Little Christmas

wisemen2.png On Friday January 6,2017 it will be Little Christmas or some may call it Three Kings Day, Christmas is a celebration of twelve days and not just one day. As we read from the Gospel of Matthew 2:10-12 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the place they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. You can find different answers about how old Jesus was when the wise men came, however, we can say this, that the Wise men or Magi (Kings) didn’t arrived to worshiped him on the same night since they did travel by camel it did take a little longer. God gave humans the perfect gift, his one and only son to be sacrifice for all, the wise men also gave gifts to Jesus, and today because we love others we also give gifts to show that love to one another. Since they were earthly kings that bowed down to the Christ child because they truly believed who he is, shouldn’t we today continue to bow down in understanding who Jesus truly is.  As I have mention before in other writings, if we search for God with all of our hearts we will find him. In order to truly understanding the true meaning of Christmas we need to open up a Bible and read it to know that God loves all of his children. People today seem to get caught up with all the craziness of the holidays season, with all the sales at the stores, the lights outside of our apartments or even our houses, and let us not forget the Christmas shows on our television. Thru it all we seem to totally miss the Reason for the Season, and that reason and the only reason we celebrate this time of year is because the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Even the churches on Christmas Eve seems to be a little bit fuller than some Sundays, my question is this, the other days (Sundays) aren’t people still searching for the baby in a manager. Why is it that we only  attend church and give thanks mostly on Christmas and Easter, and the rest of the year people seem to be way to busy to take a moment to pray and give thanks to the Father (God).

If you are truly searching for God one of many steps is to find a church that welcome you with Open arms, no matter what you look like, smell like, how rich or poor you are. I personally am a member of the United Methodist Church our words are this Open Doors, Open Mind, Open Hearts, we welcome all of God’s children whoever is searching to have a personnel relationship with Jesus Christ. Just search on the internet to a UMC near where you live and you will find one near by. For me when I walk thru the doors ( which for me was 20 yrs ago)  to where I worship today at, I truly can feel the Holy Spirit at work there, I knew then as I know now this is where God wants me and where God is calling me to do His ministry. I have true joy when I am serving our Lord. Wise men and woman still are search for the baby who laid in a manger many years ago.

 

Grace and Peace to all of you

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A Gift Called Love

christmasWhat is Christmas, and why do so many people make so much fuse over it, it is just like any other day, isn’t it.  I would like to take this moment to share the very first Christmas with you. You see more than two thousand years ago God knew that this world need a Savior, someone that would be able to saved His people (you and me) from our sins. Because the sin that we as humans commit on a daily basis, has cause us to be separated from God, the very God who created you and me. Too many people back then as well as today have turn their backs on  God, they have no time for him or even cared what he thought and even believe that God even exist, and the ones that think this way is so far from the truth. Long before the first Christmas the prophet foretold the birth of Jesus. In the book of Isaiah (which is in the Old Testament) Chapter 9:6 read these words, For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders, And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Price of Peace. Some prophets predicted future events, their primary role was to call God’s people back to Him. Isaiah was telling the people back then about a future Messiah and that would be Jesus. Many years later a young girl named Mary was visited by an angel telling her that God has chosen her to carry his one and only son. Mary was a teenager herself ones believe between the ages of 14-16 yrs. old, she was engaged to a carpenter named Joseph. The angel told Mary (in the gospel of Luke 1:35) The Holy spirit will come on you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, for nothing is impossible for God. Mary replied I am the Lord’s servant, may your word to me be fulfilled. So from that point on Mary and Joseph’s life would be forever change, God would use them both for His master plan to save his people from their sins. So Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. (Luke Chapter 2) While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

You see Jesus was not born in a palace, or some fancy place, nor did he come into this world surrounded by his parents loved ones. Jesus was born in a stable among the animals, a place that probably did not smell to good. To continue with this special night (Luke 2:9) and their were shepherds living out in the field nearby. keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord, shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said, do not be afraid, I bring you good news for all people, For unto this day is born  in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord, you will find a child wrapped in cloths and lying in a manager. So the shepherds as well as wise men from the east follow the star that stood over where the child was laying. Christmas is about a child being born in a manger, a child that would grow up and do so many wonderful things for people. However the most important thing that he would do would be to died on a cross ( in our place) which is not the end, he would Rise and He Lives Forever in the hearts of all who accept him as their own personal savior. As a song I have heard many times God Not Dead! He is truly Alive!, he is living on the inside of you and me.

Christmas is about God loving all of us even you who are reading these words. Their is nothing you can ever do that would stop God from loving and forgiving you. We give gifts to the people we love just as the wise men gave their gifts to the Christ child, the gifts of Gold, frankincense and myrrh. But the best gift that we can ever give to someone else is the gift called love, just like God giving all of us the greatest gift of all, his one and only son Jesus Christ.  If you are wondering what can you possibly give to the Christ child this Christmas and that gift is so simple, give Jesus your heart. Would you accept his love and the sacrificed he made for you because he LOVES YOU!, Yes You!

Merry Christmas my friend, remember God does Love you, because you are his child, his love is unconditional. Have a Blessed Christmas