Good morning, beloved,
Blogs are like pictures. They tell you part of a story, capture a moment, you look around the picture or blog either enjoying the moment or cringing back. This picture tells me a story. Who are these people? Where are they going? Where is the Mama taking those two little children? I admire the sun casting it’s glow upon these travelers. The shadows. Who took this picture? Yes, we have a name, but what is his story? As you enter into my world, my thought, my world, I hope you admire not the writer, but the One who truly authors it all. He is who you should admire. He knows the whole story. He knows all the answers to our questions. He knows you. He knows me.
Just think about that for a moment. He knows everything, Your thoughts, your motives, you! And guess what? He loves you. Now, I don’t know about you, but considering the thoughts that scamper through my mind, my past, my foibles, that thought overwhelms me today.
The God who created, shaped and formed this mountain? Yes, He loves me. And you. He wants to be with you. With me.
Frankly, I’m a bit of a mess today. My head hurts and I’m just ready to figure this all out. I woke up with thoughts of inadequacy and frustration. And do you know what brought me peace? I began reciting the AWANA Sparks verses. Each one of my kids has learned these verses. I’ve helped them practice and practice.
S…is for Savior. “The Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the World.” 1 John 4:14
P…is for Power. “Great is our Lord, and mighty in power;
His understanding is infinite.” Psalm 147:5
A…is for According to the Scriptures. “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. ” 1 Corinthians 15:3
R…is for Raised. “ and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,” 1 Corinthians 15:4
K…is for Keep. “Whoever keeps the whole Law but stumbles at one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” James 2:10
S…is for Saved. ““Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved,” Acts 16:31
I didn’t get them all right. Blame it on the headache, I say. Yet, His Word never comes back void. His peace prevailed. His Word has prevailed. Who has been more blessed by AWANA? I’m not so sure. (grin)
Isaiah prophesied 700 years before the birth of John that there would be…”A voice of one who cries: Prepare in the wilderness the way of the Lord [clear away the obstacles]; make straight and smooth in the desert a highway for our God!” Isaiah 40:3
Now for the fulfillment:
In those days there appeared John the Baptist, preaching in the Wilderness (Desert) of Judea
2 And saying, Repent (think differently; change your mind, regretting your sins and changing your conduct), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
3 This is he who was mentioned by the prophet Isaiah when he said, The voice of one crying in the wilderness (shouting in the desert), Prepare the road for the Lord, make His highways straight (level, direct). Matthew 3:1-3
I found while I was hunting for other information this amazing text on the Prophesies of Messiah:
Yes, one could possibly find one or two prophecies fulfilled in other men, but not all 61 major prophecies! In fact the chance of one man fulfilling even eight prophecies is 1 in 10 to the 17th power (1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000) This has been illustrated by imagining placing 100,000,000,000,000,000 silver dollars on the State of Texas which would result in two feet “sea” of silver wherever you tread! Now it where the odds get interesting. Mark one of the silver dollars distinctively and throw it into the state. Stir it all up and blindfold a man who has one pick to select the marked coin. That’s the odds against anyone fulfilling only 8 prophecies, much less what most authorities feel is something like 330 plus Old Testament prophecies in some way fulfilled in the Messiah. To phrase it another way, these incredible odds just illustrated are the same chance that the OT prophets would have had of writing eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man providing they wrote them in their own wisdom. One can conclude that the fulfillment of even just eight prophecies proves that God inspired the writing of these prophecies to a definiteness which lacks only one chance in 10 to the 17th power! The odds against all 330 plus OT prophecies being fulfilled in one man cannot even be reasonably illustrated, as they are so high!
Another objection to the Messianic Prophecies pointing to Jesus is that Jesus deliberately attempted to fulfill the Jewish prophecies. This objection seems plausible until we realize that many of the details of the Messiah’s coming were totally beyond human control.
Note also that some of the prophecies concerning the Messiah are of such a nature that only God could fulfill them, such as Christ’s virgin birth, His sinless and holy character, His resurrection, and His ascension. Only God could cause Jesus to be born of a virgin and to be raised from the dead. Precept Austin
Humbling, isn’t it? Jesus is who He says He is! And He can accomplish what concerns you today. He is able.
My thankfuls today:
30. I’m thankful for a pj afternoon yesterday.
31. I’m thankful for books that make me laugh.
32. I’m thankful for modern medicine that helps alleviate symptoms.
Love sees us. Pray on. Pray on.