I loved Pastor Marv's message Sunday where he wrapped up all the drama and wars and wanderings of the Old Testament. We have read the beautiful accounts of God's mercy to His people over and over again. His gracious love and compassion continues to cover our lives to this day. The beginning of the Gospels reads like the preview of a movie. Mark, "The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, The Son Of God!" John, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God!" Luke, "Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled." John, "The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it!" Matthew takes us from Abraham through King David to the father of Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus!
What an exciting ride to read through all the geneologies that show us the royal line from David to Jesus as fortold by the prophets. One of my favorite descriptions of Jesus from Isaiah 42 says,"Behold my Servant who I uphold, My Elect One in whom my soul delights! I have put My Spirit on Him; He will bring forth justice to the gentiles, He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street."
"A bruised reed He will not break, and the smoking flax He will not quench, He will bring justice for truth. He will not fail nor be discouraged, Till He has established justice in the earth." He goes on to say, "He will be a light to the Gentiles, (that's us) will open blind eyes and bring out prisoners from prison. New things will I declare!"
The new Testament talks about the mystery of two supernatural births. John the Baptist and the greatest mystery birth of all, Jesus. But I can't help thinking that every natural birth is a beautiful mystery, but even greater is the mystery of the New Birth, when someone finds Jesus and is born into the family of God.
As we continue to read through the Bible, we will be reminded again of all the things He has done for us. I am excited about the reading all the things that were prophesied in the old Testament.
We also get to read about and watch the events that have been foretold unfold before our eyes, but still knowing that our God, our Father God is in control of what happens. I think about people who are going through hard times and are at a place where their light has almost gone out. But our Father reaches out to blow new life into our hearts, and set the fire blazing again.
Be sure and watch Nick North as he tells his testimony on my OOPs program. Then watch for it on You-Tube. We'll have part two of Rick Morreale's testimony soon. Thanks to Pastor Ryan and Jed Thomet for helping put these stories on the net.