Sunday, December 20, 2015

December 20, 2015: For Unto Us

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 353  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Mark Lowry singing singing the precious Christmas song he wrote … Mary Did You Know, declaring the reality of what was prophesied 700 years before Mary’s birth by Isaiah, that her baby would become the great “I AM,” … our Messiah, Who would one day usher in the greatest peace ever seen by man. … and THEN ON TO THIS LINK where a chorus sings a portion of Handel’s great chorus … For Unto Us A Child Was Born.

Highlight Passage:   Isaiah 9: 6a, 7a [NKJV] …  
6a  For unto us a child is born … 7a Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, … 
… His birth rang true for the world in spite of the death knell of sin.
Highlight Context – Isiah 9: 1-7 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
… The prophesy of the birth of Messiah; 700+ years before Mary became the arch of the New Covenant.

Reference Passage #1 - Luke 2: 7a, 13-14 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  
… 700+ years before it happened the bells rang the truth of the birth of our King, Jesus.

Reference Passage #2 - John 16:33 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …  
33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will[a] have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” 
… Yes, the world will produce darkness; but Christ’s light has overcome the darkness of the world.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Tim Gustafson, reminds his readers (me) of some of the great ironies of what this Advent season represents.

 First, we celebrate a humble babe, born in a manger [see photo] during the so-called “Pax Romana,” the time of “Roman Peace,” which actually represented one of the most violent and repressive times of slavery in man-kind’s history. And this little babe was born a “KING,”prophesied 700+ years earlier by Isaiah to be the Messiah, … and as Mark Lowry sings in the song linked above, … the “great I AM!” And Isaiah went on to prophesy (see Isiah 9 above) that this little baby would someday rule eternally over the greatest peace known to mankind, a time when the Name of God, would become “the Prince of Peace.” (And to take in that musical truth, meditate on that portion of Handel’s Oratorio linked above.)

 And who would guess that this baby KING, born in a manger, would one day be crowned with thorns and ignominiously crucified on a cross? Oh, the irony of this birth, and then His humiliating death, which brought about eternal life for anyone who would believe on the thorn-crowned Messiah, and the babe, Who is celebrated during this Advent Season.

 But now we celebrate the birth of our King, Jesus! … And as part of Handel’s Oratorio refrains, … “For unto us a child is born, … unto us a Son is given …” … HALLELUJAH!!!

My Prayer Today:  Heavenly Father, … Yes, Hallelujah, Lord!! … Your Son was born to die that I may live with You forever!!! … Amen  

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