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Title: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Mimi on January 13, 2008, 05:19:50 AM
The Passover Visit




Listen to The Passover Visit   

         
 


     Among the Jews the twelfth year was the dividing line between childhood and youth. On completing this year a Hebrew boy was called a son of the law, and also a son of God. He was given special opportunities for religious instruction, and was expected to participate in the sacred feasts and observances. It was in accordance with this custom that Jesus in His boyhood made the Passover visit to Jerusalem. Like all devout Israelites, Joseph and Mary went up every year to attend the Passover; and when Jesus had reached the required age, they took Him with them.   
     There were three annual feasts, the Passover, the Pentecost, and the Feast of Tabernacles, at which all the men of Israel were commanded to appear before the Lord at Jerusalem. Of these feasts the Passover was the most largely attended. Many were present from all countries where the Jews were scattered. From every part of Palestine the worshipers came in great numbers. The journey from Galilee occupied several days, and the travelers united in large companies for companionship and protection. The women and aged men rode upon oxen or asses over the steep and rocky roads. The stronger men and the youth journeyed on foot. The time of the Passover corresponded to the close of March or the beginning of April, and the whole land was bright with flowers, and glad with the song of birds. All along the way were spots memorable in the history of Israel, and fathers and mothers recounted to their children the wonders that God had wrought for His people in ages past. They beguiled their journey with song and music, and when at last the towers of Jerusalem came into view, every voice joined in the triumphant strain,--


                 "Our feet shall stand
                  Within thy gates, O Jerusalem. . . .
                  Peace be within thy walls,
                  And prosperity within thy palaces."
                                           Psalm 122:2-7. 
     The observance of the Passover began with the birth of the Hebrew nation. On the last night of their bondage in Egypt, when there appeared no token of deliverance, God commanded them to prepare for an immediate release. He had warned Pharaoh of the final judgment on the Egyptians, and He directed the Hebrews to gather their families within their own dwellings. Having sprinkled the doorposts with the blood of the slain lamb, they were to eat the lamb, roasted, with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. "And thus shall ye eat it," He said, "with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord's passover." Exodus 12:11. At midnight all the first-born of the Egyptians were slain. Then the king sent to Israel the message, "Rise up, and get you forth from among my people; . . . and go, serve the Lord, as ye have said." Exodus 12:31. The Hebrews went out from Egypt an independent nation. The Lord had commanded that the Passover should be yearly kept. "It shall come to pass," He said, "when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service? that ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord's passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when He smote the Egyptians." Thus from generation to generation the story of this wonderful deliverance was to be repeated. 
     The Passover was followed by the seven days' feast of unleavened bread. On the second day of the feast, the first fruits of the year's harvest, a sheaf of barley, was presented before the Lord. All the ceremonies of the feast were types of the work of Christ. The deliverance of Israel from Egypt was an object lesson of redemption, which the Passover was intended to keep in memory. The slain lamb, the unleavened bread, the sheaf of first fruits, represented the Saviour.   
     With most of the people in the days of Christ, the observance of this feast had degenerated into formalism. But what was its significance to the Son of God! 
     For the first time the child Jesus looked upon the temple. He saw the white-robed priests performing their solemn ministry. He beheld the bleeding victim upon the altar of sacrifice. With the worshipers He bowed in prayer, while the cloud of incense ascended before God. He witnessed the impressive rites of the paschal service. Day by day He saw their meaning more clearly. Every act seemed to be bound up with His own life. New impulses were awakening within Him. Silent and absorbed, He seemed to be studying out a great problem. The mystery of His mission was opening to the Saviour. 
     Rapt in the contemplation of these scenes, He did not remain beside His parents. He sought to be alone. When the paschal services were ended, He still lingered in the temple courts; and when the worshipers departed from Jerusalem, He was left behind. 
     In this visit to Jerusalem, the parents of Jesus wished to bring Him in connection with the great teachers in Israel. While He was obedient in every particular to the word of God, He did not conform to the rabbinical rites and usages. Joseph and Mary hoped that He might be led to reverence the learned rabbis, and give more diligent heed to their requirements. But Jesus in the temple had been taught by God. That which He had received, He began at once to impart.
     At that day an apartment connected with the temple was devoted to a sacred school, after the manner of the schools of the prophets. Here leading rabbis with their pupils assembled, and hither the child Jesus came. Seating Himself at the feet of these grave, learned men, He listened to their instruction. As one seeking for wisdom, He questioned these teachers in regard to the prophecies, and to events then taking place that pointed to the advent of the Messiah.
     Jesus presented Himself as one thirsting for a knowledge of God. His questions were suggestive of deep truths which had long been obscured, yet which were vital to the salvation of souls. While showing how narrow and superficial was the wisdom of the wise men, every question put before them a divine lesson, and placed truth in a new aspect. The rabbis spoke of the wonderful elevation which the Messiah's coming would bring to the Jewish nation; but Jesus presented the prophecy of Isaiah, and asked them the meaning of those scriptures that point to the suffering and death of the Lamb of God. 
     The doctors turned upon Him with questions, and they were amazed at His answers. With the humility of a child He repeated the words of Scripture, giving them a depth of meaning that the wise men had not conceived of. If followed, the lines of truth He pointed out would have worked a reformation in the religion of the day. A deep interest in spiritual things would have been awakened; and when Jesus began His ministry, many would have been prepared to receive Him. 
     The rabbis knew that Jesus had not been instructed in their schools; yet His understanding of the prophecies far exceeded theirs. In this thoughtful Galilean boy they discerned great promise. They desired to gain Him as a student, that He might become a teacher in Israel. They wanted to have charge of His education, feeling that a mind so original must be brought under their molding.
     The words of Jesus had moved their hearts as they had never before been moved by words from human lips. God was seeking to give light to those leaders in Israel, and He used the only means by which they could be reached. In their pride they would have scorned to admit that they could receive instruction from anyone. If Jesus had appeared to be trying to teach them, they would have disdained to listen. But they flattered themselves that they were teaching Him, or at least testing His knowledge of the Scriptures. The youthful modesty and grace of Jesus disarmed their prejudices. Unconsciously their minds were opened to the word of God, and the Holy Spirit spoke to their hearts. 
     They could not but see that their expectation in regard to the Messiah was not sustained by prophecy; but they would not renounce the theories that had flattered their ambition. They would not admit that they had misapprehended the Scriptures they claimed to teach. From one to another passed the inquiry, How hath this youth knowledge, having never learned? The light was shining in darkness; but "the darkness apprehended it not." John 1:5, R. V. 
     Meanwhile Joseph and Mary were in great perplexity and distress. In the departure from Jerusalem they had lost sight of Jesus, and they knew not that He had tarried behind. The country was then densely populated, and the caravans from Galilee were very large. There was much confusion as they left the city. On the way the pleasure of traveling with friends and acquaintances absorbed their attention, and they did not notice His absence till night came on. Then as they halted for rest, they missed the helpful hand of their child. Supposing Him to be with their company, they had felt no anxiety. Young as He was, they had trusted Him implicitly, expecting that when needed, He would be ready to assist them, anticipating their wants as He had always done. But now their fears were roused. They searched for Him throughout their company, but in vain. Shuddering they remembered how Herod had tried to destroy Him in His infancy. Dark forebodings filled their hearts. They bitterly reproached themselves. 
     Returning to Jerusalem, they pursued their search. The next day, as they mingled with the worshipers in the temple, a familiar voice arrested their attention. They could not mistake it; no other voice was like His, so serious and earnest, yet so full of melody.
     In the school of the rabbis they found Jesus. Rejoiced as they were, they could not forget their grief and anxiety. When He was with them again, the mother said, in words that implied reproof, "Son, why hast Thou thus dealt with us? Behold, Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing."
     "How is it that ye sought Me?" answered Jesus. "Wist ye not that I must be about My Father's business?" And as they seemed not to understand His words, He pointed upward. On His face was a light at which they wondered. Divinity was flashing through humanity. On finding Him in the temple, they had listened to what was passing between Him and the rabbis, and they were astonished at His questions and answers. His words started a train of thought that would never be forgotten. 
     And His question to them had a lesson. "Wist ye not," He said, "that I must be about My Father's business?" Jesus was engaged in the work that He had come into the world to do; but Joseph and Mary had neglected theirs. God had shown them high honor in committing to them His Son. Holy angels had directed the course of Joseph in order to preserve the life of Jesus. But for an entire day they had lost sight of Him whom they should not have forgotten for a moment. And when their anxiety was relieved, they had not censured themselves, but had cast the blame upon Him. 
     It was natural for the parents of Jesus to look upon Him as their own child. He was daily with them, His life in many respects was like that of other children, and it was difficult for them to realize that He was the Son of God. They were in danger of failing to appreciate the blessing granted them in the presence of the world's Redeemer. The grief of their separation from Him, and the gentle reproof which His words conveyed, were designed to impress them with the sacredness of their trust. 
     In the answer to His mother, Jesus showed for the first time that He understood His relation to God. Before His birth the angel had said to Mary, "He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: and He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever." Luke 1:32, 33. These words Mary had pondered in her heart; yet while she believed that her child was to be Israel's Messiah, she did not comprehend His mission. Now she did not understand His words; but she knew that He had disclaimed kinship to Joseph, and had declared His Sonship to God. 
     Jesus did not ignore His relation to His earthly parents. From Jerusalem He returned home with them, and aided them in their life of toil. He hid in His own heart the mystery of His mission, waiting submissively for the appointed time for Him to enter upon His work. For eighteen years after He had recognized that He was the Son of God, He acknowledged the tie that bound Him to the home at Nazareth, and performed the duties of a son, a brother, a friend, and a citizen. 
     As His mission had opened to Jesus in the temple, He shrank from contact with the multitude. He wished to return from Jerusalem in quietness, with those who knew the secret of His life. By the paschal service, God was seeking to call His people away from their worldly cares, and to remind them of His wonderful work in their deliverance from Egypt. In this work He desired them to see a promise of deliverance from sin. As the blood of the slain lamb sheltered the homes of Israel, so the blood of Christ was to save their souls; but they could be saved through Christ only as by faith they should make His life their own. There was virtue in the symbolic service only as it directed the worshipers to Christ as their personal Saviour. God desired that they should be led to prayerful study and meditation in regard to Christ's mission. But as the multitudes left Jerusalem, the excitement of travel and social intercourse too often absorbed their attention, and the service they had witnessed was forgotten. The Saviour was not attracted to their company. 
     As Joseph and Mary should return from Jerusalem alone with Jesus, He hoped to direct their minds to the prophecies of the suffering Saviour. Upon Calvary He sought to lighten His mother's grief. He was thinking of her now. Mary was to witness His last agony, and Jesus desired her to understand His mission, that she might be strengthened to endure, when the sword should pierce through her soul. As Jesus had been separated from her, and she had sought Him sorrowing three days, so when He should be offered up for the sins of the world, He would again be lost to her for three days. And as He should come forth from the tomb, her sorrow would again be turned to joy. But how much better she could have borne the anguish of His death if she had understood the Scriptures to which He was now trying to turn her thoughts! 
     If Joseph and Mary had stayed their minds upon God by meditation and prayer, they would have realized the sacredness of their trust, and would not have lost sight of Jesus. By one day's neglect they lost the Saviour; but it cost them three days of anxious search to find Him. So with us; by idle talk, evilspeaking, or neglect of prayer, we may in one day lose the Saviour's presence, and it may take many days of sorrowful search to find Him, and regain the peace that we have lost. 
     In our association with one another, we should take heed lest we forget Jesus, and pass along unmindful that He is not with us. When we become absorbed in worldly things so that we have no thought for Him in whom our hope of eternal life is centered, we separate ourselves from Jesus and from the heavenly angels. These holy beings cannot remain where the Saviour's presence is not desired, and His absence is not marked. This is why discouragement so often exists among the professed followers of Christ. 
     Many attend religious services, and are refreshed and comforted by the word of God; but through neglect of meditation, watchfulness, and prayer, they lose the blessing, and find themselves more destitute than before they received it. Often they feel that God has dealt hardly with them. They do not see that the fault is their own. By separating themselves from Jesus, they have shut away the light of His presence. 
     It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross. 
     As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ's, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences. Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be "changed into the same image from glory to glory." 2 Corinthians 3:18.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Richard Myers on January 13, 2008, 09:28:27 AM
They beguiled their journey with song and music, and when at last the towers of Jerusalem came into view, every voice joined in the triumphant strain,--


                 "Our feet shall stand
                  Within thy gates, O Jerusalem. . . .
                  Peace be within thy walls,
                  And prosperity within thy palaces."
                                           Ps. 122: 2-7. 76

The towers of "New Jerusalem" will soon be in our view!  Then it shall be our song!  :)
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Ed Sutton on January 18, 2008, 06:50:54 PM
How does God"s messenger say God feels about Desire of Ages and an exhaustive bulk distribution system, beyond our previous efforts in history ?


