A Christmas to Remember! | The Savings Wife

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Christmas to Remember!

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy spirit have finished making the world, man and Woman. The first Man and Women have done something they have been warned about doing, eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and something terrible has happened. Sin has entered the world. Future men, women, animals and the rest of creation has received their punishment. But a price has to be paid to make Men and women sinless again. God has set his plan in motion and the years pass by and now God the Son has come to fill his purpose.

Matthew 1: 26-28: In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Matthew 1:19-20: Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream
Matthew 1:22-23: All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” which means, “God with us.”
Luke 2:1-7: In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. When they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Then the Shepherds get word of Jesus! More like they got a scary awakening.
Luke 2:8-14: And there were shepherds living out in the fields 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 to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
After the shock wore off they headed out to see the baby, Jesus.
Luke 2: 17-20: When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Mary and Joseph like all Good Jews went to the temple to have Jesus circumscribed and present offerings to God. Then returned to Bethlehem. Even now Satan and men would try to destroy God the son, The son of Man, The Christ who is Jesus. Years began to slowly tick by. Mary and Joseph are living in a house and Jesus is close to 2 years old.
Matthew 2:1-12: After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him." When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written: But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among
the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'"Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him." After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, 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 and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
After he found out he was tricked by the wise-men he was furious with rage and sent to have every boy child in Bethlehem and in the surrounding vicinity  killed who was 2 and under.   Joseph was warned in a dream by God to take his family and Run to Egypt.
Matthew 2:17" Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
“A voice is heard in Ramah,weeping and great mourning,Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”
Jesus would grow and become a man he would perform many miracles and then he would perform his role to be the sacrificed lamb on an alter. Who would 3 days later rise from the dead and appear to many. Then he would ascend to heaven to be seated again at God the Fathers Right hand. God the Holy spirit would come to live in each of the hearts of those baptized into in name.

This gets us to our current Christmas.   What is your role in the plan of God?

1.  Acceptance of His plan of Salvation for you?
2.  Witnessing and making Disciples?

Merry Christmas from The Savings Wife!