It is Merry CHRISTmas Thursday December 12th, 2002
No, it isn't 'happy holidays', nor is it 'merry x-mas'. For you see it was not some guy named Holiday that came to earth to shed His blood for you. Nor was it some buffoon who couldn't sign his name with other than an 'X' that was beat, crucified and stabbed so that you would have a way to salvation.
No, it is merry CHRISTmas, for it was God Himself who 2,002 years ago came out of the womb and onto the face of the earth as God, man and Saviour, as the Christ, whose birthday we celebrate.
No it was not Mr. Holiday that the prophet Isaiah prophesied about in the year 730 BC, when he said: And Isaiah, the prophet of the Lord, said,
"Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also? Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign;
Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall He eat, that He may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good. For before the Child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings." (Isaiah 7:13-16)
No, Mr. Holiday's mother was not a virgin when she conceived him never claimed to be, but, Mary the mother of Jesus was.
And in the sixth month (of Elizabeth's pregnancy) the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
And the angel came in unto her, and said, "Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. "
And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, "Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a Son, and shalt call His name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: And He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end."
Then said Mary unto the angel, "How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?"
And the angel answered and said unto her, "The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also the Holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:26-35)
And it certainly was not some high school drop out who has to sign his name with an 'X' that Isaiah spoke about in chapter nine:
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder:
and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6&7)
Yes, my brothers, it is CHRISTmas, and let us never forget whose birthday we celebrate on December 25th each year, for it is not some guy named Holiday, nor is it some buffoon who signs his name with an 'X', it is our Lord and our Saviour, our God and our Redeemer, CHRIST, Jesus. God Himself, who so loved the world that He came down from heaven to be the perfect and sinless sacrifice for our sins.
It is Merry CHRISTmas, a day for us to thank The Lord our God, who two thousand and two years ago, chose to love us enough to leave His throne in heaven and come to earth as a baby born to a virgin, wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger, so that 33 years later, He could and would shed His blood as the perfect sacrifice for our sins and our manner of salvation.
God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.
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