HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS

Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la la la la la!  Did you ever hear

anyone say, or, maybe you said it yourself, “It doesn’t feel like

Christmas…”?  I was thinking about how we celebrate Christmas in

America. Even as a kid, Christmas was a big deal. For many years

we had put up a live tree, and then one year we got an aluminum

tree. My mom and dad really worked to make our Christmas special

as with other holidays such as Easter when once I received a

telegram from the Easter Bunny.  We celebrated the holidays in a

traditional manner.  One lady said it isn’t Christmas for her until

she hears Feliz Navidad and Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.

We laughed and I said, “I already heard them both.”  I think there

are a lot of fun things about Christmas.  It’s also a great time to be

with family and friends, not to mention Christmas dinner.  Be that

as it may, I wonder how much Hollywood  and marketers have

influenced the way we celebrate various holidays and particularly

commercializing Christmas.   Never mind that it is supposed to be in

remembrance of Jesus Christ’s birthday. Nowadays Christmas has

sometimes become Xmas.  We don’t want to offend anyone by

putting Christ in Christmas.  In the Philippines, starting in

September, Christmas music is blasting everywhere. In America,

the stores are displaying Christmas themes earlier and earlier in

the year.  However, in Christendom it is a holy day to celebrate the

Birth of Christ.  Christians celebrate Jesus’ coming not only on

Christmas, but all year round.

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Song: Bethlehem Morning     

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WHAT IF JESUS HAD NOT COME?

Matthew 1:23  Behold, a virgin shall be with child,

and shall bring

forth a son,

and they shall call his name

Emmanuel,

which being

interpreted is,

 God with us.

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Isaiah 9:6

 For unto us a child is born,

unto us a son is given:

and the government shall be upon his shoulder:

and his name shall be called

Wonderful,

Counsellor,

The mighty God,

The everlasting Father,

The Prince of Peace.

There’s a song in the air!

   There’s a star in the sky!

There’s a mother’s deep prayer,

    And a baby’s low cry!

And the star rains its fire

   With the beautiful song,

For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King!

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Some years ago a Christmas card was published, with the title, “If

Christ had not come.”  The card represented a clergyman falling

into a short sleep in his study on Christmas morning and dreaming

of a world into which Jesus had never come.

In his dream he found himself looking through his home, but there

were no little stockings in the chimney corner, no Christmas bells or

wreaths of holly, and no Christ to comfort, gladden and save.  He

walked out on the public street, but there was no church with its

spire pointing to heaven.  He came back and sat down in his library,

but every book about the Saviour had disappeared.

A ring at the doorbell, and a messenger asked him to visit a poor

dying mother.  He hastened with the weeping child and as he

reached the home, he sat down and said, “I have something here

that will comfort you.  He opened his Bible to look for a familiar

promise, but it ended at Malachi, and there was no gospel and no

promise of hope and salvation, and he could only bow his head and

weep with her in bitter despair.

Two days afterward he stood beside her coffin and conducted the

funeral service, but there was no message of consolation, no word

of a glorious resurrection, no open heaven, but only “dust to dust,

ashes to ashes,” and one long eternal farewell.  He realized at length

that He had not come, and burst into tears and bitter weeping in his

sorrowful dream.

Suddenly he woke with a start, and a great shout of joy and praise

burst from his lips as he heard his choir singing in his church close

by:

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,

   O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.

Come and behold Him, born the King of Angels,

   O come let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord.

 We can be glad and rejoice today, because He has come!  The angel

announced,

“Fear not: for, behold,

I bring you good tidings of great joy,

which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour,

which is Christ the Lord.”

 (Luke 2:10-11).

He comes to make His blessing flow,

   Far as the curse is found.

Speaking about holidays, every one of us has our own personal

holiday.  I am of course, speaking about our birthday.  I think

birthday parties are fun.  I particularly love it when you can pull off

a surprise party – such fun!

 Well, we know we can’t surprise Jesus, but we sure can celebrate His birth.

Song: Happy Birthday Jesus

Merry Christmas!

May the Lord richly bless you as you remember Jesus’ birthday.

Lord, I am so thankful that you came.

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