“Mary Don’t You Know”

The Gospel Of Luke, 1:26-38 KJV:

(26) And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth.  (27) To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.  (28) And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women. (29) And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.  (30) And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary; for thou hast found favour with God.  (31) And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.  (32) He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of his father David:  (33) And He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end.  (34) Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?  (35) And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore also that holy Thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. (36) And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.  (37) For with God nothing shall be impossible.  (38)  And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

Angels don’t make a practice of appearing to people in the middle of nowhere.  So when Dr. Luke starts out his narrative, a short story about an angel appearing–both to Zechariah and ALSO to Mary, we know something special is about to occur–something that has never happened in the history of the world.

Seemingly out of the blue, God was about to announce His eternal plans in specific detail to one young and seemingly insignificant young girl, living in an insignificant small village of Nazareth.

Now the background of this narrative might seem small and unimportant in the big picture of things–where Mary was living and who she was engaged to.  But the engagement was all important, as it connected her to the GREATER PROMISE made long ago by the prophet Jeremiah 23:5:

“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch (Sprout), and He will reign as King and do wisely and will execute justice and righteousness in the land”  (Amplified Bible).

Even though Mary was a seemingly miniscule young girl living in a small out of the way village, God was going to use her womb to turn the whole world upside down.

images (1)Gabriel said “HAIL” – ‘Greetings’ to you who are highly favoured!  The LORD is with you.”

Here was a young girl, between the ages of 12 to 17 years old, recently engaged to a man she barely knew, planning with her mother no doubt, the future wedding. What to wear, how many guests to invite, food for the reception, a future place to reside….

Let’s just imagine that afternoon, Mary’s mother might have asked her to go to the well to fetch a bucket of water; so the dishes from the previous meals would be clean.  Afterall, Joseph was dropping by for supper that night, and they wanted everything presentable; to leave a good impression on the groom to be.

With bucket (vessel) in hand, Mary walks outside in the brightness of the sun, and there appeared a handsome, dark-haired young man, standing between her and the well. Surely she was troubled by the stranger’s words and wondering what kind of greeting this might be.  But the angel said to her (v. 30),  “FEAR NOT, MARY; for you have found favour with God.”

First of all, notice Mary’s initial reaction to the angel’s greetings.  She was “TROUBLED” and “CAST IN HER MIND”…( I call it “meditating” on the spoken words).  A practice we should all take part in when the WORD is spoken.  Meditate on what is spoken for us, to us, and over us.

The angel had literally told this young girl, that she was about to be the recipient of an undeserved GIFT of God.  What kind of gift would it be?  Why was the angel appearing to HER, a simple and sinful servant of the Lord?  Something BIG was about to happen–but she didn’t know what.

So Gabriel went on…“You will conceive…and bring forth a son”

The whole concept of GIVING BIRTH is a Miracle in and of itself.  If you have ever seen pictures of how a sperm and an egg unite, quickly forming into eyes, ears, legs, and a whole human body, it is a miraculous thing.  It is what we call “PREGNANCY”.

But here, Gabriel was telling Mary–a VIRGIN–that she was going to have a son.

That right there would be enough to absolutely put any woman, much less a young girl, into shock!

But Gabriel wasn’t done!

Today, when a woman becomes pregnant, one of the fun things to do is to measure how BIG the child is.  With fertility pills, the idea of giving birth to twins, multiple births, has jumped in number to six or seven rather than just two.  I would think that most mothers who find out they are having more than one child might be overwhelmed at such a thought.

But this news of Gabriel was far beyond that.  “You are to give him the name JESUS.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.”

Imagine if you can, what Gabriel was telling Mary here in the passage.  You are going to give birth to not just a ten pound son–to twins or triplets–but the Son of the Most High–God Himself.

GOD was going to be put into her womb–and start growing there.  How would God, who fills the universe, be able to fit into Mary’s womb?

Gabriel wasn’t done.

Mary wouldn’t even get to pick His name, because His name was already picked out–JESUS.  This is the Greek transliteration of the Old Testament name JOSHUA–which is a shortened form of two Hebrew words meaning–“the Lord saves”.  The son that she would have–GOD–would be the Savior of the world–long foretold!

