The Lord had spoken by the Prophet:
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means – God with us.)
But Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.
But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying – “Joseph, Son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Ghost” So, Joseph took his wife but knew her not until she had given birth to her firstborn son –Jesus.
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying –“Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth PEACE to those on whom his favour rests”
Once again, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said: “Rise, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child to destroy him”
And the voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall become straight, and the rough places shall become level ways, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God”
And it was on a cold and frostry night some 2000+ years ago that a child is born of a woman in a poor carpenter’s family – lying in a manger! Born under the law and baptized according to the law, fully human – tempted and tried in everyway just like us – in the likeness of sinful flesh in order that he might become a Merciful and Faithful High Priest in service to God – Understanding our weaknesses!
“For truly, I say to you, Many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it”
Therefore, on which date and how many days are we supposed to celebrate Christmas?
We are to celebrate Christmas on His DoB: 18th December. Time: 5.30 AM .And for 3 days!
Why 3 days? Because “Divine Trinity” is what the Almighty is!
- The Father
- The Son
- The Holy Ghost
So, celebrate Christmas from 18th December – 20th December every year!
But then, the Son of Man came eating and drinking and they say – “Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners”
Yet he calls – “ Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”
Jesus declares- “ Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death”
The jews said to him – “Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets,yet you say, ‘ if anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death’
“Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be? You are not yet 50 years old” they said to him, “ and you have seen Abraham?”
“Very truly I tell you” Jesus answered, “Before Abraham was born, I am.”
And I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?
“We are not stoning you for any good work” they replied: “but for blasphemy because you, a mere man, claim to be God” Even his family went out to seize him for they were saying – “He is out of his mind”
He once asked his disciples – “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said: “ Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets”
He said to his disciples, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied: “You are the Christ, the son of the living God”
And Jesus answered him: “Blessed are you, Simon Peter! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father, who is in heaven”
So, Jesus said: “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven”
Jesus had said: “The world is a bridge. Pass over it, but do not settle down on it”
Jesus said: “The Kingdom of Light is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and threw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
And then, he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm! And the men marvelled, saying –“ What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?
And they wondered: “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”
Then, Jesus said to them: “ A prophet is not without honor except in his home town and in his own household”
“Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no where to lay his head here on Earth”
And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their Unbelief.
When anyone hears the message about the Kingdom of Light and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their hearts!
“By the Rivers of Babylon we sat and wept
When we remembered Zion.
There on the Poplars, we hung our harps
For there our captors asked us for songs!
Our tormentors demanded songs of joy!
They said: “Sing us one of the songs of Zion”
How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a Foreign land?”
I guess I wanted others to understand that God’s Kingdom of Light is open to us all, that his mercy is for everyone. We can never forget what it was like to be lost. And to be found! When the moment comes, you will have the strength to do what is right. For where Sin abounds, Grace abounds more.
Wishing you and your family – A Merry Christmas! And a Happy and Prosperous New Year, 2019.
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