“Truths Barricaded by a "Thus Saith the Lord."
--How many have read carefully Patriarchs and Prophets, The Great Controversy, and The Desire of Ages? I wish all to understand that my confidence in the light that God has given stands firm, because I know that the Holy Spirit's power magnified the truth, and made it honorable, saying: "This is the way, walk ye in it." In my books, the truth is stated, barricaded by a "Thus saith the Lord." The Holy Spirit traced these truths upon my heart and mind as indelibly as the law was traced by the finger of God, upon the tables of stone, which are now in the ark, to be brought forth in that great day when sentence will be pronounced against every evil, seducing science produced by the father of lies.--Letter 90, 1906.  {CM 126.2}
     God would be pleased to see The Desire of Ages in every home. In this book is contained the light He has given upon His word. To our canvassers I would say, Go forth with your hearts softened and subdued by reading of the life of Christ. Drink deeply of the water of salvation, that it may be in your heart as a living spring, flowing forth to refresh souls ready to perish.-- Letter 75, 1900.  {CM 126.3}
     "The Great Controversy," Above Silver or Gold.-- The Great Controversy should be very widely circulated. It contains the story of the past, the present, and the future. In its outline of the closing scenes of this earth's history, it bears a powerful testimony in behalf of the truth. I am more anxious to see a wide circulation for this book than for any others I have written; for in The Great Controversy, the last message of warning to the world is given more distinctly than in any of my other books.--Letter 281, 1905.  {CM 127.1}




God would be pleased to see "The Desire of Ages" in every home. In this book is contained the light he has given on his work. To our canvassers I would say, Go forth with your hearts softened and subdued by reading of the life of Christ. Drink deeply of the water of salvation, that it may be in your hearts as a living spring, flowing forth to refresh souls ready to perish.  {RH, July 3, 1900 par. 1}
     Those who will read attentively the words which the human agent has tried to present clearly to enlighten the minds of others, will receive God's blessing. He will be with every one who seeks to understand the truth that he may set it before others in clear lines. Make no delay. God has spoken plainly and clearly, giving instruction to be given to those who need it, that they may be brought to the knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus.
                                                      Mrs. E. G. White.
                                                                -
  {RH, July 3, 1900 par. 2}




On May 21, 1900, Ellen White wrote:


        God would be pleased to see The Desire of Ages in every  home. In this book is contained the light He has given upon His Word. To our canvassers I would say, "Go forth with your hearts  softened and subdued by reading of the life of Christ. Drink  deeply of the water of salvation, that it may be in your heart as a  living spring, flowing forth to refresh souls ready to perish."-- Letter 75, 1900.  {4BIO 393.2}
     Looking back in 1906, Ellen White freely attributed the truths set forth in the books tracing the great-controversy story to the work of the Holy Spirit. She mentioned only three of the Conflict books, for Prophets and Kings and The Acts of the Apostles were not yet published.  {4BIO 393.3}
        How many have read carefully Patriarchs and Prophets, The Great Controversy, and The Desire of Ages? I wish all to understand that my confidence in the light that God has given stands  firm, because I know that the Holy Spirit's power magnified the truth,  and made it honorable, saying: "This is the way, walk ye in it." In my books, the truth is stated, barricaded by a "Thus saith the Lord."  {4BIO 393.4}
        The Holy Spirit traced these truths upon my heart and mind as indelibly as the law was traced by the finger of God, upon the tables of stone, which are now in the ark.--Letter 90, 1906 (CM,  p. 126).  {4BIO 393.5}"

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Mimi on February 29, 2008, 05:54:51 PM
Amen, Brother Ed - God would have this book in every home. It is the greatest book on the life of Christ ever written - bar none!

The observance of the Passover began with the birth of the Hebrew nation. On the last night of their bondage in Egypt, when there appeared no token of deliverance, God commanded them to prepare for an immediate release. He had warned Pharaoh of the final judgment on the Egyptians, and He directed the Hebrews to gather their families within their own dwellings. Having sprinkled the doorposts with the blood of the slain lamb, they were to eat the lamb, roasted, with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. "And thus shall ye eat it," He said, "with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord's passover." Ex. 12:11. At midnight all the first-born of the Egyptians were slain. Then the king sent to Israel the message, "Rise up, and get you forth from among my people; . . . and go, serve the Lord, as ye have said." Ex. 12:31. The Hebrews went out from Egypt an independent nation. The Lord had commanded that the Passover should be yearly kept. "It shall come to pass," He said, "when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service? that ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord's passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when He smote the Egyptians." Thus from generation to generation the story of this wonderful deliverance was to be repeated.

     The Passover was followed by the seven days' feast of unleavened bread. On the second day of the feast, the first fruits of the year's harvest, a sheaf of barley, was presented before the Lord. All the ceremonies of the feast were types of the work of Christ. The deliverance of Israel from Egypt was an object lesson of redemption, which the Passover was intended to keep in memory. The slain lamb, the unleavened bread, the sheaf of first fruits, represented the Saviour. 

     With most of the people in the days of Christ, the observance of this feast had degenerated into formalism. But what was its significance to the Son of God! 

     For the first time the child Jesus looked upon the temple. He saw the white-robed priests performing their solemn ministry. He beheld the bleeding victim upon the altar of sacrifice. With the worshipers He bowed in prayer, while the cloud of incense ascended before God. He witnessed the impressive rites of the paschal service. Day by day He saw their meaning more clearly. Every act seemed to be bound up with His own life. New impulses were awakening within Him. Silent and absorbed, He seemed to be studying out a great problem. The mystery of His mission was opening to the Saviour.

     Rapt in the contemplation of these scenes, He did not remain beside His parents. He sought to be alone. When the paschal services were ended, He still lingered in the temple courts; and when the worshipers departed from Jerusalem, He was left behind.  78
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Mimi on February 29, 2008, 06:08:22 PM
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Silent and absorbed, He seemed to be studying out a great problem. The mystery of His mission was opening to the Saviour.

     Rapt in the contemplation of these scenes, He did not remain beside His parents. He sought to be alone. When the paschal services were ended, He still lingered in the temple courts; and when the worshipers departed from Jerusalem, He was left behind.

Oh, what a solitary, illuminating moment for young Jesus. Here, God, in the incarnate Son, was learning of His mission. What sobering realizations He had while He wandered through the temple. Oh, to have been there to silently observe this. The Holy Spirit along with conversations with His Heavenly Father must have been utterly intense, unfolding, yet confirming.

In this visit to Jerusalem, the parents of Jesus wished to bring Him in connection with the great teachers in Israel. While He was obedient in every particular to the word of God, He did not conform to the rabbinical rites and usages. Joseph and Mary hoped that He might be led to reverence the learned rabbis, and give more diligent heed to their requirements. But Jesus in the temple had been taught by God. That which He had received, He began at once to impart. 

     At that day an apartment connected with the temple was devoted to a sacred school, after the manner of the schools of the prophets. Here leading rabbis with their pupils assembled, and hither the child Jesus came. Seating Himself at the feet of these grave, learned men, He listened to their instruction. As one seeking for wisdom, He questioned these teachers in regard to the prophecies, and to events then taking place that pointed to the advent of the Messiah. 

     Jesus presented Himself as one thirsting for a knowledge of God. His questions were suggestive of deep truths which had long been obscured, yet which were vital to the salvation of souls. While showing how narrow and superficial was the wisdom of the wise men, every question put before them a divine lesson, and placed truth in a new aspect. The rabbis spoke of the wonderful elevation which the Messiah's coming would bring to the Jewish nation; but Jesus presented the prophecy of Isaiah, and asked them the meaning of those scriptures that point to the suffering and death of the Lamb of God. 

     The doctors turned upon Him with questions, and they were amazed at His answers. With the humility of a child He repeated the words of Scripture, giving them a depth of meaning that the wise men had not conceived of. If followed, the lines of truth He pointed out would have worked a reformation in the religion of the day. A deep interest in spiritual things would have been awakened; and when Jesus began His ministry, many would have been prepared to receive Him.  78

   
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Richard Myers on March 02, 2008, 08:07:46 AM
Is there a lesson for us today as we contemplate the work to be done in preparing a people to receive Jesus at His second coming?
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Mimi on March 02, 2008, 11:08:03 AM
Oh yes. The work to be done is of such a sobering and startling nature that it seems most of the saints (laymen) are scared stiff. Of course, without the aid of the Holy Spirit, it will not get done and we should never feel we are alone when stepping out, in faith, to get it done.

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Mimi on March 02, 2008, 11:19:19 AM
The rabbis knew that Jesus had not been instructed in their schools; yet His understanding of the prophecies far exceeded theirs. In this thoughtful Galilean boy they discerned great promise. They desired to gain Him as a student, that He might become a teacher in Israel. They wanted to have charge of His education, feeling that a mind so original must be brought under their molding

     The words of Jesus had moved their hearts as they had never before been moved by words from human lips. God was seeking to give light to those leaders in Israel, and He used the only means by which they could be reached. In their pride they would have scorned to admit that they could receive instruction from anyone. If Jesus had appeared to be trying to teach them, they would have disdained to listen. But they flattered themselves that they were teaching Him, or at least testing His knowledge of the Scriptures. The youthful modesty and grace of Jesus disarmed their prejudices. Unconsciously their minds were opened to the word of God, and the Holy Spirit spoke to their hearts. 

     They could not but see that their expectation in regard to the Messiah was not sustained by prophecy; but they would not renounce the theories that had flattered their ambition. They would not admit that they had misapprehended the Scriptures they claimed to teach. From one to another passed the inquiry, How hath this youth knowledge, having never learned? The light was shining in darkness; but "the darkness apprehended it not." John 1:5, R. V.

     
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Mimi on March 02, 2008, 11:19:47 AM
Meanwhile Joseph and Mary were in great perplexity and distress. In the departure from Jerusalem they had lost sight of Jesus, and they knew not that He had tarried behind. The country was then densely populated, and the caravans from Galilee were very large. There was much confusion as they left the city. On the way the pleasure of traveling with friends and acquaintances absorbed their attention, and they did not notice His absence till night came on. Then as they halted for rest, they missed the helpful hand of their child. Supposing Him to be with their company, they had felt no anxiety. Young as He was, they had trusted Him implicitly, expecting that when needed, He would be ready to assist them, anticipating their wants as He had always done. But now their fears were roused. They searched for Him throughout their company, but in vain. Shuddering they remembered how Herod had tried to destroy Him in His infancy. Dark forebodings filled their hearts. They bitterly reproached themselves.

     Returning to Jerusalem, they pursued their search. The next day, as they mingled with the worshipers in the temple, a familiar voice arrested their attention. They could not mistake it; no other voice was like His, so serious and earnest, yet so full of melody. 

     In the school of the rabbis they found Jesus. Rejoiced as they were, they could not forget their grief and anxiety. When He was with them again, the mother said, in words that implied reproof, "Son, why hast Thou thus dealt with us? Behold, Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing." 

     "How is it that ye sought Me?" answered Jesus. "Wist ye not that I must be about My Father's business?" And as they seemed not to understand His words, He pointed upward. On His face was a light at which they wondered. Divinity was flashing through humanity. On finding Him in the temple, they had listened to what was passing between Him and the rabbis, and they were astonished at His questions and answers. His words started a train of thought that would never be forgotten

     And His question to them had a lesson. "Wist ye not," He said, "that I must be about My Father's business?" Jesus was engaged in the work that He had come into the world to do; but Joseph and Mary had neglected theirs. God had shown them high honor in committing to them His Son. Holy angels had directed the course of Joseph in order to preserve the life of Jesus. But for an entire day they had lost sight of Him whom they should not have forgotten for a moment. And when their anxiety was relieved, they had not censured themselves, but had cast the blame upon Him.

