Jesus Christ Is the Golden Thread

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Golden Thread series (An Anthology of Jesus of Nazareth), we are tracing him through the separate Books of the Bible, to search out Jesus Christ who is the missing link to the heart of God. When we genuinely find Jesus within the Scriptures, he as our personal Savior literally becomes empowered and right away begins enabling us to understand the realities of not only himself but also of his Father, the God and Creator of the Heavens and Earth. The entire Bible is God’s Word. Contrary to how some of our modernistic views are implemented to disdain and/or distort biblical truths, and regardless of how man who is often imperfect interprets the Bible, the Scriptures are not only complete and entire but they are God’s divinely-given words for believers.

In I Corinthians 1:24 we read that “Christ {is} the wisdom of God.” Without Christ, a non-seeking individual will remain in a state of spiritual inertness without access to the God of heaven and His true wisdom. Conversely, the candidate who is seeking Christ in the Word of God will find it is with pleasure that Jesus will always give men and women unhindered access to his Father’s true wisdom, nature, and love. Through this doorway, we may delightfully approach God with open hearts to receive His love and guidance.

God is the Author of His Word, Jesus Christ is the inspiration and the contiguous subject through all of God’s Word, and the entire life of Jesus Christ from his birth to his ascension into heaven and his personal return fulfills the realities of God’s plan of Redemption for humanity. Through the Scriptures’ teaching we can learn about the Son of God who lived, died, and was raised at God’s behest to conquer temporal mortality, with the eternal results straightaway given to mortal beings who find Jesus of Nazareth.

Through Christ, the Scriptures show men and women how to become wise unto salvation; the Word of God via Christ reveals how to recognize the voice of God. The Bible teaches men and women who are in Christ how to enjoy God’s promises which are guaranteed and given because of the completed work of our Savior.

The Word of God, whether written, spoken, preached, or read (and mentally perceived), will always make known Christ who is the “mediator between God and men.”

I Timothy 2:5:
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

The Scriptures make known Christ Jesus, and as we come to know him from the Scriptures, he becomes empowered to fulfill his mission of revealing the spiritual realities of Him Who dwells atop heaven’s throne. Then as God becomes known, He will begin manifesting Himself in our lives and in our heart’s quest for spiritual fulfillment and heavenly understanding.

Proverbs 8:35:
For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.

From the Book of Genesis we have the story of Joseph, the eleventh son of Jacob. Joseph’s very own brothers ended up selling him into slavery because they did not believe his God-given visions and prophecies he spoke regarding their future (Genesis 37:5-11), and because this story is written in the Bible, it must by its very nature relate to Jesus in some way. Perhaps on the surface the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors may first appear in a cursory reading to be only a story of one family in the Bible who became somewhat dysfunctional. Yet as the story continues we learn how Joseph ended up in Egypt, becoming Pharaoh’s right hand man, having the authority of being the second most prestigious man in all of Egypt. He was placed at Pharaoh’s right hand and received honor and accolade formerly reserved and due only to Egyptian royalty (Genesis 41:38-45).

In this Bible story we find a happy ending complete with Joseph’s God‑given dreams coming true. Joseph ended up saving not only Jacob, his father and brothers, but also the entire Nation of Israel from starvation and death, not to mention that Joseph ended up preserving the family line of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

On account of Joseph being in Egypt utilizing the wisdom of God, Joseph not only preserved his family line but also saved the lives of the people living in Egyptian provinces and surrounding areas by stockpiling the food supplies in readiness for the upcoming seven-year famine (Genesis 41:1ff). Joseph is personally credited for acquiring most of the wealth that bountifully flowed into the Egyptian coffers, causing Egypt to become one of the most prosperous nations this world has ever known (Genesis 41:53-57).

In Joseph’s life from the Book of Genesis, we can begin to notice startling traces and glimpses of Jesus, The Promised Seed who was foreordained before the world began to be the hope of the entire world. Through Joseph’s true story we can recognize the Redeemer in prophecy who was also rejected by the Nation of Israel, his brethren. As Joseph was, Jesus would become Israel’s only hope and their rescue from a spiritual drought and their only salvation and preservation for an endless life, as he is also our hope and our spiritual refreshing and salvation and preservation for an endless life.

There is no end to the correlations that are wonderfully sewn within the Scriptures as a multilayered, embossed masterpiece of delight as we begin looking for and seeing the Golden Thread, Jesus Christ, who holds the living Tapestry of God’s healing Word together.

