WHY THE CHRISTMAS STORY IS ALSO A PARABLE
“Okay, here’s what the Lord’s going to do. He must go stealth. The enemies are always waiting at the doors and ready to pounce. He will bypass them. He will go in under the radar. They will never recognize Him.”
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“But that’s going to make things very difficult for the people He chooses to work through.”
“Yes, but they love Him. They know what they signed up for. They will answer His call.”
“It would seem some would never answer that call. They may even think it was the enemy. Anything that would cause so much discomfort, rejection, and pain may be seen as coming from the wrong source.”
“Yes, but that is only true for those who don’t really know Him. The ones who hear His voice, well, they will certainly act. They will obey. They will know it is not because He doesn’t love them or is purposefully causing them to sacrifice so greatly without a higher purpose somehow being involved.”
“How does He manage to do this?”
“He speaks to their hearts. He shows them things in their spirit. It is a form of communication that escapes detection from outside sources, and those who receive cannot even readily relay what it is they hear because they sense no one will understand.”
“So they act.”
“Yes. They act. He knew Mary would act. He knew she would obey. It was completely her decision, of course. But that’s what a calling is. It is not only the Lord telling people they have been chosen or called into a particular service, it is also that He already knows they will say yes. They say yes because they hear His voice and love Him, but also because they know deep within that the calling He gives them answers a very deep need and desire in their hearts. They want to serve, but they want it to be right. Many serve incorrectly, thinking they are serving Him, but never get the satisfaction they desire or that deep feeling in their hearts. They feel like they are working very hard but not getting anywhere. This never happens with Him. Those who hear His voice and obey know something substantial happens when they do. They know they are entering an area in which their soul is satisfied, filled, and blessed. Mary knew this.”
Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. [Luke 1:26-38] 
© 2017 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.
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Posted on December 8, 2022, in Current Events and tagged Angels, Bethlehem, Choose For Yourselves This Day Whom You Will Serve, Christmas, Ears To Hear, Eyes To See, Gabriel, Joseph and Mary, Lord Jesus, Mary, Mary Did You Know?, Nazareth, Obedience, Spiritual War, The Call of God, The Great Awakening, The Lord's Real Birthday, The Spirit of Christmas, The Voice of God, The Way of the Heart. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.
This is beautiful, RJ.
Thank you Linda. The Lord is GOOD. He always knows exactly what to do and is ever motivated by His great love. Blessings
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Exactly RJ. The sovereignty of God and the free will of man collaborating as intended. Why write a long book and confuse?
Thanks Gary. Sometimes His messages are short and concise and delivered in a way in which there is complete understanding and one knows exactly what to do. Other times there are very long books which take much effort and time to read and decipher because the amount of necessary information is far too great to tackle otherwise. One is a short walk. One is a wilderness hike across continents. Have a great day
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I say yes RJ because I hear His voice and I feel His presence within my spirit and heart. It is something very hard to explain to anyone else. Just saying the simple words our Father, shuts out distractions for me and I sit still and just listen.
Thank you Sandra. For real Christians, the Lord Jesus is everything. Their walk with Him is the most important thing in their lives. They put Him first in all things.
In Biblical terminology, our Father is no respecter of persons. He shows no favoritism. He loves all of His followers exactly the same. It is the only possible result of loving with all one’s heart. He gave everything He had on our behalf. He created the possibility of a close covenant relationship with anyone who may choose Him. Though Mary’s case was the most dramatic of any that the Lord chose, He doesn’t love her more than others though there is a special bond there that no one else shares.
You have expressed something wonderful here and it is quite simple though obviously profound. You are blessed.
Thank you RJ
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