     It was natural for the parents of Jesus to look upon Him as their own child. He was daily with them, His life in many respects was like that of other children, and it was difficult for them to realize that He was the Son of God. They were in danger of failing to appreciate the blessing granted them in the presence of the world's Redeemer. The grief of their separation from Him, and the gentle reproof which His words conveyed, were designed to impress them with the sacredness of their trust. 

     In the answer to His mother, Jesus showed for the first time that He understood His relation to God. Before His birth the angel had said to Mary, "He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: and He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever." Luke 1:32, 33. These words Mary had pondered in her heart; yet while she believed that her child was to be Israel's Messiah, she did not comprehend His mission. Now she did not understand His words; but she knew that He had disclaimed kinship to Joseph, and had declared His Sonship to God. 82
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Mimi on March 02, 2008, 11:33:17 AM
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Returning to Jerusalem, they pursued their search. The next day, as they mingled with the worshipers in the temple, a familiar voice arrested their attention. They could not mistake it; no other voice was like His, so serious and earnest, yet so full of melody.

Thinking upon this in a very literal sense, Jesus - at the age of twelve - would have been with the rabbis that initial day, then all through the night and into the following day. His needs would have been that of food, water and a resting place. He was still yet a child - so he was largely cared for by these learned men. We have no account of how His needs were met, but one can wonder.

Did they take him home with them, or was there an apartment in the temple for rest? If so, did he sleep in the rabbi's home or temple apartment? He was with them, alone, for quite some time - and it could it be that the priests, as they aged, were among some who were present during his trial later on at the end of his ministry? Is this a possibility? Just wondering. 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Mimi on March 02, 2008, 11:41:08 AM
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Now she did not understand His words; but she knew that He had disclaimed kinship to Joseph, and had declared His Sonship to God.

If I remember correctly, we do not hear of anything of Joseph after this visit to Jerusalem. Jesus declared his Sonship to God, yet He eventually returned to Nazareth to work along side of Joseph. We are also not told of Joseph's death, but Jesus stayed with his earthly parents until the age of thirty when he left them to begin His ministry.

It will be interesting to talk with Joseph when we are all in heaven, to know of his experience with young Jesus and of his realization when Jesus spoke of his Heavenly Father when they finally found Him in the temple.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Mimi on March 07, 2008, 01:30:53 PM
 Jesus did not ignore His relation to His earthly parents. From Jerusalem He returned home with them, and aided them in their life of toil. He hid in His own heart the mystery of His mission, waiting submissively for the appointed time for Him to enter upon His work. For eighteen years after He had recognized that He was the Son of God, He acknowledged the tie that bound Him to the home at Nazareth, and performed the duties of a son, a brother, a friend, and a citizen.

     As His mission had opened to Jesus in the temple, He shrank from contact with the multitude. He wished to return from Jerusalem in quietness, with those who knew the secret of His life. By the paschal service, God was seeking to call His people away from their worldly cares, and to remind them of His wonderful work in their deliverance from Egypt. In this work He desired them to see a promise of deliverance from sin. As the blood of the slain lamb sheltered the homes of Israel, so the blood of Christ was to save their souls; but they could be saved through Christ only as by faith they should make His life their own. There was virtue in the symbolic service only as it directed the worshipers to Christ as their personal Saviour. God desired that they should be led to prayerful study and meditation in regard to Christ's mission. But as the multitudes left Jerusalem, the excitement of travel and social intercourse too often absorbed their attention, and the service they had witnessed was forgotten. The Saviour was not attracted to their company

     As Joseph and Mary should return from Jerusalem alone with Jesus, He hoped to direct their minds to the prophecies of the suffering Saviour. Upon Calvary He sought to lighten His mother's grief. He was thinking of her now. Mary was to witness His last agony, and Jesus desired her to understand His mission, that she might be strengthened to endure, when the sword should pierce through her soul. As Jesus had been separated from her, and she had sought Him sorrowing three days, so when He should be offered up for the sins of the world, He would again be lost to her for three days. And as He should come forth from the tomb, her sorrow would again be turned to joy. But how much better she could have borne the anguish of His death if she had understood the Scriptures to which He was now trying to turn her thoughts!  82.3
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Mimi on March 07, 2008, 01:35:06 PM
If Joseph and Mary had stayed their minds upon God by meditation and prayer, they would have realized the sacredness of their trust, and would not have lost sight of Jesus. By one day's neglect they lost the Saviour; but it cost them three days of anxious search to find Him. So with us; by idle talk, evilspeaking, or neglect of prayer, we may in one day lose the Saviour's presence, and it may take many days of sorrowful search to find Him, and regain the peace that we have lost. 

     In our association with one another, we should take heed lest we forget Jesus, and pass along unmindful that He is not with us. When we become absorbed in worldly things so that we have no thought for Him in whom our hope of eternal life is centered, we separate ourselves from Jesus and from the heavenly angels. These holy beings cannot remain where the Saviour's presence is not desired, and His absence is not marked. This is why discouragement so often exists among the professed followers of Christ. 

     Many attend religious services, and are refreshed and comforted by the word of God; but through neglect of meditation, watchfulness, and prayer, they lose the blessing, and find themselves more destitute than before they received it. Often they feel that God has dealt hardly with them. They do not see that the fault is their own. By separating themselves from Jesus, they have shut away the light of His presence. 

     It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross.

     As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ's, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences. Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be "changed into the same image from glory to glory." 2 Cor. 3:18.  83.5
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Mimi on March 07, 2008, 01:46:07 PM
The Saviour was not attracted to their company.

Incredible ramifications in this single sentence. Jesus was only twelve and the windows of heaven had just been opened to Him. Can you imagine the profound effect on this child? God ... realizing He is God ... the sacrifice for sin - the Redeemer of this world. In human terms, it is incomprehensible.

As God in the body and mind of a child, the Father informed Him. The walk back home to Nazareth, along with the ensuing eighteen years must have been THE most somber years ever lived on earth, to say nothing of the day of the crucifixion.

What a wonderful Savior! 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Richard Myers on January 27, 2016, 09:26:30 AM
Over over we repeat the Biblical truth that by beholding we become changed. It is the way we are converted and maintain that conversion.

     In our association with one another, we should take heed lest we forget Jesus, and pass along unmindful that He is not with us. When we become absorbed in worldly things so that we have no thought for Him in whom our hope of eternal life is centered, we separate ourselves from Jesus and from the heavenly angels. These holy beings cannot remain where the Saviour's presence is not desired, and His absence is not marked. This is why discouragement so often exists among the professed followers of Christ. 
     Many attend religious services, and are refreshed and comforted by the word of God; but through neglect of meditation, watchfulness, and prayer, they lose the blessing, and find themselves more destitute than before they received it. Often they feel that God has dealt hardly with them. They do not see that the fault is their own. By separating themselves from Jesus, they have shut away the light of His presence.   
    It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross.
     As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ's, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences. Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be "changed into the same image from glory to glory." 2 Corinthians 3:18. 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on April 26, 2016, 05:45:38 AM
I am again drawn to the second to last paragraph--"It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross." {DA 83.4}. As I composed these words into song, I was struck by the phrase "our confidence in Him will be more constant"--I anticipate that having stronger confidence in Christ in times of trial would allow for a continual accession of vital power--the power of divine grace in the life whereby the soul is made a conquering power in the experience of the duties daily devolving upon the Christian. I take as a promise that "our love will be quickened"--made more full of life--and I pray for the experience of an ever-deepening repentance as I see what Jesus has done for me. I am grateful that Jesus Christ has trod the path of life so that victory is available to me as I behold Him. May we as His people not fail to gain the blessing ever flowing to us from our Bibles and the Spirit of Prophecy--especially the Desire of Ages--much like how Mary and Joseph "were in danger of failing to appreciate the blessing granted them in the presence of the world's Redeemer." {DA 81.5} We are more highly privileged than they in many ways--we have not just the light they had, but blessing upon blessing, and the light that illuminates the experience of Jesus and their own through inspiration brought us from God. I love the Spirit of Prophecy!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Richard Myers on July 22, 2016, 05:50:02 AM
If there were one subject that one could point to that would be a great help to fellow church members it would be the following. Therefore, it would be wrong for me to present something else even though there is much more in this chapter. Jesus said He was the bread of life. And, man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. The Word was made flesh. It is a revelation of Christ. Jesus also said you must drink my blood and eat my flesh. If we want to have physical life, we eat bread. If we want to have Spiritual life, we need to feed upon the "Bread of Life." 2 Corinthians is a very well kept secret. It is Satan's great effort to keep it that way.  So, like a broken record, for the last 30 years I can only repeat over and over the very same thing......

Over over we repeat the Biblical truth that by beholding we become changed. It is the way we are converted and maintain that conversion.

     In our association with one another, we should take heed lest we forget Jesus, and pass along unmindful that He is not with us. When we become absorbed in worldly things so that we have no thought for Him in whom our hope of eternal life is centered, we separate ourselves from Jesus and from the heavenly angels. These holy beings cannot remain where the Saviour's presence is not desired, and His absence is not marked. This is why discouragement so often exists among the professed followers of Christ. 
     Many attend religious services, and are refreshed and comforted by the word of God; but through neglect of meditation, watchfulness, and prayer, they lose the blessing, and find themselves more destitute than before they received it. Often they feel that God has dealt hardly with them. They do not see that the fault is their own. By separating themselves from Jesus, they have shut away the light of His presence.   
    It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross.
     As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ's, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences. Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be "changed into the same image from glory to glory." 2 Corinthians 3:18. 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on July 22, 2016, 06:24:27 AM
Amen, Amen! I do not get tired of this truth! I do not see it as a broken record at all, because I realize that the very thing we continually need is to behold the loveliness of Jesus--and Jesus never gets old! He is always able to make us more like Him, and I am ever encouraged by the fact that this truth will not go away, and that it is "meat in due season" and "milk" that we need continually to receive so God can continue to reveal more to us: in Christ!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Dorine on July 23, 2016, 04:37:52 AM
 By one day's neglect they lost the Saviour; but it cost them three days of anxious search to find Him. So with us; by idle talk, evilspeaking, or neglect of prayer, we may in one day lose the Saviour's presence, and it may take many days of sorrowful search to find Him, and regain the peace that we have lost.

How many really believe this? Losing Him is easy (not because He wanders but because we do) but finding Him again requires an agonizing search for Him through confession, meditation and prayer until we once again have that peace. However long that takes. I know from experience that this can be a torturous condition to be in. Satan does not want to let us go and if he can keep us in discouragement he has won.

Then there is the other pit fall that seems to be very popular today of believing that this is not the Christian experience at all and that it shows a lack of faith and belief in what Jesus did at the cross where everything was accomplished for those who accept Him. The only way to lose Him would be to outright and blatantly reject Him.

I am so thankful for God's Word and the inspired writings He has given through Ellen White. It places me on a firm platform of truth because they both interlock with each other in perfect harmony.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Richard Myers on July 23, 2016, 06:35:11 AM
Amen, Sister Dorine! This is often missed by many even as they read this paragraph. But, it is so true. Without a living connection with Christ, we have no power to resist the smallest temptation to sin. The promise God has made to not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear cannot be kept if we do not keep Christ in our hearts.

What you have pointed out, is not only misunderstood, but it is actively taught against. While many conservatives believe in a form of victory over sin, most allow for sin when it is not premeditated or is not willful sin, but they err. They excuse sin that is not willful of premeditated. Some even excuse Eve's sin on this basis. She was deceived. This is very sad that so many are likewise deceived into thinking they have Christ when they are separated from Him.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: JimB on July 23, 2016, 06:52:36 AM
Dorine, what you've quoted always hits me as a very somber warning as I'm reading through the Desire of Ages each time. You're right very few understand this much less believe it to be true. On the other hand as you have stated it's not God that has wandered it's us but He is never far away. As I type this I am reminded of something from chapter the chapter Ministry and it goes like this....

