Y’all; we have wondered (I hope) where “Jesus”, The Word comes from?
Wow! It has been transliterated – Joshua? It is a name seen elsewhere in The Scripture.
“And Mary shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.”
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God
Chil’ we have shared that we are all meant to be! HUGE teaching point! Mary was born for a Reason! But still her decisions/acts/way were in her hands!
The angel that appeared to her (a whole different share! How we recieve in and from the spiritual.)
“Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.”
Hold up! Mary was chosen before her ‘time’ but still her acts were in her hands! Amen
“you have found favor!” We could share on this for days!
You are created, all your ways are before you. It is your decision! For a second think! The day you decided to walk in The Light, to shed the old and don the new! Do you think “by chance” you ‘happened’ to be there? To hear what you heard? To make THE decision to ‘fly right.’ To finally live YOUR reason!
Mary was given choices! Trust me! Choices! To bear a child without copulation? What would her betrothed say? Complexity upon complexity!
The angel Gabriel told Mary she would be the mother of Jesus and impregnated by the Holy Spirit. Mary accepted it and at that point she said “I serve the Lord,” Mary answered. “May it happen to me just as you said it would.” Then the angel left her. – Luke 1:35–38
At that time, Mary was betrothed (engaged) to Joseph the carpenter. Joseph had no idea that Mary had been visited by the Holy Spirit and Mary said nothing to Joseph about the visitation of Gabriel. How could Joseph possibly believe, at that point, she was still a virgin but was going to have a baby?
Mary went to visit Elizabeth (her cousin) and Elizabeth’s husband Zechariah in the Hill Country. The two of them were temple servants and Elizabeth was already 6 months pregnant. Mary stayed with her cousin until Elizabeth gave birth to John and then Mary went back to Nazareth 3 months pregnant. She was most definitely showing.
We must understand that the possibility of Mary in her absence (to be raw) impregnated (which has brought great debate) had its effect.
To subtly address this; IF Mary had ever been improper; would her SINGULAR offspring be known for all ages?
I know this is another point of great debate “Jesus brothers, sisters and Mary…”
Jesus’ brothers and sisters. The Gospel of Mark 6:3 and the Gospel of Matthew 13:55–56 state that James, Joses (or Joseph), Jude and Simon were the brothers of Jesus, the son of Mary. The same verses also mention unnamed sisters of Jesus.
I will silence the argument with the statement “IF there truly were siblings, where were they at the crucifixion? At other times?”
Yes, the Catholic Church eschews the concept that Mary was eternally a virgin as in never knew Man. In support of this… His-story is called to reason… On the journey for Jesus presentation in the temple at age 12, a relatively short period to when He started His ministry, where were these ‘siblings’. I am Nigerian and in West Africa as I am sure, most countries…family is family! Differentiated by “older” or “younger” relatives.
Jerome believed that the “brothers” of the Lord were Jesus’ cousins, thus amplifying the doctrine of perpetual virginity. Jerome concluded that James “the brother of the Lord”, (Galatians 1:19) is therefore James, son of Alphaeus, one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus, and the son of Mary Cleophas.
Jerome identifies Mary of Cleopas as the sister of Mary, mother of Jesus. According to the early second-century historian Hegesippus, Mary of Clopas was likely Mary’s sister-in-law, understanding Clopas(Cleophas) to have been Joseph’s brother.
As you see, The Word is one! You are invited to prove otherwise! Cultures are different, such that ascribing/describing all by our culture tends to throw things off.
Joseph, seeing that Mary was with child, was understandably distraught, but he did not see any man with her (Read Leviticus 20:10) and the townsfolk were already gossiping. It was at that time that Joseph made up his mind to go to Mary’s parents to privately break off the engagement. He really didn’t want to make this all public. The townsfolk had already formed their own opinions.
Then, in the Gospel of Matthew, it was reported that, before Joseph went to break off the engagement, an “angel of the Lord” told Joseph of the impending birth. Matthew 1:19 — 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily” It continues in 20–21 — 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
Gabriel was usually the messenger of God, but Michael was used for messages to earthly people as well. Considering Gabriel gave the message to Mary about her position, it stands to reason Gabriel told Joseph in his dream. Just an educated guess on this.
Once Joseph understood that his task was to be the Guardian of God’s son, well, there was no question the marriage would take place.
A HUGE learning point which we shall dissect at another share is communication between the realms (physical and spiritual.)
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Meditation is a method to remove yourself from the three-dimensional world and initiate communication with the high realms of Heaven of in the Spirit World. The purpose of meditation is to discover our true selves – a spiritual being residing in a physical body; and experience true happiness by feeling free from the restrictions of this physical world.
While we are living in the earthly world we tend to forget that we are essentially spiritual beings whose real home is the Spirit World. When we become immersed in the worldly values of the third dimension, our mind gets cloudy and our physical body also gradually feels more and more fatigued. The key to easing this fatigue is to provide the soul with a chance to spiritually rejuvenate with heaven’s light. In order to do this, we need to temporarily disconnect our three-dimensional consciousness and, via right concentration, connect with the Heavenly Realm. The soul can restore its innate energy by receiving the light of God.
We open an endless box here! We are what we are! Learning who and what we are is key to growing!
RESPONSES (Keep ’em coming! I will update routinely)
They are as written! No additions, subtractions or substitutions. I mean if you all can put up with my ‘mistakes’ – be blessed!
1. I see Yeshua in Hebrew is the translation for Jesus. Also, why would the Bible misstate that Jesus had brothers and sisters if He did not? To refer or suggest that they were possibly Jesus’ ‘cousins’ seems unlikely because John the Baptist was clearly identified as Jesus’ cousin, if that is done in the case of John, why not with the siblings? Further the siblings likely weren’t there when He was crucified for fear of being arrested too by association. Think the disciples went into hiding and they were with him on a daily bad and they ran from Him for fear of death/arrest. Also, Jesus was spreading the Gospel, maybe the siblings were engaged in making a living to support themselves/parents/spouses/siblings.
Food for thought/fodder
Also, the reference to Mary as the Virgin Mary I have always understood that that title was only in relation to the conception of Jesus and that He was born of a virgin, not that she remained a virgin after Jesus’ birth. After Jesus’ birth she had wifely duties to her husband Joseph and she fulfilled those and bore Joseph children. God used her as the vessel for Christ’s birth/entry into the world which was her purpose/reason for being. After accomplishing that God, having chosen Joseph as her husband, would not punish Joseph, Mary and their marital Union by preventing her from being a wife, in the full sense to Joseph and rewarding Joseph for his faithfulness to God and Mary, by leaving Joseph with no child/heir of his own. Think and meditate on that. The Word would not mischaracterize the relationship between Jesus and his siblings as siblings if they were not so — again food for thought