Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas - In Three Passages

All right then, the Lord himself will choose the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel--`God is with us.'
(Isaiah 7:14)

Now this is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her fiancé, being a just man, decided to break the engagement quietly, so as not to disgrace her publicly. As he considered this, he fell asleep, and an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. "Joseph, son of David," the angel said, "do not be afraid to go ahead with your marriage to Mary. For the child within her has been conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." All of this happened to fulfill the Lord's message through his prophet: "Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and he will be called Immanuel (meaning, God is with us). When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord commanded. He brought Mary home to be his wife, but she remained a virgin until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.
(Matthew 1:18-25)

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn. That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord's glory surrounded them. They were terribly frightened, but the angel reassured them. "Don't be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! The Savior--yes, the Messiah, the Lord--has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David!
(Luke 2:7-11)

Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, given to men, as the only portal of salvation. He is THE Savior from the most pernicious enemy: Our sins. He did not come to make things better politically, or to change our status financially, but save us from our sins, spiritually. His death, the death of God in the flesh, and our belief, trust, in that work, secures that salvation as our own.

For those who have trusted, trust again.

For those who have not, I pray that you might trust Him for the first time.

And for all who have trusted, be like God and give Jesus away to someone else, for He is the one gift that must be received, but should never be kept!

Merry Christmas!

Blessings...To Our Friends,
Frank Sanchez

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