“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
-Virgin Mary was betrothed to Joseph & bore a Son Immanuel by the help of the Holy Spirit, that He may always dwell with us, to share His eternal love with us, to strengthen & guide us in all things. Joseph was a just man & Mary a virgin, who gained favour before the Lord. May we also yearn for righteousness that the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ may abide in us & our homes forever.
-Birth in Hebrew is written as yalad & it means origin, delivery & outcome. Birth represents inception of natural life.
-Christians all over the world celebrate Christmas every year mainly to thank God for all the things He has done unto us, to give Him glory & praise for His goodness & mercy upon us, to share joy & love with our families, friends & neighbors, to reflect upon ones personal life & to ask God to continue blessing us & directing us in His will as we transit into the next year. We also celebrate our own birthdays like two kings Pharaoh & Herod. Their encounters reveal key concepts. During his birthday, Pharaoh restored his chief butler & hang the chief baker as per Joseph’s interpretation, & Herod rewarded Herodias’s daughter after her dance & killed John the baptizer of Christ (Mat 14:6-10). Joseph was later promoted & was able to provide grain to all the countries. Similarly, Christ the bread of life predicted His death & died to save the whole world. Further, Joseph was imprisoned with two men where one was saved & the other condemned, while Jesus was crucified alongside two men where one was promised eternal life. Before His death, Jesus spoke to the disciples about it & they became sorrowful like a pregnant woman experiencing birth pangs but rejoices after she conceives (Jn 16:21). We are reminded in Psa 71:6 to acknowledge God our Maker who Has upheld & sustained us since we were born. We are also called to focus on our purpose as human beings for the whole creation eagerly awaits in union with birth pangs for Christ to be formed in us & manifestation of son’s, that creation might be set free from the bondage of corruption (Rom 8:22-23). Just as God the Father manifested Christ when He said “This is my beloved Son with Whom I am well pleased”, we are reminded that, we can only please God when we are led by the Spirit in obedience to His Word. Through the help of the Holy Spirit we share & live by the grace of Christ until His second coming.
Holy God holy mighty One holy immortal One, have mercy on us & on the whole world. As we prepare for Your birth Jesus; we humbly ask You to birth new graces in our hearts, families & nation, to bind us together with Your love. We pray for all infants, students, parents, employers, employees, professionals, business people, unemployed, married, childless, unmarried, widows, orphans, the sick, priests, pastors, leaders, governments all over world, that You may bestow new blessings in all of us & our institutions in the coming year. Journey with us Father in Your mercy & peace as we travel to various destinations; that we may have a blissful time. You are the King of kings & Lord of lords, we praise You & worship You now & forever. Amen
To be continued in January 2018
Merry Christmas & a Blessed New year
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