Referring back to him

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Everything about Christmas always seems to refer back to Jesus! Like the candy cane.

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The christmas tree is a symbol that God is the one true God. Back in Germany a long time ago men were praying to a sacred tree that they believed their “god” dwelled on. And if anyone should ever cut it down they would be punished from their “god”. Well a christian came along and chopped down the tree, and nothing happened. So all the people turned and followed the one true God after that. .

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Even the poinsettia reminds us that Jesus will accept any gift that is pleasing and honoring to him!

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Even the stars remind us about how God made all the stars so beautiful. And how on that one Christmas night he made a very special star stay over the place where Jesus lay. The beautiful star of Bethlehem. (there is a really interesting video about the star. It’s a christian astronomer explaining how, why, where and the importance of the star! Just look up the name on google and it will pop up)

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The word Christmas itself refers back to Christ! Its derived from the word Christ’s mass. When people would gather together to celebrate the child’s birth. Then it was shortened to Christmas!

Merry Christmas! And remember Jesus is the reason for the season!

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Merry Christmas

Please forgive me for not posting alot during this season. I pray all of yall had a good Christmas and a happy new year too!

Last year I was able to post a lot more. So go to my blog and click on the link under archives on the side that says Decemeber 2015, and lots of Christmas posts should pop up. Feel free to read as many as you would like.

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 Luke 1

Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,

Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;

It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,

That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.

And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.

And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course,

According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.

11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.

15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.

16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.

17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.

19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.

20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.

21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.

22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.

23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.

24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,

25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.

26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

28 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.

29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.

32 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:

33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

35 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 that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;

40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.

41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

54 He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

57 Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.

58 And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.

59 And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.

60 And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John.

61 And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.

62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.

63 And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.

64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God.

65 And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea.

66 And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.

67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,

68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,

69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;

70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:

71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;

72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;

73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,

74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,

75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,

78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,

79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.

Luke 2:1-40

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;

23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)

24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.

25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,

28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,

29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:

30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.

34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;

35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;

37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.

40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

Matthew 1:19-25

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.

Matthew 2:1-21

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.

17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying,

18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.

21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

MERRY CHRISTMAS! God bless us everyone. ~cupcakegirl10

 

 

Devotionals

Hey y’all! So I posted an update on my blog entitled Devotionals. It’s beside About me, Prayer, My testimony, Home etc.

A new devotional page will appear every Friday of each month. A new month brings a new topic devotional.

This month’s devotional: Christmas: The stories in depth

One page of the devotional was posted last Friday. A new one will appear next Friday. In the end you will have read 4 pages (4 fridays in a month) of the topic devotional. Then a new devotional will start the next month.

Here is the first page of December’s devotional: Christmas: The story in depth Wk1

And remember to keep coming back each Friday for a new page! They will be listed under Devotionals on my blog.

Here it is:

Commercialism, Cyber Monday, Black Friday, Christmas shopping, gotta get this, gotta get that, presents, toys, decor.

Sadly this is what Christmas means to some people.

People try on purpose to take CHRIST out of CHRISTmas. Hence the name X-mas. They just get so caught up in the “Holly Jolliness” of the season and forget all about the savior. Now don’t get me wrong I start listening to Christmas music at the end of October, Burl Ives, Bing Crosby, The Andrew Sisters, The Carpenters etc. But we always make sure to remember our king, the one Christmas is all about. I pray you do too.

Many of you might have thought something along these lines: “What’s so special about the story of Jesus’ birth? It isn’t so “WOW” as some people make it out to be.”
When I was little I would listen to my mother read it, but now that I think about it my little mind only understood it as our savior’s birth. Just a special child being born. Nothing else, nothing less.
And goodness, was I mistaken.

Now as I have grown it becomes more real and more understandable to me. And it is, well it’s, “WOW”.

Now please stop. Get out your bible and turn to Luke 1:5-25.

Now, after you have read that. Ponder it a moment. Here are so “In depth thoughts”

#1 Elizabeth and Zachariah are well advanced in years. 60-80 years old age. Now as you well know I hope people after a certain age can no longer bear children. So their dream of a child was given up on. When the angel came to Zechariah it was so hard to believe that Elizabeth would have a son. He needed more faith.
#2 This was one of the first times an angel had appeared to someone in the New Testament. So imagine Zachariah’s fright over seeing an angel. This is why angels always greeted people with “DO NOT BE AFRAID.”
#3 The angel said that his son would prepare the way for the Lord. They had always awaited and prayed for the Messiah. So when they heard that their child would prepare the way they must have said “HE IS COMING SOON!!!”

