Emmanuel

Isaiah 9:6  “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Matthew 1:23 “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

Luke 2:11 “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”

Jewish history records the birth of a man named Yehoshua to a virgin named Miriam and her husband Yosef.  She was thought to have conceived this child in fornication.  Yosef too believed this, and was disposed to put her away until an angel appeared to him and said,  “Yosef, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Miriam thy wife:  for that which is conceived in her is of the Ruach ha Kodesh.”  Matthew 1:20

Yehoshua is the Hebrew name for Jesus, He is a divider of families and cultures.  A decision must be made, we will all make a choice.   The question we must ask ourselves is:  Who is this man?  Is He the Son of God as it is written and believed on among Christian people?  Is He simply a good man, a teacher or a prophet as many religions teach?

Christmas, the time of the calendar year when Christian people of all nations remember the birth of this child.  Each year there is increasing hostility against Him and those who hold to faith in Jesus.

What to do?

“My Beloved is mine, and I am His.”  Song of Solomon 2:16

“As He is so are we…in this world.”   I John 4:17

“When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.”  Matthew 9:36

We must humbly come to the Lord and ask that we may be filled with the love and compassion that He has.  Out of that infilling we will do the will of the Father as He did.  John 5:19

When you go out and about during this season, I want to put you in mind of a truth that will keep you from feeling resentful, being sarcastic or being religious.   When a store clerk, a waitress or some other person serving you says, “Happy Holidays”, don’t be offended.  You are being served, the person has most likely been instructed what to say and they don’t want to lose their job.

The etymology of the word Holiday is Holy Day.  Was it not a Holy Day when the Savior was born into this world?  One of the meanings of  Holy is, “set apart for sacred use.”  Instead of being offended, you can smile and say, “A Happy Holy day to you too.”  People know that Christmas is about Jesus birth, at least here in America they do.  There is a fight over having a manger scene somewhere in America every Christmas season.

Someone once said that we will be asked one question when we stand before God, the righteous judge, “What did you do with this man called Jesus?”

Jesus still makes the news.  He is the King over the Kingdom of Light and Light dispels darkness, it cannot be hidden.

Matthew 5:14  “You are the light of the world.  A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.”

Let you light shine!  Love like Jesus loves!  Give the world a smile, they need it.

Merry Christmas!

Joy

 

 

 

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