I’m just now reading Pastor Tom’s Christmas sermon,
DID JESUS REALLY COME TO BRING PEACE ON EARTH?.
It focused on Jesus’ mother Mary and really got me thinking. What a price Mary paid to submit to God’s will and plan! Oh that I would have such humility, trust, and submissive spirit! What a crown she must have!
The sermon reminded me of the hymn, “I Gave My Life for Thee”-
The song talks about what Jesus gave up to ransom me and the glory He left in order that I might have eternal life with the triune God. It asks what I’ve given up or left for Jesus. I look at how I’ve lived, and I’m afraid that all too often I’ve clung to my comfort or “walked according to my flesh” instead of according to the Spirit. So I asked for God’s forgiveness and prayed that through the mighty power of His Holy Spirit working in me, He would change me. I asked Him to teach me the humility and sacrificial love of Christ.
Wonderful post by Tanya on “God Speaks, I Listen.”
God Speaks I Listen
Mathew 13:55-56 Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? 56 Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57 And they took offense at him.
Jesus was about 16 years old when His brothers and sisters were at home while He was out teaching in the synagogue.
James: You know we have to do not only our chores but His too! It’s not fair!!
Simon: I know ….all this teaching and preaching stuff because He’s supposed to be… the Son of God! Yeah right!
Sister 1: Who’s His real daddy anyway? Our father is Joseph and mother says Jesus Father is God. How in the world could that be possible? Come on now!
Judas: I think He’s just their favorite child and I am not going to bow down…
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Excellent post by Lori Schultz telling the account of the magi’s visit to Bethlehem and reminding us of the purpose of Jesus’ coming.
It’s always neat to hear the story of the wise men at Christmas time.
The wise men saw a special star shining brightly in the sky the night that Jesus was born. They knew it meant something important, but they didn’t know what. Until they did some research. As they studied they learned that the star marked the coming of a new King. When they realized how special this new King was, that He was the one that God had promised to send to show everyone in the world how much God loves them, they wanted to go see Him. They were willing to do whatever it took to find that baby that was born to be King. They packed up their things and followed the star for months. And months. And months. They kept following that star in the sky. Until finally the star was above them and they…
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Note to my readers, and especially those who’ve encouraged me by “liking” or commenting on my posts:
I plan to get back to posting devotions on my blog in a week or two. Like many, I’ve been busy with Christmas activities (including preparing, printing and mailing my annual “Journal Treasures” booklet in lieu of Christmas cards).
Thanks to all those who follow my blog, and may you have a truly blessed “Holiday Season” (I would say Christmas, but that was yesterday.). And may 2014 be a time of your drawing nearer to Christ and growing in receiving and sharing His love.
With prayers for blessings for each,
Tanya expresses some excellent thoughts about Christmas.
God Speaks I Listen
Is the season the reason for your celebration?
Has this turned into a season without a reason?
Such questions to ponder….
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Jesus Christ commands us to celebrate one thing and that was to always remember His sacrifice on the cross. There is no command to celebrate Christmas or a specific birth date. I know that God does not mind that we do celebrate Christmas because it brings glory to the name of Jesus. Even though historical evidence points to another time of the year for Jesus birth, I feel it’s OK that we celebrate it on December 25th. No bah hum-bug here! We Christians do celebrate Christmas and we’re just so excited that Jesus Christ came to save mankind!
It was a tremendous event….Jesus Christ the Son of…
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In a book for children, one character asked, “What’s the real meaning of Christmas?” One of the other characters answered with a quote from the gospel of Luke, chapter 2, about the angels announcing to the shepherds that Jesus was born. That reminds me of a phrase I hear often, “Jesus is the reason for the season.” For the Christian believer who has turned away from the world mindset, that’s true.
But for those who are still caught up in what is called the secular worldview, there are various “reasons for the season.” Many merchants see Christmas as an opportunity for increased profits. For some people, it’s an excuse for big parties or getting gifts. For others, it’s all about family, giving, sentimental love, or one of the occasions when one goes to church. Then there are those who think of Christmas as a time of fund-raising, since people often feel more generous at this time of year.
I don’t have a problem with any of these things, but they do get a person’s focus off of God and onto self, and they miss what God said is the reason for celebration. The Christ-centered person can remember to celebrate the advent of the long-awaited Jewish Messiah in the birth of Jesus. We can remind ourselves that the Almighty God, maker of heaven and earth, came humbly to this world as a fragile baby to become Immanuel, God with us. He was the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He lived a sinless life, not only as an example to us, but also so that in His innocence He could take on yours and my sin at the cross.
Those who trust Christ for salvation know that even though the “Christmas Story” ends with the visit of the wise men, the true story of Jesus doesn’t end there. Neither does it end at the crucifixion. How thankful I am that it goes on to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ so that now He is alive forever, has a name above every other name, and is the firstborn of many brothers and sisters.
Come and magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together! (Psalm 34:3)