Coming soon…the New IPhone 6! Plastered between every television show, and on big signs outside of every store that carries phones; we are made aware that something new and better is coming. Touching on all the new features such as how durable it is, waterproof and virtually indestructible! Loaded with megapixels for taking pictures and video; 1000 gigabites of storage and 100 of RAM! Heck, no one will even need a PC any more.
The day comes when it is unveiled, and many people scramble to get one as they couldn’t wait to utilize all the incredible features of it. However, some are not impressed as they don’t see anything wrong with the simple easier models. Others become jealous, and want to outdo this amazing phone, and seek to make a better one.
This is what has happened with our beautiful Jesus. From that day in the garden, our Father told us that a Savior was going to come. Throughout all of history, His features were sprinkled throughout the proclamations made by men who were moved by the spirit to speak of these things. Many people understood, and could not wait for the unveiling of the One of whom they spoke. Our Father gave specific features He was going to have so that those who were waiting would know for sure He was the real thing.
And just as some sought to outdo that IPhone, many became jealous and sought to kill Jesus. Ultimately they succeeded in killing Him, but our Poppa had an even better phone in store; one that no one could compete with; and that was the resurrection! Take that Apple!
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news. Who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When you make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. He shall the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge my righteous servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. ~ Isaiah 52:7, 53:1-6, 10-12
Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ’The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’” And they remembered His words. ~ Luke 24:1-8
And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. So he came by the spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, He took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; For my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared before the face of all people, a light to bring revelation to the gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” ~ Luke 2:25-32
And John, calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to Jesus, saying, ‘Are you the coming One, or do we look for another?’ When the men had come to Him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, “Are you the coming One, or do we look for another?’ And that very hour He cured many of infirmities, afflictions, and evil spirits; and to many blind He gave sight.
Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: That the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them.’ ~ Luke 7:19-22
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing. ~Isa. 35:5-6a
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zech. 9:9
Now when the drew near to Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” ~ Matthew 21:1-3
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD. ~ Isaiah 61:1-2a
So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up, and as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” ~ Luke 4:16-21
I was blessed this morning to get the analogy I opened this blog with because it is the heart of Christ inside me to see the brothers and sisters understand what a good portion of the Old Testament was recorded to show us. The proclamation of the blessed Savior is weaved all through it, and the details outline our need for Him to come. As it says in Hebrews: Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of Majesty in the heavens, a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man. For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this One also have something to offer. For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law; who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, “See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mount.” But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. And in that He says, “A New Covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. Let us first find out what that means, together if possible, and let it fade away. It is high time to trade in that old and obsolete phone called the Old Covenant, of which us gentiles were never entered into, and enter into the New Covenant, with the best features we can never get tired of, the life of Christ in us!
Just gotta be me…..Lisa