The Lord of Glory

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise (Matt 1:18).  On this time every year we are reminded of the Christmas story of the birth of our Lord, how that the creator becomes part of His creation.  The humble story of how the Holy Spirit comes upon a little virgin Hebrew girl called Mary.  Now Mary was about to be married unto a young Hebrew man by the name of Joseph.  Oh how heart-broken he was when he found out that his espoused to be wife was already with child.

Joseph was just a man, and loving her so he would not make a public example of her.  So he was minded to put her away privily. The custom of that time and place was to stone a person to death for such a crime as that.  As Joseph thought on these things, behold, the Angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream saying, “Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary as thy wife.  For that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.  For she shall bring forth a son and thou shall call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.   This shall be done to fulfill all the prophecies that have been spoken by the Lord through His prophets.”  Isaiah said, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted God with us.”

So Joseph awoke and rose up from his sleep and did as the Angel of the Lord had bidden him.  He took Mary as his wife and he knew her not until Mary had brought forth her firstborn son and called his name Jesus. Now when our Lord was born in Bethlehem, Judea, it was in the days of Herod the Great.  Then many wise men came from the east following his star to see this child that was born King of the Jews. Micah had also given the prophecy saying, “Thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judea, though thou art small, yet out of thee shall come a Governor that shall rule my people Israel.”

Beloved, the story never gets old.  The humility that is felt is as fresh as it was the first day it was spoken years ago.  Oh how I love to hear the story, the theme of all His Glory.  The old, old story of how our Savior came from Glory to save a wretch like me.   Oh how it makes me love Him more!  How He became us!  It behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren.  The Lord of Glory robed Himself in flesh and became a part of His creation, so He could redeem it even unto Himself; that we could live through all of eternity to share in His eternal glory.  What is man that thou art so mindful of him that thou would crown him with thy glory and set him over all the works of thy hands?  Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, and neither has it entered into the hearts of those whom love Him.  Yet, by His spirit He has promised to reveal unto us all those things that He has prepared for us before the foundations of this world.

Only time can tell the glories that awaits those to whom he has chosen to be a part of His eternal plan.   Let this Christmas be a time to rejoice and reflect on all His love and gifts that He has loaded us down with.  May this season find you full of thankfulness, rejoicing in His abundance!

Pastor Steve Logan

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The Kings Command

Recorded live from our Sunday Morning Service – November 12th 2017 – Pastor Steve Logan – Be Blessed!

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The Wash House

The Lord spoke unto Moses saying make a laver of brass and its foot also of brass to wash withal: and you shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and you shalt put water therein. Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet there at. When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation they shall wash with water that they die not, or when they come near to the altar to minister, or to burn offering made by fire unto the Lord: so they shall wash their hands and their feet that they die not. And it shall be a stature forever to them even to him and to his seed throughout their generations (Exodus 30:17-21).

Bezaaleel made the laver of brass and the foot of it of brass from the looking glasses of the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation  (Exodus 30:17-21).  Thou shall anoint the laver and its foot and sanctify it. Thou shalt bring Aaron and his sons unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation and wash them with water.  Thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments and anoint him and sanctify him: that he may minister unto me the priests office (Exodus 40:11-14).  The Laver shall be set between the tent of the congregation and the altar and shalt put water therein to wash there in.

Paul said we all with honesty behold the face of God through looking at Him in the Word of God (II Cor3:18).  Paul was saying the Word of God is as a mirror. The laver was made from the looking glasses of the women of Israel. Polished brass was used to see our image. They filled the laver with water to wash in.  When looking into the laver the water not only washed their hands and feet but it also reflected the images of the one washing in it.  When we can see ourselves in the light of His Word we can be changed into the same image from glory to glory, or from glimpse to glimpse, or revelation to revelation.

James, the Lord’s brother, said that the importance of being earnest and being a doer of God’s Word, and not a hearer only, is like a man that beholds his natural face in a glass, or laver/mirror.  He beholds himself for a moment, a very brief period, and goes his way and straight way forgets what manner of person he was.  But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues therein shalt not forget this person and shall surely be changed into the same image that the Word of God personifies (James 1:22-25).

The Bible states that the invisible things from creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made. Do not even the heavens declare His handy work (Romans 1:20)? Has thou spread out the sky as a looking glass teaching us what we can know of Him?  For we cannot order our speech by reason of the darkness. God’s Word is wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, might, reverence, and truth.  The priest walked on a dirt floor and the laver was set between the brazen altar and the tent of meeting. They were to wash coming and going. Their hands were their service, their work. God wanted their work and service to be clean. Their feet speaks of  their walk, remembering the unclean world were in. God wants us to keeping washing by his word. He wants us to be presented as a glorious church, holy without blemish, sanctified and cleansed by the washing of the Word. ( Eph 5:25-29).

When I was a child my great grandmother would draw water out of a well pouring it into two iron pots to heat. The iron pots had little feet so that you could build a fire under them. After the water was heated she would draw out and mix it with lukewarm water into two washtubs then she would wash our clothes. During the week I would have a wash-pan bath. That’s when you use a washcloth and soap and wash your body using a wash pan. On the weekend, Saturday, I would be able to get into one of the washtubs and take a real bath. A bath that you would get submerged in water, a real bath.  A wash house bath.

I think we go to church, we pray, we read the Bible, and we get a sponge bath, or a wash pan bath.  But then every once in a while the Lord really pours it out on us and we get a wash house bath. He causes a deep cleanse to take place. Now today the old washhouse is gone, along with my great grandmother.  The iron pots are still around and the memory of that time is still here within me. There is a church where the old wash house once stood, the well that was there is covered over.  Now there is a well of God’s Spirit springing up and people are still being washed by the water of God’s Word. That church is the Upper Room and that well is the Spirit of the Living God.  The water is the Word of the cleansing God.  Many have entered that wash house, some get a wash pan bath, but every once in a while one will get a real bath.



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