 He who healed the sick and cast out demons when He walked among men is the same mighty Redeemer today. Faith comes by the word of God. Then grasp His promise, "Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out." John 6:37. Cast yourself at His feet with the cry, "Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief." You can never perish while you do this--never.


Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Richard Myers on July 23, 2016, 08:04:09 AM
Amen, Jim. If we would continually pray this prayer, it would be more difficult to wander away from Jesus. What is scary is the thought that when we allow our mind to drift away from Jesus and unbelief comes in, how long will it take for us to find Him again? Some never do.  :(   David is a good example of the what Dorine shared from this current chapter. How long did it take for Mary and Joseph to find Jesus? How long did it take for David to find Jesus again after he separated from Him. And, when we separate from Him, no matter why, we are in great danger. What happened to David when separated from Christ? Yes, he violated the seventh commandment. But, worse yet, he had a man murdered.

It would be good for those who excuse their forgetting of Jesus so that they might excuse their sin to consider their danger when they let their mind wander away from Christ. We need to cling to Christ continually. And, soon, so very soon, there will be no more forgiveness of sin. No more atonement. No more intercessor. Then what? The character must be perfected today, we must develop habits of clinging to Jesus.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Dorine on July 23, 2016, 09:40:44 AM
Oops! There's a big difference between wander and wonder. I'm glad you knew what I meant. It pays to proofread before posting.  ::)

Just like children we need repetition. At least I do. Each time we revisit a topic God reveals new insights that we did not see before.
That's a beautiful promise Jim. Thank you. I love the statement "You can never perish while you do this; never.

Richard you made reference to those that excuse Eve's sin because she was deceived. The chapter on the fall pointed out that God counted Eve's sin worse than Adam's because the root of hers was unbelief.

When we start excusing sin it shows that we are hanging on to things we do not want to surrender so if I can find a way to keep my darling sins and still have a home in heaven then I will not stop until I find it. Even though it's a lie. (Unless God is able to get my attention and I allow Him to turn me around.)

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on October 17, 2016, 06:48:04 AM
I appreciate seeing the insights from the conversation above that the three of you have engaged in, Jim, Richard, and Doreen. If we do not realize our continual need of Jesus, and if we do not come to grips with the truth that a known sin reveals a separation from God, even though we have so much light from the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy, we are in a very dangerous place. Mary and Joseph had been entrusted with Jesus--the Son of God--but their high and holy trust did not excuse their sin.

Somehow it seems that Satan tries to make "little sins" (like just losing sight of Jesus) seem like "not a big deal"--but that is a great deception, and it leads to carelessness of spirit and to a neglect to continually ally our hearts and thoughts with Jesus. Yet in this chapter we see how it is that such a continual union and communion may be experienced and maintained:

If Joseph and Mary had stayed their minds upon God by meditation and prayer, they would have realized the sacredness of their trust, and would not have lost sight of Jesus. By one day's neglect they lost the Saviour; but it cost them three days of anxious search to find Him. So with us; by idle talk, evilspeaking, or neglect of prayer, we may in one day lose the Saviour's presence, and it may take many days of sorrowful search to find Him, and regain the peace that we have lost.

In our association with one another, we should take heed lest we forget Jesus, and pass along unmindful that He is not with us. When we become absorbed in worldly things so that we have no thought for Him in whom our hope of eternal life is centered, we separate ourselves from Jesus and from the heavenly angels. These holy beings cannot remain where the Saviour's presence is not desired, and His absence is not marked. This is why discouragement so often exists among the professed followers of Christ.

Many attend religious services, and are refreshed and comforted by the word of God; but through neglect of meditation, watchfulness, and prayer, they lose the blessing, and find themselves more destitute than before they received it. Often they feel that God has dealt hardly with them. They do not see that the fault is their own. By separating themselves from Jesus, they have shut away the light of His presence.

It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross.

As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ's, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences. Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be "changed into the same image from glory to glory." 2 Cor. 3:18.

This page from Desire of Ages (page 83) reveals the simplicity of the gospel. I am in continual need of this experience and taking heed to these warnings and encouragements to remain connected with Jesus. May we as a people not only appreciate but experience this most precious reality--"Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27)!!!!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Richard Myers on October 17, 2016, 07:49:56 AM
Amen, Pastor Sean.  It is a well kept secret that we can have power to walk in the path that Jesus walked. We can love God and our neighbor as ourselves. We can manifest love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance if we will learn of God. If we will behold the loveliness of Jesus, it is a promise that our minds will be transformed, our hearts will be cleansed, we will be changed into His image (character) by His Spirit. We can keep the commandments of God......today.

We will not be able to shed our sinful flesh, but we can keep it under if we will abide in Jesus and allow Him to take possession of the the heart. "I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." 1 Corinthians 9:27.

This is the gospel, this is the power of grace to transform sinners into saints. It is something that needs to be shouted from the housetops until our people understand. Jesus is drawing all unto Himself, but we must respond to the drawing. We must cease resisting His love. We must spend time getting to know Him, then we must not forget Him. We must keep our eyes focused on Christ. It would indeed be well to start the day off by beholding Him, then we must do as did Daniel. He stopped at noon, then again in the evening to maintain his connection with Christ. We may have to stop six times a day to do it. Whatever it takes to not forget Jesus, that we do not continue to crucify Him afresh.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Richard Myers on January 12, 2017, 06:44:40 AM
The revelation of the life of Jesus is such a blessing for us. It is amazing to contemplate the thinking of Jesus on that first visit to Passover in Jerusalem. His mind was being led by God as to His mission. There are mysteries in the incarnation of Christ. He was still God, but He grew as each child of humanity must grow. He learned as we are to learn. It was His desire to know God that separated Him from the priests that were following traditions rather than seeking understanding. So it is today. Are we truly seeking to know God, or are we just following the traditions of the church? Why do we study the Bible? Are we reading Desire of Ages in order to know God?

     It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross.
     As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ's, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences. Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be "changed into the same image from glory to glory." 2 Corinthians 3:18.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: JimB on January 12, 2017, 08:13:45 AM
Richard, i must admit that when I read this each time it is a reminder to me that Jesus was human. He learned as we learned. Knowing Him to be my God and Savior makes it a little harder for me to keep in mind that He was child like I was child and certain knowledge is given during certain stages of growth and understanding is deepened. However, this just makes Him that much dearer to me.

We are reading of Christ in the New Testament in the four gospels but look how often we are pointed back to the Old Testament and the important lessons that it has for us.

As His mission had opened to Jesus in the temple, He shrank from contact with the multitude. He wished to return from Jerusalem in quietness, with those who knew the secret of His life. By the paschal service, God was seeking to call His people away from their worldly cares, and to remind them of His wonderful work in their deliverance from Egypt. In this work He desired them to see a promise of deliverance from sin. As the blood of the slain lamb sheltered the homes of Israel, so the blood of Christ was to save their souls; but they could be saved through Christ only as by faith they should make His life their own. There was virtue in the symbolic service only as it directed the worshipers to Christ as their personal Saviour. God desired that they should be led to prayerful study and meditation in regard to Christ's mission.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on January 12, 2017, 08:37:01 AM
Amen, Richard and Jim! I appreciate your reflections today on this wonderful chapter. It is indeed a great blessing to be able to experience the grace of Christ in our lives, and to let Jesus' loveliness of character reveal to us the importance of continual communion. I am reminded of the mental experience that Jesus was experiencing as He witnessed the service that revealed His death:

 For the first time the child Jesus looked upon the temple. He saw the white-robed priests performing their solemn ministry. He beheld the bleeding victim upon the altar of sacrifice. With the worshipers He bowed in prayer, while the cloud of incense ascended before God. He witnessed the impressive rites of the paschal service. Day by day He saw their meaning more clearly. Every act seemed to be bound up with His own life. New impulses were awakening within Him. Silent and absorbed, He seemed to be studying out a great problem. The mystery of His mission was opening to the Saviour.

The "great problem" was how salvation was only possible through the death of the Lamb, Himself! While the Jews had largely lost sight of this fact and placed confidence in the sacrificial services themselves as having power to expiate sin, Jesus was being taught of the Holy Spirit, and He came to understand at an early age that the Lamb had to die. Such an important truth. We can be saved only through the death of Christ in our behalf, and we are to have His character imparted to us as we behold Him. I appreciate the quotes that you again shared, Richard. Indeed, this is our great need!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Richard Myers on April 09, 2017, 06:31:37 AM
The mother of Jesus had been instructed about the miracle of the birth of Christ, the Holy One. But, on the day of crucifixion, she did not believe Him to be the Messiah. How could this be? Of all on this Earth, she ought to have not lost her faith. But, the deceptions Satan had brought into Israel had so perverted the truth that she did not even understand the Lamb had to die. At the age of 12, it was Jesus' intent to open her mind to His mission.

If the following is prayerfully studied, it will help those who have not yet obtained the experience they desire, understand what they must do. Beholding the loveliness of Jesus has power to transform the character.

     As His mission had opened to Jesus in the temple, He shrank from contact with the multitude. He wished to return from Jerusalem in quietness, with those who knew the secret of His life. By the paschal service, God was seeking to call His people away from their worldly cares, and to remind them of His wonderful work in their deliverance from Egypt. In this work He desired them to see a promise of deliverance from sin. As the blood of the slain lamb sheltered the homes of Israel, so the blood of Christ was to save their souls; but they could be saved through Christ only as by faith they should make His life their own. There was virtue in the symbolic service only as it directed the worshipers to Christ as their personal Saviour. God desired that they should be led to prayerful study and meditation in regard to Christ's mission. But as the multitudes left Jerusalem, the excitement of travel and social intercourse too often absorbed their attention, and the service they had witnessed was forgotten. The Saviour was not attracted to their company.
     As Joseph and Mary should return from Jerusalem alone with Jesus, He hoped to direct their minds to the prophecies of the suffering Saviour. Upon Calvary He sought to lighten His mother's grief. He was thinking of her now. Mary was to witness His last agony, and Jesus desired her to understand His mission, that she might be strengthened to endure, when the sword should pierce through her soul. As Jesus had been separated from her, and she had sought Him sorrowing three days, so when He should be offered up for the sins of the world, He would again be lost to her for three days. And as He should come forth from the tomb, her sorrow would again be turned to joy. But how much better she could have borne the anguish of His death if she had understood the Scriptures to which He was now trying to turn her thoughts!
     If Joseph and Mary had stayed their minds upon God by meditation and prayer, they would have realized the sacredness of their trust, and would not have lost sight of Jesus.
By one day's neglect they lost the Saviour; but it cost them three days of anxious search to find Him. So with us; by idle talk, evilspeaking, or neglect of prayer, we may in one day lose the Saviour's presence, and it may take many days of sorrowful search to find Him, and regain the peace that we have lost.
     In our association with one another, we should take heed lest we forget Jesus, and pass along unmindful that He is not with us. When we become absorbed in worldly things so that we have no thought for Him in whom our hope of eternal life is centered, we separate ourselves from Jesus and from the heavenly angels. These holy beings cannot remain where the Saviour's presence is not desired, and His absence is not marked. This is why discouragement so often exists among the professed followers of Christ.
     Many attend religious services, and are refreshed and comforted by the word of God; but through neglect of meditation, watchfulness, and prayer, they lose the blessing, and find themselves more destitute than before they received it. Often they feel that God has dealt hardly with them. They do not see that the fault is their own. By separating themselves from Jesus, they have shut away the light of His presence.
     It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ.
We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross.
     As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ's, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences. Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be "changed into the same image from glory to glory." 2 Corinthians 3:18.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on April 09, 2017, 07:30:24 AM
Amen, Richard! The statements that you quoted shared how liable we are as erring human beings to slip into a Laodicean condition, in which Christ is not in the heart. Thankfully, there is a divine remedy, and it is in harmony with the message to the Laodicean church in Revelation 3:

14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Now compare the promise given when we behold the loveliness of Jesus:

It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross. {DA 83.4}

It is striking that the need and the remedy is the same. Apart from beholding Christ and having Him in the soul, we are destitute of spiritual life. There is nothing good in us by nature. We need Jesus constantly.

