WHAT IS CHRISTMAS? This question was asked to some
Christians. The answers are worthwhile to ponder.
- Santa Clause / St. Nicholas brings fruits and gifts
to good children.
- Red Nosed reindeer
- Caroling: Spreading the message / talk to others
about the birth of Jesus
- Vacation: Coming and going
- Christmas Tree: Branches: Light; Ornaments: people;
star and light: Jesus Christ
- Sitting infront of a decorated tree and eating
candy taken from the socks.
- Fireworks: To see His face within that light
- Parties, gifts and cakes
- Cards (How many reads the messages in them?)
- Giving and receiving
- Decorating and illumining
- Worshipping and praising
- Buying and selling: Sale pitch up of the days feels
the pulse of the coming: Thrill, frill, and skill
- Eating, drinking and gift giving
- Loving and making friends.
- Light: The dawn visits us. Those in the dark sees
the light. God sent a man (John 1:6) with the LIGHT of
His love, which we call Jesus Christ. We have to
prepare the way within us .... by eradicating
ignorance and unrighteousness.
Christmas is an anniversary of faith and a celebration
of spirit. It is the time when people's hearts ring
like bells. It is the spirit and philosophy: "It is
more blessed to give than to receive." It is the time
when people do something mutually for others. It is a
time of happiness and joy when we celebrate the birth
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the manger.
Jesus is the reason of the season. We "wake up, look
up, and lift up our hearts to receive the LIGHT OF
CHRIST into every corner of our lives." A Jewish
daughter was chosen to be an angel in a Christmas play
in her school. She asked her father whether she could.
Understanding her dilema, he said: "Honey, be their
angel." That is the spirit of Christmas.
AT CHRISTMAS, we should have Christ's heart, will
and way (CHRISTUMANAS). Christmas (Latin) is Christ +
Mass: The Eucharist at the birth of Christ. On the
nativity night, three masses (Qurbana) were celebrated
- Midnight (Birth from the Father Almighty), at Dawn
(Birth from virgin Mary), and in the Morning (birth in
the heart of the Faithful). Christmas celebration
started only in the 4th century - in 376 at Antioch,
in 430 at Egypt, and in 549 at Jerusalem. If we don't
observe the festivity properly, Christmas may become
Christ mess or Christ myth.
Like John the Baptist, we have to prepare the way
to accept Christ ... no sin, no fear, no despair ...
but hope and faith.
See Jesus: Though the birth of Jesus was
announced, only the shepherds and the wisemen were
able to see Jesus, not Herod, the king or Phrisees or
Message to common people: Shepherds
Message in the night: Jesus, the light to
eradicate darkness (several things in the night:
exodus, David's Psalms, St. Paul's and Silas in the
prison and the epistles, and so on).
Wise men through stars, shepherds through
the praises of the angels, Herod through wisemen, Jews
through Scriptures the BIRTH was known.
Glorify God: "Glory to God in the highest, on
earth peace, and good will toward men" (Luke 2:14).
"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the
firmament shows his handiwork" (Psalm 19:1) Follow His
commandments and get rewards - receive positive
Angels' Announcements: Luke 2:10:
- Jesus brings good news: no more fear
- Jesus brings joy: Because it lasts
temporary; happiness depends on circumstances. But
nobody can taken it away (John 16:22). It gives an
internal peace (Acts 5:40-41)
Jesus' joy is available to all. It is part of the
fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22).
Angelic hymn is part of our every day vigil for a
good morning and most people know it by heart second
to Lord's prayer.
Glory to God in the highest: The process of saving
the human kind from sin. So the angels praising the
Lord. One of the angels informed this to Mary nine
months ago. Now they are seeing the miracle. This is
like a king condecending to his subjects. Therefore it
is to be glorified. After His resurrection, the saints
glorified Him (Revelation 5:9-10)
Peace on the Earth: After enmity, reconciliation
makes us very happy. Here unity with God. God brings
peace down to the earth... between people of all
kinds. He is the Lord of peace (Isaiah 9:6-7).
Good will to men: "Light of light, very God of
very God" born in the manger. "God is with us"
(Immanuel). Fellowship with Him (2 Peter 1:4). The
altar is House of Bread (Bethlehem). The fiery angels
see Him upon the altar as Bread and Wine. The bread
came down from heaven (John 6:56-59). We have life in
Him (1 John 5:12). He has to born in us.
