Thanksgiving is a day of thanks. The feast left overs packed away, dishes washed, dried and put away, football game on television, and oh let’s not forget all about everyone sitting around ignoring each other.To Listen to The Complete Message, Click HERE
Then comes the sales known as Black Friday, Small business Saturday & Cyber Monday. Seventy percent plans on shopping these sales. About 42% start when the stores open mid-evening Thanksgiving Day.
The month of December leads us into a whole lot of festivities. There is the buying of Christmas Gifts sparked on by the many festivities. There are the many groups seeking assistance for the less fortunate. Statistics show that 85% will donate to charities but 34% will most likely at Christmas time. Let us not forget the different Christmas parties we must attend. Our household averages eight to ten parties per year.
Now let’s stop and take a minute. Let’s cancel all the Christmas parties, take away all the fictional characters including those classic songs that support those characters and now you have a reason for the season
This is the first message of a three-part series titled First Name Basis. Todays message is called Divinely Human. Our Scripture readings comes from: Isaiah 9:6
This will be our scripture reading for the whole series. However, before we can start to understand what all this means we must learn some history first.
We are going to travel back in time thousand of years to Nazareth which is a town in Galilee. This is where the Virgin Mary live engaged to a man named Joseph. Then an angel appeared to Mary to tell her she was selected to become pregnant by the Holy Spirit. The Baby will be Named Jesus and he will become our Savior. Luke 1:26-38
During the same time frame, an angel appeared to Joseph who was engaged to the Virgin Mary. He was told that the Virgin Mary was going to become pregnant by the Holy Spirit with a baby that would be called Jesus who will save us from our sins. Matthew 1:18-25
It was about this time that Caesar had ordered a census. For this to be carried out, all must return to their birthplace. They had to travel 90 miles to the city of Joseph’s ancestors: south along the flatlands of the Jordan River, then west over the hills surrounding Jerusalem, and on into Bethlehem. Luke 2:1
It might be noted at this point, there was no coincidences in ordering the census now as the prophesy goes that centuries before there were written scriptures that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. Micah 5:2
We all know the story as it goes. Mary and Joseph arrive in Bethlehem and they try to get a room at the inn but it’s full. That is went they can take up space in the stable.
Sometime the miracle happens as the baby Jesus is born. The savior has arrived, and they named him Jesus as instructed by the angel. Luke 2:7
Here we have a new born baby, which under normal circumstances would be a cause for a celebration. Think however, what must Mary & Joseph was thinking or felt knowing that a baby just born is our Jesus, the son of our gracious Lord who would grow to work the ministry of His Father and finally would pay the ultimate price for our sins. Luke 2:8-12
This bible verse tells the rest of the story. The shepherds in the field are instructed to find the Messiah, a baby wrapped in cloths laying in the manager. We go on with the three wise men and we all know the legend of the Little Drummer Boy. There is no biblical reference for the legend but the message we can receive from the legend is that everyone is welcome no matter what the circumstances and if you have no money, your service works well.
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