Monday, December 23, 2013

Mary-Minded

 

John 3:16 (NKJV) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Christmas is my favorite time of year. People celebrate the birth of Jesus. His birth signifies the redemption from judgement for any person who will simply believe in Jesus.

When God gave us His Son, it was all over for the devil. Jesus is our saviour who gave Himself to be sin for us on the cross. When He did, the devil lost his power over us. The sin of all mankind was dealt with.

The first miracle Jesus performed was turning water into wine (John 2:11). It was at the request of His mother. The Bible says, "Jesus said to her [His mother Mary], "Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come."  His mother said to the servants, "Whatever He says to you, do it"" (John 2:4-5).

I find it amazing that Mary knew He would perform miracles. She did not have the New Testament to learn the character of Jesus. She simply knew because she was His mother.

We can have the same closeness to Jesus that His mother had with Him. We celebrate Christmas because of the gift of eternal life. Jesus provided even more than eternal life. He opened the door for us to have a personal relationship with Him.

Having a relationship with someone means giving them some attention. Mary gave Jesus her attention and took note of things that were out of the ordinary. The Bible says in Luke 2:19, "But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart." Then in again in Luke 2:51, "... His mother kept all these things in her heart."

As you fellowship with Jesus through communion and an awareness of His continual presence, you will see things out of the ordinary. You will learn the character of God and begin to take advantage of everything He provided with the gift of Jesus.

It is time to start seeing the church perform amazing miracles. As we commune with God we will tap into this incredible gift.

Be blessed and have an amazing Christmas!

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