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Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
We are approaching another New Year. Soon, 2011 will be but a memory and 2012 will unfold with promise. The question is, what will you be in this New Year?
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There are many meanings that may be derived from the CHRISTmas holiday. The birth of the Savior, the fulfillment of prophecy, peace on earth, and goodwill towards men are all pertinent aspects. However, there is one more that deserves a more detailed treatment.
Emmanuel – God With Us. Isaiah 7:14 describes Him thusly:
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
God With Us. Give that a minute to sink in! God was with man at creation but sin separated the two. For many generations, God was apart from man. Imagine the sorrow of a loving Father separated from His children! This was God’s great sorrow; He is a Holy God and cannot abide in the presence of sin. Therefore, God had to be separated from that which He loved the most so that His holiness would not be compelled to destroy His crowning creation.
God wrapped Himself in human flesh…but why? One reason was that Jesus needed to be the perfect sacrifice; He had to be conceived of seed that was not tainted by sin. An imperfect man could neither be the sacrifice nor a spirit being. The sacrifice had to be fully man – because man had (Genesis 1:26-28) and lost (Genesis 3) dominion – and fully God, for the perfection of the seed and the perfection of the saints.
But wait – as they say in infomercials – there’s more! For parents reading this, rewind to when your children were toddlers. You often gave instruction from a seated or standing posture, but when you really wanted them to understand your will – or for you to understand their perspective, you would kneel down to their level.
Jesus was God, Himself, kneeling down to our level! Through the Person of Jesus, God was tempted as we are, to know joy and sorrow as we do, and, most of all, to taste death as humans do. Like a loving Father, He stooped down to our level to instruct us and to gain our perspective!
So in this Holiday season, remember that Jesus is, indeed, the reason for the season. But know that your Heavenly Father ordained the birth of His most precious gift to be given as a sacrifice so that mankind could be reconciled to Himself. It is through the chastisement of our peace (Isaiah 53:5) that peace on earth and goodwill toward men is possible because the conflict between sinful man and Holy God was reconciled once and for all in the Person of Jesus Christ
© 2011 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)
Jesus Wasn't Poor
The Magi (and there weren’t necessarily THREE) brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh; all of which were precious, costly commodities (Matthew 2:11).
I’m going somewhere with this…
Joseph went to Bethlehem to be counted in a census and TO PAY HIS TAXES; y’all hear me, you don’t pay taxes on nothing! The situation was not that there was no money for Mary and Joseph’s lodging, rather ALL THE HOTELS WERE BOOKED!
I’m gonna get there, y’all stay with me…
God told Joseph to take his wife and son into Egypt to hide from Herod (Matthew 2:12-13). Now, recalling from the Exodus, Egypt was about 8 days walk from Canaan – you need provision for the journey…and that costs MONEY.
And while Joseph, Mary, and Jesus were in Egypt, they needed sustenance until Joseph could get a job!
I submit to you, the cash value of the gifts of the Magi would have provided ample means to make all this possible. Remember, God does not give vision without sending provision!
Thanks for staying with me – we’ve hit our destination: Jesus wasn’t poor!
Jesus’ poverty was this: he came from Heaven and it’s infinite resources to finite earth. In that context, even if he came to earth as a billionaire, he’d have still became poor for our sakes (2 Corinthians 8-9)! Contrary to popular belief, Jesus was not a poor, vagabond, itinerant minister. He was acknowledged as a Rabbi or Teacher, and his garments were costly enough that Roman soldiers cast lots for them (Matthew 27:35).
Now don’t misunderstand me, We are here to minister (serve) as Jesus did. That’s so clear a blind man could see it! The point is that folks try to say Jesus was poor to equate poverty with piety – and that is absolute rubbish. Likewise wealth does not equate to sin. We need to change our traditional paradigms to line up with Scripture!
Bonus information: Joseph, Mary, and Jesus went into Egypt to hide from Herod. Herod sent soldiers into Egypt looking for the Christ child. In order to successfully hide, perhaps they had to look like the natives.
Give that a minute to sink in!
Merry CHRISTmas, y’all!
Hi my name is Prophetess Shaneen Bonner, and I just moved to Los Angeles, Ca. I have a radio broadcast on KTYM 1460 every Wednesday @6:45 pm Inglewood, Ca.
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Iran delaying decision on fate of Christian pastor
Court rules verdict won't come for another year
An Iranian court has said it will delay a final verdict on the case of imprisoned Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani for a year.
Previous reports said that Nadarkhani's case – he's accused of leaving Islam and could be sentenced to death – would be decided in mid-December by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Sayyed Khameini. Khameini has not announced a decision.
Pastor Nadakhani was arrested and convicted of apostasy in 2009 for allegedly leaving Islam, a charge he denied by saying that he was never a Muslim.
International Christian Concern's Aidan Clay says the delay in a decision is a careful but deliberate decision by Iran's judiciary.
"Recent reports indicate that the presiding judge over Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani's case was ordered by the head of the judiciary to postpone the announcement of Youcef's verdict for another year, meaning Youcef will remain in prison," Clay said.
Clay adds that even a month ago, the Iranians were promising a decision by the middle of this month.
"Only a month ago, the court said it would make a decision by mid-December. The court had handed the decision over to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, following fervent international pressure in October. Whether or not Khamenei made a decision is not known, but the verdict that was expected to be announced in the coming days has instead been put off once again," Clay said.
Clay believes the real reason for the delay is that the Iranians are hoping human rights groups will forget about the Iranian pastor.
"Undoubtedly, authorities are hoping that the international community will forget about Youcef altogether. However, up until now, that has not been the case as international attention continues to grow. On December 9, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for Youcef’s immediate and unconditional release," Clay said.
"Her statement followed the demands of others, including Britain, Canada, France, Mexico, and a European Parliament resolution. Groups like the ACLJ have done an outstanding job by acquiring hundreds of thousands of signatures on a petition to raise awareness of Youcef’s plight," Clay said.
"There is no doubt that the considerable amount of attention on the case has played a vital role in keeping Youcef alive," Clay said.
Clay believes the Iranians will use the time to accomplish their main objective – to get the pastor to deny his faith.
"Iranian authorities will clearly use the lengthened imprisonment and the extensive amount of pressure it entitles to attempt to persuade Youcef to recant his Christian faith," Clay said.
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