ANGELS PLAY A BIG PART:
To Mary, Gabriel appeared with the annuciation: Luke
Angel cleared Joseph's doubts: Matthew 1:20
Appeared to the shephers: Luke 2:8-13
After birth, twice for safety: Matthew 2:19-23
Also later: After temptation: Matthew 4:11
At Gethsamanae: Luke 22:13
Rolled the rock: Matthew 28:2
Ascension: Acts 1:9-11
"After God had Adam made ....Angels wond'ring
gazed," ......(Holy Qurbana)
(Also see: Daniel 10:1-21; Hebrews 1:14 and chapter 25
of OUR CHURCH)
Be Humble: like St. Mary: "Let it be to me
according to your mind" (Luke 1:38). She is graceful,
highly favored before God, and blessed among men (Luke
The shining stars:
- They made the wise men to look for Him: Matthew
2:1-2. They pointed out that Jesus Christ is God
Himself and shall be worshipped by all,
- Herod's interest is also upon the stars, but
different: Matthew 2:7-8
- Stars moved before them (Matthew 2:9). We have
also something go before us as a sign (When afflicted
we learn His statutes: Psalm 119:71) Faith star in us
(Rockfeller had abdomen pain...vision about
persecuting slaves, Helped them and got relieved)
- Happy of achieving the goal (Matthew 2:10-11).
That is Christmas joy.
Worship Him like the wisemen and also see Mother
Mary with Jesus (Matthew 2:11). He who does not honor
the Son does not honor the Father (John 5:23).
How do we get ready: Shepherds and wisemen hastily
went to see with the eagerness to see the Blessed
Baby; the attitude of Herod and the Jews were
different. Wise emn did know the route and sought
help; stars and later revelation guided: we will too.
Herod was troubled at the news thinking that there
may be a challenge to his position. He had no respect
of personality: " The respect of personality is the
theme of Christianity."; "Great men exist in order to
make great men and greater to greatest." There was no
truth in his words and actions; Judah's kiss.
Give Him presents (Matthew 2:11). Where our heart
is there our treasure is also. Gift shall make happy.
Some-thing new that reflects care and concern
(Gift exchange for the host family given to a poor in
the harlem). Should give with a merry heart. "The gift
without the giver is bare." When people celebrate
birthdays they expect gifts. "What I want is my two
front teeth", said a youth. Wisemen presented gifts to
Jesus. Does Jesus expect gifts? Yes, us, our
submission and dedication. What does Christmas cost
us? For decorations and illuminations; for parties and
getogethers; for cards and gifts. For God - His only
Begotten Son: Gift of Salvation and Gift of Love - the
Gift of the Son of God. No cost Christmas: Mend the
differences; visit, call, write, volunteer; show
concerns for the last, lost and the least; be loving,
caring and living.
Three wise men (magi): Matthew 2:11: They came from
the East (2:1) and presented gold to infant Jesus in
the manger in Bethlehem by Melkiah of Persia,
representing the kingship of Jesus; myrrh (perfumed
burial spice) by Kasper of India, representing Godhood
/ prophethood; and frankencense (bark /dried sap of a
certain tree) by Belthaz-zar of Arabia, representing
Jesus' manhood (death) / priesthood. Some claim that
these wise men were descendants of Shem, Ham and
Japheth, sons of Noah. According to a Russian Orthodox
tradition, there was a fourth one, Arthaban or Koredan
who brought three pieces of gold to present to baby
Jesus, but could not arrive on time. The relics of
these wise men were brought from Constantinople in the
5th century to Milan in Italy, and later in 1162 to
Colone Cathedral in Germany; they are commemorated on
the 23rd of July as the patron saints of travellers.
Should not return to Herod: They departed another
way as divinely warned; we also get some warnings.
King is asking to go his way, Almighty God is telling
to go another way; they followed God's.
Stars brought them to Jesus; To return only a
message: they know the way.
