King Jesus

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Christmas is upon us.

Unfortunately, this news is greeted with mixed emotions in the 21st century. Not least because a modern day Christmas is crazy stuff. It is full throttle. Pedal to the metal. Flying on all cylinders sorta stuff.

And naturally, our priorities are angled towards other things. Amongst the stuff, we tend to drop God down our list of priorities.

In fact, a prevailing view in society today is that Christ has lost relevance. This is a vague objection often blindly asserted in public places. It is this mammoth misconception founded on the belief that because times have changed, we don’t need God anymore.

Hate to be blunt, but you couldn’t be more wrong.

At Christmas we celebrate God putting us at the top of his priority list.

Christmas isn’t our busy lives stepping into God, but God stepping into our busy lives. Identifying with us. Sharing in our sufferings. Showing the deep love he has for us.

And if that doesn’t totally blow you out of the water, nothing will.

Christmas isn’t some watered down, lame fairytale we tell children before bed. We are celebrating the very presence of God here. God’s presence gives the world relevance. You’re unlikely to believe this if you don’t spend time seeking it.

And I’m going to show you why.

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At the birth of any baby, the first people invited to see the little dude or dudette are significant. VIP backstage pass sorta thing. It is usually reserved for close friends and family members.

We learn a lot about Jesus by the first people invited into His presence. God’s VIP list consisted of a poor couple, some lonely and inadequate outcasts, and three men sent by a corrupt king. A bit random to say the least. Not exactly hard hitting stuff.

Why were these people the first invited into the presence of God?

MARY AND JOSEPH

God called a poor couple from an average town, to share in the riches and deepest joys of his eternally worthy Kingdom.

The first people invited to the birth of Jesus was his parents. Go figure.

In the lead up to the first Christmas, the parents of Jesus would have been extremely excited and anxious. No other mother has a claim to fame quite like bearing the Son of God. And the build-up to this birth is still totally unrivalled.

Because this wasn’t your classic 9 month pregnancy. The arrival of some angels went a long way to confirming this wasn’t your average baby. Mary and Joseph would have been very aware of prophecies made about this baby centuries in advance.

The world had been expecting this champion for hundreds of years. 

So this was a huge calling. I can’t overstate the level of crazy this job description requires. But what is even crazier is that there was nothing particularly special about Mary and Joseph. They were just a poor couple from a dodgy town.

And yet, God promised Mary and Joseph that by accepting Jesus in humility and with joy, they would be used in an extremely powerful way for the Kingdom of God.

And they stepped out in faith.

THE SHEPHERDS

God called shepherds on the fringes of society, to the Good Shepherd who calls all people back to the centrepiece of civilisation

Back in the day, shepherds were pretty low on the social ladder.

In fact they probably didn’t even feature on the ladder. These guys often lived on their own, literally removed from society, as safety of the flock was at risk through the night.

So it is no surprise this is where history first records them. Tending to sheep and staying in the fields (Luke 2:8). A pretty boring arvo, until a host of angels show up announcing the birth of the Saviour of the world. Went from 0 to 100 real quick.  

And the shepherds were initially terrified. I mean, put yourself in their shoes. I’d be shaking like a leaf. But after processing the news, the shepherds dropped their work and hurried into town to see this King.

Here’s the cool part. The wise men brought gifts to Jesus (Matthew 2:11). The shepherds didn’t bring anything. They just came as they were. Wearing stinky and torn clothes, unshaven and unqualified, no social standing whatsoever. 

And yet, God promised the shepherds that by accepting the call with nothing to offer, everything would be offered to them in return. That from the fringes of society, they would be brought back to the centrepiece of civilisation.

And they stepped out in response to his call.

THE WISE MEN

God called wise men from a corrupt earthly king, to an eternal King who rules with justice and fairness.

History records these wise men as being royal astrologers.

There guys were an image of the smartest minds of the day. And not just your average astrologers, the royal astrologers. A good reference on your resume to say the least.

These men are best known for their pursuit of a star. Namely, Jesus. And it’s pretty crazy stuff. These men followed a star, a ball of gas millions of kilometres away in the universe, which according to their intellect was stooping over Jesus (Matthew 2:2).

