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I Wanta Write A BooK—What Next?

Hey all!!

Yes, I know it’s Tuesday, not Monday Blog Day, however, I wanted to post this little piece of wisdom from one writer’s opinion, for a dear friend of mine…I didn’t write these words, but they are my sentiments, exactly.

“Writing can be a true spiritual discipline. Writing can help us to concentrate, to get in touch with the deeper stirrings of our hearts, to clarify our minds, to process confusing emotions, to reflect on our experiences, to give artistic expressions to what we are living, and to store significant events in our memories. Writing can also be good for others who might read what we write. Quite often a difficult, painful, or frustrating experience can be “redeemed” by writing about it. By writing we can claim what we have lived and thus integrate it more fully into our journeys. Then writing can become lifesaving for us and sometimes others too.” Henri Nouwen

Good luck to all those who are, have, or will consider writing…anything.

Love,
Margaret

God is Great. God is Good!!

Howdy Partners!!

Hi there, to everyone!!

Welcome to my Monday Blog!!

Hope all’s well with you and yours and here’s prayers from me to you for a fantastic week in every way! Do something that makes you happy this week…say, what makes you happy, anyway?

I had the most incredible time blogging my 4-Week Easter Series and I do hope you’ve had a chance to read them all. I thought I knew all about Jesus, but during my research I found I had a lot more to learn about my Savior! If you haven’t read it yet, I offer this to you: read it and be inspired. He was an amazing man during His short time here on Earth!! Seriously.

I went to Houston for a book signing the weekend before Easter and it was a blast!! It was a private, RSVP event, held in the Library at the lovely Houstonian Club. It was terrific in every way!! I knew the hostesses and a handful of the invited guests, however, there were many I didn’t know, and I now have some really lovely, cool new friends. I’m one, incredibly fortunate person and I’m thrilled to be loved so much by the one and only Jesus Christ!

I’ll be heading back to the Houston area, Cypress, TX, to be exact, for another book signing on Saturday, June 7th, at the Three20Three Club—5-8pm. If you’re in the area, by all means come by, I’d sure love to meet you!!

Beginning next week, for the next several weeks, I’ll be blogging one chapter at a time of my book, “That Melvin Bray” and this should be fun…hopefully for ALL of us.

God is Great! God is Good!

Love,
Margaret

Being defeated is often a temporary situation; giving up is what makes it permanent.
(Inspirational Women)

On the Road to The Cross and Our Salvation…Happy Easter!! (Part IV of IV)

I’m just sitting here thinking about WHY we say “Happy” Easter…didn’t take but a moment to answer that one:

Because we’re just “happy” we didn’t have to do the dying on the old rugged cross that terrifying day! Well, that may be one of the reasons—Can I get a Amen?

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John the Baptist had been sent to prepare the way for the Saviour. He had preached in the wilderness saying: “The Kingdom of God is at hand; repent ye, and believe the gospel.”  —Mark 1:15

God had made known to John the Baptist that some day the Messiah would come to him and ask him to be baptized. He had also promised that a sign should be given so that he might know who it was. So when Jesus came, John saw in His face such signs of His holy life, that he forbade Him saying: “I have need to be baptized of Thee, and comest Thou to me.” And Jesus answering, said unto him, “Suffer it to be so now, for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness.” Matthew 3:14-15

And as he said this, there was seen upon His face, the same heavenly light that Simon had beheld. So John led the Saviour down into the waters of the beautiful Jordan, and there he baptized Him in the sight of all the people.

Jesus was not baptized to show repentance for His sins, for He had never sinned. He did this to set an example for us. When He came out of the water, He kneeled on the riverbank and prayed. Then the heavens were opened, beams of glory streamed forth, “and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him.”   —Matthew 3:16

His face and form were all aglow with the light of the glory of God. And from heaven, the voice of God was heard saying: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” —Matthew 3:16-17

The glory that rested upon Christ was a pledge of the love of God for us. The Saviour came as our example; and just as surely as God heard His prayer, He will hear ours.

