“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
By this proclamation, Jesus began His public ministry in Galilee. The message of the good news of Jesus Christ is the message of freedom, of setting all of us free to be the sons and daughters of God that we are meant to be.
Galatians 4:31 – 5:1:
So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free. Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
Freedom is not something you need to strive to obtain. Freedom is something you have based on parentage.
“What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?” Peter said to Him, “From strangers.” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free.”
It was (and still is) customary for those entering a place of worship to pay a ‘temple tax’. Though in the Matthew 17 story, Jesus had Peter pay the tax, Jesus used the event to drive home the fact that, as God’s children, we have free access to the Father. A member of the royal family is free to come and go to and from the palace and royal courts. In the story, Jesus had Peter pay the tax so as not to offend the tax collectors. A coin miraculously appeared in the mouth of a fish. As children of God, not only are we free from religious taxation, but God will provide for our daily needs as well.
From the book “Peace in Heaven” …
The advent of Jesus was an advent of peace. All of heaven was astonished at His birth. The prime characteristic that differentiated heaven was being brought to earth in the person of Jesus Christ. I need to be reminded routinely of just how incredible the event was! The men of earth could thereafter experience heaven on earth. They could now experience the end of striving and conflict. They could experience peace.
Luke 2:14 records the reaction of the multitude of the heavenly hosts at the birth of Jesus.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
And to whom was this glorious message first proclaimed? To the high and mighty? To the shakers and movers? To the religious elite of the day? To the educated and learned scribes? No. It was proclaimed to shepherds. To the outcast fringe of society who lived their lives humbly trusting God for their provision. It was proclaimed to the lonely who spent their days separated from the hurried madness of society. To those whom society looked down upon because they spent their nights surrounded by the stillness of the night and the gentle sounds of the flock. To such who daily positioned themselves in quietness and stillness, God first introduced the Prince of Peace.
Exciting news! The tenth book in the ‘… in Heaven’ series is now available from Amazon is both eBook and paperback formats!
For those not familiar with the series … Each book is meant to help cultivate and encourage personal meditation and contemplation. In other words, each are tremendously helpful in learning about and experiencing Jesus Christ.
This latest book from author Jon Clendenin contains fresh revelation and experiences in the heavenly realm that teach and inspire on the topic of cultivating spirit fruit and ultimately the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit.
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