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The Messiah of All !!!!!!

07 Dec

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?” (Matthew 2:1–2)

 

Matthew and Luke both give us a little different view of the events that happened at the birth of Jesus. Matthew does not tell us about the shepherds coming to visit Jesus in the stable as did Luke. His immediate focus is on foreigners coming from the east to worship Jesus.

So Matthew shows Jesus at the beginning and ending of his Gospel as the Messiah for all nations, not just for the Jewish nation.

Here the very first worshipers of the Messiah are court magicians or astrologers or wise men called magi in most translations. These men are not from Israel but from the East, maybe from Babylon. These men were Gentiles and were unclean..

And at the end of Matthew, the last words of Jesus are, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.”

This didn’t just open the door for  Gentiles to rejoice in the Messiah, but it added proof that He was the Messiah. One of the prophecies that was repeated many times was that the nations would come to Him as the ruler of the world. One example is Isaiah 60:3, “Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”

Matthew adds proof to the messiahship of Jesus and shows that He is The Messiah, The King, and the Fulfillment of the Promise for all the nations. He is The Savior of the world.

It’s wonderful to look back in scripture and KNOW for certain that Jesus came to be the sin-bearer for all who will believe in Him.

 

A great thought for this beautiful Sunday.

 

Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,

Levi

 

PS. I will not be able to respond to any comments until maybe late tonight, if then. I’m travelling to New York today. I hope to have some great photos to share sometime this week.

 

 
22 Comments

Posted by on December 7, 2014 in Advent, Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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22 responses to “The Messiah of All !!!!!!

  1. paulfg

    December 7, 2014 at 4:46 am

    Travel well. You travel as royalty with The King.

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  2. BY RAJANA

    December 7, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Imagine all of us spread out the truth about Jesus. I so want many lives saved.

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  3. Karen Pickering

    December 7, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Thank you again, Levi. Safe travels.

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  4. realchange4u

    December 7, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Praise God Glory to God. Thank you Lord. I am so happy that all mankind was in God’s plan for salvation. I asked Carolyn just this morning can you imagine how Mary felt when God’s spirit hovered over her and Her relitive Elezibeth was pregnant ? yesterday we went downtown to the civic center to see the play the christmas show. At one point the leading lady sang the song Mary did you know. The song got a standing ovation or was it the fact that Jesus had come to save us. For me I think the standing ovation was about the fact that we had been reedemed. What a wonderful reminder Levi. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    PS I get to see my seventh grandchild dedicated this morning. His name is Titus Henry Caton named after his pa-pa my dad.

    Love and blessings to your family Levi

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    • Levi Thetford

      December 7, 2014 at 8:44 am

      Congratulations on your childrens children. May they all follow Jesus. Love you Tom!!

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  5. Julie Harris

    December 7, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Praying for safe travels…and looking forward to some of your great photos!! Blessings 🙂

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  6. Elouise

    December 7, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Hi, Levi.
    During this Advent/Christmas season, I’m most grateful to be a welcome guest in the house of Jews. Truly.
    Elouise

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    • Levi Thetford

      December 7, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Good. Be a light to the Messiah. I just arrived in NYC and plan to do the same. Its also Hanukah which Jesus celebrated in John 10. Enjoy dear Elouise.

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  7. tonyroberts64

    December 7, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    A great thing to ponder. Have a blessed trip. Come back refreshed.

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  8. ropheka

    December 8, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    An interesting thing I learned when in China is that one of the wise men came from the north west of China. It is very interesting to read about it and how his sone became a Christian about forty years later.

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    • Levi Thetford

      December 8, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      There are some fascinating testimonies. This sounds like one of them.

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  9. Megan

    December 8, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    A great thought indeed, Levi! Hope you had a great trip!

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    • Levi Thetford

      December 8, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      Hi Megan. It is a great thought. I am in NY until the end of next week. So far its been great. Trying to figure out how to witness as a team at the protests that are around the city without us looking political. Im pretty sure we can do it. I went to 2 today and this evening. Thank you! Have a great Christmas season!!!

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  10. Cynthia Reyes

    December 10, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Thank you, Levi. How ironic that Peter was dead set against the new faith (Christianity) letting in any non-Jews. I’m thankful that God made him change his mind!

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    • Levi Thetford

      December 10, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      It would have been a very small exclusive group if He hadnt included non-Jews, wouldnt it? 🎄

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      • Cynthia Reyes

        December 10, 2014 at 12:36 pm

        Very. You and I would not have been allowed in! I can understand Peter’s opposition to inclusion: a small sect is much easier to handle, safer too during a time of persecution of Christians.
        A lesson to be learned here: it was Paul’s inclusiveness (and that of other apostles, including Timothy and a strong group of women leaders who worked alongside Paul) that made the church expand and grow strong. Thank you, God, for that!

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        • Levi Thetford

          December 10, 2014 at 12:39 pm

          I woild have been included being Jewish. Yes, Paul was very inclusive ad we all should be for the Gospel to expand. Im glad you are doing well. 🎄⛄️😀

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