Friday, December 18, 2009

Days 18-25

The Puebla Ponderosa is headed to Tennessee and Missouri to visit family. We'll be taking our Jesse Tree with us and participating each day. I decided to post the rest of the Jesse Tree in one post. Have a blessed Advent Season. You'll be hearing from me on the road.

Daniel 3 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to bow down and worship the gold image the king had set up. They told him that "we serve no other gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up." The king had the three men thrown in the fiery furnace. Then the king said "I see four men, loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God". Jesus had delivered them.

Micah 5:2-5 "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to me the one to be the ruler of Israel, whose goings forth are from old, from everlasting."

Luke 1:5-25 Zacharias was a priest; he and his wife, Elizabeth, were both righteous before God. They had no children because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in years. The angel Gabriel appeared to Zacharias and told that they would have a son and name him John. He will be great in the sight of God, and he will make ready a people prepared for the Lord. Due to his unbelief of Gabriel's words, Zacharias was mute until all things were fulfilled.

Luke 2:36-38 Anna was a prophetess; she was great in age and did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. She gave thanks to the Lord and spoke of Him to all that looked for redemption in Israel.

Luke 3:1-20 John the Baptist was preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah, the prophet, saying, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough ways smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God'."

Luke 3:21-22 When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized, and while he prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon him, and a voice came from Heaven which said, "You are My Beloved Son, in you I am well pleased".

Luke 2:1-20 A decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered, everyone to his own city. So Joseph went with his betrothed sife, Mary, who was with child to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem. While they were there the days were completed for her to be delivered. She brought forth her firstborn son, wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in the manger because there was no room for them in the Inn. In the same country shepherds were in the field, and an angel of the Lord spoke to them saying, "There is born to you this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord". And suddenly, there was with the angel a heavenly host praising God. The shepherds went to see the Savior, then they returned glorifying and praising God.

John 19,20 Jesus was born to die for our sins. He took our punishment. His blood made us clean. Jesus was beaten, a crown of thorns twisted on his head, hair pulled out of his face, scourged, and crucified. Three days later he rose from the dead. Everything leads up to this, the cross. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the ultimate sacrifice to give us eternal life. Amen!

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