In Revelation 3:18, we are promised that Christ will give us "gold tried in the fire"--another way to say that is faith which works by love. Faith is confidence in God because we behold His grace (for we are saved by grace through faith!). So by beholding Christ we are given stronger confidence in Him--we have the gold tried in the fire! That is what is promised in Desire of Ages page 83, paragraph 4: "our confidence in Him will be more constant"! That is the first remedy for a Laodicean condition. But He promises more!

There is also "white raiment"--that is the righteousness of Christ. His righteousness is imputed (covers our past confessed sins, as though we have never sinned), and imparted (wrought in the soul by the impartation of the Holy Spirit). We are MADE RIGHTEOUS by His abiding presence! When we have Christ's righteousness, all of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives--not one will be missing! That corresponds in the promise of Desire of Ages page 83, paragraph 4, with "our love will be quickened"--when we truly have the love of God in the soul, all of the fruits of the Spirit come with His unselfish love! We need a deeper filling of His love daily--and that comes by beholding the loveliness of Jesus!

But then there is EVEN MORE! Christ promises in Revelation 3:18 to give us "eyesalve"--only when Christ is abiding in the heart do we fully see how sinful and needy we really are. It is the Holy Spirit who not only reveals to us our sinfulness, but the power of our Savior! So when the promise in Desire of Ages says "we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit," we can see that this is the offer of eyesalve. Only when we behold Jesus do we see how unlike Him we are by nature, and that WE NEED HIM CONSTANTLY to do ANY GOOD THING! When we are aware of our need, Jesus is MORE THAN ABLE to keep us from falling into sin or yielding to the clamors of our fallen nature! I am SO SO SO SO THANKFUL for Jesus and for the remedy to the Laodicean condition that we find in our reading today! Hallelujah! Let us continually abide in Him, that we may be enabled to help others experience the transforming power of the three-fold remedy!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Richard Myers on April 09, 2017, 07:49:22 AM
Amen!  The Laodicean message is a strong rebuke, so strong that few will give it. But as you point out, Pastor Sean, it is a message of great hope. Jesus does not let go of us easily. He stands at the door of the heart pleading for entrance. Not all hearts are so hardened they cannot hear Him. Those who want to be His, may be if they will heed the counsel of the True Witness. Buy of Him "gold tried in the fire, white raiment, and eye salve." Come let us reason together saith the Lord. It is not an impossible thing to know Christ. It just takes some time sitting at His feet, feeding upon the Bread of Life. Thank you for sharing, Pastor Sean. What a blessing to see the solution to our Laodicean condition!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on April 09, 2017, 08:03:05 AM
It is indeed a blessing to share, as the statement in Desire of Ages page 83, paragraph 4 has meant SO MUCH to me personally to keep me abiding in Jesus. It has been only in the last few months or so that the Holy Spirit showed me the direct connection with Revelation 3 and Desire of Ages page 83, paragraph 4. It became so clear to me as I reflected prayerfully on the underlying meaning of the remedy Jesus promises. I really believe many desire to have Jesus in the heart continually, but that they may not know how to have that experience. Others may have read or heard the Laodicean message, but do not know what it means in personal daily practice. Some think that we are all Laodicean and that is "just the way things are." But no--we can individually respond to Jesus, and be REVIVED and REFORMED out of a lost spiritual condition (Laodicean condition) that "feels saved" because it is so common around us. By seeing the connection between these inspired statements, it is my prayer and hope that many more will come to experience the simplify of the gospel. By beholding Christ we are changed. By spending that thoughtful hour with Him He is doing something in me, in you, and in each of us that is miraculous--and we need Him continually! Our need is great, but our Savior is greater!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Richard Myers on July 05, 2017, 04:56:24 AM
Amen Pastor Sean.  It is how we can keep from losing sight of Jesus. 2 Corinthians 3:18 is a well kept secret in professing Christianity.

     It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross.
     As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ's, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences. Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be "changed into the same image from glory to glory." 2 Corinthians 3:18. [/color]

The light is shining brightly upon God's church, but just as it was with the priests that day when Jesus first taught them, the truth is not appreciated by many in high positions. They have lost sight of Jesus and will not take time to learn of Him who gave all that they might live.

     They could not but see that their expectation in regard to the Messiah was not sustained by prophecy; but they would not renounce the theories that had flattered their ambition. They would not admit that they had misapprehended the Scriptures they claimed to teach. From one to another passed the inquiry, How hath this youth knowledge, having never learned? The light was shining in darkness; but "the darkness apprehended it not." John 1:5, R. V. 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on July 05, 2017, 08:30:21 AM
Amen, Richard! The paragraphs you posted are indeed precious, and it is from this chapter that we find that much-needed encouragement to spend a "thoughtful hour" with Jesus each day. I love reflecting upon what it was like for Christ to experience His first Passover:

For the first time the child Jesus looked upon the temple. He saw the white-robed priests performing their solemn ministry. He beheld the bleeding victim upon the altar of sacrifice. With the worshipers He bowed in prayer, while the cloud of incense ascended before God. He witnessed the impressive rites of the paschal service. Day by day He saw their meaning more clearly. Every act seemed to be bound up with His own life. New impulses were awakening within Him. Silent and absorbed, He seemed to be studying out a great problem. The mystery of His mission was opening to the Saviour.

If the "mystery of His mission" was opening to the Savior, will not God also, by the Holy Spirit, impress us with our mission as we behold the sacrifice of Christ? Will He not reveal to us how we are to be "living sacrifices" today in all we say and do? I love how the gospel reaches from what Christ has done and is doing for us to what He accomplishes in us as we behold Him and surrender to Him. What a blessed Savior we have!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on September 30, 2017, 03:47:55 AM
As we behold, appreciate, cherish, and speak of the loveliness of Jesus, we are transformed and elevated in character. If every single Christian learned this experience and put it into practice, Jesus would come SO SOON! In order to be ready for His second coming, we must have Him continually abiding with us!

 "If Joseph and Mary had stayed their minds upon God by meditation and prayer, they would have realized the sacredness of their trust, and would not have lost sight of Jesus. By one day's neglect they lost the Saviour; but it cost them three days of anxious search to find Him. So with us; by idle talk, evilspeaking, or neglect of prayer, we may in one day lose the Saviour's presence, and it may take many days of sorrowful search to find Him, and regain the peace that we have lost." {The Desire of Ages, page 83, paragraph 1}
     "In our association with one another, we should take heed lest we forget Jesus, and pass along unmindful that He is not with us. When we become absorbed in worldly things so that we have no thought for Him in whom our hope of eternal life is centered, we separate ourselves from Jesus and from the heavenly angels. These holy beings cannot remain where the Saviour's presence is not desired, and His absence is not marked. This is why discouragement so often exists among the professed followers of Christ." {The Desire of Ages, page 83, paragraph 2} 
     "Many attend religious services, and are refreshed and comforted by the word of God; but through neglect of meditation, watchfulness, and prayer, they lose the blessing, and find themselves more destitute than before they received it. Often they feel that God has dealt hardly with them. They do not see that the fault is their own. By separating themselves from Jesus, they have shut away the light of His presence."  {The Desire of Ages, page 83, paragraph 3}
    "It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross."  {The Desire of Ages, page 83, paragraph 4}
     "As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ's, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences. Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be 'changed into the same image from glory to glory.' 2 Corinthians 3:18." {The Desire of Ages, page 83, paragraph 5}

What a precious experience Jesus has for us today as we behold His loveliness and surrender to Him continually through continual communion!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Richard Myers on September 30, 2017, 10:57:37 PM
Amen Pastor Shawn. If we want to love Jesus with the whole heart, we must know him well enough to trust him with everything we have and everything we are. It would indeed be well to spend a thoughtful hour a day contemplating his life. By beholding him we will be changed into his image from glory to glory.

I have always been impressed with the truth we read that Jesus discovered who he was when he was 12 years old and first came to the temple.

For the first time the child Jesus looked upon the temple. He saw the white-robed priests performing their solemn ministry. He beheld the bleeding victim upon the altar of sacrifice. With the worshipers He bowed in prayer, while the cloud of incense ascended before God. He witnessed the impressive rites of the paschal service. Day by day He saw their meaning more clearly. Every act seemed to be bound up with His own life. New impulses were awakening within Him. Silent and absorbed, He seemed to be studying out a great problem. The mystery of His mission was opening to the Saviour. 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on December 26, 2017, 06:36:08 AM
This is a simply profound thought as to what comes to us by beholding Jesus’ loveliness:

It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross. – {The Desire of Ages, Page 83, paragraph 4}
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Richard Myers on December 26, 2017, 07:51:56 PM

Amen, Pastor Sean.  What a lesson for us to learn. We need Jesus so very much. There are lessons we can learn from His life. I love to contemplate Jesus at 12 when He first discovered He was the Lamb that was to be slain. What an amazing truth for Him to understand at age 12. And, He then set about to share this truth with His parents. If Mary had learned the truth, how much easier would have been those hours she spent watching Jesus hanging on the cross.

     For the first time the child Jesus looked upon the temple. He saw the white-robed priests performing their solemn ministry. He beheld the bleeding victim upon the altar of sacrifice. With the worshipers He bowed in prayer, while the cloud of incense ascended before God. He witnessed the impressive rites of the paschal service. Day by day He saw their meaning more clearly. Every act seemed to be bound up with His own life. New impulses were awakening within Him. Silent and absorbed, He seemed to be studying out a great problem. The mystery of His mission was opening to the Saviour.

Imagine that! If we would contemplate His sacrifice, we would be spared much heartache also. It is indeed by beholding His character of grace that we are transformed into His image (2 Cor. 3:18). If we would keep our eyes focused upon Jesus we would not fall into the water as did Peter. When we allow our minds to wander elsewhere, we have no power to resist temptation.

    Joseph and Mary had stayed their minds upon God by meditation and prayer, they would have realized the sacredness of their trust, and would not have lost sight of Jesus. By one day's neglect they lost the Saviour; but it cost them three days of anxious search to find Him. So with us; by idle talk, evilspeaking, or neglect of prayer, we may in one day lose the Saviour's presence, and it may take many days of sorrowful search to find Him, and regain the peace that we have lost. 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Dorine on March 23, 2018, 05:54:03 AM
    "In our association with one another, we should take heed lest we forget Jesus, and pass along unmindful that He is not with us. When we become absorbed in worldly things so that we have no thought for Him in whom our hope of eternal life is centered, we separate ourselves from Jesus and from the heavenly angels. These holy beings cannot remain where the Saviour's presence is not desired, and His absence is not marked. This is why discouragement so often exists among the professed followers of Christ. 
     Many attend religious services, and are refreshed and comforted by the word of God; but through neglect of meditation, watchfulness, and prayer, they lose the blessing, and find themselves more destitute than before they received it. Often they feel that God has dealt hardly with them. They do not see that the fault is their own. By separating themselves from Jesus, they have shut away the light of His presence. 
     It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross. 
     As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ's, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences. Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be "changed into the same image from glory to glory." 2 Corinthians 3:18."

In deciding what to post I couldn't limit it to just a few sentences. This whole section spoke directly to me. I read it over a few times to let it sink in. How easy it is to forget Jesus when in the influence of others that are caught up in worldly conversation and activities. The most startling warning was the sentence that says the holy angels cannot remain where the Saviour's presence is not desired. Do we truly understand what that is saying?

I especially love the very last paragraph.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Richard Myers on March 23, 2018, 06:37:59 AM
Amen, dear Sister Dorine!  We have learned well the lesson taught in the last paragraph. This morning, my thoughts were turned to the paragraphs you began your quote with.

     If Joseph and Mary had stayed their minds upon God by meditation and prayer, they would have realized the sacredness of their trust, and would not have lost sight of Jesus. By one day's neglect they lost the Saviour; but it cost them three days of anxious search to find Him. So with us; by idle talk, evilspeaking, or neglect of prayer, we may in one day lose the Saviour's presence, and it may take many days of sorrowful search to find Him, and regain the peace that we have lost.
     In our association with one another, we should take heed lest we forget Jesus, and pass along unmindful that He is not with us. When we become absorbed in worldly things so that we have no thought for Him in whom our hope of eternal life is centered, we separate ourselves from Jesus and from the heavenly angels. These holy beings cannot remain where the Saviour's presence is not desired, and His absence is not marked. This is why discouragement so often exists among the professed followers of Christ. 