Joseph's journey to Bethlehem (80 miles from
Bethlehem), Mary's tiresome trip, shepherd's
enlightening experiences, wisemen's search for the
truth, Herod's excitement, martyrdom of children,
baby's birth in the manger with the swaddling clothes
- all have excruciating, far reaching results on the
Christmas day. Bethlehem is house of bread. Jesus
(bread of life) was born there. Wise men saw the star
of the king of Israel, born as a king of the Jews is
over there. Jehoah is the only king for the Jews
(Isaiah 33:22). Herod, after checking the Scriptures,
realized this fact. He said he will also worship Him,
but did not, got a chance to do so. Jesus shall be
found only among the poor and the persecuted, not at
high places. We shall see Jesus with our own eyes
amongst us. Those who were near did not recognize His
birth, only those who were far away did. It was good
news for the poor and the sick, but terrifying to the
Acknowledge and accept the Son of God: A child was
born in an obscure village. Millions of babies are
born every year. But the "Babe of Bethlehem" is
different. He is the "Alpha and Omega" - the First and
the Last - that which was, that which is, that which
is to come (Revelation 1:8) Jesus is the only person
ever born with God's genes (John 1:14). Named Him
Jesus, means Savior (not Stone, Banks, Peach, Harper,
Bill, Wise, Guy, West, North, Sword, Black, White,
Hand, Sick. Wall, Wood, Price, Head, Fox, Bird, etc).
He was born with TLC: Tender Loving Care; not with
Toys, Lossanges, Candy/Computer
GOOD NEWS: "For there is born to you this day in
the city of David, a savior who is Christ the Lord"
(Matthew 2:11). We hear good news and bad news every
- Hijacking and kidnapping
- Plane accidents, earthquakes, voilcanoes, cyclones,
- Famines and pestilences -
- Racial tensions in Middle East, Ireland, India
- Recession, inflation, pollution, family breakdown
- Crime, violence, fire, theft, sickness.
But "grace and truth came through Jesus Christ" (John
Moses: He will be a prophet mighty in word and deed:
Jeremiah: He will execute justice and righteousness in
the Land: Jeremiah 23:5
Isaiah: "For unto us a child is born; unto us a child
is given; His name shall be called wonderful,
counselor, mighty God, Everlasting, Father, Prince of
peace .... Immanuel which interpreted is God with us":
9:6. He would be a "suffering Savior" as well as a
"reigning king." He is "Immanuel." i.e., God with us
Samaritan woman: "I know Messiah is coming. When He
arrives, He will teach us all things" (John 4:25)
He was born in a manger. He grew up in another
village--Bethlehem, Nazareth, Egypt. Learned carpentry
(like paul, tent-making). He had no money for
offerings ---turtle doves or pigeons instead of a lamb
(Luke 2:24 cf. Leveticus 12:8). Had to ask Peter to
catch a fish and get the money from its mouth to pay
tax. Never wrote a book -- wrote nothing, except with
fingers in the dust (John 8:6-7), but most books are
written about Jesus (About Shakespeare - 5200 books;
Napoleon - 2825; Gandhi - 500; John Kennedy - 400;
Robert Kennedy - 50; Jesus Christ - 9375 books and
many more all over the world (Library of Congress has
1,20000 books, poems, other documents in stock about
Jesus and 1000 publications on Mahatma Gandhi. Jesus
never owned a house or driven a car, sinners and
publicans were his friends (Matthew 12:9); never
visited a city, nor travelled more than 200 miles;
Preached against unrighteousness (Matthew 5:20; 16:6,
11-12); proclaimed liberty to the captives, blind, and
oppressed (Luke 4:1819); preached the kingdom of God
(Matthew 4:23; 9:37); friends betrayed, denied and ran
away during crisis; birth in the manger and death on
the cross; funeral in a borrowed sepelcher; and
rejected by His own people (Jews). How about we? Do we
recognize Him and give due place in our hearts, when
we celebrate His birthday?
The Message of Christmas:
It is the first festival in the Christian
calendar. Prophets and messangers communicated before;
now God Himself comes around to be with us and to
communicate. Lighting the fire during the procession
service reminds us of that great happy occasion 2000
years ago and also of the light the shepherds saw at
the birth. Fire is for purification. Jesus was born to
eradicate the sin thereby to sanctify the world. The
fire light reminds us of Jesus: "I am the light of the
world." We have to reflect upon the stars, the
wisemen, the angels, the shepherds, the presents, and
so on to enjoy the indepth beauty of Christmas.
Peace on earth: Not piece or peas. Angels
proclaimed peace. In the Holy Qurbana, peace is
proclaimed several times. We have to glorify God and
please Him to have PEACE.
Fear not, don't be afraid:
To Zachariah: Luke 1:13 ) Have
To Joseph: Matthew 1:20 ) No
To St. Mary: Luke 1:29 ) Fear
To the Shepherds: Luke 2:10)
Mary, the Mother, said of Incarnation:
To exalt the lowly (Luke 1;51-53 cf. Psalms 68:6) to
feed the hungry, and to attack the devil..
