Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Birth Story!

The anticipation is over. The day has come for Mary to give birth to the awaited Child. To the Child whose name was called Jesus -Immanuel God with us. The One that the magi traveled miles from afar to see. And as they got closer, His star guided them to the place where the Child was and they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. They fell to the ground in worship.

The magi understood and knew in whose presence they were going to be in. They knew that the One they were worshipping and bringing gifts to was King. But not just any King. He would be the Ruler and Shepherd of Israel. The One that would save His people of their sins.

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel stood before them, and they were frightened. The angel said to them do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of freat joy which will be for all the people, for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

As I was thinking about Christmas and began wondering were the word Christmas came from.  I thought ; "I know it has Christ in it, but what does the word -mas mean?" The word -mas in spanish translates to more. 

More of Christ!

As the shepherds heard about the great news that the angels shared with them, they made it known to others as well.
In Luke 2:18-20 says:
"All who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the sheperds. But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen".

All need to hear more about Christ, not only at Christmas, but always!

Although there is a day (Christmas day) that we take out of the year to celebrate the birth of this incredible, wonderful child - Savior, it should not end  on this day! The excitement should be there, just like the sheperds went back to their place and glorified and praised God for what they had seen and heard, we should do the same.  We should go forth from this day glorifying and praising God for sending His one and only Son, so that we could be forgiven of our sin and not perish but have everlasting life with Him forever! To know that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, will return one day, and the wait and anticipation will finally be over, should bring us great and exceeding joy!

 Merry Christmas!

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