The most needy, the most sinful, the most despised, may find access to the Father. When we come to Him in Jesus’ name, the voice which spoke to Jesus speaks to us, saying: “This is my beloved child, in whom I am well pleased.”

After His baptism, Christ was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted by the devil. In going into the wilderness, Christ was led by the Spirit of God. He did not invite temptation. He wanted to be alone that He might contemplate His mission and work. By the prayer and fasting, He was to brace Himself for the blood-stained path He must travel. But Satan knew where the Saviour had gone, so he went there to tempt Him.

As Christ left the Jordan, His face was lighted with the glory of God, but after He entered the wilderness, this glory disappeared. The sins of the world were upon Him and His face showed such sorrow and anguish as man had never felt. He was suffering for sinners.

Adam and Eve in Eden, had disobeyed God by eating of the forbidden fruit. Their disobedience had brought sin and sorrow and death into the world. Christ came to give an example of obedience. In the wilderness, after fasting for forty days, He would not, even to obtain food, depart from the will of His Father. Christ was tempted by Satan three times in the wilderness: the love of the world, the lust for power, and the pride of life–everything that draws man away from the worship of God was embraced in the great temptation of Christ.

In obeying the counsel of Satan, for riches, honors and happiness, we are worshiping Satan instead of God, and it will bring only misery and ruin. To Satan’s demand for Christ’ worship, Christ answered: “Get thee hence Satan, for it is written, Thou shall worship the Lord thy God and Him only shalt thou serve.“—Matthew 4:3-10

When Christ refused Satan, the tempter could not resist the command, “Get thee hence, Satan” and he was compelled to go.

So that we also may resist temptation, and overcome Satan, the Lord says to us, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.” —James 4:7-8

From the wilderness, Christ returned to Jordan, where John the Baptist continued to preach and prepare the way, by telling the people of the coming of Jesus, the heavenly King, and calling on them to repent of their sins, and the people were greatly moved.  The Messiah was among them! With awe and wonder, the hearers looked upon Jesus, and questioned themselves…Is this the Christ? They saw that Jesus bore no tokens of worldly wealth or greatness; His clothing was plain and simple such as poor people wore. But in his pale, worn face, was something that moved their hearts.

However, the messengers of Jerusalem were not drawn to the Saviour. John the Baptist had not said that which they desired to hear. They expected the Messiah to come as a great conqueror.

John the Baptist continued to prepare the way and Christ continued His ministry. In doing so, Jesus twice visited His old home at Nazareth. On the first visit, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day and read from Isaiah’s prophecy about the work of the Messiah—how He was to preach good tidings to the poor, to comfort the sorrowing, to give sight to the blind, and to heal those that were bruised.

At first, the people believed that Jesus was the promised Saviour, but then they remembered how Jesus had lived among them as a carpenter, though in His whole life there had been only deeds of love and mercy, they still would not believe that He was the Messiah, so Jesus left Nazareth. The next time He came to Nazareth, the people were no more ready to receive Him. He went away again, never to return to Nazareth.

Jesus Christ worked for those who wanted His help and all through the country the people flocked about him. As He healed and taught them, there was great rejoicing. Heaven seemed to come down to earth and they feasted upon the grace of a merciful Saviour.

Among the Jews, religion had come to be little more than a round of ceremonies. As they had departed from the true worship of God, and lost the spiritual power of His word, they had tried to supply the lack by adding ceremonies and traditions of their own. But their hopes were fixed on worldly greatness. They longed for riches and power, and these, they expected as their reward for their pretended piety. They looked for the Messiah to set up His kingdom on this earth, and to rule as a mighty prince among them. Every worldly blessing they hoped to receive at His coming.

Jesus knew that their hopes were to be disappointed. He had come to teach of something far better than they had sought. He had come to restore the true worship of God, and to bring in a pure heart religion that would manifest itself in a pure life and holy character. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” — Matthew 5:8

God cares more for what we really are than for what we say we are. He does not care how beautiful we are or may look; He wants our hearts pure, then all our words and actions will be right.

