The public life of Jesus – I Birth of Jesus

A Virgin was betrothed to a man named Joseph, and the virgin’s name was Mary

One day, an Angel named Kabriel the servant spirit of God ,coming to her, he said, “Hail, Mary! The Lord is with you.”

But she was greatly feared Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.

He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,

and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since am not yet married?”

And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.

After this Mary went to see her relative Elizabeth, and stayed with her five months.

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled(to calculate the people population)

This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria.

So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town.

And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,

to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.

While they were there, the time came for her to have her child,

and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock.

The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear.

The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.

And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”

So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.

When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child.

The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover,

and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom.

After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.

Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances,

but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.

After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions,

and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers.

When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”

And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”

But they did not understand what he said to them.

He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.

And Jesus advanced (in) wisdom and age and favor before God and man.

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene,

during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert.

He went throughout (the) whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,

as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one crying out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.

And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?”

He said to them in reply, “Whoever has two clocks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise.”

Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him, “Teacher, what should we do?”

He answered them, “Stop collecting more than what is prescribed.”

Soldiers also asked him, “And what is it that we should do?” He told them, “Do not practice extortion, do not falsely accuse anyone, and be satisfied with your wages.”

Now the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Messiah – the upcoming son of God?

John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the holy Spirit and fire.

While he spoking these words to the people, here is the entry of Jesus – the Messiah, the son of the living God who came to the world to die for the sins of the people, and win the evil’s power.

After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened

and the holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

When Jesus began his ministry he was about thirty years of age


What Meaneth this Suffering Love?

Is it not found in love that suffers to live and move and have its being in me? What is life without love everlasting, love all enduring, love ever-pursuing, love ever-enabling, love ever-capturing the object of its affection? Love constrained; yes, Lord, love&constraining me, constraining you, and restraining the enemy.

There is only one way; we decide to die so that others might live. Of the others, the chief must be Christ, who is to live in us. How do we die this death? We say, “Yes Lord,” when circumstances, needs, and people want to run over us. We say, “Yes Lord,” when fatigue and disappointment want to hold us back. Do not ever quit saying, “Yes Lord!”

Remember, others have gone on before us and have paved the way with their sacrifices and blood.

(Hebrews 11:33-39a)
You might think these were men and women of long ago, and your assumption would be correct. Yet, they also reflect saints of today who, in the places of their callings, have laid down what others would not. They are people too noble for the world and too lovely for the world to understand. They are those who bled and died, that you might be enlivened with grace to follow in their footsteps.

Grace, lovely, beautiful grace, oh where might thy power be?

It resides in the bosom of thine own dear Son who gave His life for me.

The Son died on the cross that, in His resurrection, He might impart to us the grace of martyrdom to testify of His love for mankind (John 3:16; Acts 1:3,4,8). By love, we follow; and by love, we lay down our lives to take His love into the world that is blind to His glory. We run the risk and hurry down the path of selfless, suffering love so that anyone who can might hear of His great goodness. If it is our mate, our child, or our parent who needs to understand His love, then let them see His love in you, not by might or by force, but, in humility, by the outpouring of His magnanimous love through you. Win the race, dear friends, with His constraining love. Look your enemy in the face and see in him the face of God, as Jacob of old once did. When you can see the face of God in the face of your enemy, you have won Christ!
Where is the love that emboldens abundant life???]? It is in His bosom, pouring out of His heart into yours when you say “No!” to self and “Yes!” to Christ.

You will not find God in places of splendor or in palaces of ivory ~ areas where man serves self-idolatry by indulging in every whim being served by this servant and that as he sits upon his throne, adorned in silken cloth. Rather, you will find Him in the highways and byways of life where pain and suffering await the one clothed in Christ’s love. You will find Him adorned in power and grace to meet your every need.

Seek the higher life. Go where no man has gone before; there you will meet Christ!