THE MIRACLE(S) OF PENTECOST/SHAVUOT – 11 June 2011

Pentecost Sunday — the day after the seventh Sabbath following the celebration of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ — begins tomorrow in the morning light of day.  The life of believers in Yeshua as Messiah and Lord is a miracle of new spiritual birth, based upon the faith in the truth of the miracle that He rose from the dead. 

A miracle is what only God can do.  He may act providentially as He oversees the affairs of His creation, but when He intervenes to further His purposes He does so in a way that it is clear that He did it.  Those who oppose the one true God will always seek to find some natural explanation, but when the facts are looked at in detail, it becomes evident that a miracle occurred that only God could have accomplished.  The glory is His, not any created thing.

Shavuot/Weeks – Pentecost/50 Days marks the birthday of the Body of Christ, the Church.  On that day more than 2000 years ago, 120 Jewish Israeli disciples of the Messiah whom God brought through the Jewish people and first sent to them received the gift of the Holy Spirit:  the miracle of new birth, when God comes into repentant sinners who have placed their hope in Jesus and makes us a new creation.  From our human and creature limitations, the Creation of the Heavens and the Earth is a miracle; so, too, is the redemptive New Creation.  For God, it is ‘normal’; it is His glory being revealed and displayed.

God is still “commanding all people everywhere to repent.  For He has set a day when He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man He has appointed.  He has given proof of this to all men by raising Him from the dead”.  This good news has not changed; it is as relevant today as then.  Let us fear God and worship Him only.

The Incarnation – 21 Dec 2002

John 3:13 (5-21) The Son of Man has descended from — and ascended to — Heaven

There are well-meaning dear brothers and sisters in Messiah who do not celebrate the birth of the Savior at this time of year.  They have their reasons for this, just as I once did.  The danger, however, is that we will harden our hearts from being able to rejoice at all in the birth of Yeshua – from singing the great songs of Heaven over His coming into the world He made to redeem people like you and me and them.

Jesus came into the world to defeat the works of the devil, and so give hope and joy to persons who are looking and waiting for salvation and redemption from futility and despair.  God came in the weakness of flesh and blood to deal a death blow to spiritual forces of wickedness who are oppressing the whole creation of a loving and good Father. Continue reading “The Incarnation – 21 Dec 2002”