What would this Savior end up doing?  

“The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end.”

Many women over the course of history have given birth to kings.  Some of them have had the pleasure of seeing their sons be crowned.  Others have had the sorrow of seeing them dethroned.  Mary’s Son, however, is to reign forever.  His kingdom would never end.

MARY never asked the question “Why me?”

As a descendent of Jacob, she knew why.  She had read of the CURSE that mankind had been under from the fall of Adam and Eve.  She knew from the religious rites and regulations of sacrificing sheep and the Passover–that a Savior had to come to SAVE them from their sins.

God had promised Abraham “through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed (Genesis 22:18).

BY FAITH, Mary knew WHY this had to happen–what she didn’t know was the question “How”?

“How will this be Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

This wasn’t a question of DOUBT–but a question of mechanics.  Mary was about to experience the FACT that God doesn’t always do things NATURALLY!  He does them SPIRITUALLY–BY HIS WORD!

Throughout the first chapter of Genesis, we read over and over again…God SAID…God SAW…(Genesis 1:3-4; 6-7; 9-12; 14-15, 18; 20-21; 24-25; 26; 29-31).

So the question arises, how important are WORDS–presented by Luke’s narrative on Mary’s CONCEPTION?

I remember when I was a child, my mother telling me repeated times, “Sticks and stones will break your bones, but names will never hurt you.”  As well-meaning as mom was–she wanted me to get over my “hurt feelings”–it was a lie!  Names did hurt, because I allowed the spoken word of others (the bullying), to manifest in my spirit.

WORDS are “things” that can take on substance every time they are spoken.  Words eventually produce tangible “things,” good or bad (Proverbs 18:20-21). 

In 1 Samuel 3:17, when Eli referred to God’s spoken words, he used the word “THING”:

[16] Then Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.  And he answered, “Here am I.”  [17] And he said, “What is the THING that the Lord hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me; God do so to thee, and more also; if thou hide any THING from me of all THINGS that he said unto thee.”  [“Thing (s) capitalized for emphasis only]

smalloneWORD SEEDS were the KEYS to the virgin birth of Jesus Christ found in Luke 1:26-31.

The angel Gabriel presented God’s Word to Mary, but only she had the authority to bring that WORD from God to pass.

When Mary gave VOICE to the WORD, a “thing” was released.

Applying this important KEY to our lives today, words of prayer, WORDS spoken–WORD SEED first, then CONCEPTION takes place as soon as we give VOICE to a thing.

In Luke 1:45, we read “blessed (happy to be envied) is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of the THINGS that were spoken to her from the Lord”  (Amplified bible).

The angel told Mary that her CONCEPTION would be supernatural and referred to the baby Jesus as a “HOLY THING” (Lk. 1:35).  The VIRGIN BIRTH occurred when the Holy Spirit intervened to carry out the WORDS that Mary spoke.

Mary’s cousin Elisabeth’s pregnancy, after being BARREN, was evidence that ALL THINGS are possible with God (vs. 36-37).  What an encouragement this must have been to this young girl, and what an encouragement it is us today: ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!!!

conception_pregnancy_hormones_s8_2When Mary verbally accepted the spoken WORD of God and spoke into her life, she became pregnant (vs. 38):  Then Mary said, Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be done to me according to what you have said. And the angel left her.”  (AMP)

Mary agreed (internalized) the WORD-SEED of God and spoke–(‘planted’) it over her life–then the THING she spoke materialized (manifested) in the natural world.

Mary BELIEVED God, so she RECEIVED the fulfillment of the “thing” for what she believed (v. 45).

When we believe God and speak HIS WORD over our lives, we can receive the “things” that we speak.

God never intended the BIRTH OF JESUS to be a surprise to anyone.

He predicted it would happen in Isaiah.  He predicted it would happen in Micah.  He sent His messenger Gabriel, to SPEAK “things” to Mary on what was to happen.

Now you may have heard the Christmas story many times by now–but don’t let the wonderful old story stop enlightening your FAITH through the holidays.  GOD became MAN through a virgin–to live and die for each one of us.  What a WONDERFUL GIFT Christmas is!!!

