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30 Days with Jesus… Day 22

Day 22

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.

He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.

The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light.

The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.

He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.

And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. John 1:1‭-‬14 NLT ♥️

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30 Days with Jesus… Day 11

Day 11

Reading from Luke 2:4-7 NLT

And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee.

He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child. And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born.

She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

I really cherish this story. The Messiah was already born. Born in a stable where there were animals and hay. He was wrapped and put in a manger.

My Lord Jesus was born in a simple and basic way. Who would have thought that the King of King’s and Lord of lords would be born in such a way. Many, perhaps except a Savoiur to be born in a palace surrounded by maids.

But no, not my King. He was so humble. So humble to born and lived among us. To feel our pains yet He never curse. To endure sufferings and bring us to repentance. The God in the flesh lived among us, sinners.

I thank you Mary and Joseph for loving God, and being obedient. Without them, we will surely be doomed. I am not kidding, peeps!

Let’s be thankful.

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30 Days with Jesus… DAY 10

Day 10

Reading from Luke 2:1-5

A long walk to Bethlehem. Joseph and Mary took this long journey when Joseph had to travel to his home town for census.

After reading the passage I went straight away to Google Maps to see how long it would take from Nazareth to Bethlehem by feet. It seems to take around a day walk in our modern day route but I am pretty sure that it would take a few days (perhaps 5 with a pregnant woman).

How would Mary feel or think while she was travelling? Would she be cranky while walking under the hot sun with a very big tummy? I believe it must be very hard for her especially when she was 9 months pregnant. Mind you as I’ve already had a child, my tummy was very heavy and I needed the rest room often!

Oh Mary, you were so young and brave. You believed God and took the mission without questions. The road ahead were not smooth and you didn’t travel to Bethlehem with Joseph on a chariot (as Joseph was a descendent of king David). Life surely wasn’t easy for her.

Joseph on the other hand, he loved Mary dearly. He took Mary as his wife and it had been only 6 months as Mr. and Mrs. before the long travel. Had he once complained about the journey or how hard life was?

I believe this couple were travelling with hope. The hope that Jesus was about to be born. The Saviour of all. Their focus was on God above and His promises, not themselves.

This reminds me that I too ought to have that mindset. Things on earth here are only temporary. Nothing lasts forever. I sometimes have rough days or am in the situations I don’t like. There are tears and laughters. Hurt and happy times. With all that jazz, I try to do my best to live God’s way… Though it is often hard.

Life is like a long journey… Things happen but we gotta get going.

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30 Days with Jesus… Day 9

Day 9

Jesus’ Back Story: The Women of Christmas

Before you get to the manger, a long list of names interrupts the Christmas story. Look closely at that list of “begats’ in Matthew and four names will pop out as unusual. Gentile names—who normally wouldn’t belong in a proper record of Jewish heritage. Certainly not in a kingly line.

But there they are. Gentiles. And women, nonetheless.

The first, Rahab. She lived in Jericho at the time when the children of Israel were ending their long walk from Egypt when rumors of invasion worried those who lived on the walls of the city. Perhaps if we knew more of her story, we’d understand how Rabah ended up in this desperate life (she’s known as “the harlot.”) All we know is the spies sent by Joshua went in her window and she protected them, instead of herself. As it happens, they ended up saving her and her family. Later when asked by her grandchildren why she let that red rope out her window as a signal, she said she had heard about the Messiah and just knew this was the way she could get pulled in. (Read Rahab’s story in Joshua 6.)

The next name in Matthew’s genealogy, surprisingly, is Rahab’s daughter-in-law, Ruth.Though their stories are rarely linked, Ruth married Rahab’s son, Boaz. Ruth from Moab—which is like saying Ruth, from the filthy part of town. No one dared say that to the faithful girl who survived her own share of grief and came out all the sweeter. She left her own home to take her mother-in-law, Naomi back to Bethlehem. Two widows, one old and bitter, one tender and young, walked into town and everyone noticed. Especially attentive was the eligible bachelor, Boaz. And the romancing of the most divine kind commenced. Years later, Naomi’s joy was restored when she bounced her sweet grandson on her knee, the boy who would be the grandfather of King David himself. (Read Ruth’s story in the short book of Ruth.)

But that almost didn’t happen. Back in Genesis when all the attention was on Joseph and his coat of many colors, Jacob’s oldest son, Judah, was weary of all the family drama. So much so he almost broke the line from Adam to David by refusing his daughter-in-law, Tamar, twice a widow by his two sons, the right to have a child by his third son. Rather than risk it (“she’s bad luck!”) he pushed her aside. Perhaps Tamar knew, beyond her own needs, what a mistake this was and figured out a plan to keep the family line going. As shady as we think that plan was, it was exactly what Judah needed to wake up. Later, he called Tamar a blessing, worthy of honor and her grandchildren would name their little girls after her. (Read Tamar’s story in Genesis 38.)

