Today Is Savior Day

Have you heard about the Savior of all humankind – those who lived in the past, the present and in the future? God has been telling us about His coming since the time of the Garden of Eden, at which point, we learn that He will be victorious over the devil himself – for our sakes. (Gn. 3:15)

Approximately 3500 years ago, God sends two messages, whereby we learn that this Savior will come to this earth, born of a Jewish mother, and He shall speak for God. (Job 19:25; Dt. 18:18.)

 It was revealed to King David about 3000 years ago that the Savior would be his descendant, and that God would establish His (God directly refers to Him as ‘Son’) kingdom over the entire earth forever. (2 Sam. 7:13, 14; Ps. 2:6.) David also received a vision of His future crucifixion. (Ps. 22:16 – 18.)

 In the time of the prophet Isaiah (740 – 710 B.C.), God spoke to him, which brought the nature of this ‘Savior’ into greater clarity:

 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Is. 7:14 NKJV

 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined. Is. 9:2 NKJV

 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice, from that time forward, even forever. Is. 9:6, 7. NKJV

 Now we’re getting someplace. This Son of God comes to the earth through a virgin birth (so that He is not stained by Adam’s original sin); and He is given to humankind to shine the light of God upon them and free the people from the plague of death. His name is ‘Immanuel,’ which means ‘God is with us’ – alluding to an extremely cohesive relationship to God (see His descriptive ‘Mighty God’ and ‘Everlasting Father’) – again with the eternal kingdom, now seen filled with peace and justice.

Wait! There’s more. God gave Isaiah a passel full of Holy Spirit-inspired insight:

The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. His delight is in the fear of the LORD, and He shall not judge by the sight  of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears; but with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins and faithfulness the belt of His waist. Is. 11:2 – 5. NKJV

 “…You should be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.”  Is. 49:6 NKJV

 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed…and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter… Is. 53:5 – 7. NKJV

God rests His Spirit and power within His Son, who rules His Father’s kingdom with equal authority – lifting up the righteous, but laying the wrath of God’s conviction upon the unrepentant wicked. We also see that the Son of God brings His Father’s salvation to the entire earth.

Part of this process includes the crucifixion of our Savior, who took on the sins of the world through Hid death and resurrection so that its inhabitants may live…

 Jumping forward 700 years, we find the virgin Mary visited by the angel Gabriel:

 Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord will give 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.” Lk. 1:30 – 33. NKJV

 “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you, therefore the child to be born will be called holy – the Son of God.” Lk. 1:35 ESV

Jesus, the Son of God; but you knew that, didn’t you? Another angel confirmed this to Mary’s fiancé:  

“Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Mt. 1:20, 21. ESV

When Mary gives birth, angels appear to shepherds nearby and proclaim:

 “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Lk. 2:29 – 32. ESV

Immediately after Jesus’ birth, the devil began to move against Him. (Rv. 12:3 – 5.) King Herod sent soldiers to kill every male child in Bethlehem, hoping to slay Jesus in the process. However, God directly intervened by sending an angel to Joseph, telling him to get his family out of Israel until the danger passed.

And so, Jesus survived; and as He grew, every single prophecy concerning Him was fulfilled. As a result, Jesus is on the throne of His kingdom, and salvation is now available to everyone who wants it. The world has changed, and it will never be the same – thank God. And, He’s coming back…

Merry Christmas! Today is Savior Day.

 

 

Goodnight and God bless. 

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Remembering Christ in Christmas

It’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the activities associated with the majority of the western world’s concept of Christmas (or the ‘holidays’ as many westerners refer to it), that perpetuates Santa Claus and leads them to losing themselves in the frenetic quest of purchasing the ‘right’ gifts.

The true gift of Christmas is God’s ultimate free bestowal of love to His greatest creations, which is that of the blessed hope of reconciliation with Him, both in this life and for all of eternity – granted to His children through Jesus Christ.

And it’s such a big gift. All we have to do is get out of our own way and remain focused upon the enormity of God ’s love expressed within His purposes for each of us, allowing ourselves to be the spiritual revelation of them as we are promoted, encouraged and expedited in our realization through the power or Christ within us:

I know how to get along and live humbly [in difficult times], and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of [facing life], whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need. I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill HIs purpose – I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infused me with inner strength and confident peace.] Phil. 4:12, 13. AMP

Focusing on the gift keeps us humble, knowing that we are, by ourselves, ineffective in God’s purposes until we recognize, invite, embrace and lay hold of God within us. And within that union, we finally attain a closeness with ourselves that we’ve so desperately sought, through the grace of Christ’s communion with us.

Only in the strength of that kinship can we rise above the fears generated by ourselves from the seeds of our exposure to this world, ascend above a frequent itch that calls us to apologize for who we are and find our fulfillment in the love of our Creator and His Son:

…present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. And do not be confirmed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you]. Rm. 12:1, 2. AMP

This Christmas gift of God’s grace is an offering of unity with Him as His child, which transcends us from what we’ve become to that which He created us to be in the first place – wise, free in His truth, and awakened in our fullest spiritual connection, thus knowing ourselves in Christ, conscious of the nature of God within us.

All in all, we’ve been given a part to play in increasing God’s kingdom by preparing others and ourselves for Christ’s return in the face of a worldly spirit that so desperately fears His coming.

Our Christmas gift has so many loving facets from a God who’s love towards us knows no bounds. Through Christ, He brings our lives to our ultimate fulfillment in Him – in His love, joy and peace as He sheaths us with His image. We are delivered by His grace from who we thought we were, so that we can live the life He meant us to have, through our spirit that is directed by yet another gift, the Holy Spirit.

Let us not also forget the part of the Christmas gift that is the mercy of God, which cleanses us from our sins perpetuated out of ignorance, through the blood of Christ, solely because He loves us so much, so that we can remain in His presence because He put Christ’s righteousness upon you.

All that God asks from you is to surrender yourself to His love. Why? Because He knows that there is no rest for you until you rest in Him.

Thus, we can move away from out old selves and into the living gift of resurrection, forgiveness, acceptance, peace and spiritual perfection…

Goodnight, God bless and Merry Christmas.