 


CREDITS:

Photos:  Google Image; MedicineNet.com

Sermon Notes used for this blog:  Creflo Dollar Ministries on Luke 1:26-38.

Commentary:  MARY: Believing the Impossible @ Keep Believing Ministries.

Bible Translations:  King James Version and the Amplified Bible.

 

 

Smiling On A Cloudy Day

A CLOUDY DAY!

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A VIEW from my porch

My wife and I were sitting on our front porch at the end of summer, looking towards the western sky.  We started a new tradition this year, borrowing it from my brother and sister-in-law, of ringing a brass bell while the sun is setting.  The “ringing out” of the end of another day.

But on this particular evening, a wisp of clouds seemed to be layered over the horizon, and as I grabbed the wooden handle of the bell, I stopped, looked at my wife and smiled…

“You go, God!”

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“Clouds come floating in my life no longer to carry

rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset day.”

~ Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds ~

SCRIPTURE VERSE – ISAIAH 19:1:

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“AN ORACLE concerning Egypt:

“See, the Lord rides on a swift cloud and is coming to Egypt. The idols of Egypt tremble before Him, and the hearts of the Egyptians melt within them” ~ New International Bible.

As I continued with my reading and study in the Book of Isaiah this past week, I soon discovered, how closely the above verse identifies “CLOUDS” with GOD (Isaiah 19:1; Revelation 14:14).

GOD USES A “CLOUD” IN THE BIBLE…

  • To guide the Children of Israel through the wilderness.
  • GOD spoke to Moses in a CLOUD on Mt. Sinai.
  • GOD appeared to Aaron on the Day of Atonement, at the Mercy Seat, in a “CLOUD.”
  • The GLORY of the LORD left the Temple in Jerusalem, in a “CLOUD.”
  • When Elijah predicted rain, his servant saw a “CLOUD” the size of a man’s hand.
  • GOD spoke in a CLOUD at the transfiguration of JESUS.
  • JESUS ascended in a CLOUD.
  • We will be caught up in the CLOUDS in the Rapture.

A.  Bible verses where GOD used a “CLOUD” –

  1.  Genesis 9:13-16 – God Teaches Us About HIS PROMISES:

[13] “I set My bow [rainbow] in the cloud, and it shall be a token or sign of a covenant or solemn pledge between Me and the earth. 

[14] And it shall be that when I bring clouds over the earth and the bow [rainbow] is seen in the clouds,

[15] I will [earnestly] remember My covenant or solemn pledge which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters will no more become a flood to destroy and make all flesh corrupt.

[16] When the bow [rainbow] is in the clouds and I look upon it, I will [earnestly] remember the everlasting covenant or pledge between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.”

THE RAINBOW –

One of God’s covenant SIGNS to the world is that there will never be another FLOOD like that one!

It’s a PROMISE from GOD… 

It had never rained before the flood (Gen. 2:5-6) and when GOD caused the great flood, He caused it to RAIN for 40 days & 40 nights.

Can you imagine what NOAH must have done, when he got off the ARK, saw a DARK CLOUD in the sky?  He might have run back to the ark.

UNTIL…he smiled and remembered God’s PROMISE…the RAINBOW.

Maybe…there are some DARK CLOUDS in your life right now.  Remember the cartoon character who always had a dark cloud following him everywhere?

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Looking Beyond the Dark Clouds…

There can’t be a RAINBOW, without clouds!

There’s an old saying, “Beyond every cloud there’s a silver lining.”  While that may not be true, there’s always a RAINBOW of God’s presence… behind every dark cloud.

There’s NOT A DARK CLOUD without a RAINBOW of promise.

DARK CLOUDS always mean showers of blessing – “Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised” ~ Romans 4:21.

2.  Exodus 13:21-22 – God Teaches Us About His GUIDANCE:

“The LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.

The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people.”

GOD used the CLOUD to GUIDE people through the wilderness –

Where the cloud went, Israel went and when it moved, they moved…when it stopped, they stopped.

