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Precious In HIS Sight

Precious In HIS Sight

by Rhonda Barrett ~

I’m excitedly anticipating being with our family–soon–celebrating Christmas together in Oklahoma. Everyday, I miss our family more than words can express. 

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Gone are the times when we all lived in Oklahoma a few miles from each other allowing us to see each other almost every week.  Although our oldest son, Rex, and his family still live in Oklahoma; Luke, our youngest son, and his family moved to Florida; then, one and a half years ago, Gary and I ended up moving all the way across the United States to Washington. Now we see our six grandchildren once a year.  Of course, there is FaceTime (which we are thankful for), and as great as that is, it doesn’t compare with being together face to face.

Every December our family counts down the sleeps until Christmas…it helps our grandchildren have a better understanding of how much longer it will be until we are all finally together again…it helps me too!

 

God’s Word is a treasure chest full of stories, examples, and illustrations to help us grasp, to help us understand who God is and what He planned. From Genesis to Revelation God’s love is revealed and His plan is unveiled–so that after “many sleeps” all of God’s family would be together forever.

 

Prophecy after prophecy foretells the good news of how this would be made possible. It’s a plan that’s miraculous! It’s a plan that’s amazing! It’s a plan that’s wonderful and wondrous! It’s a plan that was planned even before the creation of the world (Revelation13:8).

 

It was planned even before the Triune God–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–said in Genesis 1:26, “Let US make man in OUR image.”

 

In Isaiah 7:14 is one of the many prophecies proclaiming God’s plan, “…the Lord Himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us)’

 

Approximately 2000 years ago that prophecy was fulfilled.

 

We read about it in Matthew 1:18-25, “This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.

 

As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. ‘Joseph, son of David,’ the angel said, ‘do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’

 

All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:

Look! The virgin will conceive a child!
She will give birth to a son,
and they will call him Immanuel,]

which means, ‘God is with us.’

 

When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.”

 

Reading in Luke 2:7-18, ”She (Mary) gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

 

 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.  The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.’

 

1Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,

Glory to God in highest heaven,
    and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.’

 

When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’

 

They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished.”

 

When the angels returned to heaven the baby Jesus did not return to heaven with them; He was still lying in the manger.

 

It would be 33 years before He returned to heaven…

 

•  I wonder what it was like for the Father and the Son during those 33 years?

•  Did the Father long for His Son’s return to heaven?

•  Was Jesus looking forward to taking His rightful place at the right side of the Father?

•  Were they excited about being together again, like I’m excited about being together again with my family?

 

That first Christmas, God’s plan was set in motion…there would be the cross, the tomb, the resurrection, and the ascension to heaven. The climax is yet to come–that glorious day when all the Family of God will be together forever!

 

Until that day, do you know what Jesus is doing right now? In Romans 8:34 we find out, “Jesus is interceding for us…”Jesus is praying!

 

Let us follow Our Lord Jesus’ example and intercede for our loved ones. To the left is dec2016precioushissightthis month’s Prayer Calendar. (I thank God for my dear friend Marva Gehm; she makes the Calendar each month.) Click on the Calendar and it opens in another window–enlarged so you can easily read the Bible references. I print the Calendar and keep it with my Bible. I encourage you to do the same.

 

Through the years the Calendar has become a practical tool that God uses in my prayer life. I look up the verse for the day in my Bible and then turn it into a prayer. The verse is often a “spring board” that opens the floodgates of my heart as I intercede for those I love. Oh, let the floodgates open wide…Let us pray for our sons and our daughters. Let us pray for our grandsons and our granddaughters. Let us intercede for their souls; they are eternal beings! If they know Jesus, then pray that they will hunger and thirst to know Him more. Pray they have an unquenchable desire to read His word. If they do not know Jesus as their Savior and Lord, yet, then pray that at an early age they will receive Jesus into their hearts and lives. Pray that they will live for Jesus and fulfill God’s purpose for their lives in their generation.

 

Precious parent, let us boldly pray and lift our loved ones–name by name–before the throne of grace. Our prayers our powerful; it says so in James 5:16b, “The prayer of a righteous person (mom and dad) is powerful and effective.”

 

As I share my last Precious In HIS Sight blog for 2016, I pray this Christmas season that you would realize in a deeper way the awesome wonder of the miracle that took place that first Christmas and be filled with great joy, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”

 

Jesus is

King of kings and Lord of Lords

And He shall reign forever and ever.

REJOICE!

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