A Christmas Message
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His Name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).
The above verse foretells the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. The word “Immanuel” means “God with us.” We read in the Gospel of Matthew that the Angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph and said the following:
“And she (Mary) shall bring forth a Son, and you shall call His Name Jesus (Savior): for He shall save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
We celebrate the birth of Jesus at this time each year. He came to us as a babe in a manger, born of a virgin, and born in Bethlehem. The Old Testament Book of Micah foretold his birthplace and that He would be from everlasting, or in other words; “God with us” as the following verse from Micah states:
But you Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall He come forth unto me Who is to be ruler in Israel. Whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” (Micah 5:2).
The Old Testament had many prophecies that foretold the coming of Jesus. And as we celebrate the birth of Jesus at this time each year; we also witness the beginning of an incredible story, also foretold, that resulted in the crucifixion and resurrection of the One that was born into this world specifically for that purpose. He came to die that we might live.
The miracle of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ should be our focus as we celebrate Christmas this year. The Lord saw our need and left His home in glory to become man and dwell among us. This baby born in the manger in Bethlehem to a virgin was “God with us” and His coming was planned by the Godhead in eternity past as the following verse confirms:
“Who (Jesus) verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you” I Peter 1:20).
The Lord was foreordained by God to come as a babe in a manger to be our savior. He did it all for you and me. This Christmas with all the holiday cheer and with all the wonder and beauty of Christmas, let us remember that that baby Who was born was “God with us.” Isaiah says the following about the child that was prophesied to be born:
“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, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
He came that we might live. We must realize this and place our faith in the God that loved us and died on a cross to save us. He is our Savior and our Lord. Otherwise, If we miss the true meaning of Christmas; we miss out on the greatest gift we could ever receive! Yes, it is “God with us,” that we celebrate on Christmas. As Christians, the Lord is not only with us but He is in us as walk out our lives: “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” It doesn’t get any better than that! Look to Him this Christmas and you will be truly blessed!
A Christmas Poem
T’was the night before Christmas and all through the earth; people were greatly celebrating all because of a birth. A Savior had been born into the world in the past, and the salvation He offers it is hoped all would grasp. He offered His Life for those who would believe: all those who come by faith are those who receive. So, let us celebrate the true meaning and pray! Because He left His home in glory that all might be saved this day.
Unto Us A Son Is Born!
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