December 2014 ENewsletter “Christmas Blessings to All”

As Christmas approaches let us never forget the true meaning!

The historic record of the birth of Christ can be found in Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 2:1-20.

Unlike any other baby, the one born that night in Bethlehem was unique in all of history. He was not created by a human father. He had a Heavenly pre-existence (John 1:1-3, 14). He is God, the Son—Creator of the universe (Philippians 2:5-11). This is why Christmas is called the incarnation, a word which means “in the flesh.” In the birth of Jesus, the eternal, all-powerful and all-knowing Creator came to earth in the flesh.

Why would God do such a thing? Why would He come as a baby, instead of appearing in power and majesty? Why make Himself a true man and live among us, when He knew full well how terribly He would be treated?

It was LOVE! It was necessary, if we are to be saved!

 “And Joseph also went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the town of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his espoused (married) wife, who was about to become a mother. And while they were there, the time came for her delivery, and she gave birth to her Son, her Firstborn; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room or place for them in the inn. And in that vicinity there were shepherds living [out under the open sky] in the field, watching [in shifts] over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone all about them, and they were terribly frightened.  But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people. For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord!”  Luke 2:4-11 (Amp)

 “When they had listened to the king(Herod), they went their way, and behold, the star which had been seen in the east in its rising went before them until it came and stood over the place where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they were thrilled with ecstatic joy. And on going into the house, they saw the Child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then opening their treasure bags, they presented to Him gifts–gold and frankincense and myrrh.” Matt 2:9-11 (Amp)

 Could this be a representation of the very first Christmas?

 They brought Him (Gold to Honor Him for He is the King of kings)!

They brought Him (Frankincense in Honor of Him being our High Priest)!

They brought Him (Myrrh in preparation for His Burial) Ultimately His Glorious Resurrection!

 The question is what do we give the Creator of the Universe, The Only Begotten Son, The Faithful and True Witness, The I Am, The Lion of the Tribe of Judah, The Lamb of God, The Author and Finisher of our Faith, The Anchor, The Way, the Truth and Life, etc.?

 Do we give Him a heart of repentance? A Love for Him that transcends our heart, mind and soul? A love for our neighbor? Worship that’s in Spirit and Truth? Do we strive for Unity of His Body? Forgiveness of the brethren?

 

What will you give to Jesus the Christ this Christmas?

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