To scatter the enemy: Luke 1:51 cf. Psalm 68:1
(Herod, Pharisees, Saducees, temple leaders, etc,)
Be merry and happy: The proclamation to the
shepherds: Luke 2:10-11. Festivals, celebrations, good
wishes, cards, gifts, etc. The current time without
peace, happiness and joy. Keep away from sins and
darkness and embrace the divine, heavenly light of
Christ (Matthew 1:21) who saves the world from sin.
Jesus came to show us the way to God, to set
before us an example to follow, and to procure for us
the forgiveness of sin as our Savior. "Those who seek
the Lord shall not lack any good thing" (Psalm 34:10).
Give: God so loved the world that He GAVE ....
(John 3:16). God gave His only son with love. If we
love, we give. Extend our helping hand to the needy.
Four kinds of giving: (1) For pity (2) For salvation
(3) For name and fame (rich people) (4) Gods' love:
Real Christians. Jesus gave with compassion (Matthew
9:35-36). Jesus' strength overflowed when the woman
touched His garment. Give love, joy, peace, kindness,
etc. (Galatians 5:22)
God forgives our sins. Jesus forgave even on the
cross. We too forgive, especially during this time of
the year. 7 or 70 times.
Love: God is love. Meditate on the Love chapter (1
Corinthians 13). The world is thirsting for love. The
story of the two brothers: one married and the other
single. Sleepless nights for both thinking about each
other. Took grains and stored in the other's storage
each night to help. One night both met in the thick of
the night and learned what they had been doing. News
spread. A church was built at that spot.
Share and care: Concern for the last, for the lost
and the least. People with well furnished suits and
decorated apartments sleep on the floor for not
daunting their possessions. Poor man requested his
rich man neighbor for help but he got mad, Couldn't
sleep for both that night. Wife persuaded the rich man
to help and did. Both wept at the church out of
happiness. "Send portions to those whom nothing is
prepared" (Nehemiah 8:10).
Sacrifice: Jesus forfeited His divine position and
came down on the earth and sacrificed Himself for the
whole world. That is Christmas.
Believe that Jesus Christ is the solution for all
human problems. Trust Him and have faith in Him.
"People are unreasonable, illogical and
self-centered: Love them anyway!
If you do good, people will accuse of selfish
interior motives: Do good anyway!
If you are successful, you will win false friends and
true enemies: Succeed anyway!
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow: Do
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable: Be honest
and frank anyway!
The biggest people with the biggest ideas can be shot
down by the smallest people with the smallest minds:
Think big anyway!
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs:
Fight for some underdogs anyway!
What you spend building may be destroyed overnight:
People really need help but may attack you if you
help them: Help people anyway!
Give the world the best you have and you'll get
kicked in the teeth: Give the world the best you've
Make peace: Peace on earth at His birth. Blessed
are those who make peace.
Obedience: Obeyed parents. At Gethsamanae, "Not my
desire, but yours." Obedient till His death on the
God is with us: Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14). God could
have done this saving of humanity in another way, but
wanted to do this by being among us and by like us.
Akbar, India's emperor, once asked his shrewd and
smart prime minister and chief counsel Birbal, why God
sent His own son to be crucified in saving the
humanity and gave him two days for an appropriate
answer. The next day while they were sailing in a
boat, Birbal threw Akbar's son into the water. Without
waiting, in a haste, Akbar jumped into the water and
saved his own son from drowning. Birbal explained then
this is why God sent His own son to save the world ...
God loves us that much.
[NOTE: Afro-Americans share a feeling of togetherness
with seven principles during their favorite holiday,
KWANZA: unity, self-determination, collective work and
responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose,
creativity and faith].
A new heaven and a new earth (Revelations 21:1;
"Day spring from on high has visited us": Luke 1:78
Stars in the heavens a sign
God in swadling clothes on the earth in the manger is
Melodious heavenly music in the sky
God with the human beings on the earth
A complete change to the whole universe
The immortal God lives in the Church
Joseph with his righteousness, Mary out of her
humility, wisemen with gifts, shepherds with their
sincerity, and angels with melodious praises made the
manger and the situation immemorable.
God's life flows through the sacraments in the Church
Dry bones getting alive: Ezekiel 37
The leaves of the trees will not wither and their
fruit will not fail: Ezekiel 47:12
Abundant life: John 10:10
Walking with newness of life: Romans 6:4
Service in the newness of spirit: Romans 7:6
Inward man is renewed: 2 Corinthians 4:16
Put on the new man: Colossians 3:10
Rod from the stem of Jesse: 1 Samuel 11:1-9
Glory of the Lord in the reformed world: Isaiah
60:1-22; Revelation 21:1-8
Christ to born in us: No room in the inn; the
Savior doesn't want to be born in the palace, born in
the manger. Simplicity and humility; could He born in
our hearts and minds?
