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Numbers 10:1-2,8-10,33-36 Now the Lord said to Moses, “Make two trumpets of hammered silver for calling the community to assemble and for signaling the breaking of camp… Only the priests, Aaron’s descendants, are allowed to blow the trumpets. This is a permanent law for you, to be observed from generation to generation. “When you arrive in your own land and go to war against your enemies who attack you, sound the alarm with the trumpets. Then the Lord your God will remember you and rescue you from your enemies. Blow the trumpets in times of gladness, too, sounding them at your annual festivals and at the beginning of each month. And blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and peace offerings. The trumpets will remind the Lord your God of his covenant with you. I am the Lord your God”… They marched for three days after leaving the mountain of the Lord, with the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant moving ahead of them to show them where to stop and rest. As they moved on each day, the cloud of the Lord hovered over them. And whenever the Ark set out, Moses would shout, “Arise, O Lord, and let your enemies be scattered! Let them flee before you!” And when the Ark was set down, he would say, “Return, O Lord, to the countless thousands of Israel!”

Today’s chapter marks the beginning of the Exodus journey it seems as God leads them through the desert in an orderly fashion but in a long-winded route.

In all my years of attending churches in different part of the world, I have never heard a trumpet being used and so what is the context of this in our day and time? (more…)


Mark 16:1-7
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

There are 23 days from today to the commercially celebrated birthday of Jesus Christ and the joy and festivities have begun. Everywhere we go, we can see colorful lights, christmas trees, santa, elves, movie releases, sales, offers, dinners, dances, choirs, services and so much more. It would be great if all of this actually was meant to celebrate the birth of Jesus whereas in reality, it is nothing but a retail and commercial event to most celebrants. Santa Claus has become bigger than the birthday boy Jesus Christ and the story of the birth and death of Christ is replaced by Christmas movies. What a tragedy but is it really? In these dark times, we also hear of the many who receive gifts they din’t expect, are shown love they have never felt and probably get a chance to experience Christ whom they desperately need and I hope you are a part of that side of Christmas?

When Salome and both Mary s went to perform the ritual practices that were done in those times to mourn the dead, they were struck by shock to realize that the one they came to anoint with spices was no longer dead but alive. This is a phenomenon that has baffled the world for centuries and will continue to, but to those who believe, it is the reason for their faith and the reason for their hope. If Christ had not risen, we would have to put our faith in a dead God but in his resurrection, we have the hope of eternity because through Christ’s resurrection, we know that sin can never defeat us if we are on God’s side. Physically our bodies will fade away but our souls will celebrate the end of living in this dark world and the beginning of an eternity in God’s perfect presence. What are you celebrating this Christmas? What does this Christmas mean to you and what are you plans to serve Christ through this time?

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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