If we will allow this truth to take possession of the heart, we shall be protected from a heresy which has come into the church through the conservative movement wherein sin is excused.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on March 23, 2018, 08:04:40 AM
Amen, Dorine and Richard! We need Jesus continually! I love how He promises to give us firmer confidence (faith), a quickened love, and a deeper imbuing of His Spirit as we behold His loveliness of character. What a promise! Here is the sure remedy for the Laodicean condition--for by beholding Christ we are changed.

 It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross.  {The Desire of Ages, page 83, paragraph 4}
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on June 18, 2018, 05:23:29 AM
A lot is being said in these few words as Jesus for the first time went up to the Passover:

  "Rapt in the contemplation of these scenes, He did not remain beside His parents. He sought to be alone. When the paschal services were ended, He still lingered in the temple courts; and when the worshipers departed from Jerusalem, He was left behind." {The Desire of Ages, page 78, paragraph 2}

Are we rapt in contemplation of the plan of salvation, of the infinite condescension of Jesus, whereby the Father gave all for us? Does our heart burn within us to behold Jesus high and lifted up on the cross? When we behold Jesus clearly, we will seek and obtain a higher experience--one that may lead us higher than where our parents, friends, teachers, or mentors are spiritually. We have Jesus as our Savior and Example. He is enough.

As I am here at Michigan Camp Meeting, it is beautiful to spend that time alone with God so He can reveal Himself to us more deeply, thereby preparing us to have profitable spiritual conversations with those around us. May we spend this "thoughtful hour" with Jesus alone so that we can go forth in His character--the imbuing of all of the fruits of the Spirit, not one missing, even as we experience an ever-deepening repentance that brings our lives through Christ into harmony with His law of love to the extent that we know it.

Let us linger with Jesus today. Watch and listen for what He will say to you.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Dorine on June 18, 2018, 10:04:22 AM
Many attend religious services, and are refreshed and comforted by the word of God; but through neglect of meditation, watchfulness, and prayer, they lose the blessing, and find themselves more destitute than before they received it. Often they feel that God has dealt hardly with them. They do not see that the fault is their own. By separating themselves from Jesus, they have shut away the light of His presence.  It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross."

I'm sure this has been posted before but it impressed me once again today. What a message for us. If we are living a life with Christ we will have an abiding peace that comes only through this connection. We will have a daily experience that will take us from victory to victory. It's only when we lose sight of Christ that we stumble and fall. I'm so thankful that He is always there ready to pick us up and put us back on our feet when we come before Him with humility and repentance.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Richard Myers on June 18, 2018, 09:57:19 PM
Amen, dear Sister!  It is not a command, but very good counsel.  Why?

 It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones.

We see God's grace and it transforms us into His image (character)  if we will follow the counsel.

 Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be “changed into the same image from glory to glory.” 2 Corinthians 3:18. {

It is a promise!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on September 13, 2018, 05:20:11 AM
Jesus' mission has beautiful parallels to the experience of God's people who live on earth up to the point that He returns. As we come to understand our true mission even as Jesus came to understand His, we can shed light upon the prophecies that point to God's final purpose--the restoration of His image in humanity, the maturation of a people who will stand in His holy sight without a mediator through the time of trouble. When we understand the prophecies that give us clear evidence of where we are in the prophetic timeline, it will not only encourage those who are about to go through the most incredible trials, but will be a source of encouragement to others who may not fully grasp God's final purpose in the creation of humanity. Let us stay our minds on Jesus and His word and allow the Holy Spirit to teach us deeper lessons as they relate to our experience in the closing scenes of earth's history.

"As Joseph and Mary should return from Jerusalem alone with Jesus, He hoped to direct their minds to the prophecies of the suffering Saviour. Upon Calvary He sought to lighten His mother's grief. He was thinking of her now. Mary was to witness His last agony, and Jesus desired her to understand His mission, that she might be strengthened to endure, when the sword should pierce through her soul. As Jesus had been separated from her, and she had sought Him sorrowing three days, so when He should be offered up for the sins of the world, He would again be lost to her for three days. And as He should come forth from the tomb, her sorrow would again be turned to joy. But how much better she could have borne the anguish of His death if she had understood the Scriptures to which He was now trying to turn her thoughts!" {The Desire of Ages, page 82, paragraph 3}

No matter how great the anguish God's people will experience in the time of trouble, it will be swallowed up in final, glorious victory as Jesus literally returns in power and great glory. The anguish of the cross is swallowed up in Christ's joy of seeing souls eternally redeemed--with Him for all of eternity! All that He suffered for us on the cross was for the purpose of recreating a people who are like Him in mind and character, and who share with Him the joy of vindicating the character of God before the onlooking universe, disproving Satan's claim that God is unfair, and that the law of God cannot be obeyed. The heart of every repentant sinner God imbues with His Holy Spirit who reveals His fruit--love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, meekness, goodness, faith, and temperance--all of which are present in conversion without one missing. Such an experience is what brings the soul into conforming to the law of God as a pure delight, and such a miraculous transformation by the divine nature glorifies God and reveals how God can truly, certainly say to us through the prophet: "What do ye imagine against the Lord? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time" (Nahum 1:9). Sin will never more enter the universe, because all the questions in the long-standing controversy between Christ and Satan will be answered with such clarity that sin will be seen in its truly hateful character, and obedience will eternally be the delight of all the beings who can resoundingly declare: "Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints" (Revelation 15:3). And for this reason it truly is well to spend a thoughtful hour upon the life of Christ, because such an experience wrought by beholding Him enables Him to use us for His eternal glory (starting this very day!)--which is our exceeding joy!
 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Richard Myers on September 13, 2018, 10:25:34 AM
Amen!  My thoughts were led to Mary also. I discussed this with Sabbath this morning.  We are influenced by the world we live in. We must battle against what we have been taught that are contrary the truth. I have used modesty as an example of this. Young people today have no idea of how God looks at modesty. In the years I have lived I have seen a dramatic change in the world that I live in. In the 50s you would not go downtown in a swimsuit. And, then what was worn is quite different than what we see today. There is seen at the beach women who when  seen from behind appear to be naked. Look at pictures of women at the beach in the 30s. What a difference!

There is no way that back then a woman would dare appear at the beach in what girls wear today. Young people would think you quite deranged for saying it is immodest to reveal your stomach or thighs at the beach. How does God look at modesty? Quite different from the world today.

What does this have to do with Mary losing track of Jesus or her faith failing when Jesus hung on the cross? Even the mother of Jesus who knew Jesus was the Messiah was influenced by the world in which she lived. She did not understand Jesus was the lamb which would suffer and die that we might be saved. Thus, when Jesus was suffering on the cross, she questioned if He was the Messiah. She had accepted the false teaching that Jesus would sit on an earthly throne.

How do we protect ourselves from the influences of the world? We are given the answer in today's reading. The well kept secret has been revealed to all who want to know. Mary lost track of Jesus because she allowed her mind to wander from him to the things which surrounded her. She and Joseph left Jerusalem without Jesus because of the influences surrounding them. They let their minds wander away from Jesus and their primary responsibility in life. How many times have I done the same. :(  When will we learn the lesson? What have we read today that protects us from this? Grace. Where do we get God's grace that transforms sinners into saints? We get it the same place the Jews did when they were bitten by fiery serpents. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must Jesus be lifted up. He was lifted up, and if we would look upon Him suffering on the cross, we should be transformed by this wonderful grace. We all have been bitten by the serpent. All have sinned, and all may live if they will look upon Jesus. We are healed by beholding the stripes that belong to us, but were placed upon the back of our Savior.

In other words it would be well to spend a thoughtful hour a day contemplating these closing scenes in the life of Christ. For by beholding His grace we are transformed in character. By beholding His   great love we are reminded of the unseen world and the world we can see becomes strangely dim and less important. The influences are seen for what they are in the light of the glory shining from the courts above.

   It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross.
     As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ's, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences. Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be "changed into the same image from glory to glory." 2 Corinthians 3:18.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on December 09, 2018, 04:00:26 AM
Fresh glimpses of Jesus--these are the deepest longing of every soul--even though few in the world come to experientially realize this. Truly, He is "the Desire of all nations" (Haggai 2:7). If you eat a big bag of chips, you might not be hungry for a delicious and amazing meal prepared for you freely at infinite cost, and so it often is in this world. When we fill our deepest longings for intimacy with Jesus with entertainment that diverts us from union and communion with Christ, when we engage in evilspeaking, idle talk, or we neglect to pray, we fail to discern our real purpose for existence (to glorify God) and the greatest joy of life (to know, love and share Him). Christ's sinless character is the gift He offers us right now--how? By accepting His imputed righteousness, His blood shed for us, which simultaneously causes us to experience His imparted righteousness--His presence in our souls by the Holy Spirit, made manifest as all of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives without one missing.

A precious glimpse of Jesus that encouraged me this morning was in relation to how Jesus treated others. "Young as He was, they had trusted Him implicitly, expecting that when needed, He would be ready to assist them, anticipating their wants as He had always done." {The Desire of Ages, page 80, paragraph 4}

Jesus did not wait for Mary and Joseph to tell Him what help they needed--He sought to anticipate their desires and to bless them. But when He lingered behind in the temple court in Jerusalem, He had a higher design. He was anticipating Mary's wants when He would be dying on the cross, and so the disappointment that seemed so bitter was actually the most effectual preparation for what she would need to understand--her continual need of His presence and an intelligent understanding of the Scriptures pointing to His sufferings at Calvary.

Are you passing through a time of waiting, disappointment, or discouragement? Wherever you might find yourself today, look higher than yourself to the Lamb of God, and find the strength and grace to meet the trial that God is allowing in your life to prepare your character for something better than you can ask or think. And that is why I so love this promise: "It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross." {The Desire of Ages, page 83, paragraph 4}

Having memorized these words in song, as I was waking up this morning, the Holy Spirit flashed them to my heart and mind like words of fire, kindling my heart with faith, hope and love as to the joy that I would get to experience again in Jesus' presence as I read in Luke 2 in connection with the precious chapter, "The Passover Visit" in The Desire of Ages. God means what He says--and there is a transformation in our characters each time we behold the loveliness of Jesus and contemplate Him in all His beauty. Hallelujah!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Dorine on December 09, 2018, 06:14:17 AM
"The doctors turned upon Him with questions, and they were amazed at His answers. With the humility of a child He repeated the words of Scripture, giving them a depth of meaning that the wise men had not conceived of. If followed, the lines of truth He pointed out would have worked a reformation in the religion of the day. A deep interest in spiritual things would have been awakened; and when Jesus began His ministry, many would have been prepared to receive Him."

I love to gaze upon this scene. What a ray of sunshine to be in the presence of Jesus even as a child. It puts a smile on my face to picture these learned teachers asking questions that Jesus so humbly and eloquently answered. How sad that they did not accept His explanation of the scriptures. What about today? Are we spending that time with Jesus and His word every day so that we will have the faith of Jesus that keeps us from sinning. The world holds out to us so many enticements. Many of them not harmful in themselves but when they become first place in our lives they crowd out that valuable and much needed time with Jesus.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Beacon on March 05, 2019, 08:13:36 PM
"If Joseph and Mary had stayed their minds upon God by meditation and prayer, they would have realized the sacredness of their trust, and would not have lost sight of Jesus. By one day's neglect they lost the Saviour; but it cost them three days of anxious search to find Him. So with us; by idle talk, evilspeaking, or neglect of prayer, we may in one day lose the Saviour's presence, and it may take many days of sorrowful search to find Him, and regain the peace that we have lost." "In our association with one another, we should take heed lest we forget Jesus, and pass along unmindful that He is not with us. When we become absorbed in worldly things so that we have no thought for Him in whom our hope of eternal life is centered, we separate ourselves from Jesus and from the heavenly angels. These holy beings cannot remain where the Saviour's presence is not desired, and His absence is not marked. This is why discouragement so often exists among the professed followers of Christ."

Dear Brother's and Sister's WE MUST!!  "Turn our Eyes Upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face...and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the Light of His Glory and Grace.

