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TITLE: The Crown Prince Left the Palace
By Jim Oates

A Bible Study. All scripture taken from NIV.
The apostle John describes the heavenly city in all its magnificence as it possesses the glory of God.

In Rev.21:11, John describes this marvelous city; It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. Also in verse 18 we read, the wall was made of pure jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. We also read that the ten foundations of the walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone imaginable and many we can’t even imagine. As well the twelve city gates were each made of a single pearl.

The walls are studded with precious stones and the streets are lined with gold.
Here on earth we think gold is something to be valued above most other metals but in
Heaven it is used as building material; the roads are paved with it, here on earth we use concrete.

God has a much higher standard than we earthlings; I wonder what is considered valuable in heaven?

While reading the book of Malachi, I discovered in chapter 3 and verse 16 and 17, then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll was written in His presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored His name. “They will be mine,” says the Lord Almighty, “in the day when I take up my treasured possessions.” Imagine, God treasures us far above all that you and I hold dear on earth. We are The Father’s most precious treasure.

God, The Father, is King of Heaven and all creation. Jesus, His Son, is the Prince and heir to the throne.

Use your imagination with me as we think about Jesus’ position before the first Christmas. The splendor of the Heavenly City is beyond our imagination but what do you think the Royal Palace may have been like? The only thing I can relate it to is the royalty in Britain and Europe, which must pale in comparison. There must have been servants at every turn; servants, who did their jobs out of love rather than for their wages. The Crown Prince could have commanded anything and a host of loyal servants who we call angels, would be ready and willing to carry out His every wish. Can you imagine the fabulous meals they must have had? Everything was absolute splendor and everything was at His beck and call.

The King took the Prince into His confidence one day and they decided to create the universe and our world. The Prince gave the word and everything was created. Imagine the power He must have had. The bible says that He holds the universe in His hands. What a huge and magnificent person He must be.

Sin came into the world.
Adam and Eve were banished from Paradise.

The King and the Prince had another heart to heart talk. The King said “We must make a way of redemption, We have got to bring them back, because I love them.”

“I love them too Father,” The Prince said. “Let me go to them to make a way.” As we read John 3:16, we discover, God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

This must have been a difficult decision to make. The Prince of Glory allowed Himself to be reduced from that great magnificent being that He was, to become the sperm that was to impregnate the Virgin Mary.

Oh! Wonder of wonders!
I like Philippians 2:8, where it says about Jesus, – And being found in the appearance as a man He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.

It staggers my mind to think of where He came from and where He came to. Before He left Heaven the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary (Luke 1:31) and said, “You Have found favour with God and behold you shall conceive in your womb and give birth to a son and you shall call His name Jesus. This is His name in Greek, in Hebrew His
name would have been Joshua, which means Jehovah saves.

In Matthew 1:20 and 21, the angel also spoke to Joseph and told him about Mary’s baby. “You will call His name Jesus, (why), for He will save His people from their sins.” He was called Jesus just as He was named by the angel.

In Romans 8:3, we read -- God sent His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh. Oh, what marvelous love! Sinful flesh, just like me -- just like you. In Genesis we read that man was made in the likeness of God. Here we see that God was made in our likeness.

Don’t you think He should be PRAISED? I have to agree with and join in with those people mentioned in Philippians 2:10 --And at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow in Heaven and in earth and under the earth and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
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