From a strictly forensic point of view, the Scriptures are the bona fide declaration of Jesus. The Bible is the inscribed birth certificate of Jesus Christ (with centuries of noncontradictory writings and testimonials), and the stories within are linked documentations of his complete biography attesting to his authenticity which structures his entire life perfectly with the written Word of God.

The deeper one scrutinizes the Scriptures, the more dynamically Christ becomes recognized. His footprints are everywhere inside of the Scriptures blazing a trail that he painstakingly paved with his own life being clearly marked throughout the prophecies and leading directly up to the Creator.

Jesus’ fingerprints appear ubiquitously on every single page of Holy Writ. With Jesus as our guide, we will find passages that are easy to follow as they gently guide us up into all “the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19).

The more we look for Christ in the Scriptures, the greater we will notice how much he is woven within our own hearts, drawing us ever closer and closer to Him Who created all things. The greater we see Jesus in the Word of God, the more he reveals our heavenly Father Who draws us through Christ to Himself.

Jesus said in John 6:44, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him.”

John 12:44-45:
-44: Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
-45: And he that seeth {perceives} me seeth {perceives} him that sent me.

So in the Golden Thread series, as we begin learning of Jesus of Nazareth, we can confidently read on with “trust” in the knowledge that the Father will be drawing us ever closer to Himself through Christ as promised.

II Corinthians 3:4 (The Amplified Bible):**
Such is the reliance and confidence that we have through Christ toward and with reference to God.

The Bible states, “The honour of kings is to search out a matter” (Proverbs 25:2). There is no greater matter under Heaven than to search out “Jesus Christ the Golden Thread” and find him to be not only alive and well but to finally see him at work revealing the truths that lead our hearts to God and the more abundant life.

Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

Now the Birth of Jesus Christ Was on This Wise . . .

Written by the Apostles, Luke and Matthew

Luke 1:26-38:
26: And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
27: To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
28: And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
29: And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
30: And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31: And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
32: 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:
33: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34: Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35: And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
36: And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
37: For with God nothing shall be impossible.
38: And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

Matthew 1:18-25:
18: Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19: Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
20: But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21: And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22: Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23: Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
24: Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

Luke 2:1-20:
AND it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2: (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3: And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4: And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5: To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6: And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7: And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8: And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9: And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10: And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12: And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13: And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15: And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16: And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17: And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18: And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19: But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20: And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Matthew 2:1-15:
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2: Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
3: When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
4: And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
5: And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
6: And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
7: Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
8: And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
9: When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
10: When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11: And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
12: And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
13: And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
14: When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
15: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

The Blessings of Liberty

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

This is the opening statement of the Constitution* (sometimes called the Preamble), and states the reason for the Constitution’s formation and writing.

I would like to highlight and discuss the phrase and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity. There are people who are trying to separate God out from the Constitutional laws and Amendments of the United States, thinking that one does not fit with the other. But I ask you to logically consider the following concept with me. Who can really imagine that Blessings of Liberty could come from any other source than from God? Yes, basic liberties can be appreciated by having the assurance of Government and State protections; however, Blessings of Liberty do not come from man, or from the Devil, or from the framers of the Constitution, nor from the Government of today, nor do they appear out of thin air. Rather Blessings of Liberty can only come from our God, and there is no doubt that the framers of the Constitution earnestly pursued the securing of our Blessings of Liberty without governmental interference for generations to come.

“. . . I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: That God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, sir, in the sacred writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House they labor in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel. . .” Spoken by Benjamin Franklin during the Constitutional convention of 1787, as recalled and written by Jonathan Dayton, a signer of the Constitution from New Jersey who was the youngest member participating at the convention, being 27 years young.

II Corinthians 3:17:
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Ephesians 1:3:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all {ALL} spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

Blessings of Liberty are spiritual; they are gifts from our loving God, and that is the plain and simple truth! The more we recognize from where our God-given Blessings of Liberty emanate, the greater our spiritual union with God grows. God’s spiritual endowments literally allow His blessings and love to extend out even to the non-Christian.

