When we celebrate Christmas with the true meaning of Christmas in our hearts, we are celebrating the First Coming of Christ into the world. We find true grace, complete trust, and faithful devotion to our God and his messenger’s (angels). Come, let me share some Scripture with you now, and, have a very Blessed Christmas tomorrow, and remember. Christmas is NOT about the giving and receiving gifts. Christmas is about Christ and His birth. You can’t have CHRISTmas without Christ, remember that.

Let’s open to Matthew 1:18-24. “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.  Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.  
 
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:  “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.”  When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.”
 
What do you think about the grace of Joseph? What would you have done in his place?
 
Let’s continue…
 
Let’s turn to Matthew 2:1-12, “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem  and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”  When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.  When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born.  “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:  ” ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’ “
 
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.  He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”  After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.  On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.  And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
 
The Lord was born to this world as our Christ and our Savior. We must hold true to His promises that He died for us all on the cross. Took on all of our sins and paid the price of death. By His blood, we are saved and God the Father will have mercy on us. As it say’s in Colossians 2:6-7, “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him.  Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”
 
Before you celebrate Christmas with your loved ones tomorrow, I want you to reflect on your life and your relationship with God. Ask yourself if you have truly accepted Christ into your life as your Savior? Ask yourself if you have truly given your heart over to Christ and repented of all your sins? If not, it’s not too late. Close your eyes and pray to the Lord with your heart. If you don’t know what to say, your heart will. Sometimes, our words mess up the true meaning’s behind what we were really trying to say, so I find that it is easier for me to allow my heart to speak instead.
 
 
Merry Christmas!

Brother Jonathan

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