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Merry Christmas
12/25/2012

And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:8-11 (NKJV)

Today, more than 160 countries celebrate Christmas.  Some will choose to follow the Julian calendar and celebrate on the 25th of December, while others use the Gregorian calendar and choose the 6th of January.  Most countries identify it as Christmas, while a few countries refer to it as “Family Day.”

Millions upon millions will send out Christmas cards—a tradition that started in Britain back in 1840—back when the first penny postal deliveries had just begun.  Back then, the cards would traditionally show religious pictures of Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus wrapped in His swaddling cloth—today they mostly are filled with jokes, pictures of Santa Claus, or some blissful scene representing a time gone past.

Some will choose to celebrate the true meaning of the birth of Jesus because they know who He is, and this day is taken as a chance to celebrate His birth—to say thank you to God for allowing the Savior to come to us.  The Prophet Micah gave prophecy of Jesus 500 years before His birth, saying,  “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting” (Micah 5:2).   

And the Prophet Isaiah gave prophecy of Him as well over 700 years prior to His birth saying, “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder.  And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever.  The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this” (Isa. 9:6-7).   

And while we will celebrate the Birth of Christ this Christmas, there are many others who will not even consider the true meaning of Christmas.  They will not attend Christmas services or give any thought to the significance of what this Holiday represents because they have never been told the true story.  

As you prepare to entertain family, and friends—before the rustling of presents starts, or the breaking of bread—take time to stop and reflect of the best present you have ever been given, and pray about sharing this gift with others. 

Let’s Pray:  Father, thank You for sending Your Son to us as a gift and a sacrifice.  Thank You for allowing Him to be a way for us to be reconciled unto You.  Thank You for allowing Him to be our Savior.  Give us the opportunity and the power to share Jesus with others this year.   In Jesus' precious name, amen…

I want to say Merry Christmas to you and your family today, and I would like you to join me in saying Happy Birthday Jesus.

May God richly bless you and your family this day…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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