No One Can Relate – think Again!

Of all the ways that Jesus can relate to us.

BORN of an earthly Mother

Matthew 1:25
“But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.”

FAMILY CONFLICT

Luke 4:24

“Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown.

Mark 6:3

“Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.”

ADOPTED by earthly Father

Matthew 1:18

“This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.”

TEMPTED

Matthew 4:1

“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”

NEEDED SPACE to get away from daily activities

Matthew 14:23
“After He had sent them away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone.”

PHYSICAL ABUSE

Luke 23:33 – the end of chapter

“When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals–one on his right, the other on his left…..”

Wanted a DIFFERENT ROAD to travel, different circumstances

Matthew 26:37 – Gethsemane

“He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.”

Righteous ANGER

Matthew 21:12

“Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.”

Friends left him, leaving him to stand ALONE

Mark 14:50

“Then all his disciples deserted him and ran away.”

SORROW & PAIN in death of a friend

John 11:35

“Jesus wept”

COMPASSION

Matthew 9:36

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them,”

LONELINESS, SORROW AND PAIN in his personal heart

Isaiah 53:3

“He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief.”

As I kept thinking about the situations that my readers may find themselves in, I had to laugh.

What about ADDICTION?

YEP, he even experienced addiction – to God the Father.

(I am sure I missed some – but I still had fun imagining)

Mirror Mirror On the Wall

Recently a friend gave me an antique
silver-plated mirror on a stand.

She knows about my claim-to-fame

of collecting old silver/silver plated items.

My collection has now expanded to over one hundred pieces. The mirror was cracked but Bonnie knew I would find a place in my special collection for this piece. She was correct – after polishing the base and removing the mirror, the stand will become the perfect picture frame for my grandchildren. This special gift will soon hold a picture of my precious little ones. The antique mirror will sit in a place of honor in my living room.

My granddaughters are about the age now that I was when I remember so vividly about another mirror. That mirror hung on a palace wall where a queen visited the mirror often, if not daily. Yes, you are correct, the mirror I am referring to is the mirror in Snow White.

The unforgettable scene that I remember went something like this . . . “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” Upon asking the mirror this question, the queen would wait with anticipation in hopes that she indeed was the fairest of the land. The actual answer she received was “…fame is thy beauty Majesty, but behold a lovely maiden I see … at last she is more fair than thee..”

When you look into your mirror, what is it that you hope to see? There is one thing that Snow White had that I want to be true in my life as well. The word that I am referring to is ‘White’. White as a new fallen snow. The Bible compares the washing away of my sin to the whiteness of snow.

 

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” 

 Isaiah 1:18

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“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”  Psalm 51:7

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“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”  1 John 1:7

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“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 6:23

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For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,”  Ephesians 2:8

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“For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”  Hebrews 8:12

When I look into the mirror I see that the queen would even be jealous of me.  The queen’s beauty was anchored in fame, yet she was not the fairest to be seen in the land. The one who steals the show – is the one WHO HAS BEEN MADE white as snow.

My mirror tells me that I am as white as snow reflecting God’s grace.  Next time you look into a mirror remember…

The Bible says “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”  (Proverbs 31:30)  I wonder if Snow White feared the Lord?

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