Jesus was soon going away from the world to His heavenly home. His disciples were to teach the people of His love. They were to be lights among men. “Ye are the lights of the world.” —Matthew 5:14. This is what Jesus said to his disciples. This is what all the followers of Jesus Christ are to do. He calls them throughout the world. He knows us all by name. He knows the very house in which we live, and the name of each inmate. He cares for each one as if there were not another in the whole world.

The Saviour guards His flock of disciples. He has gone before us. He has lived on earth, as we live. He was a child, a youth, a man. He overcame Satan and all his temptations, so that we may overcome.  He died on the cross to save us. Though now, He is in Heaven, He does not forget us for one minute. He will safely keep every sheep. Not one that follows Him can be taken by the great enemy. The care of the Saviour-Shepherd is not for those only who are in the field. He says, “The Son of Man is come to save that which is lost.”—Matthew 18-11

We have sinned and have wandered away from God. Christ says we are like the sheep that has wandered away from the field and He came to help us live without sin. This, He calls bringing us back to the fold. When we return with the shepherd and cease to sin, Christ says to the angels in Heaven: “Rejoice with Me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.” —Luke 15-6

To doubt the possibility of your salvation is to doubt the saving power of Him who purchased you at an infinite cost to Him. Let faith take the place of unbelief. Look at the hands and feet that were pierced for you and rejoice in the power to save.

Remember that God and Christ are interested in you, and that all the hosts of Heaven are engaged in the work of the salvation of sinners. While Christ was on earth, He showed by His miracles that He had the power to save the uttermost. By curing the disease of the body, He showed that He was able to take away sin from the heart.

For three years and a half, Jesus “went about doing good.” Then it came time for His ministry on earth to be finished. With His disciples, He must go up to Jerusalem to be betrayed, condemned, and crucified. Thus were to be fulfilled, His own words, “The good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep.”—John 10-11

In yielding up His precious Life, Christ was not upheld by triumphant joy. His heart was rent with anguish and oppressed with gloom. But it was not the fear of the pain of death that caused His suffering; it was the crushing weight of the sin of the world, a sense of separation from His Fathers’s love. This was what broke the Saviour’s heart, and brought His death so soon.

Christ felt the woe that sinners will feel when they awake to realize the burden of their guilt, to know that they have forever separated themselves from the joy and peace of Heaven. Angels beheld with amazement the agony of despair borne by the Son of God. His anguish of mind was so intense that the pain of the cross was hardly felt.

Nature, itself, was in sympathy with the scene on Calvary. The sun shone clearly until midday, when suddenly it seemed to be blotted out. All about the cross was darkness as deep as the blackest midnight. This supernatural darkness lasted fully three hours. A nameless terror took possession of the multitude. The cursing and reviling ceased. Men, women and children fell upon the earth in abject terror. Lightnings occasionally flashed forth from the clouds and revealed the cross and the crucified Redeemer. All thought that their time of retribution had come. At the ninth hour, the darkness lifted from the people, but still wrapped the Saviour as with a mantel. The lightnings seemed to be hurled at Him as he hung upon the cross. It was then that he sent up the despairing cry: “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?

In the mean time, the darkness had settled over Jerusalem and the plains of Judea. As all eyes were turned in the direction of the fated city, they saw the fierce lightnings of God’s wrath directed toward it. Suddenly, the gloom was lifted from the cross, and in clear trumpet-like tones, that seemed to resound throughout creation, Jesus cried: “It is finished.”  —John 19:30, “Father, into Thy Hands I commend my spirit.” — Lu—— 23:46

A light encircled the cross, and the face of the Saviour shone with glory like the sun. He bowed His head upon His chest and died.

When Christ died upon the cross of calvary, the new and living way was thrown open to Jew and Gentile alike. Angels rejoiced as the Saviour cried,”It is finished!”The great plan of redemption was to be carried out. Through the life of obedience, the sons of Adam might be exhalted finally to the presence of God. Satan was defeated and knew his kingdom was lost.

