I am Baby Jesus!

I looked at My Father's sad face as He was looking down on the planet earth. Priests were sacrificing pigeons and sheep and oxen in plenty, year after year. It was an endless cycle of sin, guilt and sacrifice. I knew what was going through My Father's mind - The blood of bulls and goats cannot take away the sins of His beloved children whom We so lovingly created. I could see the pain in His eyes and realized that sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings did not please Him. The dire need was a permanent sacrifice of a flawless lamb without which His darling children would land in hell. Then it struck Me. I could be that Lamb of God and it is written about Me in the scroll. I told My Father, "Here I am - It is written about Me in the scroll - I have come to do Your will, My God" (Heb 10:1-10). His face brightened.

It was not an impetuous decision. I went deep inside Myself and made the decision, then never looked back. I did count the cost when I said that. It wasn't going to be easy, I knew. But as much as My Father loved human being, I loved them too (Heb 10:5-7). If by the sacrifice of My body, people could be made holy and come to heaven to live with us forever, then I was more than willing to offer Myself (v 10). My decision boiled down to Christmas. I have divided My babyhood into three sections:

1. Sacrifice before the womb:

Sacrifice is the magic word. Let Me tell you dear I am Baby Jesus! Dr. Mrs. Lilian Stanley brothers and sisters, as I have told you many times to follow Me, in this also follow Me. If you want your fellow brothers and sisters to find eternal life, just like you found it through My sacrifice, then that's the secret. Somebody has to die so others can live. I am not speaking about money or resigning your job. You will experience a test in the area of ambition. It should be nothing short of the sacrifice I made to get you to My side. That is: I left My high position in heaven, made Myself a zero by becoming a servant to all, lowered Myself to your level, humbled Myself by becoming obedient to death on a cross! (Phil 2:6-8). If I had any other ambitions, they took a blow. Let this mind be in you if you want to lead others to Me. Paul suffered the loss of "all" things and counted them but dung (3:8). Most of you are not dead in Me, you are still alive and kicking (Col 3:3).

I knew I would be born into this sinful world. No Baby Shower, no cradle, no new pretty clothes, no toys! I was not to be born in a palace and placed in a mattress but in a cowshed, wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. May be you belong to the higher society. Forget it. Under the skin all humans are the same. You need to become a common man to reach out to those who do not know Me. Stoop low, humble yourself. Learn from Me, I am meek and lowly. Learn to take insults when you are rejected. Knock every door. You must have the boldness to take the risk of being rebuffed. You flinch knocking at the doors of those belonging to the higher social economic ladder, right? Why? You don't want to be treated disdainfully. “The Apostles left the Sanhedrin rejoicing, because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name" (Acts 5:41; 13:51,52). The horrific experience did not weaken their ambition one jot. Do you know even among the dignified society people, there are those who are groping to find God? Go. Count it all joy when you are rejected and insulted. I was abused, spat upon, slapped and turned the other cheek for your sake. Should you not do it for those who are yet to know the truth?

"Whoever does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple... Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have, cannot be My disciple" (Lk 14:27-33). I mean exactly what I said. If your heart is aching for those who are sinking into eternity without Christ, you must sacrifice to the utmost. That is what I meant when I said, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Mt 4:19). Fisher folk risk their life to bring in fish. If you can't even take a slap on your cheek for the Good News sake, how can you risk your life for souls? Sisters, if it is not a must, then do not take up a job. Dedicate your life to serve God. Why do the few rupees lure you?

to village, town to town, city to city. Wherever people gathered to hear Me I taught them. My enemies threw vitriolic words at Me that stung. They even tried to kill Me. I did not run a magazine; I had no vehicle. My office was the seashore. But the job was done effectively. Never hesitate to walk the street. I was moved with comp[1]assion when I saw the people as sheep with[1]out shepherd. It is the same today. When you see people as lost sheep, the same comp[1]assion should fill your heart too!

"He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again" (2 Cor 5:15). You are celebrating Christmas. What does that mean to you? Does it remind you of sacrifice? I yielded Myself totally, kissing goodbye to all My other desires. I fell on the ground as a corn of wheat and died. The sown seed has resulted in a harvest of unbelievable proportion. How about you?

2. Silent years in the womb:

I found Myself in Mary's womb, confined to a dark space for nine months. It wasn't easy. It was a restless period, apparently doing nothing. But it was a total comfort zone. My Father was feeding Me and I was growing. I needed to be patient. I knew the time would come for Me to be out of the niche. I needed to be trusting God till then.

Do you feel your hands are tied and you are powerless? Do you feel claustrophobic? Are you engulfed in darkness? You need patience. Wait, your time is not yet. This is the time to be fully leaning on God. Has He not prepared a cozy place for you to develop? Is He not feeding you physically and spiritual? Then why worry? Rely on God.