There were no road maps, roads or a resident travel agent…they had a CLOUD.  They didn’t need to stop and ask for directions (Moses was a man…he wouldn’t have anyhow!).

The CLOUD didn’t go faster than they could follow…

BUT…they had to keep up with the CLOUD.  They could see it…it didn’t go away…it was always there.

IN A LIKE MANNER…we are to walk by FAITH, not by sight.

We can’t see the CLOUD…BUT…we still have a GUIDE through the wilderness of our own lives.

We NEED to keep our eyes on Him, for He will never LEAD us astray.

3.  Exodus 14:19-20 – God Teaches Us About His PROTECTION:

[19] “And the [i] Angel of God Who went before the host of Israel moved and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before them and stood behind them,

[20] Coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel. It was a cloud and darkness to the Egyptians, but it gave light by night to the Israelites; and the one host did not come near the other all night.”

NOW…the CLOUD goes behind the children of Israel (“I got your backs!”).  They didn’t need to be guided across the Red Sea…it has opened up for them.

What they needed now was PROTECTION–a GUARD at their backs…BECAUSE…the Egyptian army was closing in on them.

The CLOUD became a partition between them and their enemy.

God Stands in the Clouds, as a PARTITION between you and your enemy, the DEVIL – 

Psalm 34:7:  “The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe] and each of them He delivers.”

4.  Exodus 16:10-12 – God Teaches Us His PROVISION:

[10] And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of Israel, they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud!  [11] The Lord said to Moses,  [12] I have heard murmurings of the Israelites; speak to them, saying,  At twilight you shall eat meat, and between the two evenings you shall be filled with bread; and you shall know that I am the LORD your God. 

God had guided them; protected them so far… Would He NOW, not PROVIDE for them?

God continues in my life to provide for my family, for we are His children and He provides for us ABUNDANTLY, and He does for you as well!

  • ABUNDANT LIFE – John 10:10
  • ABUNDANT POWER – Eph. 3:20
  • ABUNDANT SUPPLY – Philip. 4:19

When Israel looked at the CLOUDS, they must have smiled.  

I ran across a humorous account in my study of clouds the other day that made me smile. It was in regards to the observation of clouds in the overhead sky:

“Aren’t the CLOUDS beautiful?  They look like big balls of cotton…I could just lie here all day and watch them drift by…If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud formations…what do you see, Linus?”

“Well, those clouds up there look like the map of the British Honduras on the Caribbean…That cloud up there looks a little like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor…And, that group of clouds over there gives me the impression of the stoning of Stephen…I can see the apostle Paul standing there to one side…”

“Uh, huh…That’s very good…What do you see in the clouds, Charlie Brown?”

“Well, I was going to say I saw a ‘ducky’ and a ‘horsie’, but I changed my mind! “

[See footnote [i] ].

When Israel looked at the CLOUDS…it probably wasn’t viewed a “Linus” and “Charlie Brown” ‘s.

The CLOUD reminded them of God’s presence…His guidance…His protection…His provision.

Will GOD do any less for you and I?

My, how God supplies the necessities in our lives…

  • Have you missed a meal in the last couple of days?
  • What kind of vehicle did you drive in your garage today?
  • Did you walk into your church this past week, or did someone have to carry you in on a mat?
  • If you were to die before 8:30 PM, would you spend eternity in Heaven?

GOD PROVIDES!

5.  Exodus 24:15-18 – God Teaches Us About His GLORIFICATION:

[15] “Then Moses went up into the mountain, and the CLOUD covered the mountain.  [16] The GLORY of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai, and the CLOUD covered it for six days. On the seventh day [God] called to Moses out of the midst of the CLOUD.  [17] And the GLORY of the Lord appeared to the Israelites like devouring fire on the top of the mountain.”  [“CLOUD”and “GLORY” were capitalized for emphasis. ]

MOSES goes up into Mt. Sinai to receive God’s law – (24:12).  And God, once again, MANIFESTS [disclose one’s self] in the form of a CLOUD.

I can almost see myself gathered with the Israelites that day (24:17).  What a privilege it must have been to see this CLOUD…to hear the voice of God…to see His glory!

