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Coming Soon Book Study: Chapter 9, Part II: The New Creation…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on March 11, 2013

"Clothe yourselves with humility...Cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you.

“Clothe yourselves with humility…Cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you.

Updated: 3/15/13  With a Special Report about our new pope, Pope Francis.  A good watch. =-)

This post is purposefully short.

CHRISTIAN PRAYER: Tuesday, Evening Prayer, Week III: READING: Romans 12: 9-12 (emphasis added)

Your love must be sincere. Detest what is evil, cling to what is good.  Love one another with the affection of brothers.  Anticipate each other in showing respect.  Do not grow slack but be fervent in spirit; He whom you serve is the LordRejoice in hope, be patient under trial, persevere in prayer.

The Word of the Lord … Thanks be to God!

RESPONSORY: Through all eternity, O Lord, Your promise stands unshaken.

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THE NEW CREATION

"God showed His LOVE for us in that why we were still sinners, Christ died for us." ~Romans 5:8

“God showed His LOVE for us in that why we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” ~Romans 5:8

Jesus as the NEW ADAM…

St. Paul tells us, “…sin came into the world through one man and death through sin… as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men.” (Rom 5: 12, 18)

Thus it is written, ‘The first man Adam became a living being’; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit…The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven… Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.” (1Cor 15: 45, 47, 49)

We are destined to become a NEW CREATION in Christ (cf. 2Cor 5: 17)

St. John tells us the same thing throughout his Gospel as well as in Revelation when he speaks about things “in the beginning”.  Here are just a few parallels between John’s Gospel and the book of Genesis:

Both start, ‘In the beginning’; both speak of ‘life’, ‘light’, and ‘darkness’; Genesis describes God’s Spirit moving over the waters [while] John describes the Spirit hovering over Jesus in the waters of the Jordan [at His baptism].” (Barber, 152)

However, these are not the most interesting parallels! There exists others that really can set a mind-a-boggling over the “connectiveness” of the Word of God who became flesh – Jesus.

Genesis has how many days for creation?  Seven days, right?  Well, check this out! In John’s Gospel he describes four days that conclude with “on the third day” which is actually three days after the fourth day  when Jesus calls Philip, cf. Jn 1:43-51 – making it quite literally the Seventh Day, the day that God rested because all of creation was NEW.

Before we delve into this, here is the chapter/verse break-up of the days leading up to that final day seven (aka. The Third Day)(Barber, 153) :

DAY 1: Jn 1: 1-28 “In the beginning…

DAY 2: Jn 1: 29-34 “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

DAY 3: Jn 1: 35-42 “[Andrew] brought [Simon Peter] to Jesus. Jesus looked at him, and said, ‘So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas’ ” *from the word for rock in Aramaic and Greek, respectively.

DAY 4: Jn 1: 43-51 “Jesus…found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow Me.’ … Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, ‘Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!’

THREE DAYS LATER – SEVENTH DAY- Marriage Feast in Cana: Jn 2: 1-11

Son, they have no more wine... Do whatever He tells you.

Son, they have no more wine… Do whatever He tells you.

Why is this so important?  What’s all the fuss that a wedding should occur SEVEN DAYS after Jesus began gathering His Apostles and His public ministry?  Because a MARRIAGE is ALWAYS a NEW BEGINNING, a new creation if you will.  Two people, man and woman, are joined together into ONE FLESH making a NEW CREATION (cf. Gen 2:24).

Not only that, Jesus used this NEW BEGINNING to perform His FIRST public miracle, changing water into wine.  But not just any wine and not just using any old jugs either!  Let me show you what I mean.

When guests arrive at any Jewish home they purify themselves by washing their feet.  This same ritual holds even more significance at a wedding because it symbolizes the guests purifying themselves for this solemn event making themselves clean for this New Creation of the Bride and Groom becoming ONE FLESH.  So, at the entrance there are 30 to 40 fifty gallon stone jugs full of water that will be poured upon the guest’s feet as they enter the wedding feast (cf. Num 19:12)

Jesus USED THESE JUGS.  The same jugs USED TO PURIFY THE GUESTS was now being used to make NEW WINE unlike anything anyone has ever tasted before.  This NEW WINE is a symbol of the NEW LIFE Christ intends to bring to His wayward creation.  Not only that but this New Adam enlists the assistance of His mother, the New Eve – that is MARY the Mother of God. 

After all, it was Mary who first noticed that the wedding party had run out of wine – a serious oversight in the culture of that day

When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, ‘They have no more wine.’ (Jn 2:3)

Though Jesus’ response does not read favorable, His mother’s words call Him into action when she turns to the servers and says to them (and to us as well, I might add)…

Do whatever He tells you.” (Jn 2:5)

And so Jesus tells them to fill those jugs back up with water, “draw some out and take it to the head waiter and when that head water tasted the water that had become wine, he called the bridegroom over and paid him the highest compliment any bridegroom of this society could ever receive…

Everyone serves the good wine first, and when men have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.” (Jn 2:10)

***I’ve attached a link to a paper I once wrote for a bible class when I did my Masters that gives further explanation if you want to expand your knowledge on the full significance of this remarkable wedding feast.***

Again, this was the beginning of all Jesus would accomplish during His public ministry and concluding with His Passion, death, and Resurrection.

