GOD HAS A DIVINE PLAN FOR OUR LIVES
Written by Shirley Rhodes
God still has A Divine Plan for his people, the Birth of Jesus, a story of love and redemption is unique and ordained by God. It is a story worth taking time to study and try to gather an understanding of how much God cared for his creation. Jesus came from humble beginnings within this earthly realm. Joseph and Mary, people who lived simple lives, had a deep connection to God and were therefore his choice to share in his eternal plan to redeem mankind to himself through his Son, they were chosen vessels whose purpose was to fulfill the Promise. The mystery of God: A Divine plan, A Divine appointment with A Divine purpose with us in mind.
A DIVINE PLAN:
When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced that she would bear a son to be named Jesus she objected and said she had no husband, the angel then said to her “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and power of the Most High will overshadow you”; the child would be called “Holy, the Son of God.” An enduring example of obedient faith, Mary replied, “I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:35, 38). As the events of Jesus’ birth unfolded, Mary continued to meditate on them. “Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). All of this took place as a part of Gods’ plan of redemption for mankind.
A DIVINE APPOINTMENT:
Imagine the emotional roller-coaster Mary must have experienced as the events of A Divine Appointment unfolded foretold by early prophets. It began with the threat of divorce from Joseph, which was brought to a halt by an angelic intervention assuring him that her conception was “of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:20). Then A Divine Appointment cumulating in Bethlehem where she gave birth to baby Jesus in a stable, using a feeding trough for his bed, shepherds telling that angels had announced the birth of the Messiah, aged prophets in the temple exalting her month-old infant, wise men arriving from the distant east with wonderful gifts for her child , then the angel’s warning that King Herod the Great would try to kill the boy, they hurried escape into Egypt to await the death of King Herod, then finally able to return home and settling in Nazareth, Mary had so many things to ponder in her heart.
A DIVINE PURPOSE:
For thirty years the Gospels are silent as the child grew up under the watchful eyes of his parents. When he was aged twelve he accompanied his parents to Jerusalem for Passover (a celebrated event) and remained in the temple as his parents started their journey home; realizing he was not present with them they turned back to find him; Jesus seemed perfectly at ease “sitting among the teachers” in what he referred to as “my Father’s house” (Luke 2:46). A Divine Purpose was unfolding as Jesus set about his Fathers business of spreading the good news. He chose his disciples, and started the process of seeking to save the lost. He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also; for this is the reason I have come” (Luke 4:43). Let us remember this holiday season; God has A Divine Plan for his people, as we celebrate the birth of the Promise.