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Unto Us a Child is Born, Unto Us a So is Given

Consider this. We live in a galaxy called the Milky Way. At one time when man tried to count the stars with the naked eye, he believed there was no more than astars and galaxies'  thousand stars in the sky. Today with our modern day telescopes we now know that our galaxy contains more than 100, 000, 000 stars. On top of that scientists have discovered at least another million galaxies just like ours. They found that the universe is much bigger than they had thought. They also discovered that it is orderly, as if it was put together by a Master designer. Well I have news for them. Good news. It was!

The bible says in Genesis 1:1; In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth. God created all we see and then He created man (Genesis 2). But man disobeyed Him and sin, which separates us from God, was brought into the world(Genesis 3). Sin damns us to a place called hell that God only prepared as punishment for the devil and his demons. Payment for sin required a sacrifice. A blood sacrifice. But God had a plan all along. He would come to earth as one of us. He would be born in a manger in Bethlehem as a baby to a virgin named Mary nativ2_lg and would have to face life like the rest of us. He subjected Himself to all the things that we face. The Creator and Ruler of this vast universe would come and live on this tiny speck of dust. He would be our Saviour. He is Emmanuel, which means God with us. He would become the ultimate sacrifice to bridge the gap that sin had created. Thirty-three years later He did just that and was crucified on a Roman cross just outside Jerusalem. He died and His blood was shed for us on Calvary. But three days later, He conquered death and the grave.

He is alive today and He is the reason we celebrate Christmas. His name is Jesus and He loves you so much that when He was dying on that cross He had you in mind. He came to earth and died for you. He knew you before you were in your mother’s womb. He knew and knows every single human being that has ever existed. He knows your every thought. The Bible says in John 3:16 that; "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish but have eternal life." Why not make this Christmas special and ask Jesus to be your Saviour. All you have to do is confess that you are a sinner and ask Him to come into your heart. That my friend would be the best Christmas present you can ever possibly receive. Life everlasting and joy beyond measure.

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. Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)

God With Us

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

No single life has affected the human race and it’s history as much as Jesus Christ has. He lived a short 33 years on this world and yet more lives have been impacted by Him than anyone else ever. You either love Him or you hate Him. There is Chrstmas bibleno middle ground when it come to Him. Christmas is the season we celebrate His birth, but for the Christian it is a year long celebration. Everything we are and do must celebrate who He is and what He has done for us. Without Christ there is no hope for the human race.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. John 1:1-2

Christ has always existed. He was not a created being and John 1:1 makes this very clear. He is the Living Word, without beginning and without end. He is also equal with the Father. Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. Philippians 2:6-7 Every other religion and cult will try to take away from His deity and it is Christianity alone that knows Him as being fully God. This is what sets The Way apart from every other belief system.

Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. John 1:3

When you gaze up at the stars and see the vast universe and consider that Christ is the one who created all we see. He created it not only for His glory but for our pleasure. We are the crown of His creation. The jewel for which He Himself paid a very high price. He is the one that breathed the breathe of life into us. He is not only the Creator but the Sustainer of all things. He is the one that holds this world and this universe together. Hebrews 1:3

In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. John 1:4-5

Because of sin it is our very nature to want to gravitate towards darkness. But Christ came to set us free from that darkness. 1 Peter 2:9 says to those who have come to know Him: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Sinful people hate the Light because it exposes their sin. They will try everything they can to extinguish that light but will always fail. It is something they can’t understand. The Bible says that the god of this world (satan) has blinded them to the truth. But once you come to the place where you live in that Light, it is a place you never want leave.

There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that Light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the Light; he came only as a witness to the Light. The true Light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God—— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:6-13

Could you imagine walking into your home one day and your spouse and children not recognizing you. Even your faithful family pet snarls at you as if you were a stranger. You tell them over and over again: "Look it’s me!" Don’t you recognize me? I have always loved you and provided for you. I have sent you little love letters and notes to let you know how much I care about you and you tell me you don’t know who I am?" Finally they call the police on you and you are hauled off to prison. This is what Jesus faced when He came to earth as a man. God had made Israel His chosen people. He had sent many prophets and signs. He had given them His Word and promises about His coming to them and yet when He came they did not recognize Him. As a matter of fact they wanted to kill Him because it went against their religion that they had created from the law which God had given them.

