Ephesians 5:2 "Live a life of love just as Christ loved us and gave himself for us as a sweet-smelling offering and sacrifice to God."
It’s that time of year again we all know and love so well. Before Thanksgiving is over the stores are filling our minds with the excitement of the Christmas season, and as December 1 rolls around a different type of Spirit seems to fill the air, for now it is the season of giving and forgiving. People all around have taken a new personality or so it seems as we hear it said, peace on earth and good will to men.
Christmas is just around the corner again and as we take the next four blogs; I would like to use them as a time we can hear the story in a new way and find new hope and excitement for who Jesus really is and why He came to this world so long ago and what we have to look forward to as we enter a new year of uncertainty but with hope. Each blog will tell the story a little more and we will add some Christmas songs throughout to help bring the Christmas cheer this season.
Every year we celebrate this season because of one dramatic miracle that took place over 2,700 years ago. A virgin gave birth to a baby boy, and He just happened to be the Son of God. Billions of people around the world have said they believe the story is true. If Jesus really is who this Bible says He is, we ought to worship Him. We ought to praise, honor and adore Him. So, we have come again this year to study the whole matter afresh and anew. We will hear the story of the wonderful birth of Jesus, but the story won’t end there, we will also see how His promise has been fulfilled even until to today. As we do, my prayer is that we all will surely realize- He really is the reason for the season.
Once in a time, a long time ago, God determined to show LOVE to the world, in a way never before shown by sending his son Jesus.
It is a wonderful story!
It is a mystery, which unfolds before our eyes!
Let’s continue to see the story unfold as together we go to Bethlehem.
O Come All Ye Faithful:
O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant!
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem!
Come and behold him, born the King of angels.
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord!
O come all ye faithful…and year after year the faithful came; sadly, longingly, without a sign that God was about to fulfill the promise of the prophets. Year after year they tried to remain in their faith of deliverance, waiting, waiting for the Messiah to appear and lead them to the promised land; a land where they could live in peace, worshipping God in freedom and joy. They waited for the promise found in Micah 5:2-5a
“But you Bethlehem…though you are small…out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old. From ancient times. He will stand and Shepherd His flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the Lord his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. And he will be their peace.”
“Peace on earth, good will to men”. These words echo the thoughts and hopes in many of our hearts today. If there were an official motto for this Christmas season, that might well be it: “Peace on earth, good will to men.” But Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the author of those lyrics, didn’t make up that phrase. Those words are part of a story that began a long time ago.
More than 2,700 years ago, the prophet Isaiah declared: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)
O Little Town of Bethlehem
O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep, the silent stars go by;
yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light.
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.
How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is giv’n!
So, God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heav’n.
No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive him, still the dear Christ enters in.
God's love story is the sweeping account of God’s compassionate attempt to rescue lost and hurting people. The birth of Jesus is the beginning of a grand story of God’s love for mankind throughout the ages. God is love. God’s love is perfect. There’s nothing you could ever do to make Him love you any more than He does right now. And there’s nothing you could ever do to make Him love you any less. You’re not perfect, but His love for you is.
Stay tuned as we continue to learn more about the nativity and it’s story.
As we close this year I want to say thank you for all my faithful followers and readers as we have made it through another year. It has seen many ups and downs for all of us and this world has shown that we are ever changing and not always for the good. Although we all have faced challenges and loss we can always find the hope in Jesus and His promises that He is working all things out for our good and that no matter what we have faced or are facing, He is by our side walking with us and at times carrying us through the storms. Above all we all have been given the wonderful promise that when we stay faithful to Jesus, He will remain faithful to us and we will have a home with Him in heaven when He returns.
Let's continue our study through 1 Corinthians and seek more of what Jesus is teaching and grow ever closer to Him daily.
Study 13- 1 Corinthians 9:15-17- https://www.docdroid.net/xKOp4ga/1-corinthians-study-13-docx
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