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The True Meaning of Christmas

I want to let today’s generation know what the true meaning of Christmas truly is. All we hear anymore is Santa Clause, Rudolf, and the Snowman. Well that is not where Christmas came from. I want you to enjoy Christmas for what it is truly meant for, plus Santa.

The Birth of Jesus Christ of Mary

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Since the beginning of time God had intended to send His Son Jesus Christ as our Savior. There are many prophecies in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible about His coming. I am going to share a few with you first before I share the story of His birth.

Prophecy of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament

There are many in the Old Testament but I will share three of what I see is important for Christmas.

The Birth of the Messiah

Micah 5:2 – “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village in Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.”

Well the main thing is Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Also prophesying that He would be of David descent.

The Messiah Will Be Born Of A Virgin

We know that it is impossible for a virgin birth to happen, unless it is a miracle. If this happened today I do not think I would believe it. It happened over 2000 years ago in Bethlehem.  It was prophesied way before it ever could be planned to take place.

 Isaiah 7:14 – “All right then, the Lord Himself will choose the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call Him Immanuel – ‘God is with us.’”

Isaiah 9:6-7 – “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. And the government will rest on His shoulders. These will be His royal titlesThat: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His ever expanding, peaceful government will never end. He will rule forever with fairness and justice from the throne of His ancestor David. The passionate commitment of the Lord Almighty will guarantee this!”

He was crucified and rose again the third day for our sins. Today He reigns in Heaven beside His Father our Lord and will return in the end at the second coming, but that is a story for another day.

The Messiah To Die By Crucifixion, With Pierced Hands And Feet

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Jesus died from crucifixion. Believe it or not many people stayed alive for days in severe pain hanging on the cross back in that time. That is why it is a miracle in it’s self that He died on the cross.

Psalm 22:14-16 – “My life is poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax, melting within Me. My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay. My tongue sticks to the roof of My mouth. You have laid Me in the dust and left Me for dead. My enemies surround Me like a pack of dogs; an evil gang closes in on Me. They have pierced My hands and feet.”

Zechariah 12:10a – “Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on all the people of Jerusalem. They will look on Me whom they have pierced and mourn for Him as for an only son.”

Still today God gives us His grace.

The Birth Of Jesus Christ in the New Testament

Jesus came to us as a baby. He came around the change from B.C. to A.D. It has been debated for a long time when He was born exactly, but one thing we do know He was not born on Christmas Day. He was born in either the Spring or Fall.

It was during the time of Caesar Augustus. Caesar  started taxes and everyone had to go to a town to pay. This is how God got Mary to Bethlehem to give birth to Jesus. He was also born in a manger because there was no room for them. He was born as the poorest of the poor and is the King of Kings. Here is the story of the Birth of Jesus Christ

Luke 2:1-20

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And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife,a]”>[a] who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Glory in the Highest

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold,b]”>[b] an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, 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, goodwill toward men!”c]”>[c]

15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widelyd]”>[d] known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

Conclusion

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You may find it hard to believe in an Omnipotent God and a Savior, but I have witnessed things in my life and my friends’ lives that will say otherwise. I have had friends that should have been dead but have survived, I know people that had nothing but survived because of prayer to God, and myself I may have taken my own life a few years ago if God did not stand by me. Life is hard I will agree with that, but God, Jesus Christ our Savior is there with us everyday. Santa Clause is not why we celebrate Christmas. The true meaning of Christmas is Jesus our Savior.  Believe in him and you will not perish but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

References

CBN.com – The Christian Broadcasting Network. (2017). Biblical Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus. [online] Available at: http://www1.cbn.com/biblestudy/biblical-prophecies-fulfilled-by-jesus [Accessed 10 Dec. 2017].

Biblegateway.com. (2017). BibleGateway.com: A searchable online Bible in over 150 versions and 50 languages.. [online] Available at: https://www.biblegateway.com/ [Accessed 10 Dec. 2017].

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Tom Petty found not breathing and in full cardiac arrest and on life support.

Tom Petty is going to be missed. I was not born jet when he was on his first tour, but I have always loved his music. Him and the Heartbreakers have touched my heart with their music. He will be missed.

 

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When Space Jam came to the theaters in 1996 in went to the theaters with some friends to see it. I really enjoyed the movie, but what inspired me was the song, I Believe I Can Fly. For the first time I felt like I could do anything I wanted as long as I put my mind to it.

