that there is a “god” who “helps those who help themselves”. Now if they can “help themselves” why do they need help?
There are many “gods”, yet there is only “One True GOD, Father of ALL” and HE will help those who cry unto HIM for help. And all who truly believe in HIM know how “poor and needy” they truly are. And so, just as The Messiah did, they also declare their dependence upon HIM as they cry;
The Declaration of Dependence
And HE helps!
Now the ‘american way’, the worldly way, speaks of ‘independence’. ‘Do your own thing!’ ‘Just do it!” Problem is they serve “the father of lies”, and his version of independence but creates dependence upon him. And oh, how destruction and perversion has multiplied in his evil world and especially in his seductive religious systems, all of which are the product of mankind’s “imag”ination, which he rules.
Sadly, the perverseness of this day is but one ‘fruit’ of the "strong delusion" that those of this world call ‘independence’! She/he’s and he/she’s abound and money rules as multitudes of double-minded men head off to war declaring they do so in the name of “The Prince of Peace”. “If the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness?”
Those same men return to a “home” dominated by ‘independent’ women who have been given legal authority to rule over them and abort(kill) their children. The prophecy of Is 3:12 is fulfilled today for “women rule over, and children oppress, men”.
However, in spite of the dis-order that is of this world, The Order of The ONLY TRUE GOD yet bears witness to HIS Creation: “The Only True GOD is The HEAD of The Messiah, The Messiah is The Head of the man, and the man is the head of the woman”. And those who would pervert The Order of The Only True GOD’ must answer to HIM.
”The Declaration of Dependence” was proclaimed by The Messiah in both His Teachings and His Life example. He was truly dependent and subject unto “The ONLY TRUE GOD” WHO was, and is, The Messiah’s GOD and Father, and WHO was, and is, The GOD and Father of The Messiah’s Brethren.
The Messiah testified, "The words that I speak are not My words but they are the words of The Father WHO sent Me! The works I do are not My works but The Father WHO sent Me, HE does the works"! "Truly, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees The Father do: for what The Father does, the Son does likewise.“ The Messiah testified, “I can do nothing of mine own self”!
The Messiah testified, "Love The Lord your GOD with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, and questioned, "Why do you call Me, Master(Lord), Master(Lord), and do not that which i say"?
Are you now seeking to follow The Messiah? Or are you still a babe in need of “milk” and unable to ‘walk’?
The "sincere milk of the written Testimonies" needful for babes, must give way to the "strong meat" which is given those who have "exercised their senses (after 'drinking' of The Testimonies) in the discernment of that which is good from that which is evil."
Such ‘discernment’ will not reject “suffering as The Messiah suffered” for temporal worldly comforts, ‘discernment’ will not seek to “please man rather than GOD”, will not let intellect rule over the simplicity that is The Truth, nor will ‘discernment’ hearken unto the voice of a woman rather than GOD. Those who exercise ‘discernment’ will not love their own life in this world, or the things that are of this world. ‘Discernment’ will not allow its disciples to color their conscience gray any longer.
Many find reasons to avoid ‘discernment’ for 'discernment' convicts them of "their love for this world and it’s things" which is a byproduct of “independence” ;-(
"Then said The Messiah unto him. A certain man made a great supper, and invited many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were invited, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray you have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I must go to prove them: I pray you have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and told his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring here the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as you have commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, that none of those men which were invited shall taste of my supper.”
“And there went great multitudes with The Messiah: and He turned, and said unto them, If any man come to Me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross, and follow after Me, cannot be My disciple."
The Messiah testified: "As GOD sent Me, so send I you". Those who are ‘sent’ will trust and believe that The ONE GOD, Father of ALL, will “supply all their needs” as HE “works in them HIS Will and good pleasure". They are dependent upon, and subject unto Their GOD and Father, just like their Master(Lord) and Brother, The Messiah was.
And what of this world's religious ways?
The Only True GOD has given HIS Call!
"Come out of her, MY people"!
‘christianity’, ‘islam’, ‘judaism’,.etc., are but religious systems that are of this world and all alike they are. And so it is that the seed of death is sown of their religious ways, because life becomes but a pawn in the wicked game they play!
And you? Do you have your part in their destructive and perverse processes? Are you independent? Or are you dependent upon The Only True GOD, Father of ALL?
There is but confusion and stress(dis-ease, no peace) for those who believe in the imagined systems of ‘order’ established by mankind. Systems that were established in service to the “god of this world” and his “way”. And his “way”, his desire, is to destroy the Creation of The Only True GOD. And mankind’s worldly systems: religious, political, social, economic, judicial, educational,,,, are all systems ordered of mankind to suit “the god of this world’s” purposes, and play their part in his destructive processes. The Only True GOD, Creator of ALL has declared that HE will “destroy them who destroy and pervert HIS Creation(land, air, water, creatures, Truth, Love, Peace, .etc.)”. Most play their part in the destructive processes because of their “love for money” and “ease of life“. Simply, Truth IS, “You can not serve The Only True GOD and money(mammon)”.
There is hope for those who take heed unto The Call of The Only True GOD and “Come Out” of this world and it’s seductive religious systems. Hope for those who “set their affections on things above”, eternal things, heavenly things. Hope because those who do so will quit serving ‘time’ in the prison that is this world.
There is Peace and True Freedom, In Dependence upon The Only True GOD! All HIS Children are dependent upon HIM, and as their Brother and Master, The Messiah, so they also desire above all else, “Father, not my will, But THY Will Be Done”!
Reality, now and forever!
Peace, in spite of the dis-ease(no-peace) that is of this world and it's systems of religion,
"for the WHOLE world is under the control of the evil one" indeed and Truth....... francisco
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