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The Incarnation

Old Historical Church With Large Bell Tower In Europe In The Evening At Sunset

The Creator of all things came to earth as a man. Lived a sinless life. Took the penalty for our sin – not just physical death on the cross – He drinks the cup of the Father’s wrath. He died, was buried, and rose from the dead. The sin He bore for us He left in the grave. He appeared to Mary, the disciples, and over 500 at one time. Then He was taken up into heaven on a cloud.

Before He ascended He did something that changed everything. Check this out:

So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” – John 20:21-22

A few days earlier He had promised them:

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.“- John 14:23

And in His high priestly prayer in John 17 he prayed this prayer:

I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. – John 17:20-21

You see, when Jesus breathed on them saying “Receive the Holy Spirit” it was like the moving van of heaven pulled up in front of each of them, and Almighty God moved in. They became a dwelling place for the Most High God. For the first time since the Garden of Eden, the breach between God and man was mended.

That’s a place to shout!

Ben NelsonThanks for coming by,

I’m in a shoutin’ mood today.

Ben

 

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Hey – I know You!

There is no one like You among the gods, O Lord,
Nor are there any works like Yours.

Psalm 86:8 NASB

David could look at the works of the Lord God and recognize Him.

God wanted to make sure the rest of us got it too, so He put on a man suit and walked the dusty roads of Galilee for thirty-three years so we could learn to distinguish Him by His works like David did.

But the testimony which I have is greater than the testimony of John; for the works which the Father has given Me to accomplish–the very works that I do–testify about Me, that the Father has sent Me. If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father. – John 10:36-38

What works you may ask?

Well, my insurance company thinks it knows God. It won’t cover an act of God.

But then if Jesus was demonstrating the acts of God, I’m not too worried about my coverage.

If by the hand of Father I receive sight – well – I probably won’t even file a claim with the insurance company.

If the Lord steps in and calms the storm just before it tears down my barn, again, I have no paperwork to file.

What kind of works can we expect from the hand of the Lord?

When John the Baptist was sitting in that filthy jail cell He began to wonder if his cousin Jesus was really Messiah. He sent some of his friends to ask Jesus if He was really the one.

I get that – it’s easy to lose sight of what you know to be true when your circumstances are calling God a liar. [tweet this]

But Jesus, in order to assure John that all was well, sent word back.

And He answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM. – Luke 7:22

Truly there are no other works like Your works Lord.

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping in.

Walk in the light today.

Ben

 

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Garden of Nuts? ~ SoS Saturday

I went down to the garden of nuts
To see the verdure of the valley,
To see whether the vine had budded
And the pomegranates had bloomed.

Song of Songs 6:11 NKJV

OK – I confess – I laughed when I read that –

I went down to the garden of nuts.

But what is she talking about now?

These nut trees are good:

Good for food

Good for shade

Good for oil

Good for wood

Very good

Next we see when she comes to the garden what she observes is that which is blooming.

The vines are blooming.

The pomegranates are blooming.

The garden given to the Lord has become fruitful.

She took her garden and turned it over to Him, and now it is flourishing.

Not only that, she, now mature, is a partner in its tending. She is the one coming and caring for the blossoming vines and growth.

Her garden was once over run foxes and vermin, but now in His hands she is entrusted once again with the garden, and she tends it well.

This garden is His body – the brothers and sisters she touches, and she is instrumental in their growth and tending.

But she had to give it to Him to ever see it truly flourish.

When she held it, it was …meh

But when the work of our hands is left in His control, we look like geniuses – LOL! What a crazy plan. In the end, He gets the glory and we get to do what we love, and have it blossom.

I love you Jesus!

nora and papa at the table, benThanks for coming by

See you again soon.

Ben

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Let’s go for a walk.

Path

I was wondering through Psalm 85 this morning and ran in to this:

Righteousness will go before Him And will make His footsteps into a way. – Psalm 85:13

God takes on flesh, and takes a thirty-three year walk leaving His heavenly home. The Word of God which had for centuries been the way, steps out of the infinite and into a man suit.