We too, can See God’s Glory Today!

“And all of us, as with unveiled face,  [because we] continued to behold  [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever-increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit”  (2 Corinthians 3:18 AMP).

You and I are then to REFLECT the glory of God.  If we aren’t, it’s not because there’s anything wrong with God’s glory.  It’s because there’s something not right with the ‘reflectors’.

Maybe we’re like dirty mirrors at times; smudges everywhere, distorting the image of His true glory.

The “DO’s” of Reflecting God’s Glory –

  • By Good Works – Matthew 5:16.
  • By Bearing Fruit – John 15:8.
  • By Consecration – 1 Corinthians 6:20.

The Process of Constantly being changed–

The GLORY of God should be REFLECTED in each one of us who believe in Christ Jesus.  We should be constantly “being changed” in clearness of the IMAGE–the glory of God:  “From glory to glory” means spiritual growth…from a carnal (fleshly) Christian to a Spiritual Christian.

6.  EXODUS 40:33b-38 – God Teaches Us About His PRESENCE:

GOD’S PRESENCE (the “manifestation”) filled the tabernacle in a CLOUD.

As Christians, we are also filled with the Holy Spirit of God.  We are His “temple”…the dwelling place of God.

Because of His ‘infilling’ and His fullness, and His PRESENCE, we can have strength and victory in the Christian life.

The Israelites saw the CLOUD of the PRESENCE of God every day.  This should be true in our lives as well.  The HOLY SPIRIT lives within us…indwells us, so we too should experience His PRESENCE continually.

7.  ACTS 1:9 – God Teaches Us About His COMING AGAIN:

“And when He [Jesus] had said this, even as they were looking [at Him], He was caught up, and a cloud received and carried Him away out of their sight.”

JESUS ascends to His Father in a CLOUD…the visible image of an invisible God.

JESUS had broken visible fellowship with His disciples on earth, and entered His Heavenly home.  BUT…ten days later, Holy Spirit would come to indwell them.  He didn’t leave them without His PRESENCE.

Just like it was a CLOUD that took JESUS home, also a CLOUD will one day take US home (1 Thessalonians 4:11-17).

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The CLOUDS we have seen here, REVEALS the glory of God.  The only way we can go home to be with JESUS, is ONLY if we are accompanied by His GLORY,

We have no GLORY of our own…we are only reflectors of His Glory!

WHENEVER we look up into the sky, and see a CLOUD…like Linus in the Charles Schultz story, we should smile, reminding us of…

  • THE PROMISE of God…that will never fail you.
  • THE GUIDANCE of God…that will never lead you down the wrong path.
  • THE PROTECTION of God…that He is always there to give you victory over the Devil.
  • THE PROVISION of God…that He will provide ALL your needs.
  • THE GLORY of God…that He is to be seen in your life, reflecting His glory.
  • THE PRESENCE of God…that He will never leave nor forsake you, because of the presence of the Holy Spirit.
  • THE COMING of God…that JESUS will return in the clouds to take you home with Him.

So when the storm clouds darken your life…just remember, the Light of God’s glory will always shine through.  That certainly makes me smile!

Let the CLOUDS remind you of the PRESENCE OF CHRIST!!!

 


 

Footnotes & Credits:

Footnote [i]: Charles M. Schulz, The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 5: 1959-1960.

Photo Credits for this Blog:  Front Porch Clouds at Sunset: Courtesy of my wife, Dianne [Thank you honey].  

Balance of photos used, by Google Images.

Bible Translations:  Amplified Bible, except where noted.

 

 

“A Horse with No Name”– But the Rider All Will Know! – Revelation 19 (Part Five)

Revelation 19:11 (Amplified Bible)

“I saw heaven opened,  and behold. a WHITE HORSE [appeared]!”

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PALM SUNDAY is rapidly approaching and Christians all over the world will celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem as played out in Matthew 21:1-11.

This moment was a joyous occasion: people gathered to cheer, threw down their robes in front of Jesus and the donkey He was riding, in show of honor.

“Hosanna!  Blessed is He who comes

in the name of the Lord!”