The Saviour was buried on Friday  and “when the Sabbath was past, very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came into the sepulcher at the rising of the sun.” —Mark 16:1-2

The Saviour had risen from the dead and was not in the tomb of his burial.

All power in Heaven and on earth was given to the Prince of Life and He returned to His followers in a world of sin, that He might impart His power and glory, and once again He met with His disciples and showed in His hands and feet, the marks of the crucifixion and before his ascension to Heaven, He said unto them, “ye shall receive poser, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you and ye shall be witness unto Me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and in Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.—Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:20

The Saviour’s commission included all the believers to the end of time.

With hands outstretched in blessing, he slowly ascended away from them. As He passed upward, the awe-stricken disciples looked with straining eyes for the last glimpse of their ascending Lord. A cloud of glory received him from their sight. At the same time, there floated down to them the sweetest and most joyous music from the angel choir. While the disciples were still gazing upward, voices addressed them which sounded like richest music. They turned and saw two angels in the form of men, who spoke to them saying:

“Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into Heaven? The same Jesus, which is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come in like manners as ye have seen Him go into Heaven.” —Acts 1:11

These angels belonged to the company that had come to escort the Saviour to His heavenly home. In sympathy and for those left behind, they had stayed to assure them that this separation would not be forever.

The Son of God has triumphed over the prince of darkness and conquered death and sin. Heaven rings with voices in lofty strains proclaiming: “Blessings, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne and unto the Lamb forever and ever.” Revelation 5:13; (Preparing for Eternity)

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Our Saviour is coming again. Before parting with His disciples on the earth, He, Himself gave them the promise of His return:

“Let not your heart be troubled”, He said, “For in my Father’s house are many mansions: I go to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also.”John 14:1-3

As I struggled through the four years of writing “That Melvin Bray”, it dawned on me that the real message in my story was forgiveness. So, as Easter was approaching this year, I remembered my story starts when I was five years old on Easter weekend, 1953.

I was compelled to do this 4-part series of The Life of Jesus, as Easter is the truest meaning of forgiveness and Jesus Christ, the Son of God, loves me and the rest of the world so much that: “Greater love has no man than this, that one lay down His life for His friends.”  —John 15:13

I weep when I think of what He had to endure on that cross, for not one, but for everyone, to be forgiven of their sins. Then I realize how unworthy I am, and that I was so pathetic, that it took me over fifty years to forgive one person who had wronged me…not trillions of people, just one person.

Forgive me Father, for I have sinned.

God is Good! God is Great!! Always!!!

I love you all, and sure hope you have a purer heart than I, and that you, too, agree that forgiveness truly is the answer for a happy Life!!

HAPPY Easter!

Love,

Margaret

(Can’t sleep? Instead of counting sheep, try talking to the Shepherd).

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Growing Jesus Into Perfection (Part III of IV)

April 3, 1017

Greetings to you all and a Happy Monday too!

Today, I’m continuing my blog with Part III of the courageous life of Jesus, as He was continuing to grow into God’s perfection and all the while, growing into the young man who would become our King, the Saviour and the Light of the world…Hallelujah!!

