Monday, December 24, 2012

Word of the Day... December 24, 2012



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. Isaiah 9:6

When we read the Christmas story our minds are filled with the traditions that came from Hollywood and Christmas cards.  I love all of the beautiful Christmas traditions that we have.  They are a part of what makes us look forward to Christmas every year.  I can’t imagine anyone who doesn’t love the song Silent Night and what our mind imagines when we sing that song.


Was the night Jesus was born a silent one?  After reading the account in the Bible it seemed like a really noisy night.  Bethlehem was loaded with people, angels were appearing before shepherds and the shepherds were out looking for the Savior of the world.


It was so busy that night that when Mary and Joseph arrived in town there was no place for them to stay.  She had to stay in a cave like place at nine months pregnant and bring her Son (who just happened to be God) into the world.


Either way, when Jesus Christ, the King of kings, was born, nobody cared. The people of Bethlehem were just too preoccupied with the government edict and their own busy schedules to notice. And doesn't that sound a lot like today? Jesus would love to have a place of prominence in people's lives and hearts during this season of the year. But, for the most part, we're too busy. We live in a culture that respects busyness, but sometimes that crowds out the most important things of life, like a relationship with God.


These shepherds are great examples for us. They received the word about Christ by faith. The angel said it happened, and they believed it. Then they responded immediately and just went and followed that star until they found Him.


A lot of people go to church week after week, and they hear sermons, and see changed lives around them and the commitments that people have made...but they never check it out themselves, and they never allow Jesus to change their lives. Then they wonder why their lives aren’t changed. That's a pity. They only need to ask and their lives would be changed forever!!!


Jesus Christ came out of heaven to lie in a manger. And one day, He would hang on a cross, as God dealt with our deepest issue, the need to have our sins forgiven. He gave His life for you.  This Christmas I think it is really important that we share the love of Jesus with others, so that they can experience the real joy of Christmas.  I wish God’s blessings on you all.  May you all have a Simply Heavenly Christmas Eve!!!




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