It had to be a high point for the disciples with their time spent with Jesus.  No doubt, they had to be thinking,

 “This is it!  This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for.  The people are ready to make Jesus their King and we will reign and rule with Him!”

THE FIRST ENTRANCE –

Jesus rode into town as a suffering Savior, sent to redeem fallen man.  He rode in but carried a cross out.  He had a hero’s welcome, but died a criminals death.

But how many of you know that Jesus is going to ride again?  Not on a donkey as before, but on a White Horse with no name.

He will come in the clouds with glory as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords–not as “King for the day,” but as “King for all time and eternity.”

He’s coming on a WHITE HORSE, carrying a sword and a crown on His head and fire in His eyes.

The Next Time Jesus Rides…REVELATION 19:11-21 (NIV):

The scene portrayed in the following verses comes chronologically at the end of the Great Tribulation and the beginning of Battle of Armageddon (Rev. 19:19).

The RAPTURE already has taken place and a great number of Tribulation saints (those who accept the Lord during the Tribulation) have gone to be with the Lord.

The Rider on the White Horse–

[11] I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war.  [12] His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one but he himself knows.  [13] He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.  [14] The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.  [15] Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.  [16] On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:

“KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS”

[17] And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God,  [18] so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great.”  [19] Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army.  [20] But the best was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.  [21] The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.

HE WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT MANIFESTATION:

DEFINITION: manifestation= readily perceived by the senses and especially by sight; easily understood or recognized by the mind; obvious; making evident or certain by showing or displaying.

The next time JESUS rides, He comes in a different MANIFESTATION–Being a NEW REVELATION.  He’s going to be the same but He’s going to look different.  There will be no doubt about Who He is to all who see Him and know He is Lord.

Let me show you what I’m talking about by taking a look at the CONTRASTS; between JESUS’ FIRST RIDE on Palm Sunday, and “the next time” He rides:

The First Ride and The Next Time Ride Contrasts…

*In poverty, the son of a carpenter* – (poor by earthly standards) – the Son of the Living God.

*Simply Dressed* – the clothes of a “priestly robes, magnificent in splendor & beauty.  A robe dipped in blood, signifying that He gained His position and authority by the shedding of His own life’s blood.

*no crown* – a title with no crown…”on His head are many crowns”.  The only crown He would wear would be Multiple Crowns, signifying His ultimate Crown of Thorns being made authority over every king and kingdom.

*plain-looking* (Isaiah 53:2 (b)):

“…He has no form or comeliness, and no beauty that we should desire Him.”

The next time He rides…

“His eyes [blaze] like a flame of fire”; “on His head are many kingly crowns (diadems)”; that we should desire Him!

JESUS will look the part–everything a King should be and more!  POWERFUL is His appearance!

*eyes of compassion (forgiveness)* – Eyes like a blazing fire (judgment).

*riding on a lowly donkey* – Riding a magnificent White Horse.

*leader with a “rag-tag” following* – ULTIMATE LEADER–supreme; no army.  Surrounded by an average commander of the host of heaven’s men.

“My kingdom is not of this world” – “Mighty is His name”

THE NEXT TIME JESUS RIDES…

He’ll be everything the Jews always wanted Him to be, and more!  But this time…they’ll wish they never seen Him.

This MANIFESTATION, this look at JESUS is one that those in opposition to Him will look at and tremble.

The simple carpenter’s son is coming back…

And the next time He rides, He’ll be riding as “King of Kings, Lord of Lords.”  Every eye will see Him!  They’ll know in an instant, “HE IS THE LORD.”

One of these days, He’s going to ride again.  Will you be with Him, or left behind?

There’s Going to be NEW RULES

The next time around, JESUS is going to ACT DIFFERENT than before; a DIFFERENT WAY of doing things; CONTRASTS:

*came in humility as a servant* – Will come again with POWER & AUTHORITY.

He said things like, “He who would only be great must be a servant of all.”  

But the next time He rides, He will come “with a sharp sword coming out of His mouth”

*gave us all a chance* – This time…your chances will be all over.

