The Bethlehem Babe

Merry Christmas, everyone. It was a blessing for all, the day Mary held Jesus in her arms that night in the Bethlehem manger with Joseph at her side. They knew Jesus was a special child, come from God, but had no idea what lay ahead. Christmas is not a day to only celebrate the birth of Jesus, but also the life of Jesus. Jesus demonstrated Immanuel, God with us.

Jesus knew his Father and what his mission was. At the age of twelve, he answered his parents worried inquiry with, “. . .How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49)   His mission was not just for him but for all mankind. It was to reveal God to us and prove what he does for man. Jesus’ life was a confirmation of the prophecy, as outlined in Isaiah.  “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.” (Isa. 7:14, 15)

There are forty-seven references to Jesus being the Son of God in the New Testament, and only a couple construed as meaning he is God incarnate. 

“Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” (John 14:10)

Jesus always referred to God as Father. He said: “My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.”  (John 10:29, 30) I believe he meant that he and his Father were one in quality, not in quantity.  I believe he is telling them that he expresses his innate Godlike qualities, and that is what they are seeing. According to the following, the word “we” indicates we can all do that. Yes, Jesus was unique as he was born with a full knowledge of his relationship with God, and we are yet learning about it.

God’s spiritual creation is pure and untouched by wickedness, as laid out in Genesis I. “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; … For we are also his offspring.” (Acts 17:28)

“… we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” (I John 5:20)

Genesis II is where the world fights all it battles, trying to re-connect with our true identity as Gods image and likeness.

Jesus came to show us what it means to be God’s image and likeness.  That image is our essence, how we spiritually express ourselves. We are infinite. That does not mean that this physical body lives forever, but our essence passes on to a new experience, but only God knows what that is.

I believe what was written in Genesis I that all God created was good, so I trust God. Once I understood that, my life was proof for me that it was true, so I have no fears about what comes next. God is not going to change in the hereafter; He is constant.

Jesus lived for all mankind. Every step he took was for us. He wanted us to succeed in demonstrating God as he did. It saddened him that so few truly understood him.

“… when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Matt. 14:29–31 when)

It is our doubt and fear that prevents us from fully exemplifying our innate Godlike qualities.

“God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” Acts 10:38

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” (John 14:12)

Jesus said we could do as he did and told us how it was possible. It was because he went unto the Father, for the power to do his works, and so can we.

Have a wonderful Christmas…Michele

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