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  • Jesus worked in childhood and youth, He grew strong in body and mind. He tried to use all his powers in such a way as to keep them in health, that He might do the best work in every line. He lived in the home of a peasant – a poor man faithfully and cheerfully, He did his part in helping to support the family as soon as He was old enough. He learned a trade and worked in the carpenter’s shop with Joseph. In the coarse dress of a common laborer, He passed through the streets of the little town, going to and from His work. He did not use his divine power to make his work easier for Himself.
  • Whatever He did was well done. He wanted to be perfect even in the handling of tools. By His examples, He taught that we ought to be industrious, that we should do our work well and that such work is honorable. God gave us work as a blessing, and He is pleased with children who cheerfully take their part in the duties of the household, sharing the burdens of the father and the mother. Such children will go out from the home to be a blessing to others.  All should find something to do that will be helpful to themselves and to others.
  • The Jewish teachers made many rules for the people and required them to do many things that God had not commanded. Even the children had to learn and obey these rules. But Jesus did not try to learn what the rabbis taught. He was careful not to speak disrespectfully of what others did, then He showed from the Bible what was the right way. When urged to obey their rules, He asked what the Bible taught, and whatever that said, He would do.
  • This made the rabbis angry. They knew that their lives were contrary to the Bible, and yet they were displeased with Jesus for refusing to obey them. They complained of Him to His  parents. Joseph and Mary thought the rabbis good men, and Jesus suffered blame, which was hard to bear. The brothers of Jesus took sides with the rabbis. They reproved Jesus for setting himself above the leaders of the people. The rabbis thought themselves better than other men, and would not associate with the common people. The poor and ignorant they despised; even the sick and suffering, they left without hope or comfort.
  • Jesus showed a loving interest in all men. Every suffering one whom He met, He tried to help. He had little money to give, but He often denied Himself of food in order to help others. All this displeased His brothers. They threatened and tried to terrify Him, but He kept right on, doing as God had said.
  • Many were the trials and temptations that Jesus had to meet. Satan was always watching to overcome Him. If Jesus had been led to do one wrong act, or to speak one impatient word, He could not have been our Saviour, and the whole world would have been lost. Satan knew this, and it was for this reason that he tried so hard to lead Jesus into sin.
  • The Saviour was always guarded by heavenly angles, yet His life was one long struggle against the powers of darkness. Not one of us will ever have to meet such fierce temptations as He did. But to every temptation He had to answer: “It is writen”. The wrong doing of His brothers, He did not rebuke, but He told them what God had said.
  • Nazareth was a wicked town, and the children and youth tried to have Jesus follow their evil ways. He was bright and cheerful and they liked His company, but His godly principals roused their anger. Often, for refusing to join them in some forbidden act, He was called a coward and sneered at. To all this, His answer was: “It is written.” “The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to part from evil is understanding.” (Job-28:28). To love evil is to love death, for “the wages of sin is death.”  – Romans-6:30
  • Because He was so willing and uncomplaining, His work was often made needlessly hard. Yet, He was not discouraged for He knew that God smiled upon Him. His happiest hours were found when alone with nature and God. When His work was done, He loved to go into the fields, to meditate in the green valleys, to pray to God on the mountainside, or amid the trees of the forest. He listened to the lark caroling forth music to its’ Creator, and His voice joined the song of joyful praise and thanksgiving. With voice of singing, He welcomed the morning light. The break of day often found Him in some quiet place, thinking about God, studying the Bible or in prayer.
  • From these peaceful hours, He would return to His home to take up His duties again, and to give an example of patient toil. Wherever He was, His presence seemed to bring the angels near. The influence of His pure, holy life was felt by all classes of people.
  • Harmless and undefiled, He walked among the thoughtless, the rude, the uncourteous; amid the unjust tax gatherers, the reckless prodigals, the unrighteous Samaritans, the heathen soldiers, and the rough peasants. He spoke a word of sympathy here, and a word there, as He saw men weary, yet compelled to bear heavy burdens. He shared their burdens, and repeated to them the lessons He had learned from nature, and of the love, the kindness and the goodness of God.
  • He passed by no human being as worthless, but tried to encourage the roughest and most unpromising. He told them that God loved them as His children, and that they might become like Him in character. So in a quiet way, Jesus, from His very childhood, worked for others. This work, none of the learned teachers, nor even His own brothers, could make Him give up. With an earnest purpose, He carried out the design of His life, for He was to be the light of the world.”  (*Preparing for Eternity)

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As each day passes now, we’re getting closer to Easter Sunday – that incredible day that changed the world forever. Without Jesus, not only would we be lost, but lost forever!            –  “The Lord lives!” – Psalms 18:46

My prayer for us all this week is that we will deliberately read this blog one more time…slowly taking in all of Jesus’ goodness and LOVE ONE ANOTHER!! Wouldn’t it be incredible if everyone lived as Jesus did?—Humble, kind, caring, patient, forgiving, and loving every living person and creature on Earth—Oh my, what a world this would be! That world does exist though, after we leave this world. Get to know Jesus and what He’s all about; however, if you know Jesus, share Him with someone who may not know Him. Amen!