John 3:16, begins with these words, “For God so loved the world”; the verse does not say that God just loves the Christians, or the Jews, or any other specific group, but He loves the world. Jesus said in Luke 6:35 that God “is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil,” as God’s blessings, kindness, and love are extended to beyond what we so often imagine, just as the forefathers incorporated and preserved these same qualities in the Constitution for all of the citizens of America. For an example of God’s kindness and blessings, we read in the Book of Genesis at the time when Joseph was in Egypt that not only did the families of Israel prosper and flourish as they arrived in their new country, but all of the Egyptians did as well (who were considered unbelievers). In fact, because of the believers living in Egypt, Egypt became the most prosperous country in the world. This is not unlike America today because God lives within the hearts of believers, and the Father of Lights indeed blesses our country, and this is what our Constitution secures for us, for our children, and for future generations.

The Blessings of Liberty guaranteed and protected by the Constitution is so much more than a written blueprint for forming and maintaining a working government, it was formed in the spirit of liberty. The Constitution: “Renders therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s {the things in the political sphere that inspire and protect the Blessings of Liberty for we the people}; and unto God the things that are God’s {safeguarding the moral and spiritual rights of protection and the Blessings of Liberty for we the people}” (Matthew 22:21).

The Constitution was written to secure that we the people may enjoy our unalienable rights without oppression from the powers that be. The Constitution was formulated to guarantee our free rights to have God in every aspect of our lives and to walk boldly and openly without external pressures. As a result, an atheist can appreciate, or at least gaze upon, blessings of liberty that mysteriously sprout out of thin air or from the government, while a believer may experientially enjoy all the wonders of the Blessings of Liberty that are explicitly given from the loving hands of the blessed God and Creator of heaven and earth.

Psalms 33:12:
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

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Job – Revealing Our Arbitrator

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of Job reveals Jesus Christ as our Daysman in Job 9:33, meaning that he is our Arbitrator and our Redeemer. Job reveals to us the bondage of Satan and the deliverance of God.

The Declaration of the Book of Job is that God is love and light, and it is He that delivers His children from all destruction as He did for Job. What saved Job from complete annihilation was his trusting in, looking to, and believing in the same God that we today trust in, look to, and pray to with a believing heart of expectation to receive His blessings.

Job’s greatest conflict throughout Satan’s attacks upon him was from his (so-called) friends who came to comfort him as they tried their best to get Job to blame God for all of his misery and misfortune. But Job stood firm in his beliefs and confessions as he continued trusting that his deliverance was coming, and it most certainly did.

Job 1:22 – In all this Job sinned not, nor charged {blamed or accused} God foolishly.

Our society usually blames God for almost everything, for evil, badness, and destruction, and on the other hand, society hardly ever acknowledges God for any of His goodness but rather pats himself on the back for his good luck. Blaming God for misery is the way of the natural man, and the nature of man sometimes is to find comfort in misery because we are wrongly taught that it is a test or a trial from above.

James 1:13 – Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.

As a vivid example, Job’s wife actually said to him, “Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die” (Job 2:9). Can you imagine? Go ahead Job: be like everyone else and curse God and die! This was the statement from Job’s grieving wife. But those of us who truly know God’s healing Word have seen, as Job did, that God only gives blessings to His children for we are coming to personally experience our God in His love (Ephesians 1:4).

After Job’s devastation, his friends came to him and totally badgered him almost to death, trying to get Job to blame his God, and admit that he had failed as a believer.

Job 12:2-3:
-2: {Job is speaking} No doubt but ye {my friends} are the people, and wisdom shall die with you. {This means they thought they were the only experts, and without them, all wisdom would vanish.}
-3: But I {Job} have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these {the things that you claim as truth}.

Job was saying that: I do not know God the way you are telling me He is, I do not believe that my God is vengeful, and I will not blame Him when things go wrong. Job’s friends were “miserable comforters” (Job 16:2), they believed that it was the wrath of God, which devastated Job, and they were there to make sure Job understood that!

Job on the other hand knew the truth about his God, and against perhaps all odds he realized that he was not inferior to his friends who eloquently spoke lies. How do we know that Job’s friends were wrong and not Job? Because in the end God asked Job to pray for his friends ─ rather than asking them to pray for Job (Job 42:8), and God’s Word says that Job was a righteous man who had the power in himself (to believe the Word) to save himself (Ezekiel 14:14).

Job knew and believed what was later revealed and written in James 1:13, as we highlighted above ,“Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.” Of course this is contrary to many beliefs, yet this is the truth of God’s Word.

In the Gospel of John 8:21-59 we can find Jesus Christ, whom Job looked to and hoped in, going through some very similar attacks and being accused, as Job had gone through many years before.

