Monday, January 20, 2014

Jan | 20 | Sitting on the dock of the bay


Sitting on the dock of the bay

John 1:18
No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. NKJV

Christian! Jesus is declared to be ‘in the bosom’ of our Father God. When Jonny long legs (John 20:8) that first New testament streaker (Mark 14:51,52) at the last supper leaned himself upon the bosom of our Lord, (John13:23) he would have heard the wonderful beat of His ever loving heart. Now then, listen how this word ‘bosom’ is also translated in Acts 27:39 “When it was day, they did not recognize the land; but they observed a bay with a beach, onto which they planned to run the ship if possible.”

Now the same word for ‘bosom’ is used here as ‘bay’. Therefore we could say that Jesus comes from the bay of the Father. My study is presently in an old harbor which overlooks the bay of Kirkcaldy. The flour mill behind me still receives merchant ships, this time full of East German wheat, whilst across the road, and the early 16th Century Merchant’s house has its walls painted with a bright red cargo ship indicating it’s rich trading past. Bays, you see, are great for ships, for they are geared to protection from storms, licensed, ready and prepared for trade, for imports and especially exports. Such trading bays are rich and their houses are full. The Father’s bay then is where His heart is, and from this safe rich bay came His only begotten Son Jesus, the first and great apostle.

Now then, the Greek word ‘apostolos,’ that is "apostle," is a compound from the preposition ‘apo,’ meaning "off," or "away," and ‘stello,’ meaning "to send." Apostle quite literally means one who is "sent off" on a mission. In Classical Greek the word 'Apostle' is later used as a designation for an ambassador, or a naval squadron commander, and even these maritime references come from
the early Classical Greek further use of the word as referring to cargo and also sent cargo ships. It would not be too heretical to declare then, that Jesus, the very commander of all heaven’s naval squadrons is Himself the fat and cargo ship of goodness, grace and salvation, sent from the rich bay of the very Father heart of God.

Christ came from the bay of the Father. All of Christ’s apostles come from the same dock of that bay, and all of us who die in Him, arrive at that same dock, disembarking to the cheers of waiting crowds and the tears of waiting loved ones and friends who all have gone before us and through the heart of the Father have now settled deeper into the highlands of the Most High, and the rich purple heather of His eternal and Royal love.

Listen:- Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing. They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. Psalms 107:21-24 KJV

Pray: -  Here is love, vast as the ocean, lovingkindness as the flood, when the Prince of Life, our Ransom, shed for us His precious blood. Who His love will not remember? Who can cease to sing His praise? He can never be forgotten, throughout Heav’n’s eternal days. (William Rees 1802-1833)

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