“… John uses the context [of this passage] to reveal Jesus and Mary’s role in the NEW CREATION. Jesus addresses His mother as ‘woman’ (Jn 2:4), reminiscent of Eve in the Genesis story.  Jesus is even referred to as the ‘Bridegroom’ in the next chapter (Jn 3:29).  [Thus] John is showing us that Jesus is the NEW Adam and Mary is the NEW Eve.” (Barber, 153-54, emphasis added)

Through their obedience to the Will of the Father, we have NEW LIFE.  Mary said YES to God and Jesus came forth from her womb.  Jesus fulfilled the Will of the Father and won for us an inheritance…

For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous… so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:19, 21)

For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1Cor 15:22)

John’s theological picture of Mary fulfills the Old Testament types like ‘Daughter Zion’ (cf. Is 62:5), and accumulated into one picture of the ‘Bride of Christ – the Church – and the ‘Woman’ – the New Eve. 

Thus she is also the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy as the, “mother of the Davidic King [Christ], but also the bride of the Son of David (Barber, 154).  Which brings us full circle.

A BRIEF RETURN TO THE ROYAL – QUEEN OF HEAVEN

A great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun...

A great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun…

Revelation 12: 1c “…and on her head a crown of twelve stars

Recall that the King of Israel was a son of David.  But who was the queen? Immediately, you might think that it must have been the wife of the son of David.  But that would have gotten complicated, since Solomon, a son of David, had many wives – 700 of them (1Kings 11:3)!  Instead, the queen was always the mother of the king.  And her role was VERY IMPORTANT. She symbolized THE UNITY of the Davidic line.  In fact, when the Chronicler mentions each new Davidic king, he almost always identifies the Queen Mother(see footnote 15 for the long list in 2Chronicles where they are mentioned).  (Barber, 155, emphasis added)

If you go and read the account of Solomon with his mother, Bathsheba, you will come to understand just how revered she was.  In fact, in this account – found in 1Kings 2: 13-35 – the reader will discover that those who wanted anything from the king would go to the MOTHER to ask HER to ask for the favor.  And why not?  She IS seated at his right hand!

So when Jesus tells the mother of James and John, You do not know what you are asking, (Mt 20:22), after she requested that one be on His right hand and the other at His left in His kingdom;  He wasn’t just saying that without the direct connect to Sacred Tradition.

The Queen ALWAYS SITS at the King’s RIGHT HAND.  This spot is reserved for the Queen of Heaven, the Mother of Jesus, that is Mary.  And who sits at Jesus’ left?

So then the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the RIGHT HAND OF GOD.” (Mk 16:19)

God the Father is at Jesus’ left and His Mother is at His right.  WOW!  What a POWERFUL line of INTERCESSION we have!!!  We can come to the Mother of the King of Heaven, who will intercede on our behalf with her Son who will in turn bring us DIRECTLY to the Father.  Could anything be made more simple?

The Second Psalm speaks of the coming King, the Messiah, the only Son of God, “You are My Son, today I have begotten you.  Ask of Me, and I will make the nations Your heritage, and the ends of the earth Your possession.

Given this Davidic background, we should not be surprised that the mother of the Davidic King is presented as a Queen, crowned with twelve stars.  She IS the DAVIDIC QUEEN MOTHER, raised up by GRACE [Lk 1:28], and GLORIFIED BY HER SON.” (Ibid., emphasis added)

After all, did not Jesus as the Word of God say, “You shall honor your mother and your father” ? (Deut. 5:16)

CHRISTIAN PRAYER: Thursday, Evening Prayer: READING: James 4:7-10 (emphasis added with commentary)

Submit to God; resist the devil and he will take flight

Jesus said to him, ‘Begone, Satan! for it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.’ Then the devil left Him…” (Mt. 4:10, 11a)

Draw close to God, and He will draw close to you

Cleanse your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, you backsliders.  Begin to lament, to morn, and to weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into sorrow. 

Be humbled in the sight of the Lord and HE WILL RAISE YOU ON HIGH.

The Word of the Lord … Thanks be to God!

RESPONSORY: To You, O Lord, I make my prayer for mercy!

And Let us Implore the Assistance of our Queen:

Hail, Mary, Full of Grace!

Hail, Mary, Full of Grace!

Mary, Mother of God (cf. Lk 1:32, 35),

Queen of Heaven (Rev 12:1),

Seat of Wisdom (cf. Prov 8:1-9:6; Sir 24;  CCC§721),

Spouse of the Holy Spirit (Lk 1:31, 35), please PRAY FOR US!

UpNext

UP NEXT…

The Dragon…

Recommended Reading:

Our Lenten Season Reflections

The Sign of the Cross

What Does it Mean to be Reconciled?Need Forgiveness?  This is the place to start!

Recommended Readings from Mark Mallett

Three Days of Darkness

Turing Away From Sin

The Heart of a New Revolution

The Pope: Thermometer of Apostasy

A Black Pope? – A MUST READ!

Possible or Not? – a compliment to the above writing…

The Hour of the Laity 

Living the Dream  A MUST READ!

Book Study

Chapter 9, Part I

Chapter 8, Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV

Chapter 7

Chapter 6 Part I and Part II

Chapter 5 Part I and Part II

Chapter 4: Part I: Revealing the Son of Man
Chapter 4: Part II: Coming on the Clouds

Chapter 3: Heavenly Liturgy and the Holy Mass

Chapter 2: 4 Senses of Sacred Scripture

Coming Soon: An Introduction

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