The perfect blend of lovingkindness and truth – the lover’s kiss of righteousness and peace (Psalm 85:10 paraphrase.) [Tweet This]

He walks a path – a straight and narrow path – directly from a manger – to a cross – then back to the Father’s side.

This path he walked – His footsteps as the psalmist promised (I like the sound of that) – became a way – The Way.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” – John 14:6

And today He invites us to walk in that way.

  1. Humbled – born in a manger.

    Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.Matthew 5:3

  2. Crucified

    I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. – Galatians 2:20

    Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? – Romans 6:3

  3. Reunited – Reconciled.

    Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, – 2 Corinthians 5:18

 

Today – let’s go for a walk together.

the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. – 1 John 2:6

Will you follow Him with me today?

Ben NelsonThanks for coming by.

See you again soon

Ben

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So You Want To Be A Lover

Originally posted on Bread for the Bride:

Catching red Valentines hearts with word LOVE printed.Rumour has it I’m pretty much a failure when it comes to loving the brethren. If you like your dollops of Christian love handed over with bear hugs, chatty phone calls and affectionate enquiries about every tiny corner of your life, I may as well warn you now I’m not the one you’re looking for.   Pass me by and move on to those with the gift of “genial and demonstrative” who’ll be waiting for you with open arms. I’m simply not one of them. Call me aloof and antisocial (as some have done, not always out loud), those kind of outward expressions of affection don’t come naturally to me. I’m one of those solitary people who prefer to sit hidden away unobtrusively in the corner of a crowded room, quietly observing.

I think The Supremes were on to something in their nineteen sixties hit You Can’t Hurry Love: “You can’t hurry love…

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Terrifying – SoS Saturday

 

As awesome as an army with banners.

Song of Songs 6:10

The Shepherd King completes His description of His bride’s maturity of faith and devotion with a glorious military simile.

In this phrase He speaks not of her beautiful character, but her victory over all the things which would keep her from Him.

What victory?

She has conquered  many an adversary.

She has defeated the internal foe of her sin nature. She was dark but beautiful, dark with the filth of the her sin nature. As she gave herself to His care, she was washed in His righteousness. The battle of sin and guilt in the bride’s life is won at the cross. He fought the battle giving us the victory.

She banished the enemy of fear that kept her in her chambers when He invited her to run with Him in the hills and conquer the mountains with Him. This victory came as He displayed His awesome might before her. He showed her the place of safety He prepared for her, in the cleft of the rock, and again she wins.

She untangled the lie of abandonment as she pursued Him in the night, and bore the marks of His suffering at the hand of the watchmen. This was likely her hardest test as she faced her own desire to quit, to sulk, to wither without Him. But in that dark night of the soul she rose up and went after Him. She declared to any who would listen her deep devotion to the Love she could not see, to the indwelling of the one she couldn’t sense.

Many more victories belong to her, and for each she carries a banner announcing to her foe – the enemy of the believer – the accuser of the brethren – that she is to be feared.

‘Awesome’ is better rendered ‘Terrifying.’

An army on parade with victory banners flying strikes fear in her enemy’s hearts. Our enemy once thought us lambs for slaughter, but to the bride there is a different end in store:

Just as it is written, “FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.”

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:36-39 NASB

nora and papa at the table, benThanks for coming by.

Walk in the light!

Ben

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But the judgement fell elsewhere

Originally posted on Mustard Seed Budget:

unquenchable fireIt almost seems like John the Baptist got it wrong.

Rattling off ominous predictions of imminent doom, John warned that Jesus’ advent would mark the end.

The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire — Matt. 3:10, 12 NIV.

Jesus failed to live up to his billing. The meanest thing he ever did was overturn the tables of the money changers in the temple. When it came to violent confrontation, he meekly handed himself over to death — hardly the expected judgement.

But no, John didn’t miss the mark. The threatened judgement DID fall, and the wrath of God DID execute implacable…

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