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Christmas – Pull Up A Chair

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Since this is the day set aside to honor the birth of the Saviour, I believe It is fitting, to read about the prophecies regarding Jesus Christ, the Messiah:
Born in Bethlehem – Micah 5:2
National Identity & Authority will not end until the Messiah comes – Genesis 49:10
Messiah will have a ministry in Galilee – Isaiah 9:1,2
Messiah will have a ministry of miracles  – Isaiah 35:5, 6; 42:7; and Isaiah 53:4
Messiah will preach good news to poor, encourage the brokenhearted – Isaiah 61:1
Rejection by Jews & Gentiles – Psalms 2:1-2; Psalms 118:22-23
Messiah would be persecuted – Isaiah 49:7; Isaiah 53:3
Triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey – Zechariah 9:9
Zeal for God’s house would consume Him – Psalms 69:9
Betrayal by close friend – Psalms 41:9; Psalms 55:12-13
Betrayal for 30 pieces of Silver – Zechariah 11:12
Purchase of the Potter’s Field with 30 pieces of Silver – Zechariah 11:13
Desertion of the disciples – Zechariah 13:7
Silent under accusation – Isaiah 53:7
Mocking – Psalms 22:7-8
Hands and Feet Pierced – Psalms 22:16
Patience under suffering – Isaiah 53:7
Crucified – Psalms 22:14
Offer of gall and vinegar – Psalms 69:21
Cries upon the Cross – Psalms 22:1
Death with the wicked and transgressors – Isaiah 53:9, Isaiah 53:12
Casting of lots for His garments – Psalms 22:18
Bones not broken – Psalms 34:20
Pierced – Psalms 22:16, Zechariah 12:10
Suffered for us, suffered in our place – Isaiah 53:4-6
Born of a virgin – Isaiah 7:14
Messiah will have a forerunner – Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3:1; Malachi 4:5
Buried with Rich – Isaiah 53:9
Specific time of arrival – Daniel 9:24

Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22 outline in more detail about the Saviour:

~Isaiah 53

1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

~Psalm 22

To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David.
1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? 2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. 3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. 4 Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. 5 They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. 6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. 7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, 8 He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. 9 But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts. 10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly. 11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help. 12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. 13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. 14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. 16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. 17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. 18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. 19 But be not thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me. 20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog. 21 Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns. 22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee. 23 Ye that fear the Lord, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel. 24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard. 25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him. 26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. 27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. 28 For the kingdom is the Lord’S: and he is the governor among the nations. 29 All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul. 30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. 31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.

There was once a man who didn’t believe in the incarnation or the spiritual meaning of Christmas, and was skeptical about God. He and his family lived in a farm community. His wife was a devout believer and diligently raised her children in her faith. He sometimes gave her a hard time about her faith and mocked her religious observance of Christmas.

One snowy Christmas eve she was taking the kids to the Christmas eve service at church. She pleaded with him to come, but he firmly refused. He ridiculed the idea of the incarnation of Christ and dismissed it as nonsense. “Why would God lower himself and become a human like us?! It’s such a ridiculous story!” he said. So she and the children left for church while he stayed home.

After they left, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a blizzard. As he looked out the window, all he saw was a blinding snowstorm. He sat down to relax before the fire for the evening. Then he heard a loud thump, something hitting against the window. And another thump. He looked outside but couldn’t see. So he ventured outside to see. In the field near his house he saw, of all the strangest things, a flock of geese! They were apparently flying to look for a warmer area down south, but got caught in the snow storm. The snow had became too blinding and violent for the geese to fly or see their way. They were lost and stranded on his farm, with no food or shelter. They just fluttered their wings and flew around in circles around the field blindly and aimlessly. He had compassion for them and wanted to help them. He thought to himself, “The barn would be a great place for them to stay! It’s warm and safe; surely they could spend the night and wait out the storm.”

So he walked over to the barn and opened the barn doors for them. He waited, watching them, hoping they would notice the open barn and go inside. But they just fluttered around aimlessly and didn’t notice the barn or realize what it could mean for them. He moved closer toward them to get their attention, but they just moved away from him out of fear. He went into the house and came back out with some bread, broke it up, and made a bread trail leading to the barn. They still didn’t catch on.

Starting to get frustrated, he went over and tried to shoo them, run after them, and chase them toward the barn. They only got scared and scattered into every direction except toward the barn. Nothing he did could get them to go into the barn where there was warmth, safety, and shelter. Feeling totally frustrated, he exclaimed, “Why don’t they follow me! Can’t they see this is the only place where they can survive the storm! How can I possibly get them into the one place to save them!” He thought for a moment and realized that they just won’t follow a human. He said to himself, “How can I possibly save them? The only way would be for me to become like those geese. If only I could become like one of them! Then I could save them! They would follow me and I would lead them to safety.”

He stood silently for a moment as the words that he just said reverberated back to himself in his mind: “If only I could become like one of them –then I could save them.” He thought about his words, and remembered what he said to his wife: “Why would God want to be like us? That’s so ridiculous!”

Something clicked in his mind as he put these two together. It was like a revelation, and he began to understand the incarnation. We were like the geese– blind, gone astray, perishing. God became like us so He could show us the way and make a way available to save us. That is the meaning of Christmas, he realized in his heart.

As the winds and blinding snow abated, his heart became quiet and pondered this thought. He understood what Christmas was all about. He knew why Christ had come. Suddenly years of doubt and disbelief were shattered, as he humbly and tearfully bowed down in the snow, and embraced the true meaning of Christmas.