All of creation bowing down to this Jesus. Not your average baby. Heck, not many can claim to using the universe as a sort of traffic light. Directing everyone to himself.

Equally important to note is that the wise men were from eastern lands (Matt 2:1). This is significant stuff. Because to this point in history, God’s people were almost exclusively citizens of Israel. And yet these wise men weren’t even from Israel.

They probably didn’t even know the language. But you see, God reached out to these men in a language they understood. He used their knowledge on the universe, the very line of their work, and brought them to Jesus.

He met them where they were. God promised the wise men that by seeking Jesus, they would see King Jesus.

And they stepped out in pursuit of that promise.

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WRAPPING IT UP

Each of these VIP guests to Jesus proved one thing.

It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, smart or uneducated. Lonely or busy. Qualified or inadequate. From the king’s palace, a dodgy town, or not from any town at all.

God requires our response, not our resume.

The presence of Christ is revealed to those who step out in response to his call. This is the distinguishing feature of those called into the presence of Christ. Obedience rooted in faith. A response to the news of Christ, and the promise of serious hope and joy in him.

Who could pass that up?

We are all called into the very presence of God.

Practical application time.

To those who have accepted God’s call. Take a look at Mary and Joseph. Who despite being filled with absolute awe, still welcomed in the outcasts and the seekers. This season, look for ways to show the presence of Christ to those who need it.

To those too busy or smart for God. Take a look at the wise men. The royal astrologers, who despite having the mysteries of the universe to discover, still found time to seek the true King. This season, seek what Jesus really has to offer.

To those feeling removed from God and others. Take a look at the shepherds. The social outcasts, the lonely and weathered citizens of society, who were personally welcomed into God’s presence. This season, know that you are loved and welcomed by Jesus.

This is the awesome truth of Christmas. This is the awesome truth of Christianity. We are all called by the living God. Only one question remains:

How will you respond to Jesus?

125 thoughts on “King Jesus

  1. Liz December 9, 2016 / 3:09 am

    ~~ “At Christmas we celebrate God putting us at the top of his priority list.” ~~ That does totally blow me out of the water! Sometimes, however, I do not know how to respond to that other than with joy! Blessings.

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    • Jonathan Camac December 9, 2016 / 3:15 am

      I’d suggest that’s a pretty handy response! May we never get over the message and presence of Christ. Thanks for your time here 🙂

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      • Liz December 9, 2016 / 3:19 am

        What does bore me (and angers me as well) is the cavalier attitude people take during this time with their “drunk-fest” Christmas parties. I do not believe that is how Jesus would want us to celebrate Him.

        Happy Christmas! 🙂

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    • Jonathan Camac December 9, 2016 / 4:58 am

      Pretty awesome stuff hey! Thanks for your time again Red Lotus 🙂

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  2. sja316 December 9, 2016 / 9:22 am

    Some real deep truths there friend. So Jesus – named because he shall save his people from their sins – known as Emmanuel also – meaning God with us comes into our lives. Joseph told by an angel dream to marry Mary, did so, protecting the lord Jesus from the ‘high moral people eager to persecute couples bearing children out of wedlock’. Fleeing to Egypt to avoid Herod’s desire to kill Jesus.
    And presently, people for one reason or another not wanting to know God, brings me back to that quiet little stable, with baby Jesus, and a few loyal, awe ridden, frightened yet full of excitement and love and hope for the future of mankind. Very similar nowadays I see it. Only a small group of people in the presence and adoring Jesus Christ, God almighty! The masses out there left the treasure, and chose a route leading another way, to their carnal desires, being convinced in their mind they are correct, yet their heart, mind and soul permeated by ‘the devil’. That once powerful ‘thing’ ‘god’ even, being cast out of heaven by God almighty, and them seeds of doubt taking root in the majority out there.
    Gee a great thought provoking post friend, have a nice Christmas along with readers and viewers. Amen.

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    • Jonathan Camac December 9, 2016 / 12:04 pm

      wow, what a huge summary! Well said Stephen. Appreciate your ongoing readership here man. Have an awesome Christmas 🙂

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  3. Shenica S. Nelson December 9, 2016 / 2:21 pm

    Very powerful and informative post. Many people lack logic and understanding of the concept and truth you’ve posted. Thanks for sharing and enlightening the world.

