Monday, July 04, 2011
A Blessed 4th of July To Everyone! From our house to yours: Have fun and a safe celebration. Give God all the glory!
PRAYER: "Blessed Father, Gracious God! It is always Your will for us to be joyful, to pray often, and to give thanks to You for all circumstances we face. Show us how to always do Your will so we may be pleasing unto You. Help us to remember to do your will joyfully, even when we do not see an answer to our prayers. We know that You are greater than anything we face, no matter what is happening in our life. Enable us to remember that Your will for us is always in Christ Jesus, our Lord, and that all spiritual blessings are in Him. Let us therefore come before Your throne of grace with humble spirits and grateful hearts. This we ask and pray in the blessed name of Jesus our Savior and Redeemer, Amen!"
MESSAGE: A Portrait of Jesus In John's Gallery!
1. We are about to walk away from the first portrait when we notice something else in that portrait that catches our eye.
a. John 1:14 says, "And the WORD was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth".
b. This verse is one of the clearest in all scripture about the INCARNATION OF THE WORD (Jesus Christ).
c. We see therefore, the MANNER OF HIS INCARNATION.
1. How could God become a man? This is a mystery! And WHY?
2. The answers can be found only in God's mind, but this we know:
a. God chose a virgin named Mary.
b. He caused her to conceive miraculously and bring forth a baby boy.
c. When Jesus was born, God came to man.
d. His motive was LOVE for us.
2. PICTURE THIS! Somehow, the WORD became FLESH, even though Jesus existed before the creation; yet, He took upon himself a covering of flesh in Bethlehem. The Creator was born to the creature of His creation. He placed His life in the hands of mortal man. And almost immediately, they sought to kill Him. The life of Jesus is no longer in the hands of mortal man, but the life of mortal man is now in the hands of Jesus. Where do you stand?
To Be Continued Tomorrow!
May God help us to believe the mysteries we do not understand by faith and the WORD.
In His Grace and Truth, Vic.