John 8:41b – . . . Then said they to him {Jesus}, We be not born of fornication {OUCH}. . .

They were literally calling Jesus illegitimate; for they thought Mary was pregnant with Jesus by another man other than Joseph. Yet Jesus continued teaching God’s healing Word to those who literally were implying that he was nothing more than a “bastard.”

Why did Jesus keep on teaching them? Because he was (and Still Is) the Arbitrator between God and man. He demonstrated that God is all love, and if he would do that for those cruel people, think how much more he can do for us who are learning to believe and trust in the God of deliverance.

What do we think of Jesus, was he illegitimate, or was he the Son of God? The answer is clear to us who look to him that: he is the Son of God, our Arbitrator, and our Lord and Savior.

Jesus is revealed in the Book of Job to be our Arbitrator as well as our complete deliverance from all evil and devastation as he was for Job who was in the end extremely blessed because he continued believing in God’s healing Word.

Ruth – Revealing Our Redeemer

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Ruth 4:14-15a:
-14: And the woman {Ruth} said unto Naomi {her mother-in-law}, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman {redeemer} that his name may be famous in Israel.
-15a: And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: . . .

Although the Book of Ruth contains only four chapters, a wealth of knowledge and understanding is inlaid throughout regarding redemption. The word “kinsman” means the next of kin who has the right of redemption. Ruth, a Gentile, had a husband who was from Israel, and when her husband died, Ruth was released (because of the laws and customs of that day) from any inheritance or possessions or any legal rights that her husband had in Israel.

She was told by Naomi to return back to her home and to her gods, but Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee {Naomi was returning back home to Bethlehem}, for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God;” (Ruth 1:16). This is the statement that made Ruth a great woman, a virtuous woman (Ruth 3:11), and Boaz said of her: “The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust (Ruth 2:12).

What a wonderful statement for man of God to say to a Gentile, and Gentiles were at that time considered unclean and vile.

To the question “who can find a virtuous woman?”, Boaz found one in Ruth,* who learned to have great trust in God. She had the qualities of a virtuous woman which can be read in Proverbs 31:10-31.

Boaz first needed to redeem her former husband’s inheritance back, which he did, then he would be free to marry her; this would give her the redemption of the eternal inheritance that the hope of all Israel had in and for the Redeemer. The Redeemer would be famous in Israel and be the restorer of life ─ eternal life!

The son of Ruth and Boaz was in the direct bloodline of King David (Ruth 4:21-22), and David was in the direct line of Mary the mother of Jesus Christ. Without Ruth and her faith, trust, and confidence in God we would not have a Savior!

Ruth had such an important and intricate part in the coming of Christ that she not only got her name recorded in the royal (kingly) lineage of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:5), she was the only woman besides Mary to be mentioned in the genealogies of Jesus Christ in the Gospels.

In Matthew 1:16 we read: “And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.” There is a huge error in translation here, because the word “husband” in the Greek Text is the word father. Mary’s father was named Joseph; Mary’s husband was also named Joseph. Joseph, Mary’s husband’s father was named Heli (Luke 3:23), while Mary’s father was named Jacob. Joseph was not the father of Jesus Christ, God was! And in this (understanding of the genealogy of Mary, and knowing the story of Ruth), we can receive incredible insights about our Redeemer ─ Jesus Christ.

Galatians 4:4-5a:
-4: But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
-5a: To redeem them that were under the law, . . .

Who was under the Law? Israel was, and through Mary being the mother of Jesus, Jesus was born to be the only redeemer of Israel, who redeemed them from the Law. As Boaz redeemed Ruth so she could receive her rightful inheritance, Jesus in the same way redeemed all of Israel to receive their promised inheritance that God promised to Abraham and the prophets who followed him. After Jesus fulfilled the Law and redeemed Israel, God’s ultimate plan of redemption went into effect for the redemption of all humanity.

Galatians 3:13-14a:
-13: Christ hath redeemed us {not just Israel but the entire world} from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
-14a: That the blessing of Abraham might come {also} on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; . . .

Anyone who was not under the Law, namely every human being that wasn’t in the fold of Israel was under the curse. But when Jesus fulfilled the Law and redeemed Israel, God’s divine plan of redemption for the entire world went into effect to give all people who will simply believe, their eternal inheritance to be in him who is the prophesied “restorer of thy life,” our Redeemer ─ Jesus Christ!

*(See our study, titled: A Virtuous Woman.)