ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH

Angels we have heard on high

Sweetly singing o’er the plains,

And the mountains in reply

Echoing their joyous strains.

 

Gloria in excelsis Deo,

Gloria in excelsis Deo.

 

Shepherds, why this jubilee?

Why your joyous strains prolong?

What the gladsome tidings be

Which inspire your heavenly song?

 

Come to Bethlehem and see

Him whose birth the angels sing;

Come, adore on bended knee

Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

 

See Him in a manger laid,

Whom the choirs of angels praise;

Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,

While our hearts in love we raise.

 

Wow! Did you enjoy the angelic song above? The bell is ringing. Who is ringing? The angles are ringing. What is belling ringing? Jesus is born to the world for the remission of the sins of the whole world. Praise Jesus!

Father we thank you for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank You for making us part of this wonderful celebration that took mankind from obscurity to light glory be to You on High. Thank You for the Plan of salvation and destroying the power satan and death. thank You Lord forever and ever.

Beloveth today Jesus is born in Bethlehem of Judea some time ago. The angels announced this to the shepherd that keep their flocks at night, and so they hurried off the see the new born king. (Matt 2:1-2).

Beloved from the above scripture it was obvious that there was nothing special about the season and the day until this proclamation came forth.

The shepherd was doing the business of keeping their sheep and suddendly the unexpected happened.

I observed two things from the above bible reference. These shepherd were passionate and diligent in their business. They were not so engrossed not to break this routine activities to attain the Divine instruction. Secondly the angel announce the person of Jesus with an appearing of a “Star” in the East.

Beloved what I see in this portion of the bible is that God uses ordinary people in their ordinary way to bring about His plan and purpose to past. Again, I also noticed that for you to be part of Divine assignment, you must be willing always to break your routine to accommodate the divinity assignment. Most importantly, God is looking for the available to bring about plans.

The shepherd going by account from the scripture were not categorized as idle nor lazy but they were fully engage and yet God break their routine to bring about His purpose.

Today everybody refers them as “wise men,” have you bother to asked what came about them being called “wise” because the angel did not called by that name but soon after they were called “wise.” They were not called “wise” because they did not go back to the king. Why were they refered as “Wise Men” ?

Let go back the bible passage – verse 7 the king gave them an instruction before they left in search of the new born king. But something also happened that make them acts against the instruction of the king Herod in verse 13, the angel appeared to Joseph and told him the intention of the king and so Joseph depart with Mary and the child to Egypt.

These men did not go back to king, however we were not told that the angel told them to go back but God so did it they never went back. So if you are asked what brought about the name “wise” to these ordinary shepherd in the wildness grease their sheep?

Beloved, this name came about not because they did not go back to the king as promised rather they were called wise men because when the Lord sent them, they went without delay. Matt 2:1. Praise God.

What I am sharing with you is a rheme giving to me as I am ministering now and I believe you are agreeing with me afterall. Praise God.

The “wise” as a result of their responsiveness to the order of heaven. They also went with gifts not ordinary gifts and their gifts also fulfilled prophesy and today we are celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus because someone once obeyed.

Are you obeying the voice of the Lord? Beloved how well are you using your resources to improve kingdom works and in helping God’s children?

The shepherds left their sheep and went on divine assignment and the Lord keep and preserved them. Beloved think on this.

The birth of our Lord Jesus is prophesy fulfilled. The way and manner of birth and death was according prophesy given by prophets long before His birth.

Our topic for today was among the various prophecies fulfilled. It was also fulfilled in New Testament Lk 2:46-52.

Jesus sat with the wise and nobles of this world and taught them God’s Word. He grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

Beloved, am not here to bore you with another sermon because that is outside scope of this ministry rather beloved our Christmas message to you is that Jesus is born for the remission of the sins of the world. He died and resurrected. Soon this same Jesus will come again to take along with Him believed in Him and also obey the instruction of “Go” He left behind with His apostle before ascending into heaven.

Our Christmas message is about the Divinity of Christ and His eventual reward of all those who obeyed His instruction. Are you obeying them? Are winning souls for the kingdom or you are playing politics in the house of God?

Are you helping the tender plant to grow in this perverse society of ours. (Referring you back on the last Friday ministration the second part).

Beloved, let us not celebrate Jesus only in food and drinks and designer’s outfits, rather let us celebrate Jesus with a heart of obedience to His command. The shepherd obeyed the voice of God, let us also make a decision to be part of Kingdom of God builders. Praise God.

