We read the story of the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. He was born in a Manger. There was no inn for him to be born. His mother Mary was a virgin. He was conceived by the Holy Ghost.
Yes, I believe he was born of a virgin. Mary knew no man. She was engaged but had never slept with a man.
Joseph, his father, was a carpenter. An angel spoke to both Mary and Joseph. Joseph took Mary to be his wife.
The kings and wise men came to the place where he laid. They brought the Christ Child gifts. They saved the baby Jesus just as they were told to do. He was born to die for a sinful people, you and I.
Isiah 9:6 tells us, “For unto us a child is born. Unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulders and his name shall be called wonderful, counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting father, the Prince of Peace. Hallelujah what a savior.”
Matthew 1:21 tells us, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.,” and verse 23 tells us, “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.”
Jesus lived for 33 1/2 years and then he was hung on the old rugged cross. He was beaten for our sins. His side was pierced with a sword. A crown of thorns placed on his head. His hands and feet were nailed to the cross with huge spikes.
He did all of this for us, that’s why we have Christmas. If he hadn’t been born and died for us, we would have been lost forever. He shed his blood for us. His blood can wash the vial is center clean. By his stripes with which she was beaten, we can be healed.
Christmas is about the greatest gift ever given. Let’s remember what Christmas is really all about. Joy to the world, the Lord has come! Away in a Manger, hark the herald angels sing, go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born. And he is coming back to receive his children, those washed in the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
I’m glad I know who Jesus is, and he knows who I am. Do you know my Jesus? Please accept him into your heart today.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Rev. Teresa Reid