Merry Christmas. Let us Celebrate the birth of our Savior… what Christmas is all about.

We celebrate Christmas. We celebrate the birth of our Savior, the Lord Christ Jesus. Last week in the Book of Luke we looked at how the angel Gabriel went to Nazareth to tell the Virgin Mary she would birth the child of God soon. He told her she was highly favored and that the Lord our God was with her. He told her the Holy Spirit would come on her, the power of the Most High would overshadow her, and that the one to be born would be called the “Son of God.”

She was pledged to marry a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. God shared His plan with Joseph in a dream and told him to take Mary as his wife, but she was to be left a virgin until the birth of our Lord. This he did. In Luke 2 we see these words:

“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem, the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah the Lord. This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger’. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel praising God and saying: 

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’ So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” (Luke 2:1-20)

The greatest gift our God of Love could bestow has been given in Jesus. In Matthew 1:21, when the angel talked to Joseph about Jesus, he said, “You shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Christmas is honoring and praising Him for coming into our world. He arrived just as we do… as a precious baby. A baby born into humbling circumstances. A baby born into many challenges. A baby born for a destiny. A baby who would grow to show us how to live as the true and absolute children of God that we are. What a gloriously divine night that must’ve been for those in the know. Now the world knows… let us celebrate by loving one another as He would have us do!

Please continue to lift up all those in need of help… Those at home, those abroad, and those in the Ukraine. So much is needed. May they, and we, look to our Lord of Love for our every need as we continue on. Merry Christmas to All.💚🙏🔔

Poppa B.