Matthew 1:22, 23 - MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Matthew 1:22, 23 (NKJV) So all this was done
that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by
the Lord through the prophet, saying: "Behold,
the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son,
and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is
translated, "God with us."
I think weve almost deprived Christmas
of its original meaning by making it a little
too beautiful. In a way, weve stripped the
Christmas story of its real power.
Even as we see it portrayed in art, the
Nativity scene is pretty. But it wasnt pretty. In
fact, it was pretty bad. Jesus was laid in a
manger, which also could have been a feeding trough
for animals. Its hard to imagine laying a
precious newborn in such a place.
But for me, that doesnt detract from
the story of Christmas. In fact, it serves as a
reminder of the great sacrifice God made to come to
this earth. He made Himself small, born in the
most humble and difficult circumstances.
Why? Because He loves us and longs for a
relationship with us. Jesus was born so that we could be
born again. He left His home in Heaven to make a
home in our hearts.
He did not come to this earth so we would
have an excuse to go into debt with all the
shopping we do. He did not come so we could go to
endless Christmas events and sing Christmas songs,
although theres nothing wrong with that.
Jesus did not come to teach everyone how
to be good or to love our neighbors, even
though these are good things to do. Rather, He came
to die an agonizing death and to ransom us from
an eternal death sentence.
The shadow of the cross lay over the
beauty of the first Christmas night. It was there
from the very beginning. That is why red is the
color of Christmas. It isnt because Santa wears
red. Red is the color of the blood that Jesus
shed for us on the cross.
What were really longing for is not
Christmas but Christ, not presents, but His presence
in our lives. [Greg Laurie from Harvest
Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com re Philippians
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If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred