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What Role Would You Play?

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What Role Would You Play?
What role would you be willing to play in the Christmas pageant next year?

As a lady would you be willing to take on the role of Mary? You know be a young pregnant teenage girl that was going to be used in a significant way.  Men, do you see yourself playing the role of Joesph? Traveling from Nazareth to Bethlehem by foot with a young pregnant lady riding on the back of a donkey.

How about the role of the shepherds? Bringing all the animals to the area just to witness the King. Or maybe one of the 3 wisemen.  Taking a two year journey following a star just to grab a glimpse of history. 

How about Herod, you know saying one thing and doing another? King Herod came to reign following Alexander the Great, he was one that sought the government title of king of the Jews. In doing so he promised peace to the Jews and protection. Caesar's council approved his persuasion, hence sending him from Rome to Jerusalem as the king of the Jews. He was smart, calculated, and self-serving.

Honestly Herod intentions really was not much different than ours when push comes to shove. He said that he would go to the site and Worship "The King" but really he wanted to make sure that he was going to be able to hold on to what was his.  His job, his role, his title as king of the Jews.

Herod was so focused on his own self appointment that he did not, nor did he want to, make room for the Christ child.  Again I ask; How many times have you said "I have no room...?"
Pastor Jeff
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He is the Promised One!

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He is the Promised One!
"Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God"
 
Such telling questions, "Mary did you know..." I think it is fair to "wonder", to wonder what exactly did Mary know. What did she feel.  Do you think she doubted. Do you think she really understood everything that she was a part of, the role she was going to play.
 
During those days there had to be doubt.  Even John The Baptist asked the question - "Are you the one." Do you recall the answer Jesus gave?  His response is recorded in Matthew 11:4-5;
 
"Jesus replied to them, "Go and report to John what you hear and see: 5 the blind see, the lame walk, those with skin diseases are healed,  the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor are told the good news."
 
His response included the often taught and shared prophecy of Isaiah. Jesus used phrases from Isaiah 35:5-6 and Isaiah 61:1 to describe the miraculous works He had been doing and to show that He was indeed the PROMISED ONE! Jesus was fulfilling what Isaiah long ago prophesied.
 
From time to time it can be interesting to stop and think about "what if" or to ask questions of curiosity. But we need to be careful that the questions of curiosity do not turn to statements of doubt. Don't get caught up in the doubts. Protect yourself from being one of the ones that says "Is He the one?"  The way to protect yourself from asking this question is by doing this one thing...make room for Him in all that you do.  
 
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