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  4. laurensheil December 10, 2016 / 1:19 am

    God putting us at the top of his priority list – I love that sentiment

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  5. awinkandanod December 10, 2016 / 2:40 am

    It’s “funny” that WE who trace , ( or, try to.),the narrowest of “path”… In a Nation that is based upon such… HAVE forgotten that the DIVERSITY of the KINGS that traveled to CROWN ONE GREATER IS WHAT the primary pillar of WHY WE ARE STILL HERE, is in NEED of REINSTATEMENT.
    Thank YOU for stopping in, and PAYING ATTENTION.
    “D”

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    • Jonathan Camac December 10, 2016 / 9:33 am

      It is a corny saying, but as they say, Jesus is the reason for the season. The reason for everything. Still very true today. Thanks for your time mate 🙂

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  6. Liberty On the Lighter Side December 10, 2016 / 8:50 am

    Lovely post. I find the concept of Emmanuel-God with us awe inspiring. What a privilege we have as Christians to have his continued presence with us all the year through by his holy spirit.

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    • Jonathan Camac December 10, 2016 / 9:34 am

      Isn’t it just crazy! Hard to get our minds around. You are so right – what a huge privilege we are given access to – if only we seek His presence. Have an awesome Christmas! 🙂

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      • Liberty On the Lighter Side December 10, 2016 / 1:26 pm

        Thank you and to you too!

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  7. marvelvarietal December 10, 2016 / 4:19 pm

    Reblogged this on Receive Grace 2 Show Grace and commented:
    I thought this blog post summed up what Christmas is truly all about and wanted to share it with all of my readers! I like the way Jonathan takes a message from each of Jesus’ visitors.

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    • Jonathan Camac December 10, 2016 / 9:40 pm

      Hope you have an awesome Christmas marvelvarietal! Trust you were encouraged in some way 🙂

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  8. Tim December 11, 2016 / 6:05 pm

    “Christmas isn’t some watered down, lame fairytale we tell children before bed.”

    Well said, and a needed reminder every year.

    P.S. Are you on Twitter? I tweeted a link to the post.

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    • Jonathan Camac December 11, 2016 / 6:07 pm

      We all need reminding of it I reckon! Appreciate it man. Yeah I do – cadelcamac is my name 🙂

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  9. Emily Nichols December 11, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    Jonathan, thank you for sharing such a beautiful reminder of how God reaches different people in their different states. I love how you described Jesus’ first visitors. Merry Christmas!

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    • Jonathan Camac December 11, 2016 / 6:37 pm

      Appreciate your time and words Emily! Hope you have an awesome Christmas 🙂

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  10. renewthismind December 11, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    Now this is a real Christmas story. Love this: “God’s VIP list consisted of a poor couple, some lonely and inadequate outcasts, and three men sent by a corrupt king.” And it’s so true that God picked Joseph and Mary who did not have a high class status. So who are we as believers to ever doubt our importance to God?

    “History records these wise men as being royal astrologers.”
    The only thing I’d like to mention is I believe it would be more accurate to refer to the wise men as astronomers since astrology is against God’s well according to Scripture.

    Great post over all!

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    • Jonathan Camac December 11, 2016 / 8:49 pm

      Glad to hear renewthismind! Pretty awesome stuff hey. So true.

      I understand where you are coming from here, but all I am doing is taking the term “astrologers” straight from my Bible. This isn’t my terminology I’m inserting, as it is directly from the Bible. So I’m not going to change the wording. And by mentioning astrologers, I am in no way encouraging the use/worship of it 🙂 hope you can understand this.

      Thanks for your time – and hope you have an awesome Christmas!

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  11. Naiesha Kaunds December 12, 2016 / 8:30 am

    Thank you for visiting my site and liking my post. Really enjoyed reading tyour post on King Jesus. Such a different perspective. Happy Christmas!

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    • Jonathan Camac December 12, 2016 / 9:22 am

      No problems Naiesha. Glad you got something out of this post. Hope it stirred up your affection and hope in Jesus 🙂 have a great Christmas!