"Many attend religious services, and are refreshed and comforted by the word of God; but through neglect of meditation, watchfulness, and prayer, they lose the blessing, and find themselves more destitute than before they received it. Often they feel that God has dealt hardly with them. They do not see that the fault is their own. By separating themselves from Jesus, they have shut away the light of His presence."

It is by beholding Jesus that we become changed----Are"WE" taking the time to"BEHOLD HIM? 
     
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on March 06, 2019, 02:10:52 AM
Amen, Beacon!

What is it that truly changes our character? We see the beauty of Christ's character and we are attracted, elevated, and blessed by His refining influence. We see Him for who He is, and then we see our great need, and allow Him to transform our hearts so all of the fruits of the Holy Spirit's presence are manifest in our lives without one missing! What a blessing it is to be a blessing in Christ!

   "As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ's, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences. Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be 'changed into the same image from glory to glory.' 2 Corinthians 3:18." {The Desire of Ages, page 83, paragraph 5}

What beauty we see in Jesus--His humility, His faithfulness, His immediate impartation of what He had received from God! As the life and lessons of Jesus are woven into our lives by a practical experience, we find joy morning by morning in union and communion with Him!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Dorine on March 06, 2019, 07:55:30 AM

"Jesus presented Himself as one thirsting for a knowledge of God. His questions were suggestive of deep truths which had long been obscured, yet which were vital to the salvation of souls. While showing how narrow and superficial was the wisdom of the wise men, every question put before them a divine lesson, and placed truth in a new aspect. The rabbis spoke of the wonderful elevation which the Messiah's coming would bring to the Jewish nation; but Jesus presented the prophecy of Isaiah, and asked them the meaning of those scriptures that point to the suffering and death of the Lamb of God."

Once again I have been blessed by the description of the sweet nature of Jesus and the depths of knowledge, wisdom and understanding that He had at such a tender age.He is our example in every stage of His life. As we submit our lives to Him and spend that thoughtful hour each day with Him; we too shall be changed into the same character that we so much admire in Him and desire for ourselves. We should never tire of thinking of Him, talking to Him, sharing Him, and obeying Him. That is where our joy and peace resides.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Richard Myers on March 06, 2019, 08:00:00 AM
Amen and amen!! This chapter is telling us that if we want to be happy and compassionate, then we need to know how to be converted and remain in a converted state. Otherwise we can do no good thing for all of our good works are tainted by selfishness. As Brother Beacon pointed out, discouragment comes when we take our eyes off of Jesus. When Mary lost sight of Jesus, how long did it take her to find Him? When we forget about Jesus, what have we done, and how long does it take us to reunite with Him?

What is the solution? We must maintain our connection with Christ by feeding upon Him. Man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Why? Because the Word was made flesh. The Word is a revelation of Christ and ifwe have seen Him, we have seen the Father. Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word. Our trust in God grows as we know Him better. This is why it would be well to spend a thoughtful hour a day contemplating the life of Christ. It is an intellectual and a spiritual truth that by beholding we become changed. The mind is plastic and gradually adapts itself to that which it beholds and loves.

   It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross. 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Richard Myers on March 06, 2019, 08:02:21 AM

 As we submit our lives to Him and spend that thoughtful hour each day with Him; we too shall be changed into the same character that we so much admire in Him and desire for ourselves. We should never tire of thinking of Him, talking to Him, sharing Him, and obeying Him. That is where our joy and peace resides.

Amen, dear Sister! Love, joy, and peace are ours when we are fully surrendered to Jesus!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Beacon on May 31, 2019, 06:52:10 PM
 "In our association with one another, we should take heed lest we forget Jesus, and pass along unmindful that He is not with us. When we become absorbed in worldly things so that we have no thought for Him in whom our hope of eternal life is centered, we separate ourselves from Jesus and from the heavenly angels. These holy beings cannot remain where the Saviour's presence is not desired, and His absence is not marked. This is why discouragement so often exists among the professed followers of Christ. Many attend religious services, and are refreshed and comforted by the word of God; but through neglect of meditation, watchfulness, and prayer, they lose the blessing, and find themselves more destitute than before they received it. Often they feel that God has dealt hardly with them. They do not see that the fault is their own. By separating themselves from Jesus, they have shut away the light of His presence."

From another wonderful inspired book I recently read these words. "When Christ dwells in the heart, the soul will be so filled with His love, with the joy of communion with Him, that it will cleave to Him; and in the contemplation of Him, self will be forgotten. Love to Christ will be the spring of action. Those who feel the constraining love of God, do not ask how little may be given to meet the requirements of God; they do not ask for the lowest standard, but aim at perfect conformity to the will of their Redeemer. With earnest desire they yield all and manifest an interest proportionate to the value of the object which they seek. A profession of Christ without this deep love is mere talk, dry formality, and heavy drudgery" Steps to Christ {SC 44.2}

"It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross."

Happy Sabbath to all my brother's and sister's in Christ Jesus around the world and across the vast universe I invite you to join with me in singing Hymn # 309 "

ALL TO JESUS I SURRENDER - ALL TO HIM I FREELY GIVE - I WILL EVER LOVE AND TRUST HIM -IN HIS PRESENCE DAILY LIVE.
ALL TO JESUS I SURRENDER- HUMBLY AT HIS FEET I BOW- WORLDLY PLEASURES ALL FORSAKEN - TAKE ME JESUS TAKE ME NOW.
ALL TO JESUS I SURRENDER- MAKE ME SAVIOUR HOLY THINE - LET ME FEEL THE HOLY SPIRIT- TRULY KNOW THAT THOU ART MINE.
ALL TO JESUS I SURRENDER- NOW I FEEL THE SACRED FLAME - OH THE JOY OF FULL SALVATION- GLORY GLORY TO HIS  NAME.

CHORUS:
I SURRENDER ALL - I SURRENDER ALL - ALL TO THEE MY BLESSED SAVIOR - I SURRENDER ALL.
 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on June 01, 2019, 03:37:56 AM
Amen, Brother Beacon! Happy Sabbath to all as we rejoice in the beholding the beauty of the loveliness of Christ's character! Simple truths often repeated make a deep impression on our hearts and minds, and it is so wonderful to receive these words as promises of what our experience in Christ is as we behold Him:

 "It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross." {The Desire of Ages, page 83, paragraph 4}   
     "As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ's, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences. Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be 'changed into the same image from glory to glory.' 2 Corinthians 3:18." {The Desire of Ages, page 83, paragraph 5}

The fruit of beholding Jesus in full surrender is that all of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives--not one will be missing. We shall continue to manifest more fruit as we grow in Christ, for He continues to unfold the path He has for us and we can be a blessing to others as we receive and maintain a living connection with Him by fight. He desires us to have that union and communion with Him--so let us enjoy the fullness of His presence today on this beautiful Sabbath! We rejoice here in our local church this Sabbath as two precious souls take their step in baptism!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Dorine on June 01, 2019, 06:32:46 AM
   "In our association with one another, we should take heed lest we forget Jesus, and pass along unmindful that He is not with us. When we become absorbed in worldly things so that we have no thought for Him in whom our hope of eternal life is centered, we separate ourselves from Jesus and from the heavenly angels. These holy beings cannot remain where the Saviour's presence is not desired, and His absence is not marked. This is why discouragement so often exists among the professed followers of Christ."

This is most noticed on Sabbath. We can sit in church and hear the most inspiring and convicting sermon and then walk into pot luck and hear the laughing, joking and every day talk. It is so easy to get caught up in the common talk of life and leave Jesus behind. The saddest part is when someone tries to bring the conversation around to spiritual things, all you get is silence. No wonder Jesus even as a young lad wanted to mingle with those who knew who He was and wanted to linger in the atmosphere of heaven. Isn't this what we should expect when in the company of professed Christians?

Then we read the sobering comment that holy beings cannot remain where the Saviour's presence is not desired. This should stir our conscience if found guilty and bring us to repentance. Our Jesus should be so precious to us that not even a moment will be void of Him. We are weak and needy but He has promised to supply our every need if we will spend time with Him. The more time we spend with Him the quicker we will realize when we have left Him behind.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Richard Myers on June 01, 2019, 08:25:15 AM
Amen dear Sister. It is not good enough to want to serve Jesus, we must remember Him. If we neglect to cling to Christ, then by forgetfulness we will allow the mind to wander away from Him. Then we have no protection against sin. What happened to the Mary and Joseph when they took their eyes off of Jesus? They lost Him. It took some time to find Him. So it is with us. If we lose sight of Jesus, it may take many days to find Him again. And, let no one think that they have eternal life when wandering around in the wilderness without Him siting on the throne of the heart.

How is it then that we can maintain our connection with Jesus? The closing paragraphs in today's reading tell us something so very important. It is by beholding His life that we are transformed into His character. As we dwell upon the life of Christ, we will long to be with Him. As Brother Beacon and Pastor Sean have shared:

   It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross.
     As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ's, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences. Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be "changed into the same image from glory to glory." 2 Corinthians 3:18.

This verse in the Bible is a well kept secret in the church. You and I can change that. Join with us as we behold Jesus daily.

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Beacon on June 01, 2019, 08:51:56 AM
Amen Pastor Sean....Praise the Lord for two more souls joining the family God at one of your churches today through baptism into the Remnant Church Family of Jesus. All Heaven rejoices with you as do my wife and I. May their commitment to Jesus result in much joy and true purpose in their lives and those that in their circle of family and friends.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Beacon on November 18, 2019, 02:54:04 PM
'When we dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross... As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ's, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences."

"Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33


"In our association with one another, we should take heed lest we forget Jesus, and pass along unmindful that He is not with us. When we become absorbed in worldly things so that we have no thought for Him in whom our hope of eternal life is centered, we separate ourselves from Jesus and from the heavenly angels. These holy beings cannot remain where the Saviour's presence is not desired, and His absence is not marked. This is why discouragement so often exists among the professed followers of Christ."

Here we see plainly that scripture teaches us THAT WE CANNOT GIVE - WHAT WE DO NOT HAVE!! The Holy Angels cannot remain where the Saviour's presence is not desired and His absence is not discerned. Let us not become so absorbed in worldly things that we have no thought for Him in whom our hope of eternal life is centered.

The Bible says in....Psalm 19:14 "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer."

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on November 19, 2019, 02:23:57 AM
Amen, Brother Beacon!!

What a joy it is to behold the loveliness of Jesus and allow Him to transform us into the image of His purity! Only through Christ is their true rest for our souls in this fallen world. By beholding Christ we become changed as we yield the whole heart for Him to purify, and the result is that all of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives--not one will be missing. Yet even this amazing experience may go deeper and be more fruitful the more we behold Him! We become more and more like our Savior through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit! Let us be so filled with His Spirit today that only His plans are manifested!

"It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross." {The Desire of Ages, page 83, paragraph 4}   
     "As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ's, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences. Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be 'changed into the same image from glory to glory.' 2 Corinthians 3:18." {The Desire of Ages, page 83, paragraph 5} 

As we appreciate the divine influences of prayer, the word of God, nature, fellowship with believers, the ministry of the angels, and the joy of serving Christ in ministry, may we always remember that Christ would have left heaven even if we were the only one who would come to have such a saving experience!! What love! Today may we go forth to find "one more" for Jesus who left heaven that we may be saved and everlastingly make us partakers of His divine nature starting the moment we yield all to Him!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Richard Myers on November 19, 2019, 07:11:31 AM
Amen Pastor Sean!  We ought to desire to speak of Jesus whenever we can. We ought to have social meetings designed to do just that. But, we have conformed to that which church fathers have followed and we know nothing of church social meetings that give opportunity to give voice to our blessings and His love.

     In this visit to Jerusalem, the parents of Jesus wished to bring Him in connection with the great teachers in Israel. While He was obedient in every particular to the word of God, He did not conform to the rabbinical rites and usages. Joseph and Mary hoped that He might be led to reverence the learned rabbis, and give more diligent heed to their requirements. But Jesus in the temple had been taught by God. That which He had received, He began at once to impart.

