Monday, January 24, 2011

The Alpha Rainbow - God is in the Midst of Us

Photo taken September 29, 2010 in LA, CA
I was so fortunate to catch a rare photo on his cellphone while driving with his wife along La Tijera Ave., Los Angeles, California.

It formed the capital 'A' as in Alpha as rain clouds were seen from its rear.  It was a magnificent site and for him, it was a reaffirmation of God's presence in this world, He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, and all good things, God has created them.

[read on our related post on "God's Awesome Works in God's Awesome Creation."]
Double Rainbow Image - YouTube

Watch the YouTube video link we have on our other rare double rainbow post on "The Man Behind the Double Rainbow Video,"
and it features Paul Velasquez as he sees God manifested by the appearance of a double rainbow right before his very eyes.

In John 4:23-24, Jesus Christ declared as he was talking to a Samaritan woman, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

Yes, make no mistake about it, God's presence is very much seen in all His creation.  And many times in our life He has manifested the presence of His spirit in us, we just fail to recognize it because we refuse to believe, and it is in the teachings of His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, that we see further the truth, as he is the "Truth, the Way and the Life." [John 14:6]

The Divinity of Christ Jesus

When Jesus was being baptized at the river Jordan in the presence of other people where there also to be baptized by the then known prophet John the Baptist (Jesus’ cousin, himself born miraculously out of a supposed old and barren mother, Elizabeth, cousin of Jesus’ mother, Mary – read Luke 1:5-58), he acknowledged Jesus in the crowd as the Messiah or Savior.

Jesus was praying, as stated in Luke 3:21-22, when “heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’”

And it is in God’s undying love for mankind to save and redeem us from sin and lead us to everlasting life that He has sent His Son, Jesus, in this world.

From the Acts of the Apostles 10:33-38, “Peter proceeded to speak to those gathered in the house of Cornelius, saying: ‘In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. Rather, in very nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him. You know the word that he sent to the Israelites as he proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all, what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power. He went about doing and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.’”

When Jesus discreetly took three of his trusted apostles, Peter, James and his brother John to a high mountain, he was suddenly transfigured into divine form seen with his face shone like the sun in his white shining clothes talking to Moses and Elijah, who appeared out of nowhere in glorious splendor.

They were discussing God’s plan for redemption with Jesus’ impending death on the cross. Peter said to him in his excitement of what they saw, as stated in Luke 9:33-36, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters – one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

Then a voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone.

And Jesus told them not to tell anyone of what they saw “not until the Son of Man is risen from the dead”.

Three apostles witnessed the transfiguration that their succeeding account of what they saw would be believed and to strengthen the hearts of the disciples whose concept of the crucifixion of Christ was one of denial.

That they not stand the way of Jesus’ fulfilling heaven’s plan to redeem man through his resurrection and ascension. And that we may learn to carry our own cross, deny ourselves by being humble and selfless in our efforts to lead others to him in this life that they too may see God’s promise of eternal life (read Luke 9:22-23).

In the transfiguration, symbolic reading connotes that Moses and Elijah represent the Law and the Prophets, respectively, and their recognition of and conversation with Jesus symbolize how Jesus fulfills "the law and the prophets" (read Matthew 5:17-19).

And in 1 John 4:13-16, apostle and gospel writer John proclaims through the divine guidance of the Holy Spirit who Christ Jesus is, “We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.”

In the parable of the tenants, the landlord’s servants and his son himself were all killed by the ungrateful tenants sent to harvest the fruits in his land.

And in Matthew 21:42-43 Jesus said when asked of what the landlord will do to the tenants, “Have you never read in the scriptures:

‘The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone, the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous is our eyes.’

Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed.”

May all be guided by these words and heed God’s words in Jesus, that all will be saved from imminent destruction as we abide by him to bear good fruit at harvest or day of judgment.

And regarding his teachings, Jesus made it clear to his disciples in Matthew 24:35 as he said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

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