Moses spent forty years in the wilderness before he was fit to lead Israel out of Egypt. He had to unlearn a lot of things before he could learn. Joseph was hated by his brothers, thrown inside a pit, sold to Ishmaelites, sold in the slave market, worked as a servant to Potiphar, accused of attempted rape, thrown in prison, before he could really shine. David was chased by Saul like a fox chasing a rabbit. His life hung by a thread. He managed in caves and forests before he could sit on the throne of Israel. Paul was in Arabia being moulded by God. Learn their ways and imbibe their spirit. I spent thirty years growing before stepping out for fulltime ministry. But I was not lazy. I learnt the Scriptures thoroughly and kept talking to My Father. Those were not wasted years. Every year I went to the festival at Jerusalem. I learnt carpentry and became a full-fledged carpenter. None of the above mentioned people were lazy. We were growing in wisdom and stature, in favour with God and men. This womb experience lasted for three decades for Me. Then I was ready to swing into action.

Equip yourself during this period. Build your spiritual muscles by meditating on God's word and waiting in His presence. Keep busy and never be idle. You don't become a mature man of God in a day. To become a "big" servant of God you must start small. Elisha was ploughing before he became a prophet. David was a shepherd ere he became a king. Paul was sitting at the feet of Gamaliel before he could be standing before God. Embrace any opportunity to present the Goodnews to others. "Through the obedience of one man many will be made righteous" (Rom 5:19).

Think of a baby in the womb who thinks there is no use of his eyes and limbs. But when he comes out and sees the world - oh, wow! It is such a big world. There is so much to see and so much work to be done and so much space to walk about. That's exactly how you'll feel shortly. God will use you when this time is up. Get ready.

3. Service outside the womb:

I told My Father that I had come to do His will. So, fulfilling that promise became the major concern of My life. From birth to death, I was acutely conscious of His will. It was more than My food. "I have food to eat that you know nothing about. My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work" (Jn 4:32-34). I was consumed by the passion to do exactly what My Father wanted Me to do. I was emerging, reawakening, crawling out of a very dark and scary cave from a kind of deep sleep with a new zest for life; yet my world was expanding. But trouble wasn't far behind. My birth was excruciating. Satan like a marauding hyena was waiting to swallow Me up, because he was scared if I do the will of God, his kingdom would be shattered. It was a terrifying time that brought a rush of adrenaline to my blood. I was literally looking into the eyes of death. But My Father sent His army to save Me. A great dragon having seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns upon his head was waiting to gobble me up as soon as I was born. But My Father was there right on time to protect Me. It was the old snake called the devil, and satan. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels and defeated them. The moribund experience left Me exhausted. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now have come the salva-tion and the power and the kingdom of our God" (Rev 12:1-10).

Soon we had to escape to Egypt because the sword was hanging over My head. Again, God helped us. The devil was after Me to kill Me because he knew I was going to crush his head. You are going to do the same and I will rejoice when I will see Satan falling like lightning because of your ministry. Do not be disheartened when the devil is after you. When you want to do the will of God, satan will not let you go that easily. I faced tough times in My life. I was helpless, powerless, weak and dependent as an infant. But My Father was by My side always to see Me through.

David prayed, "Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God," (Psa 143:10). So, David learned. If you go to God with that spirit, He says, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My loving eye on you. But you must not be like a horse or the mule which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle, or they will not come to you (Psa 32:8,9). This is exactly what I find when I try to guide My children towards My will. They behave like mules forcing Me to take the whip. If like David they have a desire to do God's will, it is easy for Me to guide them. But now I have to corner them, punish them and push them to do My will. I too found it difficult in Gethsemane. But when I sub[1]mitted to the Father's will, through suffering I was crowned with glory. You must ask God and learn and not do what you desire. David faced worse situation than you and yet he served his own generation by the will of God and died (Acts 13:36). God My Father chose Paul to "know His will" (22:14). It is of paramount importance to discern His will and do it.

Once you are sure of God's will stand firm. You may become sick or flounder. Nothing should make you doubt God's will and leading. When Martin Luther was sure of God's will, he said, "Even if all the tiles of this place turn demons and come against me, yet I will stand on this truth."

In spite of all the odds I faced, I did the Father's will as I promised and at my death declared, "It is finished." Will you be able to say that in your death bed? (I did not die in a bed). Tell My Father and your Father, "Here I am - I have come to do Your will, My God." That will be the turning point in your life.

My life was full of battles from birth to resurrection. So will it be for you. Just as I took victory you will come through victoriously too!

"Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen" (Heb 13:20,21).