And the last woman we read of only as David’s wife, but we know it’s Bathsheba. How much she was victimized or how much she cooperated in David’s ugly sin, we don’t know. All we know for sure is his story became hers and her life with Uriah was gone. Instead, she ended up in the palace, married to a man overwhelmed by guilt. From Bathsheba, we learn that even when sin separates us, God doesn’t give up His own. Instead, when we ask Him, He creates new hearts from shattered pieces. As for David and Bathsheba—the child of their child a thousand years yet future would die to make them whole. That Redeemer of every man’s story would be everything David dreamed about and more. (Read Bathsheba’s story in 2 Samuel 11.)

The red thread through every story? Faith in God. Beyond the grief, the guilt, the poverty of their lives, these women in Jesus’ line believed God. Somehow. We’re not certain how but we know in the end, their wounds healed. And He wanted His grace—and their stories—to go on record.

Cr. One On One: 100 Days With Jesus–ADVENT
http://bible.com/r/3Ti

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30 Days with Jesus… Day 8

Day 8

Reflecting from Luke 1:57-80. This passage talks about the birth of John the Baptist.

John was born from the supernatural power. He was an only son of Zechariah and Elizabeth; an elderly couple. These old people prayed to God so many years until an angel was sent to Zechariah while he was on duty in a temple. Then Elizabeth miraculously got pregnant in her old age.

When John was a baby, Zechariah prophesied that he would open the way for Jesus. What does this mean? It means that John would tell people about repentance, and baptised them with water. The water baptism is the symbolic that says you die while being submerged into water and rise again while you come out of water.

It is amazing how God didn’t talk to His people (through prophets) for 400 years, and then BAM! He caused John to be born in a priest family and he was happened to be a cousin of the Messiah; Jesus. So, John was sent by God to tell people about repentance before Jesus himself began to make disciples and taught people about the way back to God. I imagine how his dad must have taught him a lot about God’s laws etc.

God, thank you that you don’t forsake your people. 🙏🏻

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30 Days with Jesus… Day 7

Day 7

Reading from Matthew 1:18-25 NLT

This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph.

But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.

As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit.

And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”

When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.

Wow! I really love how Joseph was a righteous man and such a gentleman. He was quite upset with Mary that she got home from visiting Elizabeth’s house.

Do you remember how Mary stayed at her relative’s place for 3 months? And then… Ta da, she came home pregnant. Surprise surprise.

So yes, Joseph must very upset and disappointed in Mary. But he tried his best to solve the problem God’s way; to break the engagement quietly. Do you know that he could have her stoned to death if he wanted to?!? But he chose not to do that because he really loved Mary.

Another thing I love about Joseph is that loved and respected the woman he believed had wronged him. He must have found it hard to believe that God’s Spirit caused Mary to be pregnant. Until the angel told him so. As Christians, we too ought to love people, even when it hurts.

I’m so happy to know that Jesus had Joseph as His earthly father. He must have been loved and raised in a noble family as Joseph was a descendent of king David. Though at that time he became a carpenter.

There are good things in this world because God is good.

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30 Days with Jesus… Day 6

Day 6

Reading from Luke 1:46-56

Mary responded (to Elizabeth), “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!

For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed. For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me.

He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him. His mighty arm has done tremendous things! He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.

He has brought down princes from their thrones and exalted the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away with empty hands.

He has helped his servant Israel and remembered to be merciful. For he made this promise to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children forever.”

Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back to her own home. Luke 1:46‭-‬56 NLT

Mary was such a lovely young Jewish girl who loved and obeyed God. I imagine she must have learned about God and lived by His words her whole life and now she was stepping into the most significant history of all.

It must be very hard for Mary to be carrying Jesus for 9 months. What did she eat and drink during those days? Oh, and what did she do when she became hormonal? I remember it was already so difficult for me to be pregnant as a fully grown woman. But Mary was a teen. Oh, what a strong young woman she was! 💪🏻

It’s amazing how God chose people to do things for Him. People of ordinary lives. Some love God from their younger days and others have the change of heart.

Did you know that I was raised in a Buddhist family? In my younger days, I did what other non believers do. I also did palm readings, Tarot cards, Reiki etc.

When I met Jesus, I threw away and stopped doing those things. I trust Him when He says He is the way, the truth and the life… And I’m following Him.

Honestly, I’m so honoured to have heard about God’s grace through Jesus. I’m glad that I don’t have to be born in a Jewish family to be called God’s child.

LORD, Thank you. 🙏🏻

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