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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

Christ Born of Mary

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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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

crucifixion-3-crosses-58b5ceeb5f9b586046d09034

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

Christ Born of Mary

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

heaven-john-3-16

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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Where Do We Go After Death According To The Bible

Do you know what a Christian is? Do you know what Salvation means to your soul? I have been a Christian since I was 12 years old. I went to a Christian School and my teacher Saved my Soul. Since then I have felt like there was a meaning, a purpose for me. Unfortunately about 15 years ago I went down the wrong path in my life. God has been calling me for the last 10 years or more to come back to Him. Yesterday I decided to listen for once and went to church today. I have not felt this much at peace for a long time. If you have had hard times in life, troubles, lost loved ones, struggle at work, cannot hardly pay the bills or feed the family and you need peace then stay with me. I have had such hard times the last 3 years suicide has crossed my mind. Today it will not come back because I am back with God the Almighty.

Life After Death

I was 12 years old when I learned that Heaven was where we went to be with God, the Angels, and our family. I have been to two different Christian Schools the first one is where I was saved within the first few months. My church was preaching about getting Saved, but they did not explain why I should get saved. My principal at the time was preaching our weekly sermon and he explained it a lot better. It is because of him I went to my teacher and she lead me to Salvation in Jesus Christ.

  So, What is Salvation in Christ?

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Salvation is our key into Heaven after death. If we are not Saved we will be cast into Hell with Satan in the End Days. Salvation is not a piece of cake, but it does not take you away from everything in your life. Salvation makes your life better, more peaceful, and the End Times in your favor.

When a person gets Saved in Christ they are devoting themselves to Him. This does not mean to quit your job, sell your house, and leave everything you own to charity. What it means is you heart has been touched by God and you want to be a better human being. You know what is right and wrong and now you want to stay focused on what is right. You have intentions on making changes in your life like: holding your tongue on bad language, being

Ephesians 4:32

 

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

King James Version (KJV)

kind to others, sharing, control you anger, and go to church. It may seem complicated to do all this, but you do not have to do it all at once, God has patience. You need to just set a goal to become a better person and eventually it will become easy. God will eventually give you challenges. An example would be like running into a guy in an alley and he offers you a hit on his “joint”. Now let’s say you have done marijuana in the past before you became a Christian. What would you do? It does not have to be marijuana. It could be alcohol, drugs, smoking, prostitution, gambling, and more. So what would you do? Would you follow the sinner or would you just say “No.”? Saying “No” should not be that hard, but with Jesus with you He makes it a lot easier.

Salvation is like having a team. You are the leader. You chose what path you are going to walk everyday. Jesus is your solder. He defends you when you get in trouble. He is als your counselor, adviser, friend, and the one you go to when you are heartbroken.  He is everything in one and He is always by your side.

Where do I go after death

 

Life after death is complicated. There are many scriptures that talks about the afterlife and sometimes can be conceived as an instant moment or a waiting game. This is something I have researched since I was saved. I still do not know for sure. What I do believe is that when we die we will conceive it as instantaneously as being either in Heaven with God the Father or in Hell.  Now that does not mean it will happen instantaneously. It will be like when we go to bed. We fall asleep, we go into REM sleep for 6 to 8 hours, and then we wake up. It seems to us that we just layed down a moment ago but it is hours later.

John 3:16

 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

King James Version (KJV)

1 Corinthians 15:51-54

51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

Living Now

God wants you to enjoy your life. He wants you to be happy, have fun, and not need anything. As long as you live a good life and follow him He will provide you with what you need. Now what you want is another story. Although I will get to that another day. I will say sometimes I have prayed a lot for somethings and I have never received an answer. In reality I did. He responded by not giving me what I wanted because it was not sufficient for me. He knows all, sees all, and hears all things. Just follow Him and he will direct your path.

Proverbs 3:6

“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

King James Version (KJV)

References

King James Bible Online

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Have you ever felt that your life does not have a purpose? Maybe you have felt lost, useless, or just confused. Well we all have a purpose and not just from the day we were born, but from the day of Creation by the Almighty God. He has a plan for everyone and everything in the Universe. If you are a Christian keep reading, if you are looking for an answer stay with me, if you are a non-believer…

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The Purpose God Has In Your Life

Have you ever felt that your life does not have a purpose? Maybe you have felt lost, useless, or just confused. Well we all have a purpose and not just from the day we were born, but from the day of Creation by the Almighty God. He has a plan for everyone and everything in the Universe. If you are a Christian keep reading, if you are looking for an answer stay with me, if you are a non-believer then this may not be for you.

God Makes A Plan

god-has-a-plan-for-your-lifeGod does have a purpose for all of us. The main purpose is to believe in Him and spread His Word. He also has a calling for what career, family, friends, a person we will bump into, the car we will buy, and more. He knows what will happen and knows what we will do. He decides when we are ready because he is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.

You may not want to get a job at the moment, but the perfect job becomes available. This could be a plan of God’s to help you out. He may know that your car is going to die within the next year or there will be someone in your family really sick and the job offers great insurance. Point is you do not know the future, but God does and He wants to help you out. What a person needs is Faith.

John 3:16-18
     16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world     through him might be saved. 18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he    that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the  name of the only begotten Son of God.

Surrender All To God

It may be a challenge in life but you need to surrender yourself to God. I have had these problems all through my life. Sometimes I do not know if I am not being successful because I did not surrender to God or if I am disobeying God and being punished. It can get a little confusing, but reading the Holy Bible does help you out.

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If you do not surrender you past and present to God He will not help you out with your future. I believe a lot of my past failures have been because I did not surrender the present to God. When I graduated high school and moved out of my parents’ house and went to college I rebelled. I disobeyed the Holy Bible, did not follow God, and did things I swore I would never do. I learned life the hard way. Years later I started trusting God and gave up everything for Him. Now I have a good job, actually saving money, and still have a passion that has failed in the past. I believe it failed because I did not follow God and dedicate it to Him. Now I am re-prioritizing, putting God first.

We all need to put God before everything else in life. He is the One who created us and knows for what we are destined. It is like you know you are going to take your kid to the amusement park for the weekend. You are going to do this because your kid are doing good in school, doing their chores, and listening to you. Then Friday you get a call from the teacher and they say your student has not been doing their homework all week. Would you still take your kid to the park? Would you talk to your kid, tell them they need to do their homework, and not take them to the park? Even among us our decisions have conscientious.

Romans 12:1-3
     1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 3For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think [of himself] more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

God Speaks Through Your Heart

Have you ever had a conflict with making a decision between your mind and heart. Your mind is all the reasonable, logical side of you. You think things through and need proof that it will work. Your heart talks to you about desires, needs, and wants in life. Here is where God comes into play. If you get a feeling that you need a brand new car and your car is only a couple years old, maybe it is just a desire not a need. Here is where you pray to God and ask Him if you should get the new car. If you should not to take the desire from your heart. He will answer you prayer. I have done this before and He has made desires go away or to narrow down to what he wanted me to truly have.

Psalms 37:4-6
        4Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass. 6And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

Jesus came to the Earth to die for our sins. We now can accept Him as our Savior and follow Him and we will be in Paradise come our end days. If your are reading this and are not saved or are not sure if you are saved you can be today.

Matthew 6:9-16
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.10Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.11Give us this day our daily bread.12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.14For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

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