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The Christmas Story

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The Christmas Story

As found in the Holy Bible, in the book of Luke.

Christmas storyThe story of the Birth of Christ Jesus

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“About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was the governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s hometown, for the census. As a decendant of David he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancee, who was pregnant.

While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped Him in a blanket and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the hostel.

There were shepherds camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”

At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises: “Glory to God in the heavenly heights; Peace to all men and women on earth who please Him.”

As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the shepherds talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the shepherds were impressed.

Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The shepherds returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!”  (Luke 2:1-20).

christmas storyIt was a simple scene that first Christmas – a rough room, a young couple and nothing but a feeding trough to put the child in. It was probably quite cold and with family far away there was little help. Not exactly the Hallmark moment we like to show in Christmas pageants. And yet this rustic scene marked the greatest event in the history of mankind.

God’s Son became human and came to earth to save us. God had promised to send a Messiah, one who would save His people. He could have easily burst on the scene as a full grown man, a seven foot warrior with fiery eyes and arms of steel. This was what many people were looking for, but it wasn’t how God did it. He arrived in the arms of a young girl. He was, as another of our authors put it, “a very small package, wrapped in rags, given from the heart of God. The perfect gift.”

God gave His only Son to die in our place so that we, in all our brokenness, could know forgiveness. He came so that we could know what love feels like, real love – love that never leaves, love that never disappoints, love that is never betrayed. He sent His Son into a corrupted world to bring us hope.

How are you doing this Christmas?
Are you having a hard time finding hope in the world? Are you having a hard time finding peace? It doesn’t have to be that way. You can have peace and find hope and know forgiveness through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer. Praying is simply talking to God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. Here’s a suggested prayer:

Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to You and ask You to come in as my Saviour and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Bring peace to my world this Christmas. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.

From: thoughts-about-God.com

Finding no fault in Him

John 19:4, Pilate said, ” I find no fault in this man.” Today’s way of doing things is to look for someone at fault. You know, someone to blame. Like, someone to take our blame even though we know the truth. Can you imagine Jesus standing before Pilate and Pilate having the courage to come out to the leaders of Israel and say basically he’s done nothing wrong? It would be nice to hear someone say I did it! It was my fault don’t punish an innocent man concerning things of our present life.

The part about Pilate being brave is that he knows the Jews will take their claim to Caesar if possible. This could be bad for the new Governor. However, maybe he was changed by a moment with Jesus. That moment may have given him the courage to state the truth. I like to think so. Pilate did the right thing and then the wrong thing. He washed his hands and turned Jesus over to a mob.

Remember, we can find strength and courage in the Lord. We can say I messed up and I know God will help me to do better next time. Jesus will one day say to you if you believe, “I find no fault in you.” He can say that because he took your faults and sins away the moment you trusted him for your salvation.

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A Powerful Truth from the Lord

John 11:25: Jesus said, ” I am the resurrection and the life.” This is one of the most powerful sentences in all of creation. Jesus was talking to Martha the sister of Lazarus a friend of Jesus who had died. Martha and Mary felt that if he would have come sooner their brother would have been healed and would not have died. When Martha mentioned that she would see him at the resurrection. Jesus said, ” I am the resurrection and the life.”

Whenever tragedy strikes, or life gets out of control, we must remember that there is someone who is in control. God knows how to calm the situation and settle the turbulence that is present. Jesus, who is the life, is able to help you.

Imagine the look on the face of Martha when Jesus said,” Lazarus come forth” The Sanhedrin spies that always followed Jesus saw the one they knew was dead be brought back to life by the power of God. This same power is able to help you throughout life.

When the spies carried this news back to the Pharisees, the leaders of Israel sought all the more to arrest him out of fear.

Jesus lives and loves you and will always be with you throughout life.

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