In Matthew 13:45-46 "Or, God's kingdom is like a jewel merchant on the hunt for excellent pearls. Finding one that is flawless, he immediately sells everything and buys it." Unlike what I used to think, (the sinner is the finder and and the Pearl is Jesus) I believe the kingdom message of this passage of scripture, especially in this season of LIGHT, is that the merchant is Jesus Christ and the pearl of great price illuminates us as the BRIDE!!! Isaiah 60 is awakened in us as we take on a new shine... As when Christ was born, men brought Him gifts of gold, frankincense & myrrh...Men will come bringing gifts again, gold & incense, but not the myrrh! The myrrh speaks of suffering, Christ's atoning sufferings are finished...FOREVER... When we bring the gifts in that day, it will be only gold (glory) & incense (fragrance) and unspeakable JOY. BEHOLD, I DO A NEW THING!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS! A NEW SEASON OF LIGHT!
In John 6:48-51 it reads in The Passion , "I AM the true Bread of Life. Your ancestors ate manna in the desert and died. But standing here before you is the true Bread that comes out of heaven, and when you eat this Bread you will never die. I alone am this living Bread that has come to you from heaven. Eat this Bread and you will live forever. The living Bread I give is my body, which I will offer as a sacrifice so that all may live." There is a difference between eternal life and living forever. The only reason I would die is if there is a record of sin in my DNA. I do not need to die, none of us do. But we need to undergo transformation by applying the body and blood of Jesus. The body and blood of Jesus carry the record of the DNA of God. We can age and die, or we can take the body and blood of Jesus within ourselves, and live forever!. Jesus says in John 6:58, "I am not like the bread your ancestors ate and later died. I am the living Bread that comes from heaven.