Good will when the love of God poured in our hearts:
Live for God: Romans 14:8
Christ to form in us: Galatians 4:19
He gave peace and good will to the poor: 2
Jesus became poor for us to become rich.
Look at Him to be radiant (Psalms 34:5); when we look
through the mirror of God's word, we transform more
and more fully into His image through the Holy Spirit
(2 Corinthians 3:18; John 16:12-15).
Alexander Pope: Even if the infant Jesus is born in
Bethlehem thousand and thousand times, if He does not
born in my heart, what is the use?
Napoleon felt the most happiest and peaceful time in
his life when he received the holy communion at the
Born in Bethlehem: Micah 5:2 cf. Luke 2:4: House of
bread. cf. "I am the bread of life"
IMMANUEL: MATTHEW 1:23:
1. Names have special meanings: Elijah: Jehoah is my
God; Immanuel: God is with us.
2. God is with us all the time
3. A power behind us: Love of God: "Our Father"
4. The mystery of relationship with God: God is holy.
We are sinners. God hates sin, but loves sinners. That
is why He sent His only begotten son to save us.
5. God revealed by Himself: We have to reveal this to
the Gentiles. At His second coming, the completion. A
monk and his disciple went out, travelled all day long
and returned in the evening. "We didn't preach," the
disciple lamented. "Our travel among the people itself
is revealing of our Lord," replied the monk. If we
live a good life, that is the real ministry.
Jesus, King of the Jews (Matthew 2:2): Jews
expected the coming of the Messiah, but did not
recognize Him because of their selfishness and pride.
The illiterate shepherds watched His birth and praised
the Mother and Child wrapped in swaddling
cloth...common people. Pure in heart see God (Matthew
5:8). Those in holiness only see God (Hebrews 12:14).
- Presented to Him gifts of gold, myrh, and
- Before Pilate: Mark 15:2; Luke 23:2; John 19:20
- Thief: Luke 23:42
Star guided the wise men. Who is our guide?
Scriptures, friends, Church, God, or someone/something
The one born this day in Bethlehem is a replica
of prophet Joshua (entered into caanan) and priest
Joshua (reorganised the order of service along with
Zerubabel after the rebuilding of the Jerusalem
The spirit of christmas is music: Carolling.
The serenity of Christmas is the presence of the
Holy Child with the Mother.
The power of Christmas is the blessing of "Jesus"
(Matthew 1:21) who is "Immanuel" (1:23), "King" (2:2);
and "Christ." (2:4).
Christmas is an assembly of multitudes: the Infant
Child, the youthful Mary and certain shepherds, and
the aged and matured Joseph and some of the shepherds
and wise men. Let us have concern for each of these
categories on this wonderful day: young, adults and
Therefore REJOICE today for the:
Unchanging characteristics of the Almighty God;
The glorious works of Jesus Christ;
The sanctifying activities of the Holy Spirit; and
The endless blessings of the Almighty God.
May we have the Spirit of Christmas which is
The Gladness of Christmas which is HOPE
The Heart of Christmas which is LOVE, and
The Gift of Christmas which is Christ.
LUKE 2:1-14; MATTHEW 2:1-12
The decree of Roman emperor Caesar Augustus brought
Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem where Jesus was born as
the prophet foretold (Micah 5:2)
Jesus was born in a manger - born in humble
circumstances - came to meet the need of the least
Not admitted in the hospital ... journey on the
donkey ... concern for the deprived.
The birth of the lamb that bears the sins of the
race was first witnessed by the shepherds. Was a
prophet like Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15). God became man
to make man God.
The angels announced the birth to the shepherds and
praised God. We can see divinity in each and every
job. Shepherds received the message.
Kings were terrorised, the deprived were cheered,
shepherds ran around, wise men arrived: change to all
The shepherds went with haste and found the Baby.
Those who heard the news marvelled, Mary pondered,
and the shepherds glorified and praised the God. We
shall share the joy of Christmas to others. The
carolings and greetings of the season should not leave
Like the wise men, knowledge and intellect all
shall lead to God.
Is God with us? Those who are pure in heart see
God. God should be with us and with our friends
(Matthew 25:40). God made man and he sinned.
