Summary: The Jews tried to keep Christ contained within their law, while the Greeks sought to turn Him into a philosophy; the Romans made of Him an empire; the Europeans reduced Him to a culture, and we Americans have made a business of Him. God may thunder His co

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The "Real" meaning behind Christmas (Part 3)

The seven sayings of Christ on the cross are seven windows from which we are able to look into the very heart and mind of God!

Gentle Readers,

The Third word that Christ spoke from the cross was The Word of Affection

"Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, "Woman, behold your son!" (The Gospel of John verses 25 and 26)

A. The end of a human relationship

Like her son, Mary was not unacquainted with grief. At the beginning we are told "And having come in, the angel said to her, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!" But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was.( The Gospel of Luke Chapter 1 verses 28 and 29).

And when she saw him, she was troubled in her mind.

What sorrow it must have been to find there was no room for them at the inn ( Just like today there is no room for Christ in the hearts of many.) What sorrow it must have caused her, when because there was no room she had to lay her newly-born Babe in a manger (feed trough for animals).

What anguish must have been hers when she learned of Herod's purpose to destroy her infants life! What trouble was given her when she was forced on His account to flee into a foreign country. What piercing of soul must have been her when she saw her Son despised and rejected by men. What grief must have wrung her heart as she watched Him hated and persecuted by the very people He came to save! {As today Governments and men choose to try and silence the sound of the preborn with their culture of death}! And who can estimate what she passed through as she stood there at the cross.

If Christ was called a man of sorrows, "He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. (Isaiah The Prophet Chapter 53 Verse 3)

Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. Here we find the fulfillment of Simeon's prophecy. In accordance with the Mosaic Law, Mary brought Jesus to the Temple to present Him to the Lord. Then it was the Old man Simeon who was waiting for the "Consolation of Israel, took Him into to his arms and said

"Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel." (The Gospel according to Luke Chapter 2 verses 29-32)

He now turned to Mary and said, "Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, "Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." (Luke 2 verses 34-35)

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