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December 2014


And the angel said, “Fear not, behold, I bring you great joy, which shall be to ALL the PEOPLE.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord”…And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.”
At this time of the year, when millions are supposedly thinking about the “babe in the manger,” it would be wonderful if they would read for themselves the good tidings that this Baby brought with Him. 
The angel said this Baby is to be our Savior and Lord. This meant that He would pay the ransom for our sins, that we might have forgiveness and eternal life. What an amazing gift, a gift that cost the life of the Son of God.
Isaiah 7:14 states, “…behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel,” which means “God with us” (Matthew 1:23).  This, coupled with the introductory paragraphs of the gospel of John, reveals Immanuel’s identity:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. (Jesus was the great Creator!) In Him was life, and the life was the light of men… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Please notice:
First, Matthew tells us that Emmanuel means “GOD WITH US!” Second, the first chapter of John tells us that “in the beginning was the Word…and the WORD WAS GOD!”  John 1:14 states, “And the WORD was made FLESH and DWELT AMONG US!”  (How amazing and incredible are these words that tell us that Jesus became flesh—a man—and dwelt among us!) We Christians should SHOUT it from the rooftops!
Many celebrate the babe in the manger, but have forgotten that He was Emmanuel, who grew up to be the Savior, died on the cross, was resurrected and is soon to return—not as a babe—but as the judge of all the earth.
Today, Jesus has done all that He can to save the lost, just as He did in the time of ancient Israel.  Unfortunately, the results have been much the same. The words that Jesus once spoke in Jerusalem now crescendo around the globe.
In Luke 19:41-42 we read, “As Jesus approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.’”
As Jesus witnesses the sin and suffering throughout the world, I am sure that He weeps, longing to come back to take His children home.
Dear friends, as you and I celebrate the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, let us also remind our family and friends of the reason for His birth, to become the Savior and Lord of mankind! The advent of Christ celebrates His birth and enthusiastically anticipates His return.
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! – 2 Corinthians 9:15
Sound the soul-inspiring anthem,
Angel hosts, your harps attune;
Earth’s long night is almost over,
Christ is coming—coming soon!
Season’s greetings to all!
Beverley Carter

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