Kiss the Son

Psalm 2 doesn’t fit the usual Christmas meditation. But, as we have seen in this week’s posts, the unordinary ordinary child, Jesus, is anything but an ordinary Son. He is the Son of the Highest.blogearth-11595__340

“I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee…Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” Ps. 2:7,10-12.

The common greeting of a kiss among those of the Middle East indicates a relationship between the parties; closeness, harmony, peace and devotion. Kissing a king implies submission and loyalty to him, resulting in peace.

Returning to Isaiah 9:6 & 7, we are told: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder…Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”

“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever…they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, GREAT AND MARVELLOUS ARE THY WORKS, LORD GOD ALMIGHTY; JUST AND TRUE ARE THY WAYS, THOU KING OF SAINTS. WHO SHALL NOT FEAR THEE, O LORD, AND GLORIFY THY NAME? FOR THOU ONLY ART HOLY: FOR ALL THE NATIONS SHALL COME WORSHIP BEFORE THEE…”(Rev. 11:15; 15:3,4).

“…I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God…And a voice came out of the throne, saying, PRAISE OUR GOD, ALL YE HIS SERVANTS, AND YE THAT FEAR HIM, BOTH SMALL AND GREAT. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him…”Rev. 19:1,5-7a.

And I hear a heavenly host, “…praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”(Lu.2:13,14). And I hear Jesus saying, ”…pray ye…Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth; as it is in heaven…Surely I come quickly.”(Matt.6:9b, 10; Rev. 22:20b).

For those who read this here in America and across the globe, know the Lord has brought you here to speak His word into your heart. I don’t know what that word is because it’s meant for you personally from Him. As you meditate on these things hear His voice. Share the message as He directs.

Thank you for coming this way. As we gather together for worship this weekend, pray for the kings of the nations to Kiss the Son that we may have the fullness of His peace on earth, for surely the King comes quickly. Then his name will be exalted above every other name because…

“…at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God.” Phil. 2:10,11.  Amen.

 

The Tabernacle of Testimony

028.jpgThe seven men listened without doubt as the lawyer asked for signatures and handed over the deed, then he said, “I hope you men don’t expect to build this camp with a shovel and a prayer.” The men smiled. What the lawyer didn’t know is the God those men knew. God purposed it and He would do it with those seven men and His people who had a mind to work and a mighty God who gives His people the desires of their hearts when He is their desire. So began a tabernacle of testimony.dscf0046.jpg

“After these things I looked, and the temple of the tabernacle of testimony in heaven was opened,” Rev. 15:5, NASB

Our tabernacle of testimony would not be so grand as the one John saw, and one might agree with the lawyer if he/she looked only on the physical. No buildings, shade or water sat on the pasture ground donated by a dear brother in the Lord for the camp to sit upon. The bank account non-existent until an elderly widow donated $5000 from her deceased husband’s estate. Since that day 40 years ago, no money has ever been borrowed and no child charged for coming. Volunteers fill all the positions. God has and continues to supply exceedingly abundantly more than we ask. He is faithful in establishing His tabernacle of testimony.

A quick definition: Tabernacle(dwelling place) Testimony (the declaration of facts).

God has given us the privilege of working with Him on this tabernacle of testimony for 40 years. In my understanding, the testimony of tabernacle seen in heaven(which He has been preparing for much more than 40 years!) consists of you, me and a multitude of believers from past and present joined together in the body of Christ through our Savior’s blood. “…your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you…”034.jpg

“…His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven.” Rev. 13:6, NASB.

We are the dwelling place of the declarations of the facts…the revelation of our God through the lives we live while here and then for all eternity when we dwell with Him.dscf0607.jpg

Praying we join as one mighty tabernacle of testimony to the greatness and glory of our God and Savior Jesus Christ. And with thanksgiving and celebration for the blessing and privilege of these 40 years of being a part of this tabernacle of testimony.

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Once Upon a Time

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Do you believe in fairy tales? Fairy tales begin and end, Once upon a time…and they all lived happily ever after. The middle is filled with trouble but it’s the happily ever after that carries us to the end.

I don’t believe in fairy tales where the end is the same for everyone. But I do believe in the truth that speaks of the called, the chosen, and the faithful receiving a happily ever after ending in a kingdom that is out of this world.

“These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” Rev. 17:14

Our Prince Charming is the King who is the Lamb and He has come to rescue the called who are the chosen and faithful. Not everyone will live in His kingdom and know what true happiness forever after is. Who will?

The called who are chosen. “…for many be called, but few chosen.” Matt. 20:16b. The call has gone out, inviting all who believe to enter the kingdom of God. There is only one door allowing entrance into the King’s kingdom. Jesus is the door and He says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3. The called are those who are born again, making them among the King’s chosen. This is the “Once Upon a Time.”

The chosen, are those called according to His purpose…to become conformed to the image of His Son. Those He calls, He justifies. (See Rom. 8:28-30).

“…God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. And it was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2Thess. 2:13,14. Those born again are those chosen for salvation and sanctification, the setting apart from the world, as He carries us from faith to faith in His kingdom. This is the middle of the story.

Faith takes us ever more into the happily ever after. For our faith is not in our own strength or works but in the finished work of Christ, the call of God on our lives that by His grace we are the chosen. He has given us His Spirit to complete His work in us and give us the fullness of His glory.

“Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to  you.” 2Peter 1:10,11. 

There is a happily ever after for all those who receive the invitation to be among the chosen and faithful. And you don’t have to wait until you die to begin living it. You have been invited, have you accepted?