7th April 2014

What A Saviour!

“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.”
Isaiah 53:3(NKJV)

The circumstances of Our Lord and Saviour’s birth were controversial to the carnal mind. Rumours would have been rife and Psalm 69:8-12 seems to point to the childhood of Jesus. Not only was He a stranger to His mother’s children, but since God was His Father, the offspring of the natural union between Joseph and Mary would be half siblings.  The local drunkards in the village would have sung evil songs about Our Saviour, His origins, and maybe vilified His Blessed mother also.  It probably didn’t make for a happy childhood. We are told that Jesus was subject to Joseph and Mary in Luke 2:51, although we are not told when Joseph, Jesus’ legal father died, but it was sometime after Jesus was twelve.

Many years later in a heated confrontation with the Pharisees, His disputed origins were brought to the fore (See John 8 and verse 41 in particular). The incredible thing is that Jesus (the Logos) was willing from before the foundation of the world to become part of His creation, experience the human condition but without sinning, fulfill the Old Covenant, preach the gospel, yield His life as the ultimate Passover Lamb/sin offering, before being resurrected to be our eternal High Priest after the order of Melchizedek.

What a Saviour-Hallelujah!!!

Prayer
Our Father, thank you for providing us with  the ultimate perfect merciful high priest who knows what it is like to be human.
Amen

Study by John Armstrong

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johnarmstrongAbout the Author:
John Armstrong is on the Pastoral Council of the Exeter Congregation of the Worldwide church of God, UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Exeter
America Hall
De La Rue Way
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EXETER
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Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
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Email:  johnarmstrong318@btinternet.com

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