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    • Jonathan Camac December 12, 2016 / 11:10 pm

      Pretty awesome truth hey! Glad you were encouraged by it. Appreciate your interaction with this post 🙂 Merry Christmas!

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  12. Vickie Munton December 12, 2016 / 4:27 pm

    Love this!
    “God requires our response, not our resume.”
    Reblogged @ wateringcanblog

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  13. The Life of a Fish December 16, 2016 / 5:45 am

    Dude and Dudette was awesome. 🙂

    I like how you really broke this event down and also how you made it applicable. Your writing is a blessing and I appreciate the time and thought you put into it. I’m certain that others do as well. God Bless you man.

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    • Jonathan Camac December 16, 2016 / 7:01 am

      Cheers mate! Stoked you got something out of seeing the Christmas story in a different light. God bless you too dude – have a good Christmas 🙂

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      • The Life of a Fish December 16, 2016 / 5:29 pm

        Cheers & Merry Christmas to you too!

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  14. Cattie's World December 16, 2016 / 8:40 am

    Many “worldly” people need to read this. People get so engrossed in the Festivities, that nobody bothers to give more importance to the Crib, than the Christmas tree. They are more bothered about their outfits and jewellery and sweets and cakes….tra…la …la …la …la………..And What About JESUS ? It is Lord Jesus’s Birthday we celebrate.

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    • Jonathan Camac December 16, 2016 / 2:14 pm

      So true hey. If we all seriously grasped the truth of Christmas, it would no doubt change our lives. Thanks for your time here – Marry Christmas! 🙂

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  15. servantofcharity December 16, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    Beautiful! The Love of Christ is for EVERYONE! Thank you for reminding us. May you be abundantly blessed this Christmas and throughout the new year!!!

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    • Jonathan Camac December 16, 2016 / 7:01 pm

      you too my friend! Thanks for taking the time to read this. Unfortunately not my artwork – I’m a fan of it too. Have an awesome Christmas servantofcharity 🙂

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  16. servantofcharity December 16, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    I for got to mention how much I like the artwork at the top of the page. Thank you for sharing that too.

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  17. Brennan's Grin December 17, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    This is amazing! I love everything about this article! It was easy to follow and even made me laugh a few times! Very good reminders, thank you for writing this!

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    • Jonathan Camac December 17, 2016 / 10:40 pm

      Glad you got so much out of this Brennan! Thanks heaps for your time. Have an awesome Christmas 🙂

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    • Jonathan Camac December 18, 2016 / 5:36 am

      Appreciate it Amber! Hope your Christmas is a good one 🙂

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    • Jonathan Camac December 19, 2016 / 7:04 am

      Glad to hear it soulwriterforhim! Hope you have an awesome Christmas 🙂

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  18. artsistah December 19, 2016 / 2:29 am

    More and more each year Christ has been removed from Christmas. It is up to the body, to do exactly what you did with the post.

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    • Jonathan Camac December 19, 2016 / 7:06 am

      so true artsistah! But even more than just writing about it, we have a responsibility to show Christ to others – not just in word but in action. Hope you have a great Christmas 🙂

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    • Jonathan Camac December 20, 2016 / 10:45 am

      appreciate your words! thanks for taking the time out of your day to read it. Hope your Christmas is good 🙂

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  19. Tahlitha Chadwick December 21, 2016 / 9:43 am

    It’s always a blessing to read with enthusiasm your joy in sharing with us Jesus. Jesus is Christmas. Thank you as always.

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    • Jonathan Camac December 21, 2016 / 11:22 am

      Thanks for your time once again Tahlitha! I sure hope it inspires an enthusiasm and hope in Jesus. Merry Christmas 🙂

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    • Jonathan Camac December 21, 2016 / 9:53 pm

      Glad to hear it! Appreciate your feedback. Hope you have a good Christmas my friend 🙂

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  20. thoughtseeds December 21, 2016 / 11:26 pm

    We must cling to the knowledge that Christ overcame the world. He is our greatest hope!

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  21. pennsweetly December 23, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    Love this! So much beautiful truth!!!! God with us…putting us at the top of His list. WOW! Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!

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    • Jonathan Camac December 23, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Hard to get your head around hey! Thanks for taking the time to read this post. Merry Christmas Lilly 🙂

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  22. Evangelist T C Wanyanwu December 24, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    It’s a wonderful piece thanks for sharing

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in advance

    #HIT_LINKS

    GOD BLESS YOU RICHLY!!!

