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Partakers Christmas Thought 31 December 2021 – Christmas 34

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Partakers Christmas Thought

31 December 2021

Jesus 03: Jesus is fully human

14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil – 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like them,[k] fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (Hebrews 2:14-18)

We continue looking at Christmas and because Jesus is no longer in the manger, we start investigating more about Jesus Christ. Yesterday we looked at Jesus being fully God.  Today we investigate together Jesus being fully human. Come and listen to find out more.

 

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Partakers Christmas Thought 30 December 2021 – Christmas 33

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30 December 2021

Jesus 02: Jesus is fully God

20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. (1 John 5:20)

We continue looking at Christmas and because Jesus is no longer in the manger, we start investigating more about Jesus Christ. Today we look together we look at Jesus being fully God. Come and listen to find out more.

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Partakers Christmas Thought 29 December 2021 – Christmas 32

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29 December 2021

Jesus 01: What’s in a name?

42 At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. 43 But he said, ‘I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.’ 44 And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea. (Luke 4: 42-44)

We continue looking at Christmas and because Jesus is no longer in the manger, we start investigating more about Jesus and why He matters today in the 21st century. Today we look together at what the name “Jesus” means. Come and listen to find out more.

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Partakers Christmas Thought 28 December 2021 – Christmas 31

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28 December 2021

The Wise Men and Jesus

1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’
3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 ‘In Bethlehem in Judea,’ they replied, ‘for this is what the prophet has written: 6 ‘“But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”
7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, ‘Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.’
9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. (Matthew 2:1-12)

Today we look together at the Magi, or the Wise Men as they are also known. These men were travelling towards Christmas and probably for quite a long time, for it seems they originated in what we now call Iran but used to call Persia. These Wise Men, or Magi, were belonged to a type of priestly group. They were men who studied the night skies for signs of what was going to happen. They were aware of ancient writings and promises that had been made long before they were born, and looked to see where and when they would be fulfilled. Those who visited Jesus had seen a clear sign that an ancient promise was shortly coming to pass. No wonder, then, that these Wise Men burst into Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, with the question, ‘Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews? We’ve seen his star. . we’ve come to worship him.’

‘A star will come out of Jacob; a sceptre will rise out of Israel.’ (Numbers 24:17)

In the podcast today we continue looking at Christmas and today we look at the Wise Men and Jesus .Come and listen to find out more about these Wise Men, the benefit of the gifts they gave and possible insights into the life of the adult Jesus.

 

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Partakers Christmas Thought 27 December 2021 – Christmas 30

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27 December 2021

The Shepherds and Jesus

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.’
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. (Luke 2:8-20)

Today we meet and learn about the Shepherds of the Nativity story. Shepherds were not sophisticated middle-class people. They were down-to-earth, rugged, hard working men, who tended and took care of flocks of sheep, mostly belonging to rich people. Some of them had a special role in looking after the flocks that produced lambs for the Temple sacrifices at Jerusalem. It’s known that some of these were pastured on the fields surrounding Bethlehem, because of it was close to Jerusalem. With that in mind, consider the fact that Jesus was to become ‘The lamb of who takes away the sin of the world!’ (John 1:29) Isn’t that remarkable?

In the podcast today we continue looking at Christmas and today we look at the Shepherds. We particularly look at how God guided them and what they did with what they witnessed. Come and listen to find out more about the Shepherds and Jesus.

 

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