May you all have a wonderful week, honoring God, yourself and your loved ones. Make a difference in someone’s life and if you want the devil to have a nervous breakdown, get up every day and be as positive and happy as you can be— Hallelujah!!

God is Good! God is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

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Growing Up Jesus—”The Pioneer of Our Faith” (Part II of IV)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Welcome to my Monday Blog, my Friends!

Today is part two of my Easter Series — “Growing Up Jesus”… and how about the Image I just posted there for all of us?— It says it all. I chose this because it captures precisely,  what  Jesus must have had inside him in order to be able to go through what He eventually had to face and endure for all of us—Jesus had an INDOMITABLE WILL! He was sent on a mission like no other, EVER!! Had He not possessed that Indomitable Will, there would be no future for any of us…no spiritual future!

Oh, there’s just so much to write about today, so I’ll get right to the heart of the matter: Jesus’  heart, in fact. Most of us associate the heart with the word love. So if we combine both heart and Jesus, we have Jesus’ love—Here’s what the Bible says about LOVE:

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor and give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done way. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three: but the greatest of these is Love.”  1 Corinthians 13

The Bible is very clear about real love: Jesus’ love. What it is and is not and what we are and are not, without it. This is the kind of love that never breaks a promise and is always there to nurture us, no matter what else is going on. God is very busy, but never too busy to listen to us when we call on Him for help—day or night, rain or shine, He’s always there for us!

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*”Jesus was the son of God. He could  have had any place on earth as His home, however, as a child He lived in a little mountain village. He chose to dwell among the poor in Nazareth. He wanted them to know He could understand their trials, sympathized with them and could help them. The Bible says of Jesus in His early years:  ‘The child grew and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom and the grace of God was upon Him’: And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” — Luke 2:40, 52

“Although His mind was bright and active, He was quick of understanding, and showed a thoughtfulness and wisdom beyond His years. Yes his ways were simple and childlike, and He grew in mind and body as other children grow. But Jesus was not like other children in all things. He always showed a sweet, unselfish spirit. His willing hands were always ready to serve others, and He was patient and thoughtful. Firm as a rock, He never failed to be gentle and courteous toward all. In His home, and wherever He might be, He was like a cheerful sunbeam. He was thoughtful and kind to the aged and the poor, and He showed kindness even to the dumb animals. He would care tenderly for a little wounded bird, and every living thing was happy when He was near.

In the days of Christ, Jesus did not go to the schools which were connected to the synagogues or places of worship. These schools taught many things that were not true. Instead of God’s Word, the sayings of men were studied, and often these were contrary to that which God had taught through His profits. God Himself, by His Holy Spirit, instructed Mary how to bring up His Son and Mary taught Jesus from the Holy Scriptures, and He learned to read and study them for Himself. Jesus also loved to study the wonderful things which God had made in the earth and the sky. In this book of nature, He saw the trees and plants and animals, and the sun and the stars.  Day by day, He watched them and tried to  learn lessons from them, and to understand the reasons of things. Holy Angels were with Him and helped Him to learn from these things about God. Thus, as He grew in height and strength, He grew also in knowledge and  wisdom.

Every year, Joseph and Mary went up to Jerusalem, to the feast of the Passover. When Jesus was twelve years old, they took Him with them. The distance from Nazareth to Jerusalem is about seventy miles. This was a pleasant journey and the people of like company traveled together on foot, rode oxen or asses, and it took several days. The feast was held near the end of March or the beginning of April, which was springtime in Palestine.

In the days of Christ, the people had grown cold and formal in the service to God. They thought more of their own pleasures than of His goodness to them. But this was not so of Jesus. He loved to think  about God. As He came to the temple, He watched the priests in their work. He bowed with the worshipers as they knelt to pray, and His voice joined in the songs of praise. Every morning and evening a lamb was offered upon the alter. This was to represent the death of the Saviour. As the child Jesus looked upon the innocent victim, the Holy Spirit taught Him its meaning. He knew that He Himself, as the lamb of God, must die for the sins of men.

