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Advent through Christmas -- 2007

Thursday, December 13, Second Week in Advent

Jesus said. “Among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” Matthew 11:11-15

Jesus talks about John the Baptist. But John isn’t there to hear him because, at the moment he is in Herod’s prison.

John’s crime was to criticize Herod for marrying his brother’s wife. John will pay the full price for this when, late one night, an executioner is sent from Herod’s birthday banquet to cut off John’s head.

There have been many prophets in Israel’s history. Jesus says that John is the greatest of all because he was privileged to see the fulfillment of what the prophets had proclaimed – the Kingdom of God present in a new way in Jesus.

We live in the time after Jesus – the final stages of God’s plan. It may be a long stage (perhaps millions of years,) but it is the final stage. We need to remind ourselves of how different creation is because Jesus is now part of it.

All that remains is for the human race gradually to live the way we were created to live – in peace, love, forgiveness. That’s how the kingdom of God comes about. (That’s also why it might take a few million years.)

So…because of the coming of Christ, the reign of God is present in a new way, and I am to help make it more present. That has some implications for the way I live my life today.

What are those implications for me?

Spend some quiet time with the Lord.


38 posted on 12/17/2007 5:45:22 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Since I don’t have a scanner, I am typing these in html. Takes ahile. But I will persevere through the end of the Christmas Season. Thanks for your patience.


39 posted on 12/25/2007 10:16:02 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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