Saturday, 12 July 2014 15:00
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`If you remain in me and my words remain in you, then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in John 8:31, 32, the Holy Bible).
THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE BIRTH OF JESUS: So everyone will remember, here are the first five chapters in the life here on earth of Jesus, our God and Savior. In Luke 1:26-38, the Angel Gabriel, “who stands in the presence of God”, came to Mary, a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David.
Gabriel told Mary, who was greatly troubled by the angel’s statement that she was highly favored in the eyes of God and that “the Lord is with you”, that she will be with child and give birth to a son, whose name will be Jesus and will actually be called the Son of the Most High and will be given the throne of King David.
MARY VISITS ELIZABETH: In Luke 1:39-45, an account is made of Mary, the Virgin Mother of Jesus, visiting her ageing but pregnant cousin Elizabeth, wife of Zechariah, just after Mary had an encounter with Gabriel, the Angel of God. Upon Mary’s arrival at the house of Elizabeth and Zechariah, the baby which was in the womb of Elizabeth leaped inside her, with the Holy Spirit coming down upon mother and baby.
In a loud voice, Elizabeth exclaimed to Mary: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear”, confirming Mary’s status as someone blessed by God, as well as the holy status of her child.
HOW JESUS WAS BORN: In Luke 2:1-20, the story of Jesus’ birth is told and it starts with a census participated in by Joseph, the man who was pledged to marry Mary, the Virgin Mother of Christ. During the census, Mary gave birth to Jesus in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
The birth of Jesus was announced by an angel of the Lord to the shepherds who were watching their flocks at night. The angel said that the Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord, had been born. Just then, a great company of heavenly host appeared with the angel, saying “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.”
PRESENTATION OF JESUS AT THE TEMPLE: Then, Luke 2:21-40, pertains to the story of how Jesus was presented at the Temple for the completion of the then existing purification process for males as mandated by the law of Moses. When one looks closer, however, it becomes apparent that this story of the presentation is actually another Biblical confirmation about who Jesus really is and what He is destined to do.
Thus, we can see two individuals, one man (the righteous and devout Simeon) and one woman (the prophetess Anna, then 84 years of age), prophesying about Jesus as Someone who will cause the rise and fall of many in Israel, and as Someone who will redeem God’s people.
FINDING OF JESUS AT THE TEMPLE WITH THE TEACHERS: Luke 2:41-51 depicts the joy of the greatly-bothered Joseph and Mary upon finding the boy Jesus, then aged 12 years old, at the Temple in Jerusalem. Basically, Jesus was left behind by his parents who, not knowing that Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, proceeded to return home after their family attended the Feast of the Passover (an annual Jewish holiday that seeks to remind the Jews of how God freed them from their slavery in Egypt).
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By Atty. Batas Mauricio
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