Even today the Jews are still looking for their Messiah. They missed His coming. But through their rejection, God through Christ opened the door to anyone who believed in Him. We the gentiles are not of natural decent. We have been grafted into the vine and have become His children as much as the Jews. Does that mean because the Jews rejected Christ that He has rejected them. Not at all. There is coming a time during the Tribulation when many Jews will turn to see that Jesus was the true Messiah that they had been searching for all the time. Zachariah 12:10-11 says: And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on Me, the One they have pierced, and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a firstborn son. On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be great, like the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

God Himself took on flesh. He loved us so much. Our redemption had been planned out even before we were created. If you are a parent you know the lengths you would go to rescue your child from trouble. When you think about the creator becoming a helpless baby and having to be cared for by His creation. He had to be fed and changed and be reliant upon Mary and Joseph. It is an awesome thought. He was fully God and fully man. In taking on our flesh, He made himself venerable to all we face. Every temptation and every passion. He had to learn how to walk and talk just like the rest of us. Hebrews 2:17-19 says: For this reason He had to be made like His brothers in every way, in order that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that He might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because He himself suffered when He was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. But there was one difference. He never gave in to the temptation and became the only sinless person who ever walked the face of this earth and because of that He became the perfect sacrifice. God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21

We Christians as believers have a lot to be thankful for. The Christmas season should not have to remind us of this.  We need to get back to the place where we celebrate not only His birth at Christmas and His death and resurrection at Easter but celebrate His life everyday. You see Immanuel literally means God with us. Though He is not physically on this earth, the promise of the Word remains true because For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." Hebrews 13:5b Christ desires to be with us His bride and loves us with a love we will never be able to completely understand.

Rejoice oh highly favoured one. The Bridegroom is coming to take you into His chambers. Will you be ready? He is!

Steven Curtis Chapman – O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Fruit In Due Season

1 Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers. Psalm 1

OrangeTreeCareHave you ever felt like the wheels of your life are spinning in the sand? You know that God has called you to ministry or given you a promise and yet everywhere you turn the road is blocked and you can’t move forward. To many it becomes frustrating and they give up, never coming into that place that God is leading them to or else they look another route in order to bring about the fulfilment of that promise themselves. They decide to try and help God out a bit. That is what Abraham and his wife Sarah tried to do. God had given them the promise of a son. The promise was given to him in Genesis 12:1-2 and then again in Genesis 15:1-6. But Abraham and his wife looked at their circumstances and decided that maybe they should help God out a little and in Genesis 16 we see Sarah offering her maidservant Hagar to Abraham that his heir might be found through her. Hagar gave birth to Ishmael and that act of disobedience has been costing the world ever since. God told Hagar in 16:12, that he would be a wild man, that his hand would be against every man and every man’s hand would be against him. How prophetic that has proved to be. Just look at what has been going in the world and in India this past week and you see what I mean. The majority of terrorist acts in the world today are carried out by his decedents. But God was faithful to Abraham and Isaac was born to Sarah. Through the line of Isaac came the promise of salvation through Christ.

I have seen so many try to run ahead of God’s promises and wind up frustrated and cold. I saw friends who were on fire for the Lord go to bible collage before they were ready and come back empty shells. I have seen couples that were told to wait, rush into marriage and then wind up divorced a few years later. I have seen churches try to build in the flesh and rush ahead instead of waiting on the promise God gave them. They became a shadow of what God had really called them to be. All because they chose to try help out God in what He had promised them through the flesh instead of waiting on Him.

From the day I gave my heart over to Jesus, I knew I was called. For over twenty years that promise was not fulfilled. There were many times I wanted to turn back and just sit in my pew like the majority of believers do today. But His Spirit would not let me and throughout the years when I grew discouraged He would come to me and encourage me. One Sunday after an evangelistic crusade at my church, I sat anguishing in my soul about the calling that I knew I had upon my life and yet seeing that there was no way that it could be fulfilled. I prayed in my heart and asked to God to confirm the calling through somebody else. I said "God it says in your Word that it is always confirmed through the mouths of two or three witnesses. Lord I need to know is this from me or is it from You?" No one heard what I said except God and no one knew what was in my heart because I hadn’t been speaking to anyone about it except the Lord. No sooner had I prayed that then my pastor came up behind me and laid his hand on my shoulder and said: "The Lord, says to you, it is now confirmed in the mouths of two or three witnesses." I nearly fell out of my seat. God answered so directly. There have been many times like that since then. Just like he encouraged Abraham concerning the promise He gave him, He has come to encourage me as well. I am now in that place that He was preparing for me. I now know that if I had tried to come to this place before I was ready, I would have failed as I was not ready for it.

An very important part of waiting on God for the answer on what you feel He wants you to do is that He will always give you a confirmation. It will also line up with His word. If it doesn’t line up with what the bible says, let it go. God will never give you a promise that is contrary to it.

I was reading a small devotion by Darlene Zschech of Hillsongs on Psalm 1. She was talking about the tree by the water and how that tree would produce fruit. But if you tried to harvest that fruit before it was ready it would be bitter, bland and colourless. It would also be hard to pick. But if you waited until the time was right then that fruit would just fall of the branch into your hand and it will be sweet, juicy and colourful.

If you have a promise from God, don’t try to push it. Let God bring you to that place. If He has promised it, He will do it. His word is truth. His promises sure. Don’t give up. Don’t get discouraged. He is preparing the way. Wait on Him. Feast on His Word and when the time is right the fruit will be there and it will be sweeter than anything you’ve known before.

Have you never heard or understood? Don’t you know that the LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak. Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:28-31 (NLT)