So may it be our great joy to be taught of God.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Dorine on November 19, 2019, 10:02:45 AM
  The words of Jesus had moved their hearts as they had never before been moved by words from human lips. God was seeking to give light to those leaders in Israel, and He used the only means by which they could be reached. In their pride they would have scorned to admit that they could receive instruction from anyone. If Jesus had appeared to be trying to teach them, they would have disdained to listen. But they flattered themselves that they were teaching Him, or at least testing His knowledge of the Scriptures. The youthful modesty and grace of Jesus disarmed their prejudices. Unconsciously their minds were opened to the word of God, and the Holy Spirit spoke to their hearts.

Such a beautiful example for us is found in the young life of our Saviour. Even at such a tender age his wisdom and knowledge was far advanced to that of the leaders and even His parents. As we spend time mediating with a surrendered heart upon the life of Christ from the manger to the cross the Holy Spirit will give us the wisdom and graces we need in our interactions with others. I love to spend time in the presence of Jesus. He is always teaching me something I need to know.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Richard Myers on February 14, 2020, 07:18:56 AM
As it is daily, there is much to learn from each chapter in this most beautiful Book. But, in today's lesson we must present what we do every day, share the foundation of our faith and how it is that we are converted daily. Short lessons frequently presented is our joy.

    Many attend religious services, and are refreshed and comforted by the word of God; but through neglect of meditation, watchfulness, and prayer, they lose the blessing, and find themselves more destitute than before they received it. Often they feel that God has dealt hardly with them. They do not see that the fault is their own. By separating themselves from Jesus, they have shut away the light of His presence.
     It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross.
     As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ's, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences. Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be "changed into the same image from glory to glory." 2 Corinthians 3:18.

We love Him because He first loved us. And, we must remember this continually if we want to maintain our connection with God. We are forgetful and like Daniel, we need to stop and renew our connection with Christ often. And,  by beholding His grace we shall recreated in His image (character).
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on February 14, 2020, 08:20:34 AM
Amen, Brother Richard!!

What a blessing it is to understand the remedy for our sinfulness and find in Jesus the power and motivation to live a fully sincere, converted life that reveals His character. Only by abiding in Jesus do we have victory and strength to resist even the smallest temptation to evil. We need Jesus continually to do any good thing, and as long as we have invited Him to abide in us and experience that daily death to self and resurrection in His life, the Holy Spirit will manifest through us all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing!

"It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross." {The Desire of Ages, page 83, paragraph 4}

Oh, what wonderful things Jesus teaches us from beholding His loveliness of character! We find new beauty in Him and find that the things of this earth do grow strangely dim!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Dorine on May 11, 2020, 06:18:18 AM
"For the first time the child Jesus looked upon the temple. He saw the white-robed priests performing their solemn ministry. He beheld the bleeding victim upon the altar of sacrifice. With the worshipers He bowed in prayer, while the cloud of incense ascended before God. He witnessed the impressive rites of the paschal service. Day by day He saw their meaning more clearly. Every act seemed to be bound up with His own life. New impulses were awakening within Him. Silent and absorbed, He seemed to be studying out a great problem. The mystery of His mission was opening to the Saviour."

At 12 years of age, still a child, yet with greater understanding than the priests and teachers we can not help but fix our thoughts on the revelation that was coming to Jesus. He entered Jerusalem a child but left a man. A man with deep and expectant thoughts to ponder. On returning home he knew His mission but he had 18 more years to serve His family and community and to grow in grace in preparation for this mission. What an example for our children, youth and adults today.

"As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ's, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him, and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences. Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be "changed into the same image from glory to glory." 2 Cor. 3:18"
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Beacon on May 11, 2020, 07:05:07 AM
In connection with the thoughts of this chapter in the Desire of Ages, I would like to share with you a quote from another inspired book written by the same author. It is entitled  "Steps to Christ".

 "When Christ dwells in the heart, the soul will be so filled with His love, with the joy of communion with Him, that it will cleave to Him; and in the contemplation of Him, self will be forgotten. Love to Christ will be the spring of action. Those who feel the constraining love of God, do not ask how little may be given to meet the requirements of God; they do not ask for the lowest standard, but aim at perfect conformity to the will of their Redeemer. With earnest desire they yield all and manifest an interest proportionate to the value of the object which they seek. A profession of Christ without this deep love is mere talk, dry formality, and heavy drudgery" Steps to Christ {SC 44.2}

I invite you to join with me in making the words of this song below your prayer.

Hymn # 309 "

"ALL TO JESUS I SURRENDER - ALL TO HIM I FREELY GIVE - I WILL EVER LOVE AND TRUST HIM - IN HIS PRESENCE DAILY LIVE.
ALL TO JESUS I SURRENDER- HUMBLY AT HIS FEET I BOW- WORLDLY PLEASURES ALL FORSAKEN - TAKE ME JESUS TAKE ME NOW.
ALL TO JESUS I SURRENDER- MAKE ME SAVIOUR HOLY THINE - LET ME FEEL THE HOLY SPIRIT- TRULY KNOW THAT THOU ART MINE.
ALL TO JESUS I SURRENDER- NOW I FEEL THE SACRED FLAME - OH THE JOY OF FULL SALVATION- GLORY GLORY TO HIS  NAME."

CHORUS:
"I SURRENDER ALL - I SURRENDER ALL - ALL TO THEE MY BLESSED SAVIOR - I SURRENDER ALL." 

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on May 12, 2020, 08:38:34 AM
While it is a simple, powerful truth, it is tempting to forget that we need Jesus continually. We know not how to go out or to come in, or what we should say, except we have a living connection with Jesus vitalized by the Holy Spirit in our hearts and minds because we have yielded our will to Christ entirely. Only in God's perfect plan will be find our greatest happiness and our purest joy. Jesus is inviting us today to look away from the changeable things of earth to the eternal reality of His word, to the sufferings He endured for us, so we can be living in readiness as His coming is SO SO SO SOON!!! Look up to Jesus continually!!!

    "It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross." {The Desire of Ages, page 83, paragraph 4} 
    "As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ's, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences. Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be 'changed into the same image from glory to glory.' 2 Corinthians 3:18." {The Desire of Ages, page 83, paragraph 4} 

Let us be a blessing to others today in all we do and say by having Jesus ever in our hearts! The inevitable result of Christ abiding in our heart is that all of the fruits of the Spirit will be manifest in our lives without one missing!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Richard Myers on May 12, 2020, 11:13:27 AM
What powerful truths we are seeing I have been contemplating what I read yesterday. How dull of mind we humans are.

   And His question to them had a lesson. "Wist ye not," He said, "that I must be about My Father's business?" Jesus was engaged in the work that He had come into the world to do; but Joseph and Mary had neglected theirs. God had shown them high honor in committing to them His Son. Holy angels had directed the course of Joseph in order to preserve the life of Jesus. But for an entire day they had lost sight of Him whom they should not have forgotten for a moment. And when their anxiety was relieved, they had not censured themselves, but had cast the blame upon Him.
     It was natural for the parents of Jesus to look upon Him as their own child. He was daily with them, His life in many respects was like that of other children, and it was difficult for them to realize that He was the Son of God. They were in danger of failing to appreciate the blessing granted them in the presence of the world's Redeemer. The grief of their separation from Him, and the gentle reproof which His words conveyed, were designed to impress them with the sacredness of their trust.
     In the answer to His mother, Jesus showed for the first time that He understood His relation to God. Before His birth the angel had said to Mary, "He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: and He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever." Luke 1:32, 33.

Apparently Mary suffered from two things. First, like us, she forgets about spiritual things including her Son, the Son of God. And, it seems the Words of the angel may not have been understood. "He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest." With all the lies being foisted upon Israel, it may be that Mary did not understand that Jesus was the Son of God. She did not understand He would suffer and die for her sins and the sins of the world. She knew He was their Messiah, but did not understand He would not rule on an earthly throne.

How blind are we to such important matters because we have heard so much about the Bible from others? Better to study, study, study what saith the Lord, not what saith man.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Dorine on August 06, 2020, 05:40:36 AM
"In our association with one another, we should take heed lest we forget Jesus, and pass along unmindful that He is not with us. When we become absorbed in worldly things so that we have no thought for Him in whom our hope of eternal life is centered, we separate ourselves from Jesus and from the heavenly angels. These holy beings cannot remain where the Saviour's presence is not desired, and His absence is not marked. This is why discouragement so often exists among the professed followers of Christ.     

Many attend religious services, and are refreshed and comforted by the word of God; but through neglect of meditation, watchfulness, and prayer, they lose the blessing, and find themselves more destitute than before they received it. Often they feel that God has dealt hardly with them. They do not see that the fault is their own. By separating themselves from Jesus, they have shut away the light of His presence.      

It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross.      

As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ's, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences. Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be "changed into the same image from glory to glory." 2 Corinthians 3:18.

What a joy and pleasure it is to think of our wonderful Saviour and to meditate on Him throughout all our waking hours; but the early morning hours spent with Him are very precious and spiritually strengthening, supplying our needs for the day ahead. We see from scripture the results of taking our eyes off Jesus. May we ever be watchful, and prayerful keeping our eyes on Him. We have no time to waste on selfish pursuits. He is soon to come for His faithful children. May we more tightly cling to Him as we see the day of His return approaching.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Beacon on August 06, 2020, 06:36:39 AM
"In our association with one another, we should take heed lest we forget Jesus, and pass along unmindful that He is not with us. When we become absorbed in worldly things so that we have no thought for Him in whom our hope of eternal life is centered, we separate ourselves from Jesus and from the heavenly angels. These holy beings cannot remain where the Saviour's presence is not desired, and His absence is not marked.

This is why discouragement so often exists among the professed followers of Christ..


Many attend religious services, and are refreshed and comforted by the word of God; but through neglect of meditation, watchfulness, and prayer, they lose the blessing, and find themselves more destitute than before they received it. Often they feel that God has dealt hardly with them. They do not see that the fault is their own. By separating themselves from Jesus, they have shut away the light of His presence."


Time is quickly running out for all the inhabitants of planet earth - The signs predicted and foretold are fast fulfilling and in the gospel of Matthew we read these words of counsel....How thankful we should be for the precious word of God that we have in our hands today. Let us all renew our commitment to the study of His Word 

Matthew 24:33 "So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors."



Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on August 06, 2020, 07:24:11 AM
Amen, Brother Beacon and Sister Dorine!

What a blessing it is to receive the gospel remedy for backsliding and lukewarmness! If the connection with Christ has been broken up by our own neglect or conscious choice, He seeks us out, and offered us His gold tried in the fire (faith working by love), white raiment (His righteousness by faith) and eyesalve (that we may receive by the Holy Spirit a true sense of our continual need of Christ and have all of the fruits of the Spirit in our lives without one missing as we behold the loveliness of Jesus). May we ever feel our continual need of Christ, and surrender to Him on a moment-by-moment basis!

"And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches" (Revelation 3:14-22).

 "In our association with one another, we should take heed lest we forget Jesus, and pass along unmindful that He is not with us. When we become absorbed in worldly things so that we have no thought for Him in whom our hope of eternal life is centered, we separate ourselves from Jesus and from the heavenly angels. These holy beings cannot remain where the Saviour's presence is not desired, and His absence is not marked. This is why discouragement so often exists among the professed followers of Christ." {The Desire of Ages, page 83, paragraph 2}   
 "Many attend religious services, and are refreshed and comforted by the word of God; but through neglect of meditation, watchfulness, and prayer, they lose the blessing, and find themselves more destitute than before they received it. Often they feel that God has dealt hardly with them. They do not see that the fault is their own. By separating themselves from Jesus, they have shut away the light of His presence." {The Desire of Ages, page 83, paragraph 3}     
  "It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross." {The Desire of Ages, page 83, paragraph 4}   

Let us be happy in Christ today by allowing Him to work in us to will and to do of His good pleasure. While the times around us are full of trial and perplexity, the heart stayed upon Christ may have peace that passes all understanding, along with every trait of the divine nature!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
Post by: Richard Myers on August 06, 2020, 11:12:50 PM
Amen, amen, and amen!!

Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word. Why? Because the Word is a revelation of God. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us that we might know Him. We cannot trust someone we do not know. Therefore it would be well if we spent a thoughtful hour a day contemplating the life of Christ!! We there will behold God's grace by which we are saved and transformed into His image (character).

As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ's, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences. Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be "changed into the same image from glory to glory." 2 Corinthians 3:18.