The Conductor

24 Dec

Kathryn Hauser’s Special Reflection for Christmas Eve on 24 Dec 2013
The Conductor
Lord God, we are a people who have been walking in darkness and we have seen Your great Light. (Isa 9:2) Is it not like walking to an evening concert? Upon us Light has already shined (like a spotlight!), to those who live in a land of deep darkness. (v 2) Now we are like the audience waiting for the symphony to begin. The lights are low and the anticipation is high. Father, You have already multiplied the nation (v 3) of believers. You have increased our joy! (v 3)
Rev 14:2 And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.
We rejoice before You as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. (Isa 9:3) We sing a New Song, for we have overcome by the blood of the Lamb, for we did not defile ourselves in this journey. (Rev 14:4) We were His firstfruits. (v 4) We didn’t lie. (v 5) You, God, have broken the yoke of our burdens (Isa 9:4), lifted the bar across our shoulders (v 4), and removed the rod of our oppressor. (v 4) All the boots of the trampling warriors were “burned” as fuel for the spiritual “fire.” (v 5) All the spiritual garments rolled in spiritual ‘blood” have also been “burned” as fuel for the holy fire. (Isa 9:5)
Rev 14:20 They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and [spiritual] blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia.
Lightened from our burdens, we can dance with the Fruit of the [divine] Loom!
Rev 14:18 Still another angel, who had charge of the [spiritual] fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, “Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine, because its grapes are ripe.”
Grapes don’t have to be sour. Some are quite sweet! The same is true for notes. Just like Lance Wallnau said, “Tuning up sounds like CHAOS until the Conductor arrives.” (Facebook, 23 Dec 13) We are here. The baton of the Conductor is poised and in the ready. He has tapped the music stand three times. His arms are raised. He counts out the rhythm to the musicians with his lips: Fear God, love Him, respect Him, and give Him glory! Worship Him! (Rev 14:7) And His arms come down and draw out the first note with purity and tenderness and great Love which swell into the whole concert hall:
Isa 9:6 For a child has been born for us, a Son given to us; authority rests upon His shoulders; and He is named:
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.
His [!] authority will grow continually (v 7) from now on. There will be endless peace for the throne of David and His kingdom.
Rev 4:6a Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.
You, Jesus, will establish and uphold it with justice and righteousness. (Isa 9:7)
Rev 4:6b In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back.
God sees. Justice and righteousness will rule from this time onward and forevermore. (Isa 9:7)
Rev 19:7 Let us rejoice and be glad
and give Him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and His bride has made herself ready.
The Zeal of the Lord will do this! (Isa 9:7) How? Tune in to Jesus!
“Do not be afraid!” Jesus told us at the beginning:
Rev 1:17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. Then He placed His right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
“Do not worship another!” we were told in the middle:
Rev 19:10 At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.”
“Do not be afraid!” we are told at the harvest:
Luke 2:10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see–I am bringing you Good News of great joy for all the people:
Jesus came in the flesh (v 7), even though there was no room for Him. (v 7) How prophetic! Just like our lives! But shepherds were living in the fields (v 8), keeping watch (v 8) and listening for the symphony to begin. They were keeping watch just as spiritual shepherds keep watch over their flocks today.
Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. (v 9) And the same thing happened to today’s spiritual shepherds. And the sign today? (v 12) Jesus is within us to transform us from the inside out. It’s a partnership thing. (There’s your sign!) To proclaim the eternal Gospel (Rev 14:6) we can’t just watch and expect this to be an incarnate journey while remaining spectators. Nor does the mission of reconciliation start with M for might, but with M for meek. Power and authority are on HIS shoulders! (Isa 9:6) I make a point of bringing this up here and now, because every single time the spiritual shepherds and I have reached this juncture in every single learning curve loop and they haven’t known how to pigeon-hole me, they dive into more teachings on power and authority! And it happened again this week. So? The finger gets pointed back to God! Jesus is The Conductor of this symphony, and He has both power and authority. He set them aside to draw forth the music of the musicians. The New Song (Rev 14) of Reconciliation goes forth as our Great Conductor coaxes with His baton! Hark! The symphony has begun!
The turn of events at our intersection in this time-space continuum leads us to the same directives as the angels gave in Jesus’ day. There suddenly appears an angel with the multitude of the heavenly host praising God [!]:
Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom He favors!”
Sound familiar?
Rev 7:9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God [!],
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God [!], 12 saying:
“Amen!
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God [!] for ever and ever.
Amen!”
Back in The Day, the shepherds went to check out Jesus. (Lk 2:16) Then they went out and shared their experiences. (v 17) Do today’s spiritual shepherds do the same? Some. Anyone who hears an authentic story is still amazed. (v 18)
And Mary? She treasures all these words and ponders them in her heart. (v 19) Even the shepherds did finally return (v 20), glorifying and praising God for all they had seen and heard, as it had been told them. (v 20) They reported back the Good News as Mary held Jesus to her chest there in the barn.
This is the same commission for the Church-as-Bride! Show and tell!
Merry Christ to the masses! Yeeeeeeh Haw! ! ! ! ! ! !

Christmas Eve Nativity of the Lord Proper I for 24 Dec 13 Gospel: Luke 2:1-20
Isaiah 9:2-7
9:2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined.

9:3 You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder.

9:4 For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.

9:5 For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire.

9:6 For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

9:7 His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

Psalm 96
96:1 O sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.

96:2 Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.

96:3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples.

96:4 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be revered above all gods.

96:5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.

96:6 Honor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

96:7 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

96:8 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts.

96:9 Worship the LORD in holy splendor; tremble before him, all the earth.

96:10 Say among the nations, “The LORD is king! The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved. He will judge the peoples with equity.”

96:11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

96:12 let the field exult, and everything in it. Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy

96:13 before the LORD; for he is coming, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with his truth.

Titus 2:11-14
2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all,

2:12 training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly,

2:13 while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

2:14 He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.

Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)
2:1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.

2:2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.

2:3 All went to their own towns to be registered.

2:4 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David.

2:5 He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.

2:6 While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.

2:7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

2:8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.

2:9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

2:10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see–I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:

2:11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.

2:12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.”

2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,

2:14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

2:15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”

2:16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.

2:17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child;

2:18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.

2:19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.

2:20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

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