With such thoughts in His mind, Jesus wanted to be alone, so He did not stay with His parents in the temple, and when they started back for home, He was not with them. In a room connected to the temple, there was a school taught by the rabbis, and to this place after a while, the child Jesus came. He sat with the other youth at the feet of the great teachers, and listened to their words. The Jews had many wrong ideas about the Messiah and Jesus knew this, but He did not contradict them. As one who wished to be taught, He asked questions about what the prophets had written. The fifty-third chapter of Isaiah speaks of the Saviour’s death and Jesus read this chapter, and asked its meaning. The rabbis could not answer this. They began to question Jesus, and they were  astonished at His knowledge of the Scriptures. They saw that He understood the Bible far better than they did. They saw that their teaching was wrong, but they were not willing to believe anything different. Yet, Jesus was so modest and gentle, that they were not angry with Him. They wanted to keep Him as a student, and teach Him to explain the Bible as they did.

When Joseph and Mary had left Jerusalem on the journey toward home, and did not notice that Jesus stayed behind, they thought He was with some of their friends traveling in their company. But on stopping to camp for the night, they missed His helpful hand. They looked for Him throughout, but in vain. Joseph and Mary were in great fear and sorrowful hearts, they went back to Jerusalem; but it was not until the third day that they found Him and great was their joy at seeing Him, yet Mary thought He was to blame for leaving them. She said: ‘Son why hast thou thus dealt with us? Behold, Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing.’ ‘How is it that ye sought me?’ Jesus answered. ‘Wist ye not that I must be about My Father’s business?'”  —  Luke 2:48, 49

“As He spoke these words, Jesus pointed upward. On His face was a light at which they wondered. Jesus knew that He was the Son of God, and He had been doing the work for which His Farther had sent Him into the world. Mary never forgot these words. In the years that followed, she better understood this wonderful meaning. Joseph and Mary loved Jesus, yet they had been careless in losing Him. They had forgotten the very work which God had given them to do. By one day’s neglect, they lost Jesus. In the same way today, many lose the Saviour from their company. When we do not LOVE to think about Him, or pray to Him, when we speak idle, unkind or evil words, we separate ourselves from Christ. Without Him, we are lonely and sad. But if we really desire His company, He will always be with us, with all who seek His presence, the Saviour loves to stay. He will brighten the poorest home and gladden the lowliest heart.

Though He knew He was the Son of God, Jesus went home to Nazareth with Joseph and Mary. Until thirty years of age, He was “subject unto them”. —Luke 2:51

He who had been the commander of Heaven, was on earth a loving and obedient son. The great things brought to His mind by the service of the temple were hidden in His heart. He waited until God’s time to begin His appointed work.”

(*Excerpts from: “Preparing for Eternity”, to be continued…)

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Learning more about the childhood of Jesus was my motivation for my joyful blogging today. I felt the need to go back and relearn about that so-special and wonderful obedient little boy, who from the moment of birth, was being taught to LOVE the whole, wide world—So much so, that at the proper time, He would be willing to die for all of us as an act of real LOVE and undeniable FORGIVENESS.

As I was reading over my research for today about Jesus, the child, I felt so close to Him. I could feel Him right here by my side and I could just see Him at such a young age. I couldn’t help but be tearful knowing what I know now and what He had to endure for all of us—Talk about real, unconditional, undying love—There’s just no love, like the love of Jesus Christ. Amen!!

My prayer for all of us this week is that we will humble ourselves in the eyes of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and thank Him for our gift of life and the hope of an everlasting life with Him in Heaven, and our promise to Him to be better and more deserving of His awesome love.

We need to manifest some of that Indomitable Will of Jesus and never forsake Him!

God is Good! God is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

Note: A special Thank-You to The Daily Light – for excerpts from “Jesus, The Pioneer of Our Faith”.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega”, says the Lord God, “the one who is, and who was, and who is still to come—the all-powerful, who acts and carries out decrees? I am.”  – Hebrew 12:2 NET

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