Christ is the head of the church so also we are member of that same church which is the body of Christ. Let’s discover more:

He grew up before Him like a young plant and like a root out of dry ground.—Isaiah 53:2

The coming of Jesus was like a tender plant in the midst of a parched ground. Parched ground offers little hope for survival; it is dry and too hardened to allow most plants to penetrate its crust. Yet Jesus was prophesied as a tender plant that would break through the hostile soil and overcome the dry and lifeless environment in order to bring life.

When Jesus was born, His people were hardened to God’s Word. There is no written record of God’s having spoken to His people for four hundred years. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day had studied and memorized the Scriptures, but the words were lifeless to them. So hostile had they become to the truth that when God’s Son came to them, they killed Him. Nevertheless, despite the enmity of the people, Jesus brought life to all who believed in Him.

Jesus is capable of bringing life to any person, society, or culture no matter how hardened or hostile they have become to the gospel. Even the most calloused sinner will discover that Jesus knows how to penetrate the heart and bring life where there was only bitterness. The work of Jesus in a person’s life may seem fragile at first, but like the mustard seed, it will eventually grow into something strong.

As you pray for someone you care about, don’t be discouraged if this person has not responded to Jesus. Just as a tender plant finds a way to grow in a hard and unreceptive environment, so the love of Jesus has the ability to emerge in a life that seems completely unresponsive.

Are you helping Jesus in building His kingdom business? Are you available or is your resources going on your behalf? I am of the opinion that we must all go. Because we all have our area of influence. We all celebrate one thing or the other and we have friends we invite to such an occasion so why don’t you start with them. Our Jesus kingship was not of this world as thinketh by His disciples. Likewise we who believe and become one body with Him will be with Him at the end of time. Praise God! More below:

 

“As is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.” 1Corinthians 15:48

 

The head and members are of one nature, and not like that monstrous image which Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream. The head was of fine gold, but the belly and thighs were of brass, the legs of iron, and the feet, part of iron and part of clay.

Christ’s mystical body is no absurd combination of opposites; the members were mortal, and therefore Jesus died; the glorified head is immortal, and therefore the body is immortal too, for thus the record stands, “Because I live, ye shall live also.” As is our loving Head, such is the body, and every member in particular.

A chosen Head and chosen members; an accepted Head, and accepted members; a living Head, and living members. If the head be pure gold, all the parts of the body are of pure gold also. Thus is there a double union of nature as a basis for the closest communion. Pause here, devout reader, and see if thou canst without ecstatic amazement, contemplate the infinite condescension of the Son of God in thus exalting thy wretchedness into blessed union with His glory.

Thou art so mean that in remembrance of thy mortality, thou mayest say to corruption, “Thou art my father,” and to the worm, “Thou art my sister”; and yet in Christ thou art so honoured that thou canst say to the Almighty, “Abba, Father,” and to the Incarnate God, “Thou art my brother and my husband.”

Surely if relationships to ancient and noble families make men think highly of themselves, we have whereof to glory over the heads of them all. Let the poorest and most despised believer lay hold upon this privilege; let not a senseless indolence make him negligent to trace his pedigree, and let him suffer no foolish attachment to present vanities to occupy his thoughts to the exclusion of this glorious, this heavenly honour of union with Christ.

We deserved not be called children of God except that God took the flesh of a man and was born so that He reconcile us back to Himself.

The story of the king born in the manger is a total package for our salvation, deliverance and eventual restoration. Though Jesus was prophesy by Isaiah as “a tender plant as a root out from a dry ground… there was no beauty in Him; he was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrow, and acquainted with grief:… He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.” This same Jesus in 1Tim 3:16 was “the mystery of our godliness; God manifest in flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached unto the gentiles, and believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

Beloved, this Jesus we are celebrating today is the hope of our glory having given off our corrupt nature and received in return the nature of Christ – is our hope of glory. Col 3:27 is our message to you as given us in the theme of the year. Praise Jesus.

If you yet to receive Him delay no more click here to be member of God’s family on this special occasion of the season (1Tim 1:15).

Merry Christmas from allofus @ overcomersfaith.  On this note this week is declared blessed. The last week of this year will do us good and evil. We will come back with testimonies at the of in Jesus Name.

Remain blessed in the Lord.

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IFEOMA OHONDU is the founder of the MattersoftheHeart foundation, a platform where issues affecting our everyday life are discussed and where necessary proffer solution. She is part of the end time army, who will not break their rank to fulfill the urgent call of God upon her life by declaring His word to the helpless, the doubting, the comfortless and the dying world. The world will experience great restoration and healing in the Word of God through her ministration. She is a voice to emphasize key spiritual truth about Faith, Healing and Encouragement.