Monsters Can Come In Our Life

Did you ever have a goal to accomplish and all of a sudden everything goes wrong. It makes me think of the “monster under the bed” that always steals your socks. Well if things go wrong do not let it get you down, let it push you to try harder and learn to do greater.

When I was trying to start a business I had problems keeping thing organized, scheduled, prioritized, and getting it done. I learned it is always better to write things down and schedule events on your calendar. I use Google for everything. I have my personal and business scheduled with notifications as far as a week, even some a month ahead. When I started to get more organized the monsters seemed to go away. I took control!

Growth With Optimism, Decline With Negativity

We all need to be in a positive environment. The more positivity you are around the more you will grow. If we are in a negative environment then we will decline. We want to grow and be strong because then our soul will fly.

I am going tell you in two situations I have been in my life. I am going to start with the good one first.

Positive Environment

It was about eleven years ago I got a job at a casual dinning restaurant. I had a lot of experience so I applied for manager. The General Manager and the Area Manager interviewed me and I was hired. There was one condition though. I would not be hired on as a manager, but I would be trained to be a manager in the future. When I walked in that was what I wanted at least so I took it. They even paid me a dollar an hour more than a regular hire. I was there for two years and I was promoted to management. I was in training for about six months until I was officially promoted. Now there is a down side. Going into my fourth year they opened a new restaurant and my General Manager was transferred to that restaurant. The Assistant Manager was promoted to General Manager. I never did get along with her well and I did not think she wanted me as manager. She scheduled me for opening, which I did not do for almost a year. I did not do well. I didn’t get to the bank on time, scheduled breaks late, and had employees complaining because I did not help them open. I got demoted a few weeks later and decided to move on. I applied for a job that a friend of mine had. It wasn’t the best job, but a great paycheck. I really liked the job and did not want to leave, but there are signs in life that something comes to an end. That is what I believe happened. I would do it again in a heart beat.

Negative Enviroment

This is going to be hard cause it has been growing for a long time. It was seven years ago I started a job working nights. That was not bad for me, it actually helped. It was bad because at that time I was living with my mother and step-father. When I was hired I told them what my shift was and that I had to sleep during the day. They accepted it, but it didn’t go well. I was also attending college online. I would do a discussion before work and one on last break. This helped because I had to do three discussions a week. It freed a little time to do research on my days off.

When I was at home they talked way too much and had the TV blaring. I tried being back in my room but I could still hear them. I finally decided to pop in my ear phones, crank them up and put my “head into the books”.  It worked! It would get them a little upset because when my mother would be calling for dinner I did not hear her. I told her multiple times come up to me and tap me or wave to get my attention. She could not understand why I had the earphones in. I told her, “Either you two keep quiet and keep the TV down or I wear my earphones.” Things got worse over the years. My step-dad did the chores before I was able to. I would get up around 3 pm and he got home around 3:15 pm. He would come in and take out the trash and the garbage or go get wood in for the heat, and I did not notice it because I was studying and just got up. I had my studies in one hand and coffee in another. When he got back he would say, “I did all your chores for you.” or “Since you wouldn’t do it I did.” or “Well somebody had to get it done.”. I liked the first one to begin with until he became persistent. He then began to complain why I never did anything. Eventually about three or four years ago I stopped doing anything unless I was asked. I felt like I was no longer needed or wanted. When I lost my job it got worse because they would complain about me not being able to pay my bills. It was none of their business. The thought of suicide even crossed my mind. I was in therapy for two years until this week which was my last session. Losing my job, my business, and no support from family pushed me over the edge. Today I am independent, employed, have a Jeep Cherokee, and a nice apartment. I may have fallen big time a few years ago, but I say I gained a few steps. We all need to learn from our mistakes and from the mistakes of others.

Closure

If you are wondering where I am going with this I will tell you. There are good and bad times in all our lives, but we cannot give up. We must all have faith. If you believe in what you want and you believe it is meant for you then in time you will achieve it. I may not have my business now, but I do believe one day I will have what God intends me to have to fly.

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It has been a long, complicated week for me. Too many appointments, getting my Jeep fixed, and work everyday all I have to say is TGIF!

I heard this song on Sirius XM Hair Nation on the way to work this mourning and had to share it. To all of you out there whom has had a complicated week this is for you. The weekend is almost here.

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