Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

"The virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name him Immanuel," which means "God is with us." Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23

Immanuel is a Hebrew name that means "God with us." It is a promise that God Himself would appear as a human infant "God with us." This baby who was to be born would be God Himself in human form. This child was to be the Messiah, the Anointed One who would redeem the people of God. This was no ordinary child, but "truly this was the Son of God" (Matthew 27:54). During this Christmas day celebration, let's pause for a moment to examine the supernatural life of Jesus Christ and marvel at God's supernatural love for His people (Reported in the Gospel of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John).

Jesus Christ was born of a virgin; He had no earthly father. A multitude of angels announced His birth, and a miraculous star led wise men to worship Him.
. Throughout His ministry, Jesus worked miracles of healing, of creation, of controlling nature, of casting out demons, and of bringing dead people back to life.
. Jesus willingly died on the cross for our sins.
. Jesus arose Three days later from the dead, just as He had promised. Later, Jesus ascended to Heaven while His disciples watched.
Without this rescuing love, none of us would have any hope of salvation.

What was Christ mission? He tells us Himself. "For truly the Son of man did not come to have servants, but to be a servant, and to give his life for the salvation of men." Mark 10:45

Unto us a child is born. Who is "us"? Was Isaiah referring to all of us in the world? I believe not. He was only referring to those who believe those who accept and those who rejoice in God (Isaiah 9:3). There is no Savior, no hope, no peace, no mighty power, and no wise counsel and definitely THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO ETERNAL LIFE for those who DO NOT KNOW Jesus Christ. This Christmas, analyze your heart, and decide once and for all what/who you believe. My prayer is that you accept Christ and assure a sit in His kingdom. Your life will be forever transformed.

Let us pray "I am truly sorry Father God for being reluctant to accept your son Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and I acknowledge that I have broken your laws and live a sinful life for way too long. Now I want to turn away from my past sinful life and turn toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I now believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, and is alive, He is sitting at you right and hears my prayer. I accept His invitation to become the Lord of my life, the only ruler in my heart from today on. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey you, and to do your will and to continue to guide my steps for the rest of my life for I don't want to ever live outside your will. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen."

The real miracle of Christmas is God's demonstration of love for His people through the Lord Jesus Christ. May His love fill your heart with peace and joy this Christmas and every day of your life! May the awareness of the resurrected savior bring you joy in the midst of your trials. May you continue to experience the warmth of His sweet embrace now and always!

Praise the Lord!