6569_147511291223_583781223_3708601_1204056_nWe think we’re OK and that we can’t be THAT bad that we won’t make it to Heaven. This is not new thinking. It is as old as man!

~Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

We THINK we’re on the right road. We THINK we’re OK – but the truth of the matter is that we are ALL sinners. Not one person is exempt from the word ALL.

~Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

All means ALL!

~John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Born again? What in the world does THAT mean?

~2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

~Galatians 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

When we accept Christ as Saviour, we become a new creation. We no longer desire our sinful ways but instead we have remorse when we sin. Paul tells us in Galatians that religion did not matter – what mattered was being a new creature. Those of the circumcision, the Jews, were very religious. They knew they were God’s chosen people and clung to that. However, Paul said it didn’t matter whether or not we were Jewish. What matters is the new heart that we get when we are born again.  It is not being a member of a particular church that will get you to Heaven.  Each one of us will have to give an account before God for our own actions.  Did we receive Christ or not?  Were we born again or not?

~Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

What is there to believe? We must believe first of all that Christ is God and that He left Heaven to come to earth. He had a mission and that was to die in our place to take on Himself our penalty of death – our penalty of eternal life in the lake of fire! After Christ died, He arose from the grave on the third day and now sits at the right hand of the Father. Christ will return and will reign on this earth in the not too distant future.

The whole purpose of Christmas is to celebrate Christ’s birth for without His birth, we would all be gonners! Without His resurrection, we would be gonners. Therefore, make this Christmas the best gift to yourself EVER! Give your heart to Christ and let Him renew your mind. Watch and see how He will change you!

~Titus 3:3-5 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

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~1 Chronicles 16:34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

How wonderful our God is! Praise His Holy Name!!! How thankful I am that He saved my wicked soul and now I have that assurance that I will be in Heaven the moment that my eyes close in death!!

God’s mercy endures forever! There is no end to His mercy! In fact, this is so important that God saw fit to record it forty-three verses in the Old Testament alone! I found it interesting that it was not recorded in the New Testament. Why? Because God’s mercy was shown through Christ and His word on the cross. Mercy arrived nearly 2010 years ago as a baby! Praise His Holy Name!!! That same baby lived a sinless life and went to the cross to die for our sins! On the third day, He rose again according to the Scriptures and now reigns with the Father.

This is the blessed Gospel and it is to be shared with all. This Gospel, found in God’s Word, will endure forever. There is no compromising – no changing – no multiple paths. It is plain and simple. It is all about Christ and no one else – no other way.

~1 Peter 1:25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

When we stand before God, our friends and family won’t be the ones that will pass judgment. It is God and God alone. If the blessed Gospel of Jesus Christ has not been accepted, our eternal fate will have us separated from God and Heaven for all eternity. That was the purpose of His coming! That is the peace that the Christmas celebration is all about.

Piece it together, my friend. Allow the blessed Gospel of Jesus Christ and the salvation that He died for become a part of your life today!  Although gifts are given to one another at Christmas time, God’s gift is what should be focused upon at Christmas.  Four times is this gift spoken of in the New Testament :

~John 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

~Act 8:20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

~Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

~Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Salvation is our wonderful gift from a merciful God! He knew it would be impossible for us to be good enough to enter into His presence. He left Heaven just for us! He died just for us! He paid the penalty of death just for us! He is a gift to us! He came to earth and we celebrate His coming for a reason. Don’t miss the message this Christmas season.

Jesus is truly the reason for the season!

1. Thou shalt not leave “Christ” out of Christmas.

2. Thou shalt not value thy gifts by their cost, for many shall signify love that is more blessed and beautiful than silver and gold.

3. Thou shalt give thyself with thy gifts. Thy love, thy personality, and thy service shall increase the value of thy gifts a hundred fold and he that receiveth them shall treasure them forever.

4. Thou shall not let Santa Claus take the place of Christ, lest Christmas should become a fairy tale, rather than a sublime reality in the spiritual realm.

5. Thou shalt not burden thy servants, the salespersons, the mail carrier and the merchants. They all shall have thy consideration.

6. Thou shalt not neglect the Church. Its Christmas services are planned to help spiritualise the Christmas season for thee, thy family and thy friends.

7. Thou shalt not neglect the needy. Let they bountiful blessings be shared with the many who will go hungry and cold unless thou art generous at Christmas.

8. Thou shalt be as a little child. Christmas is the day of the Christ Child; not until thou have become in spirit as a little child art thou ready to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

9. Thou shalt prepare thy soul for Christmas. Verily most of us spend much time and money getting gifts ready, but few seconds in preparing our souls.

10. Thou shalt give thy heart to Christ. Let thy Christmas list have Christ in thy heart at the top as thy gift to Him this Christmas.

Author Unknown

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Twas the month before Christmas
When all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying
Nor taking a stand.

Why the Politically Correct Police had taken away,
The reason for Christmas – no one could say.
The children were told by their schools not to sing,
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.

It might hurt people’s feelings, the teachers would say
December 25th is just a ‘ Holiday ‘.
Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit.
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!

CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod.
Something was changing, something quite odd!
Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa
In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.

As Targets were hanging their trees upside down
At Lowe’s the word Christmas – was no where to be found.
At K-Mart and Staples and Penny’s and Sears
You won’t hear the word Christmas; it won’t touch your ears.

Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-is-ty
Are words that were used to intimidate me.
Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !

At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.
And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace.

The true Gift o f Christmas was exchangednd discarded
The reason for the season, stopped before it started.
So as you celebrate ‘Winter Break’ under your ‘Dream Tree’
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.
Choose your words carefully, choose what you say
Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holiday !

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