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I am Baby Jesus!

I looked at My Father's sad face as He was looking down on the planet earth. Priests were sacrificing pigeons and sheep and oxen in plenty, year after year. It was an endless cycle of sin, guilt and sacrifice. I knew what was going through My Father's mind - The blood of bulls and goats cannot take away the sins of His beloved children whom We so lovingly created. I could see the pain in His eyes and realized that sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings did not please Him. The dire need was a permanent sacrifice of a flawless lamb without which His darling children would land in hell. Then it struck Me. I could be that Lamb of God and it is written about Me in the scroll. I told My Father, "Here I am - It is written about Me in the scroll - I have come to do Your will, My God" (Heb 10:1-10). His face brightened.

It was not an impetuous decision. I went deep inside Myself and made the decision, then never looked back. I did count the cost when I said that. It wasn't going to be easy, I knew. But as much as My Father loved human being, I loved them too (Heb 10:5-7). If by the sacrifice of My body, people could be made holy and come to heaven to live with us forever, then I was more than willing to offer Myself (v 10). My decision boiled down to Christmas. I have divided My babyhood into three sections:

1. Sacrifice before the womb:

Sacrifice is the magic word. Let Me tell you dear I am Baby Jesus! Dr. Mrs. Lilian Stanley brothers and sisters, as I have told you many times to follow Me, in this also follow Me. If you want your fellow brothers and sisters to find eternal life, just like you found it through My sacrifice, then that's the secret. Somebody has to die so others can live. I am not speaking about money or resigning your job. You will experience a test in the area of ambition. It should be nothing short of the sacrifice I made to get you to My side. That is: I left My high position in heaven, made Myself a zero by becoming a servant to all, lowered Myself to your level, humbled Myself by becoming obedient to death on a cross! (Phil 2:6-8). If I had any other ambitions, they took a blow. Let this mind be in you if you want to lead others to Me. Paul suffered the loss of "all" things and counted them but dung (3:8). Most of you are not dead in Me, you are still alive and kicking (Col 3:3).

I knew I would be born into this sinful world. No Baby Shower, no cradle, no new pretty clothes, no toys! I was not to be born in a palace and placed in a mattress but in a cowshed, wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. May be you belong to the higher society. Forget it. Under the skin all humans are the same. You need to become a common man to reach out to those who do not know Me. Stoop low, humble yourself. Learn from Me, I am meek and lowly. Learn to take insults when you are rejected. Knock every door. You must have the boldness to take the risk of being rebuffed. You flinch knocking at the doors of those belonging to the higher social economic ladder, right? Why? You don't want to be treated disdainfully. “The Apostles left the Sanhedrin rejoicing, because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name" (Acts 5:41; 13:51,52). The horrific experience did not weaken their ambition one jot. Do you know even among the dignified society people, there are those who are groping to find God? Go. Count it all joy when you are rejected and insulted. I was abused, spat upon, slapped and turned the other cheek for your sake. Should you not do it for those who are yet to know the truth?

"Whoever does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple... Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have, cannot be My disciple" (Lk 14:27-33). I mean exactly what I said. If your heart is aching for those who are sinking into eternity without Christ, you must sacrifice to the utmost. That is what I meant when I said, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Mt 4:19). Fisher folk risk their life to bring in fish. If you can't even take a slap on your cheek for the Good News sake, how can you risk your life for souls? Sisters, if it is not a must, then do not take up a job. Dedicate your life to serve God. Why do the few rupees lure you?

to village, town to town, city to city. Wherever people gathered to hear Me I taught them. My enemies threw vitriolic words at Me that stung. They even tried to kill Me. I did not run a magazine; I had no vehicle. My office was the seashore. But the job was done effectively. Never hesitate to walk the street. I was moved with comp[1]assion when I saw the people as sheep with[1]out shepherd. It is the same today. When you see people as lost sheep, the same comp[1]assion should fill your heart too!

"He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again" (2 Cor 5:15). You are celebrating Christmas. What does that mean to you? Does it remind you of sacrifice? I yielded Myself totally, kissing goodbye to all My other desires. I fell on the ground as a corn of wheat and died. The sown seed has resulted in a harvest of unbelievable proportion. How about you?

2. Silent years in the womb:

I found Myself in Mary's womb, confined to a dark space for nine months. It wasn't easy. It was a restless period, apparently doing nothing. But it was a total comfort zone. My Father was feeding Me and I was growing. I needed to be patient. I knew the time would come for Me to be out of the niche. I needed to be trusting God till then.

Do you feel your hands are tied and you are powerless? Do you feel claustrophobic? Are you engulfed in darkness? You need patience. Wait, your time is not yet. This is the time to be fully leaning on God. Has He not prepared a cozy place for you to develop? Is He not feeding you physically and spiritual? Then why worry? Rely on God.

