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Christmas Day

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 (NIV)

Merry Christmas! 

What a beautiful day it is.  It is a day that we, as Christians choose to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  We really don’t know what day Jesus was born, but In 336 A.D., the Western Church, based in Rome, chose December 25 to celebrate as Christmas, meaning "Christ's Mass." The Eastern Church chose January 6. The day was named Epiphany, meaning "appearance." Eventually the period from December 25 to January 6 became known as the Twelve Days of Christmas.

The Prophet of God, Isaiah spoke of Jesus’ birth roughly 700 years before it transpired, when he said, For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called   Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

We then see this prophesy coming true in the Book of Matthew when an Angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him that his wife Mary would in fact be having a child.

And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 (NKJV)

Isaiah wrote the child would be called Immanuel, which means, “God with us.”  This was to be His descriptive title of His earthly ministry.  And we see in Matthew 1:21, and in Luke 1:31, the Angel Gabriel visited Mary and told her to give the name Jesus to Him.  

“Jesus” is the Greek form of “Joshua,” which means either “The LORD is salvation,” or “The LORD saves.”

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (NKJV)

Jesus came to this world, and He was born in a manger—He was willing to lay down his life for all of us.  He is the Christ who died to save us from our sin (Rom. 6:10).  We cannot save ourselves.  He is willing to save all those who turn from their sin and come to Him.  Salvation is from God alone—No amount of good works can save us, nor can we earn it.

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to Acts 4:12, what can we learn about Jesus?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: God has given each of us the gift of Jesus.  Have you opened your gift and received Him into your heart to be your Savior, your Lord, and your friend?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s share the message of who Jesus is, and what He means to us with those whom God has laid upon our hearts, and has brought into our lives.  Let’s not allow our own inabilities to stop us from sharing this message.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank you for loving us so much.  Thank You for Your amazing grace.  Help us to share Jesus with others today Lord, so they might know of His love for them.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Merry Christmas my brothers and sisters, and May God richly bless you this day.


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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