Put yourself in her place; even a man could understand.
Mary was expecting at any hour, and it was about a seven day trip across a dangerous desert, from Nazareth to Bethlehem.
On a donkey. And no bed for her to lie in. Surely they had a blanket or something to lie on, in that barn.
No hot water for cleanup, and what did Joseph know about helping.
And don’t blame the innkeeper.
Bethlehem was a small community, and people were coming from all over, for this tax thing. There may have been only
one inn, and the miracle was that there was even a barn available. I’m thinking that it was to fulfill prophecy.
Jesus had to experience it all.
And consider getting back home…with a newborn baby!
And how did she handle the neighborhood kids, making fun of that boy who wouldn’t go with them to let the camels out,
so they could watch the men running to herd them back in.
But let’s switch to today, and to you. If you’re married, or have been married,
or if your age and your health have caused you to be separated, or if your mate has gone on ahead. The Bible says there’ll
be no marriage in Heaven, but if we’re expecting to be with Mom and Dad again, I certainly expect to hold hands with
Louise, because we’ll already BE married.
And so your only thing, is to make sure you BOTH go
to Heaven. If you haven’t taken care of that, you can do your part right now. Even as I talk, you can tell
Him you’re ready to live for Him. Don’t worry about yesterday; He has already forgotten it. So say
it now: “Lord, save me,” and you’ll start a new life, with a clean slate. Do it.
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I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.