“Today is the day of SALVATION”; “the Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.”

BUT THE NEXT TIME Jesus rides onto the scene He’s going to mean business!

Some people have the false impression that God has gone soft on sin.  Those people are in for a rude awakening when the King comes riding on His white horse at the end of the age.

No more second chances granted.  

From the CROSS, the Son of God cried out, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”  

BUT, this time when He comes, the time for forgiveness will be no more.

THE NEXT TIME JESUS MOUNTS THE HORSE WITH “NO NAME”…

— HE’S GOING TO LOOK DIFFERENT & ACT DIFFERENT THAN HIS FIRST RIDE–

— SEE HIM WITH A DIFFERENT MANIFESTATION, DIFFERENT METHODS–

— THE WORLD WILL SEE A NEW REVELATION, NEW RULES–

Whose side are you on today?

The Rider Will Have a Different Mission the Next Time…

“He who will ride upon the white horse will come, and when He does, there will be NEW RESULTS.”  [See Footnote [i] }

NEW RESULTS: JESUS is going to LEAD DIFFERENT than the first ride–

When Jesus entered the scene the first time, He continually frustrated those who knew Him best and because they knew He had all the POWER–didn’t use it in the way they felt He should in overthrowing the Roman government and set up a new throne establishing a kingdom that would never end.

They didn’t understand His first mission and wanted Him to do ‘the next time ride’ at the first time He rode.  HE COULDN’T…HE WOULDN’T.

He was a man on a mission.

One that He and His Father had been planning since the foundation of the world.

Again, lets compare the differences of the FIRST RIDE and Jesus’ ride the next time:

*to redeem – His MISSION STATEMENT*  Isaiah says, “And He shall seek and to save that which is lost.”

The next ride, “The Son of Man comes to reign forever and ever…”  (Daniel 7:14; Luke 1:33).

*to die* – He died but death could not hold Him!

The next time…

“And the Ever-living One [I am living in the eternity of the eternities].  I died, but see, I am alive forevermore; and I possess the keys of death and Hades [the realm of the dead]”  (Revelation 1:18 AMP).

*to a CROSS – Gave up His glory* – To a kingdom, to the living He “humbled Himself on a cross”.

The next time… 

He shall reign forever and ever”; “Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.”  

“He will reign on David’s throne and over His Kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.” (Isaiah 9:7; Hebrews 1:8).

The first time He rode,  

*He rode alone–it was a solo act*  It was something only He could do.

The Next time He Rides…we’ll be riding with Him!  

The armies of heaven are following, riding on white horses, dressed in fine linen white and clean (Revelation 19:14).

THE FIRST TIME JESUS RODE, the disciples and those who were following Him, walked along behind Him.

The next time Jesus rides, we’ll be riding with Him as part of the army of heaven!

There’s only one way to enlist in that army…

#1.  Accepting the shed blood of the loving Savior.

You can’t PARTICIPATE in Jesus’ second MISSION while refusing to accept what He did on His first mission on Calvary’s Hill.

You can’t REIGN with Him if you don’t let your sins die with Him right now!

You won’t RIDE with Him in the future, if you haven’t bowed your knee to Him in the present.

ARE YOU READY TO RIDE?

JESUS is going to ride again with a…

DIFFERENT MANIFESTATION,

DIFFERENT METHODS,

DIFFERENT MISSION,

When He comes on a “WHITE HORSE” (with no name)…in the clouds.  The WORLD will see a NEW REVELATION of Jesus, with NEW RULES, and NEW RESULTS.

Rev 19.11 Rider on the White Horse David Miles 500W

So if this were your last opportunity, would you be ready to meet the Lord?

The KING IS COMING!  Which side will you be on the next time JESUS RIDES?

PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS:

PART SIX, the last in this series on The REVELATION TO JOHN–“Shall We Gather At The River”

 


FOOTNOTES and CREDITS:

“A Horse with No Name” was taken from the 1971 song written by David Bunnell and originally recorded by the band America. In no way do the lyrics of the song apply to this blog.

Footnote [i]: Wayde Wilson Sermon Notes March, 1999.

Photo Credits: Google Images.