Now please stop again. Now read in your bible Luke 1:26-38

Now, ponder it a moment. Here are some more “In depth thoughts”

#1 Mary, the mother of our Lord was only about 13-15 at the time. And she was engaged to a man named Joseph. Probably about 15 to 16 years old. Now, this was normal back then. 13 was considered to be a women, and ready for marriage.
#2 The Lord planned out who would be the mother of Jesus years before Mary was even born
#3 He picked Mary because she must have sought the Lord each day, prayed to him, read the OT (for they didn’t have the NT), and obeyed his laws. She could have said “Goodness no! I am engaged I can’t have a child. Go to someone else. You must be crazy.But instead little Mary said “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it happen to me as you have said.” She had more faith than Zechariah, and he was three times her age! Like Jesus said in Matthew 18:3 “And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”
#4 Mary probably hadn’t even thought of having a child. She just wanted to get married, and let the Lord lead.
#5 The law said that if a women is unfaithful to her engaged or husband then the husband was to divorce her. This would bring her family name shame. Mary probably thought “What would I tell Joseph? Would he believe me? Will I lose the man I love? What about mother and father? What do I tell them?”
#6 She must have been left with many questions. But she didn’t question God’s will
#7 They had been waiting for the Messiah to arrive. And then finding out your the mother of your Lord? She maybe felt unworthy of such an honor
#8 She was a virgin. Never had been with a man. When she asked the angel her question, and he answered, she didn’t question it, she took it by faith. My, that requires a lot of faith. This is why Jesus chose Mary. He knew she would do as he said.
#9 And just thinking of someone that young having a child? The messiah? The Lord Jesus?
#10 Such a big responsibility. Caring, teaching, taking care of her Lord?

And a very big one: #11 Jesus was in heaven the whole time. Then God sent Jesus down from heaven in a form of a child to be born into the world. Isaiah had spoken about this long before it ever happened.

Now stop yet again and read Matthew 1:18-25

Now ponder this passage. Here are some more “In depth thoughts”

#1 Joseph was probably thinking “How could she do this to me?” Broken hearted.
#2 But he loved her so much that he was going to divorce her quietly, and not ruin her name.
#3 When the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, he too did what the Lord had said. Took Mary as his wife.
#4 They both had great faith. Joseph probably could have said “Lies! Look what she did. And too think I was going to marry such a women!” But he listened to the Lord.
#5 They had the wedding while she was expecting. I wonder what the people thought about it. For it was against the law to have a child without being married. But they didn’t care. They loved each other and did what the Lord said.

Now read Luke 1:39-56

Here are more “In depth thoughts”

#1 When Mary visited Elizabeth and Elizabeth said “How is it the Mother of my lord should come visit me?” Mary probably had the reality sink in. She WAS the mother of Jesus. She probably cried a little. She was most likely scared, afraid, worried, but she trusted in the Lord.
#2 She stayed with Elizabeth 3 months. And Elizabeth probably helped her know how to take care of a child and things like that.
#3 Mary’s song was much like songs of David. Back then and today some people praise the Lord with song. And Mary did just that.
#4 Elizabeth’s child leaped inside her. John the Baptist was so happy to feel Jesus’ presence.

That is all we will cover today. Next week we will finish “In depth thoughts” and finish the story.

The wisemen

Have you ever heard the song “We three kings of orient are”?  Well, we really don’t know for sure how many kings came to see baby Jesus. The bible never says. But it does say the kings brought three gifts. So,that is why people think there were three kings because there were three gifts. But, back in the bible times people did not have cars to cross the desert they had camels. Wise men and travelers usually traveled in large groups. That is how we know that there was more then one wise man.

You have probably seen manger scenes where Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, the shepherds, and the wisemen are all together. But, the wisemen actually came to see Jesus when he was around 1-2 years old not when he was a newborn. Only the shepherds came when he was a newborn.

Matthew 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

Now, why would the wisemen present Jesus with these gifts? Why not fine jewelry, cake, or maybe a crown?

They gave him gold because Gold is the gift to honor a King. It is offered in acknowledgement that Jesus is King, Prince of Peace, Lord of Lord’s etc.

They gave him Frankincense because Frankincense is the incense burned in religious ceremonies. It is an offering to honor Jesus as God.

They gave him myrrh because Myrrh is the oil that is used to anoint a dead body before burial. It is offered as a prophecy of the way he would die.

Matthew 2: 9-10 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.