Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

I've been talking for weeks about how this is my most favorite season. I love the traditions, the fun, the family aspect of it all. Most importantly, though, this season points me to Jesus. He is the most crucial part of my life and I am grateful to celebrate His coming every day throughout the year.

If you have been reading my blog and wonder what is different about my friends, family, and myself; if you want what we have--you have only to look to Jesus. Our joy is in Him. Our hope is in Him.

The most beautiful rendition of Christmas Traditions can be found in the Bible--in Luke 2.

It says the following:

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should beregistered. This was the first registration when[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,[b]who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 Andthis will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”[c]
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version)

And this Jesus, He grew to become fully man. He taught, He loved, He performed miracles. He was fully God in flesh here on earth. He became man for us. Ultimately, He became a sacrifice for each and every one of our sins. He was crucified on a cross--a horrific death--but one that fulfills prophecy. Majestically, though, the story does not end at His birth; it does not end at His death. The story is still continuing because three days after His assured death, Jesus Christ conquered the grave. He arose and is seated today at the right hand of God the Father in heaven. 
He wants to be your advocate to heaven, your advocate to God. He paid the price for all of the bad things you have ever done, you need only to accept Him.
If this message, this true, beautiful, most important message resonates in your heart for the first time--I ask you to please contact me. I will be more than happy to talk more about it with you. There is nothing greater than Christ!
My prayer is that each of you come to know and understand the true joy of Christmas!


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