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  23. aliciadfv December 25, 2016 / 5:30 am

    A statement so true it’s astounding. I do think that the most effective manner in which to counter the trappings of the world during the festive season is by showing love to friend and foe. The only way we can display Jesus love for us to others is by being love to them. Opposition does not always equal victory. Well said and to all the faithful followers of Jesus, continue fighting the bad with good.

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    • Jonathan Camac December 25, 2016 / 2:21 pm

      Well summarised there Aliciad. Jesus through the cross perfectly shows a love for God the Father transferred onto a love for his people. How awesome that Jesus identified with us, and gave us an example to follow. Have an awesome Christmas! 🙂

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      • aliciadfv December 25, 2016 / 6:26 pm

        It is truly and absolute awesome. Merry Christmas to you too.

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  24. Helen Majaga December 25, 2016 / 9:10 am

    Merry Christmas Jonathan

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    • Jonathan Camac December 26, 2016 / 12:10 am

      Appreciate you taking the time to read it wisemonkey! Would hope that it stirs up a response to the awesome truth of Jesus. Merry Christmas mate 🙂

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  25. Brother Charlie December 26, 2016 / 3:44 pm

    “Christmas isn’t our busy lives stepping into God, but God stepping into our busy lives. Identifying with us. Sharing in our sufferings. Showing the deep love he has for us.”

    Excellent thought, excellent word! Thank you brother for reminding us of the real reason for Christmas.

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    • Jonathan Camac December 26, 2016 / 9:33 pm

      Pretty awesome truth isn’t it! Appreciate you taking the time to read this Brother Charlie 🙂

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  26. thetruthblogspot December 29, 2016 / 4:31 pm

    This is lovely👍. I’ll add that Christmas is God showing His unconditional love to Us though we weren’t worthy.

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  27. ar3volut1on December 30, 2016 / 1:55 pm

    Beautiful post. I loved your line “Christmas isn’t our busy lives stepping into God, but God stepping into our busy lives.” that is so very true, it is what is so incredibly awesome, awe-inspiring, wonderful, the miracle of Christmas. God with us – Emmanuel! That was a thought I pondered often this Christmas. God with us. It was a special Christmas for our family as both my son and my husband had given their hearts to Jesus in the past year. For the first time our focus was just on that sweet, precious baby our Lord and Savior – Emmanuel. We spent the weeks leading upto it studying, delving, pondering this greatest of all love stories and what it means in us, in our lives. We tried to make it a season of moments shared in adoration of Christ the Lord our newborn King, not about seeing how much stuff we could get. Thanks for a lovely post that reminded me why Jesus is the reason for the season and presented a fresh look at those who were privileged to be a part of this world changing event.

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    • Jonathan Camac December 30, 2016 / 7:42 pm

      that’s so cool to hear about your son and husband! Sounds like it has been a big year for you. Definitely an awesome time to just stop and consider Jesus, God with us. Might never get our heads fully around that. Thanks for taking the time to read this post 🙂

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  28. lovelibertylife December 31, 2016 / 3:51 am

    King of Kings and Lord of Lords! I will follow his ways, all of my days. Thanks you the inspiration! I haven’t read your blog about Jesus for President, sure it is amazing. Keep being an inspiration!

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  29. claire January 2, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    Excellent!
    A little known fact to add into your nativity, gleaned while working with Kurdish refugees in Greece – According to their traditions the wise men were from Kurdistan (the Medes of ancient history). Their oldest writings tell that Daniel (as in the lions den Daniel) trained wise men to take his place telling them of the king to come, this was passed down from generation to generation. That’s why according to the Kurds they were watching and waiting. Interestingly someone has been eradicating these old books. The guy I learnt it from said the only surviving ones were in the British museum. He was hoping to get there one day and be able to read them. I don’t know if he made it.

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    • Jonathan Camac January 3, 2017 / 9:20 am

      Wow! I had wondered how the bright star gave them insight into the coming of the saviour of the world. If that’s true, that’s super cool! Thanks heaps for sharing that Claire 🙂

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