The Royalty of Jesus Christ

Mat 2:2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” 
Mat 2:3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 
Mat 2:4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 

Mat 2:5 So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: 
Mat 2:6 And you Bethlehem, in the land of Judea, are not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of you shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. 
Mat 2:7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 

Mat 2:8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.” 
Mat 2:9 When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 
Mat 2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 

Mat 2:11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 

The story of Jesus Christ birth is filled with the revelation of his royalty that we can all learn from. The Bible says that the wise men searched diligently for Christ, knowing that the scripture prophesied of his birth. This is so profound because the Bible implores us to seek the Lord, while he may be found.

Isa 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 
Isa 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 

The wise men followed the star which led them to where Christ was. The star shined a bright light over him! Remember Jesus said in Joh 8:12, ” Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life.” 

We also find five wonderful things that happened at the birth of Jesus Christ that the wise men did. Wisdom implores us to do the same thing.

1. When they found him, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy! This speaks of praise and excitement! Mat 2:10 says, “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.” Point number 1. No matter who you are, or what your title is, there is only one star, who is Jesus Christ, whom we should exalt and praise at all times!

2. They fell down and worshipped him. True worship is what God desires, and
sometimes we give the LORD halfhearted worship. Joh 4:24 says, “God is Spirit, and those
who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

The Bible also says:
1Ch 16:29 Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before
Him. Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness!

When someone is of royalty, protocol states that you bring a gift. You don’t come before royalty empty handed! You always bring a gift to show honor! They worshipped him and gave him three things!

3. They gave him Gold. Gold is the most precious metal one can buy. It is a symbol of wealth on earth and represents his divine nature.

4. They gave him frankincense which is a fragrant incense. Frankincense was very expensive in those days. It speaks of the fragrance of His life and ministry. Frankincense is also a symbol of priestship. It symbolizes prayer and Christ’s role as our intercessor. 1 Tim 2:5 says, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.”

It was also one of the ingredients of the incense used in the Tabernacle and when burned, it emanated a beautiful smell! Incense is symbolic of prayers that ascend into heaven as well.

Rev 5:8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

5. They gave him Myrrh. Myrrh in the days of Christ was an expensive spice. It speaks of His suffering and death. Myrrh in the days of Christ was an expensive embalming oil or medicine.

Myrrh was also one of the ingredients used in the anointing oil given to Moses by the Lord. It had two uses, as an anointing oil and embalming oil for death.

In the Bible, Christ was offered wine mixed with myrrh as an analgesic during his crucifixion, and his body was anointed with myrrh after his death. When Christ was on the cross, the bible records in Mar 15:23, Then they gave Him wine mingled with myrrh to drink, but He did not take it.

When he died, one of the religious leaders did the following:
John 19:39 And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a
mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds.

These three gifts can be described as gold symbolizing divinity, frankincense symbolizing the aroma of his life, prayer, intercession, and myrrh, symbolizing death and suffering.

All of these point to Jesus Christ! And guess what? We can learn from their actions by doing the same! How? Do you say? Well, we should rejoice and praise the LORD at all times! We must worship him in spirit and in truth, and we should give him our best!

The wise men gave him gold, frankincense and myrrh. We give our time, talents and treasure. Why? Because he owns it all, and we only give back to him, what belongs to him. We don’t give to a man, we give back to the LORD, because he created us, and he owns all things!

Remember the earth is the LORD’S and the fullness thereof. This is why we give him our best in all that we do, because God gave his best, and the wise man gave their best! Let us do likewise!

So, during this season, today, tomorrow and forevermore, it is only proper that we give glory, honor and praise to Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus Christ) who is KING of Kings and LORD of Lord’s!

God bless, Pastor Quinn

Abiding in Jesus Christ

Psa 91:1  He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 
Psa 91:2  I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” 

Joh 1:14  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 

One of my most beloved Psalms is Psalm 91. It has been ascribed as written by King David, but many theologians say that Moses was the author, and it was included in the Psalms later by David.

Regardless of the author, it is a beautiful Psalm, and we know that both Moses and David are revered in the Old Testament, and were mighty men of God who loved the LORD!

One of the reasons it could be ascribed to Moses is that Psalm 90 and Psalm 91 start off by telling the reader the importance of dwelling in the LORD. Let’s read!

Psa 90:1 A Prayer of Moses the Man of God. LORD, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. 
Psa 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God. 

Psalm 91: 1-2 says:

Psa 91:1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 
Psa 91:2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” 

Both Psalms speak of a dwelling place in God, but Psalm 91 goes a little deeper and says:

Psa 91:1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 

So, the Psalmist speaks of dwelling in the secret place of the Most High God, and abiding under the shadow of the Almighty. The Psalmist is referring to two powerful names of God which are El Elyon (Most High God) and El Shaddai (God Almighty).

The Hebrew word for dwell is “yashab” and the Hebrew word for abide is “loon” and they both have the same meaning, kind of! Dwell means to inhabit, take up shelter or settle in a place of residence or a place of habitation.

This is where we get the word dwelling! Abide is almost the same, except it means to continue, to lodge, remain or to stay permanently!

Question? Is the LORD your dwelling place and are you abiding in Jesus Christ?

In 2 Chronicles 6:18, Solomon asked the question; “But will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain you; how much less this house which I have built!”

Moses built the Tabernacle and Solomon built a Temple, where God’s presence would dwell among the people.

The house of God, or the place where we gather should never be minimized, because dwelling places for God and his people are important in scripture! David said in the Psalms:

Psa 23:6 -Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever. 

Psa 27:4 – One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple. 

Although the house of God should never be minimized, God desires to dwell among us, and with us personally!

John 1: 14 tells us, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

“Isaiah 9:6, says; “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder, and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Matt 1:23 confirms it! “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

Isn’t that wonderful that God dwells with us, among us, and in us.  Isn’t it amazing that God himself wanted to dwell among his creation and came to earth to save us from our sins.

Jesus came to earth and experienced what we experience, what we go through, and what we feel. He came to show us the way more excellently.  He left the glory of heaven to dwell with his creation! 

John 3: 16 says “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes on him will not perish but have everlasting life!”

As I look at all the other religions, they worship a god who they think is among them, but we worship a God who is with us! The difference between true worship and false worship can be summed up in two words: Relationship or Religion.

Relationship is what we all need with the LORD. God reached down to man through his Son Jesus Christ with grace, love and truth, reconnecting our hearts to the Father through relationship in Jesus Christ.  

Religion is man attempting to find God or trying to appease God through made up doctrines, rituals, and religious observances. The late Myles Munroe stated that Jesus didn’t come to start a religion, but came to establish rulership through relationship.

The birth of Jesus Christ brought God to man. But the cross of Christ, brings man to God! Many of us will give or receive gifts next week, but the greatest gift that was given to mankind was Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the Living God!

It is a gift that was paid in full, it is the gift that leaves no debt unpaid! it is the gift that keeps on giving, it is the gift you won’t have to get a rain check for, and above all, it is the gift that will never break, wear out or depreciate! 

The gift of salvation has been given. Receive the gift today! For He is the most precious gift ever given to mankind!  

As you celebrate Christmas and the Holidays, remember what Jesus said in John 15:4-7:

Joh 15:4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 
Joh 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 
Joh 15:6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 
Joh 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 

Today, during this Christmas season, and next year. Let’s dwell on the things that are important to God, which is abiding in Jesus Christ! In the midst of giving and receiving gifts, receive and celebrate the greatest gift ever given to man, Jesus the Christ!

God Bless, Pastor Quinn