Things That Happen With † = ♥

While having a morning break in our local Mickey D’s a man, in a plumber’s uniform, stopped and said, “After Jesus put that guy’s ear back on in the Garden how could you not believe!”

Surprised at his question, I added, “Remember, that was after everyone picked themselves up off of the ground when Jesus spoke.” We traded several other ideas and said good-bye. All of this started because I was wearing a † = ♥ shirt.

When a GODportunity like that occurs, it tends to lift you from your earthly thoughts and sets your mind on things above.  My two thoughts were:

  1. Did that servant join with the crowd calling for Jesus’ death?
  2. How was it that there were only two people who saw Jesus as the Son of God on Good Friday? The thief on the cross and the Roman soldier.

My thought on #1 is, NO!  He may have been there but a touch from Jesus would have changed him.  It would be nice to know his story.

The thief was a Divine Appointment.  Jesus was doing His work of glorifying the Father right to the very end of His earthly life.  This would also set an example for the Christians who were to die at the hands of the Romans many years after death.

The battle-harden centurion knew Jesus was different because of how He died.  No curses, no fighting with the guards, no blaming everyone else, no crying how unfair it was, just Jesus speaking words of comfort to His friends and being in control of Himself.  He recognized the darkened skies had to be from God as a show of His disapproval!  I like to believe that he was the centurion who had his servant healed at Jesus’ command.  And that he would have a visit from Peter, after all of these events, and receive the Holy Spirit!

Two other thoughts about this day:

  1. Were the people who came out of the tombs among the three thousand on the day of Pentecost?

2. Was it grief, fear, or a limited vision of Jesus that blinded the disciples from seeing Jesus as the thief and soldier saw Him that day?

Add your thoughts and questions!

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Following the Light

God said, “Let there be Light.”  The Light was good.

Prophets said, “The Light is coming.”

Mary said, “Let Your Light shine in me.”

Jesus said, “Let them be light.” Then bleed for us.

Holy Spirit said, “Time for the Light to shine.”  Little flames appeared, and the Church was born.

Church said, “Let the Light spread.”  The Gospel glowed; the world saw Believers.

Believers said, “Let me be the light, so they can see Jesus in all I do.”

Christmas Verses –

Luke 2: 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

 

Luke 2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2: 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

 

 

Luke 2: 15b The shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

 

 

Matthew 2:1b There came wise men from the east.

11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

A list of Christmas Verses – The First Coming

 

  1. Genesis 3:15
  2. Revelations 12:1-5
  3. Genesis 28:14          Promise to Abraham
  4. Isaiah 40: 3.             John the Baptist
  5. Genesis 49:10.         Choose Judah
  6. Numbers 24:17.       The Star
  7. Psalms 24:10.           Part of the Messiah
  8. Psalms 72:10-11.      The Kings
  9. Malachi 3:3b.             The Kings and offering
  10. Isaiah 4:2                   Branch
  11. Isaiah 7:14                 A virgin
  12. Isaiah 9:2                   Galilee
  13. Isaiah 9:6                   Names /titles of Jesus
  14. Isaiah 11:1                 Stump of Jesse
  15. Isaiah 40: 5 – 11        Angels
  16. Jeremiah 23:5            Branch
  17. Daniel 9:24-25           Time in History
  18. Hosea 11:1                Out of Egypt
  19. Micah 5:2                   Bethlehem
  20. Zechariah 3:8             Branch
  21. Zechariah 9:9             A Coming Verse – both Easter and possibly Christmas
  22. Jeremiah 31:15          The Innocent
  23. Luke 1:31

More verses about Jesus

Jeremiah 33:15

Jeremiah 30:21