Today’s Devotional – April 29th (A Jack-In-The-Box jesus!)

By admin On April 29th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional -April 29th

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A Jack-In-The-Box jesus

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“For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus,

whom we have not preached,

or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received,

or another gospel, which ye have not accepted,

ye might well bear with him.”

2nd Corinthians 11:4

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History theorizes that the Jack-in-the-box was invented in the 14th Century.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack-in-the-box

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And of course, this children’s toy has survived many centuries, if indeed, history books are correct.

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The reason for even bringing this toy into today’s devotional, is to make an illustration about Jesus and modern-day religion.

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Jack-in-the-box – Wikipedia – public domain

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WHY DID WE CRUCIFY HIM?

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack-in-the-box

Do you know why we put Jesus on the Cross?

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Just why did we hate Him so much?

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christianity-Jesus_Christ_Died_for_your_Sin.jpg.

Well, this following passage pretty much sums it up, as Jesus was speaking to His earthly brothers…

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“The world cannot hate you; but Me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.” John 7:7.

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Yes, this is the crux of the problem.

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We hated Jesus because His testified that this selfish world (we love so dearly) is totally evil!

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Cross of Jesus Christ – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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TO GIVE ALL IS UNACCEPTABLE!

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack-in-the-box

And along this line of thought, Jesus gave no hope for us to remain in our selfishness. 

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Listen… “Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow Me.” Matthew 19:21.

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Jesus speaks these words to each and every member of the human family!

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Yes, even our sins, big and little, are part of our earthly riches, which we love so dearly and refuse to give up!

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WE’RE STILL THE SAME!

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack-in-the-box

Yes, if Jesus had not come 2,000 years ago, but came to us today, we would still hate him!

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:People_on_Times_Square.jpg

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And this is because we still love our selfish lives in this world.

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And if this Heaven-sent “Stranger” came in the name of God, and testified that this world is a selfish and ungodly world, we would likewise condemn that man!

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Oh yes, it’s true, we no longer use crucifixion to put people to death.

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But we would still crucify that man, according to our modern ways!

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People on Times Square Wikimedia Commons share-alike license

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SATAN STILL ACCOMMODATES US!

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack-in-the-box

You see, what Mankind really wants is a Jack-in-the-box Jesus!

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That’s right! We merely want a jesus to pop out of his box just one morning a week, to pronounce his blessings and then, after church service is done, we can stuff him back in his little box.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shoppers_on_Dundas,_near_Yonge.jpg

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And this way, we can leave church, and return to serving our other gods: the gods of our selfishness, for the next 6 days!

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Oh yes, we might do a daily 15 minute Bible study.

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But as soon as we close our Bible, our thoughts return to our first love: the cares and pleasures of the world!

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Shoppers in Toronto wikimedia share-alike license

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STILL THE DAY OF SALVATION!

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack-in-the-box

Now just what is the remedy for such a sad condition?

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Well, obviously, there will be no more true revivals of the various churches and denominations.

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But God is still working wiDavid's sorrow wikigallery public domainth individuals, bringing us to repentance!

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The remedy for such a love for the world is found in the Book of James.

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Listen… “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God…Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up. ” James 4:4, 8-10

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And if we ask Him to make us into full-time disciples on a 24/7/365 basis, God will hear us and answer our prayers!

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Oh yes, victory may not immediately come. But by patiently waiting, we will eventually get the victory!

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David’s sorrow wikigallery public domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me a 24/7/365 relationship with Thee! Give me the desire to forsake this selfish world, with all its little selfish idols which have crowded out my love for Thee…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Fleeing to the Mountains, Part 3: The Abomination in My Heart” or you can also read… “Revelation 12 Woman & The Narrow Gate Stars (Orion’s Gate to Heaven)”

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THE END

.Orion Constellation at Eagle Ridge

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE NARROW WAY: THE PILGRIM’S PATHWAY

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“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14

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That world-shaking allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, picked up thhttp://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pilgrim%27s_Progress_2.JPGe theme of the Narrow Gate. The hero of the story was Christian, a man who was warned to flee from the City of Destruction (the world), and to embark on a journey to the Heavenly City. And along the way, Christian encountered many adventures and dangers. This first of its kind allegorical book absolutely rocked the western world, and became perhaps the first million seller book (along with the Bible).

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But God has also given this same Narrow Way parable in the night heavens! Incredible? Yes, incredible…and amazing too! And though these two stars can hardly be considered a constellation, but when sitting next to the two stars which comprise the Broad Gate, well, it makes a powerful statement, for the people of God.

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So please come along on this journey and find out just why this pathway graces the night heavens, and perhaps you might find yourself embarking on your own pilgrimage up that very same Narrow pathway.

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Pilgrim’s Progress Enters The Wicket Gate-Wikipedia public domain

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LOCATION

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This most amazing phenomenon is seen throughout the winter. Although it can be observed most of the winter, it is seen best when it is the western part of the sky, at winter’s end (The end of winter being the final scene of this heavenly Gospel story). Orion , the Dragon, and the Glorious White Horse are beginning to descend into the western horizon (sketch to right is Winter Constellations descending into western horizon. This can actually be seen as early as December, in the pre-dawn hours).

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And at this point it is apparent that the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation is veering toward the two bright stars, known as Castor and Pollux (sketch to left). But the Wide Gate Stars are composed of the two brightest stars of the Auriga Constellation, known as the star, Capella, and the star, Menkalinan. The two stars, Castor and Pollux, make up the concept of the Orion’s Narrow Gate Stars.

Revelation 12 Woman & Orion's Gate & Wide Gate.

This can even be observed into June in the western sky (for a short time just after dark). While a dark night is best for seeing the Woman Constellation, the 4 stars which comprise the Narrow Gate/Wide Gate Stars can be seen even under mediocre conditions. It begins with the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation (AKA Ursa Major) going towards these two doors.

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The sketch to left shows, the two doors are each composed of two bright stars. The two bright stars that comprise the Narrow Gate are the two brightest stars of the Orion the Reaper’s sickle. The two stars that comprise the ‘Wide Gate’ Stars are the two brightest stars of the wave of water that comes out of the Dragon Constellation’s mouth (for explanation of “Wave of Water”, just click here). The stars that make up the ‘Narrow Gate’ are about half the width of the Wide Gate (see sketch below left).

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Revelation 12 Woman chooses Narrow Way

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(For more information on Orion’s sickle, just click here, “Orion The Reaper”. )

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Editor’s note: These sketches on this page are merely sketches. The stars are not in their exact place. However, they are close enough to find them in the night sky. But as with most stars, it takes persistence to finally locate them.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Revelation 12 Woman & The Narrow Gate Stars (Orion’s Gate to Heaven)”

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TOMORROW:

“April 30th (Man In The Iron Cage!)”

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