Denis Hart (6 Feb 2011)
"Chinese New Year - a sign?"

Chinese New Year - Year of the Rabbit
It is interesting that the word Rabbii (Teacher, Master), a name used often to refer to Jesus in his earthly ministry, is contained in the word Rabbit, with the final letter the symbol of the cross.  There are some interesting verses in Matthew 23:  7, 8 "And to be greeted with honour in the marketplaces and to have other people call them RABBI.  But you are not to be called RABBI, for you have ONE TEACHER.  And in John 3:2 we read "RABBI we know that You have come from God as a Teacher, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is withn him.  Perhaps most poignant of all is when Jesus meets Mary after His resurrection and Mary calls Him RABBONI - MY TEACHER (MASTER).  May our great Teacher and Master come!  Maranatha.      
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Denis Hart