Monday, December 21, 2015

December 21, 2015: He Is “I AM”

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 354

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 Lauren Dangle sings her poignant contemporary Christmas offering … Noel, declaring the reality of whom, in reality, was found in that manger on the first Christmas. … He was/is the great I AM.

Highlight Passage:   John 6:38 [NKJV] …  
38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 
… Jesus states His mission; but His Disciples didn’t get it.
Highlight Context – John 6:32-40 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
… Jesus declare WHO He is; but His followers didn’t understand.

Reference Passage #1 - Luke 2: 7-14 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
... Ultimate truth was seen in the birth of our King, Jesus, … the great I AM.

Reference Passage #2 - John 6:35; 8:12; 10:9; 10:11; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Seven times in John’s Gospel Jesus declares “I AM;” and we must believe HE IS to follow Him into Heaven.

Reference Passage #3 - Philippians 2:6-11 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Who Jesus was/is forevermore!!

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, David C McCasland, had a very poignant devotional entry in this morning’s ODB. And I would advise those who want to be touched by this author to use the link below and meditate on his entry. However, what McCasland wrote today took me in a slightly different direction than the author’s, causing me to ask the most important question anyone can ask - and must answer - in this Advent Season.

And that question is … WHO REALLY WAS THAT BABE IN A MANGER? Because God’s word, and even more importantly, Jesus, was really quite clear on the matter. In the Apostle John’s gospel account, Jesus, on seven occasions, in seven different ways [see the links above] reported that He, the One Who was born in that manger scene depicted in Luke, Chapter 2 (linked above), is the “I AM” which God declared to Moses from that burning bush.

 Now, if one is to be a disciple of Jesus, as The Lord was trying to get His inner 12 to believe during His walk on earth, we must truly believe - deep in our hearts - that Jesus is Whom He declared Himself to be - i.e., GOD! And in so believing, we will find what He declared to Nicodemus that night in the garden … eternal life [I’m sure you know the truth of John 3: 16-17]?

 So, will you join me this Christmas in seeing that babe in a manger as the one He was to His mother, Mary? … GOD incarnate!!! … Please take in the two songs above; and I pray you will join me in worshipping the great I AM this Christmas … and forevermore!!!

My Prayer Today:  Heavenly Father, … Yes, Noel, Noel!!! … My Lord!! … You are THE I AM; and we worship You in the manger, on that cross, and as You sit on Your throne in Heaven … forevermore. … Amen  

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