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The Mess, the Message, the Messenger 

We have arrived at the season that many “rivers” join together to form Christmas.

There is the pagan tradition, the stories based without context on the Gospels, and the world’s version. 

The mess I refer to is the same traditional stress where we try to meet earthly expectations whilst in that stress we forget the true reason for the season. 

The mess is families coming together not in the true spirit of unity but the eternal tradition of the Christmas get together. Then in the stress of the preparation comes to the surface unresolved issues.

The true message is found here;

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 7:14 KJV

God will give us His sign of Christmas. This is it. Outside of normal processes and ways God gives us a son who embodies one truth. His name means “God with us”. He was more than with us, but become us as a human being. You cannot get more closer than that. 

But the first key is the way Emmanuel is conceived and this is the key and the root of many problems in our world today. The conception of ideas, projects, decisions determine whether they will manifest God in them. Traditions are conceived by men. The message was conceived by God, but it was not a message in the form of a speech, an intention, but was in the form of the Messenger.

Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

Malachi 3:1 KJV

There are two dimensions of messenger here. The first deals with two forms of messenger who speaks to us from God. The first is the prophet John the Baptist, the second being the greatest messenger to speak to us by His life. Yeshua. Yeshua here in Malachi is revealed as the “messenger of the covenant” by being the covenant in His birth, His life, His death; His resurrection and His ascension . 

Christmas is a truly wonderful celebration of this messenger. Even Hebrews 1:1 says that God used prophets to speak to us, yet in the last and ultimate days He speaks through His Son. 

This means that there is a personal application and implication to this. To embrace the true beauty of the celebration of Christ’s birth we must truly recognise that we must come away from the mess of what the world, family expects of us. We must then embrace the Message in its true form. This message is a sign given to us by God conceived by supernatural means. 

You can conceive your means to live but if the Holy Spirit does not exclude the normal human elements then it is merely a human conception using natural laws and processes. God caused a virgin to conceive Yeshua via a supernatural process which cannot be explained when a intimate human element did not exist. The power of the Most High overshadowed and what was birthed via Mary was Yeshua. 

The messenger embodies the Message in Himself and His life. John says; the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. And by His Spirit He expects us to also embody in ourselves that same message.  This by implication means that we come away from the worldly version of Christmas and come into the beauty of its true message and the very same Spirit that conceived must conceive in us also. 

We become therefore messengers with Him via our life. 

It has to be conceived via the Spirit and it must be personal. That way this season of the year will become not only a beauty but will transport us into a place where just as Yeshua was born with choruses of angels we too on those days of that celebration will see details and Biblical aspects that will bring us into a place where we begin to discern what is conceived and how.

It is time to leave the Mess, embrace the Message and become Messengers of His continual conception in us, and His Birth through our lives.

Shalom. 

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