Moses spent forty years in the wilderness before he was fit to lead Israel out of Egypt. He had to unlearn a lot of things before he could learn. Joseph was hated by his brothers, thrown inside a pit, sold to Ishmaelites, sold in the slave market, worked as a servant to Potiphar, accused of attempted rape, thrown in prison, before he could really shine. David was chased by Saul like a fox chasing a rabbit. His life hung by a thread. He managed in caves and forests before he could sit on the throne of Israel. Paul was in Arabia being moulded by God. Learn their ways and imbibe their spirit. I spent thirty years growing before stepping out for fulltime ministry. But I was not lazy. I learnt the Scriptures thoroughly and kept talking to My Father. Those were not wasted years. Every year I went to the festival at Jerusalem. I learnt carpentry and became a full-fledged carpenter. None of the above mentioned people were lazy. We were growing in wisdom and stature, in favour with God and men. This womb experience lasted for three decades for Me. Then I was ready to swing into action.

Equip yourself during this period. Build your spiritual muscles by meditating on God's word and waiting in His presence. Keep busy and never be idle. You don't become a mature man of God in a day. To become a "big" servant of God you must start small. Elisha was ploughing before he became a prophet. David was a shepherd ere he became a king. Paul was sitting at the feet of Gamaliel before he could be standing before God. Embrace any opportunity to present the Goodnews to others. "Through the obedience of one man many will be made righteous" (Rom 5:19).

Think of a baby in the womb who thinks there is no use of his eyes and limbs. But when he comes out and sees the world - oh, wow! It is such a big world. There is so much to see and so much work to be done and so much space to walk about. That's exactly how you'll feel shortly. God will use you when this time is up. Get ready.

3. Service outside the womb:

I told My Father that I had come to do His will. So, fulfilling that promise became the major concern of My life. From birth to death, I was acutely conscious of His will. It was more than My food. "I have food to eat that you know nothing about. My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work" (Jn 4:32-34). I was consumed by the passion to do exactly what My Father wanted Me to do. I was emerging, reawakening, crawling out of a very dark and scary cave from a kind of deep sleep with a new zest for life; yet my world was expanding. But trouble wasn't far behind. My birth was excruciating. Satan like a marauding hyena was waiting to swallow Me up, because he was scared if I do the will of God, his kingdom would be shattered. It was a terrifying time that brought a rush of adrenaline to my blood. I was literally looking into the eyes of death. But My Father sent His army to save Me. A great dragon having seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns upon his head was waiting to gobble me up as soon as I was born. But My Father was there right on time to protect Me. It was the old snake called the devil, and satan. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels and defeated them. The moribund experience left Me exhausted. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now have come the salva-tion and the power and the kingdom of our God" (Rev 12:1-10).

Soon we had to escape to Egypt because the sword was hanging over My head. Again, God helped us. The devil was after Me to kill Me because he knew I was going to crush his head. You are going to do the same and I will rejoice when I will see Satan falling like lightning because of your ministry. Do not be disheartened when the devil is after you. When you want to do the will of God, satan will not let you go that easily. I faced tough times in My life. I was helpless, powerless, weak and dependent as an infant. But My Father was by My side always to see Me through.

David prayed, "Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God," (Psa 143:10). So, David learned. If you go to God with that spirit, He says, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My loving eye on you. But you must not be like a horse or the mule which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle, or they will not come to you (Psa 32:8,9). This is exactly what I find when I try to guide My children towards My will. They behave like mules forcing Me to take the whip. If like David they have a desire to do God's will, it is easy for Me to guide them. But now I have to corner them, punish them and push them to do My will. I too found it difficult in Gethsemane. But when I sub[1]mitted to the Father's will, through suffering I was crowned with glory. You must ask God and learn and not do what you desire. David faced worse situation than you and yet he served his own generation by the will of God and died (Acts 13:36). God My Father chose Paul to "know His will" (22:14). It is of paramount importance to discern His will and do it.

Once you are sure of God's will stand firm. You may become sick or flounder. Nothing should make you doubt God's will and leading. When Martin Luther was sure of God's will, he said, "Even if all the tiles of this place turn demons and come against me, yet I will stand on this truth."

In spite of all the odds I faced, I did the Father's will as I promised and at my death declared, "It is finished." Will you be able to say that in your death bed? (I did not die in a bed). Tell My Father and your Father, "Here I am - I have come to do Your will, My God." That will be the turning point in your life.

My life was full of battles from birth to resurrection. So will it be for you. Just as I took victory you will come through victoriously too!

"Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen" (Heb 13:20,21).

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