Merry Christmas to All!!!!!
The word “Merry” according to Webster, means: “Cheerful, joyful, freshness, lightheartedness, good fellowship”
“Christmas” means: “commemorate’s the birth of Christ”
This special time of year is celebrated around the world. Our salvation has come.
Luke 2:11 “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
The reason for his coming was to die on the cross for our sins.
John 19:17-18 “And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha. Where they crucified him, and two others with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.”
John 19:40 “Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.”
His resurrection is celebrated around the world at Easter time. He had to raise from the dead to prove He was God and that He could conqueror death. And He proved it!!
Luke 24:2-6 ” And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. and as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen:…”
I Corinthians 15:3b-7 ” …how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures, and that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: after that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.”
Christ ascended unto heaven.
Acts 1:9-11 “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”
Wow! I am running ahead of myself in what I am wanting to share with you, but these verses that have been given to us, tells it all. I know we are celebrating Christmas and I know you are getting ready to open presents and have some super great family time. If you are like us, we wake up Christmas morning, hurry to grab that cup of coffee, a breakfast bar and sit near the Christmas tree, ready to open those wonderful gifts, given by loved ones and friends. We would always listen to someone read the Christmas story from Luke 2, that tells the story of Christ’s birth. Many of us have heard the story so many times that we can quote several of the verses from that passage. But it is a great way to begin Christmas morning.
After the presents are open, dad puts batteries in the various toys, mom starts preparing a small but healthier breakfast for the little ones, and the sound of Christmas is listening to the children playing and laughing with the special gift they were begging for when they were showing it to you in the toy store.
Now what? Yes, there is wrapping paper to pick up from the floor, dinner to prepare, family games to play and old Christmas movies or the Hallmark Channel to watch on TV.
Anything new pop out at you this Christmas season? Anything new to learn from, other than being determined that next year we are not going to spend so much money on gifts?
Perhaps we can learn something new this year from this old but truthful event celebrating Christmas:
1. Ask God to teach you something new from this great time of year.
Now when you ask Him, you have to keep your eyes and ears open to hear from Him. Remember, you may have to be still because He often speaks in a still small voice.
2. As you reminisce over the nativity, ask your self this question: If you could have been any person in that scene, who would you have wanted to be?
A. Mary, the mother of Jesus, who helped raise him, fed him, did his laundry, shared mom & child moments?
B. Shepherds, who were the first to hear the good news of Christ’s birth.
C. The Angels, that announced the birth.
D. Joseph, a loving husband who was very supportive, faithful, and provider. One who worked with Jesus in the carpenter’s shop.
Other than the angels, did you notice that God used ordinary people to fulfill His plan. Just ordinary folks like you and me?
That tells me that God can use us in His present and future plan, preparing and telling people of His 2nd coming. In the verses mentioned above in the book of Acts, Christ said he is coming again. We have been given by God, gifts, talents, His Word, and His message to share with people all around us that they must prepare to meet Him.
Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
Romans 10:9 “that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
Christ is returning!!
We will all be a part of this great event of His return.
Get Ready for Christ’s 2nd Arrival!!!!!
Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.