They recognized the birth of Jesus as they are:
Wisemen through the stars, shepherds through the
praises of the angels, Herod through wisemen, Jews by
scriptures. How about us? How do we spread the news?
When the shepherds and the wisemen came with haste
to see, Herod and the Jews became enemies. When
gentile wisemen accepted Jesus as the king of Jews,
Herod and the Jewish leaders rejected Him. Herod was
troubled fearing that the new king would replace him.
So he tried to destroy Him.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem (house of bread), five
miles south of Jerusalem, the home town of David,
Israel's greatest king (1 Samuel 16, 1, 19).
The wisemen found the Baby with the mother and
worshipped Him with gifts.
The wisemen departed another way as warned in a
dream (Matthew 2:12). To come, they had stars to
guide; to return, just a message now they know the
way: "I am the way ... ".
- God gives direction how to proceed.
- Follow God's direction; not the worldly
- Wickedness doesn't work; wisemen went another way.
- Sinners go back as saints; bruised ones return with
relief, mourners return in happiness.
The wise men bowed down and gave the gifts. We too
should bow down.
Parents - Joseph and Mary - had no rest: Went to
He who came to preach the Gospel to the poor
Himself became poor.
Parental love: Mary and Joseph travelled 500 miles
from Nazareth to Bethlehem to Egypt and return; took
on the 8th day for circumcision; 12th year to the
temple. Mother went all the way to the cross and also
at ascension. Contribute love and continue to live.
Responsible children: Train their hearts. Jesus
went with His parents to Nazareth and was subject to
them (Luke 2:51). Learned everything by the age of 12.
Acted responsibly. Helped the needy and the sick.
MATHEW 11:25-30: CHRIST INVITES ALL TO COME
God does not reveal the truth about salvation to
the worldly wise
God reveals Himself to us only through the Son
Jesus offers this knowledge of God to all who will
Jesus gives rest to those who are heavy laden (John
God's plan to help us cope with life. His yoke is
light (1 John 5:3)
1 JOHN 1:1-10
God revealed Himself through Jesus Christ and
established fellowship with us: His disciples heard,
saw and touched Him.
God is light: John 3:19-20
We should lead a holy life to have fellowship with
Our relationship with others shall reflect our
experience with God.
We have to confess our sins to have fellowship with
If one claims that he is not a sinner, that person
refuses to accept Christ.
The Law locked up the sinners until Christ came
When one believes in Jesus Christ, his relationship
with God and with others change
In Christ, there is no distinction of race, color,
Like a child who is under the relationship of
others, every one was under bondage until Christ came
Christ came to redeem us from sin
We are all children of God - His sons and daughters
(through Jesus Christ)
HEBREWS 1:1-12 THE SON IS GOD'S SUPREME REVELATION
God spoke at various times and in so many ways
In time of fulfilment, God spoke through one
person, Jesus Christ, His own Son.
We are all His spiritual heirs
Angels are ministering spirits, but Jesus is the
eternal Son, our perfect Savior
We have to submit ourselves to Christ's righteous
rule by obedience
Jesus is Lord, the eternal unchanging Creator.
GENESIS 21:1-8 GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISE TO SARAH
Isaac was born to sarah in Abraham's old age - 100
Abraham made a great feast on the day when Isaac
MICAH 5:1-4 MESSIANIC PROPHECY
The ideal king: Judah's hope for the future -
would originate from Bethlehem.
Hezekiah, the king in Jerusalem, was helpless under
the invasion of the Assyrian king Sennacherib
Israel will be delivered from her enemies.
God will send the Messiah, even though there was
lack of trust among the people
God's anointed king shall light the benightened
He will bring lasting peace: wonderful, counselor
and Mighty God.
Jesus' birth was wonderful: Micha prophesied He
will be born in Bethlehem. Born of virgin, star at
birth, affected three worlds: Heaven (angels); Earth
(shepherds and wisemen - the highest and the lowest);
Hell: The devil was agitated and persuaded to the king
Jesus' life was wonderful: No fault in Him
(Pilate). No sin. Never said or did or thought
Jesus' message was wonderful: The sermon on the
mount' message of hope for all eternity. Comfort in
Him (Matthew 11:28); All have sinned (Romans 3:23);
Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Nobody never spoke
Jesus' love is wonderul: John 3:16. His love
extends from eternity to eternity. It includes all
races, tongues, and peoples in the world. It reaches
down to the deepest sinners and lifts him up toward
His death was wonderful: he died for us
His resurrection was wonderful
His ministry was wonderful
He prepares a wonderful home for us.