2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
We were meant to carry ideas but not burdens. We were meant to carry ideas but not limitations. We were meant to carry ideas but not the infrastructure that brings them to life. Ideas are catalysts for the universe to apply its weight to. Our planet was built when an idea from God was acted upon by the Holy Spirit.
Ideas are often called “building blocks”, but they are more like the “touch of a finger” that pushes the button on a crane that lifts the building blocks. The crane does the lifting and carries the weight. The idea simply initiates the crane.
The word “idea” … is the short form of “ideal”, and it was never meant to be a form of pondering evil, but rather, a mechanism for expressing joy.
We are only limited by the idea … that ideas have limits.
The King James version of Isaiah 53:7 says that Jesus “opened not His mouth” and was “dumb”. The Hebrew word in Isaiah for “opened mouth” is “pathach”, which means “to break forth, to let loose”, and the Hebrew word for “dumb” is “alam”, which means mute. The Hebrew version explains that Jesus’ mouth remained physically closed, so that He could purposefully hold Himself back from releasing the Spirit of God.
Why would an ancient prophesy highlight this moment in Jesus’ life? Because it is a pivotal point in the history of the universe. It is the point when Jesus, the King of the Universe, the living entity who “holds all things together”, takes on the form a fallen human, by purposefully sentencing Himself to the cross, on our behalf.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not [pathach] his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not [alam] his mouth.
The prophesy in Isaiah 53:7 refers to a specific moment in time, in which Jesus stands in front of Pilate and a group of accusers. Jesus had plenty to say to Pilate, but He was mute before the accusers who wanted to kill Him.
In John 19:11, Jesus answered Pilate saying, “Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.”
However, in John 19: 9 and Matthew 27:12-14, when Jesus was asked to respond to the chief priests, elders and witnesses, Jesus answered “nothing” and “never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.” Pilate was amazed that Jesus had such profound words for him but nothing for the crowds who wanted to put Him on the cross.
When the devil tempted Jesus in the desert, Jesus quoted scripture, and when Jesus was nailed to the cross and mocked, He quoted Psalm 22, which was a prophesy that precisely described His death, burial, resurrection and Victory. Jesus used Psalm 22 to shoot one last warning shot across their bow.
Jesus’ mute behaviour was not a standing down, but rather a standing up, to give us a second chance at eternal life.
Many people are settling scores these days, just as they did in the time of Jesus. In one of the most profound events in the bible, Jesus appeared to the disciples after His death, and “breathed” upon them and imparted the Holy Spirit into them. Then He made a fascinating statement about sin and offence.
Jesus said that there are two states:
Mercy and Truth.
Mercy pardons and releases the offence, and Truth arrests the offence, but there is no third state. There is no place where sin is ignored. There is no God sanctioned place where sin can be overlooked, or born as a burden.
God only gives us two choices, we either Forgive and let it go (which is an act of God), or we arrest it by taking authority over it (which is an act of God). In contrast, giving sin power over us is an act of a fallen human state.
Un-forgiveness is not the opposite of forgiveness. In heaven, the opposite of forgiveness is judgement, and the act of Jesus on the cross is the dividing line between the two.
Un-forgiveness is an earthly attempt to find a place that exists between Mercy and Truth, which is a place that does not exist in heaven. Un-forgiveness does NOT exist in the presence of God and we cannot take it into heaven with us. This is why Jesus when He was on the cross, was so quick to forgive those whom He allowed to put Him there.
This is hard to understand from an earthly perspective, but humans were not designed to be able to be harmed or to harm one another; it is a state that we willingly entered into on our own as a species separated from God, as did Jesus to be able to take on our sin.
Jesus was never a victim. He had two choices: 1. to forgive and let the process continue, or 2. remove Himself from the cross. He was never forcibly held there by His enemies. The only way that Jesus could become sin for us was to give up His power over the enemy, which is also how we become sin.
Jesus took on our sin but He did not commit un-forgiveness, which would have excluded Him from being raised by the Holy Spirit. Forgiveness has to be passed on, in order to be received.
The universe favours the land over the people, and will shuffle dominance to whomever will take care of it. The land was here first. It lives and breathes, and humans were put here to take care of it, and if we fail, as have many generations before us, then someone or something else will take our place.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect [katartizo], stablish [sterizo], strengthen [sthenoo], settle [themelioo] you.
11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
And he [David] took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.
Isaiah 57:5,6 (KJV)
Among the smooth stones of the stream is thy portion; they, they are thy lot: even to them hast thou poured a drink offering, thou hast offered a meat offering. Should I receive comfort in these?
I imagine that when people first die and arrive at Heavens Gates, they are met by an angel sitting at a desk, who stamps a piece of paper and hands it to them saying, “You did not have to die. Please stand in that line over there.”
As far as the angels are concerned, death is the price of independence from God.
I doubt that there are many angels who pity us. They travel back and forth between heaven and earth at will, and they must wonder why we gave up a celestial life so easily, especially when it is our birthright, and especially when we gave it up for so little in return.
Most people look forward to heaven as a utopia of man-made exclusivity ... and that is why the closer they get to heaven the more anxious and angry they feel, because heaven will not pat down their fears and set aside all that they hate. Instead, heaven celebrates love, freedom and respect, and not one ounce of man-made religion or politics will enter it's gates.
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: