Sunday, June 05, 2016

June 5, 2016: High and Lifted Up

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 157

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir singing, … Worthy Is The Lamb, worshipfully declaring how Jesus overcame all the glory of Rome to give mankind all the glory of God in defeat of death and sin.

Highlight Passage:  John 17:3 [NKJV] …
3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 
… And Jesus prayer His own prayer before His sacrifice for glory on the cross.
Highlight Context – John 17:1-5 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Jesus prays that His sacrifice would bring glory to His Father in Heaven.

Reference Passage #1 - Revelation 5:11-13 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… All Heaven will worship the Lamb of God, Who was slain for the glory of the Father.

My Journal for Today:  … Our Daily Bread author, Mart DeHaan, wrote about the history of the greatness and glory which once was Rome. . He wrote: The glory of the Roman Empire offered an expansive backdrop for the birth of Jesus. In 27 bc Rome’s first emperor, Caesar Augustus, ended 200 years of civil war and began to replace rundown neighborhoods with monuments, temples, arenas, and government complexes. According to Roman historian Pliny the Elder, they were “the most beautiful buildings the world has ever seen.” Yet even with her beauty, the Eternal City and its empire had a history of brutality that continued until Rome fell. Thousands of slaves, foreigners, revolutionaries, and army deserters were crucified on roadside poles as a warning to anyone who dared to defy the power of Rome. 

And what - or rather WHO - was it which ultimately caused the greatness of Rome to crumble. It was The Lamb of God Who was slain on one of those common crosses just out side of Jerusalem by the Roman soldiers. And now, over 2000 years later, Whom do we worship as the Lord and Savior of mankind; … not the greatness of Rome, or any other power on earth, for that matter; … but the worthiness of the Lamb?!

And today, in reading the overture of Jesus’ Priestly prayer [see John 17] … offered up to His Heavenly Father hours before His death on the cross, I read of how His death was about to bring down the glory of Rome and offer up the glory of the Father to mankind.

Oh yes, my dear one, as the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir sings (linked above) … “WORTHY IS THE LAMB!!!” ... And may be worship Him this day for His greatness and glory.

My Prayer Today:  O, Heavenly Father, … We come on this Sabbath to worship Your glory. Amen

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