Christ is born!

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
-Luke 2:1-14

Jesus Christ is born!  Enjoy your time opening gifts and visiting with family today.  Thank God for giving us the greatest gift of all, his Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Glory to God in the highest, and peace to all of his children.

I leave you with my favorite clip of the Christmas season.

-Chris

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Zechariah’s Prophecy

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited and redeemed his people
and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David,
as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
that we should be saved from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us;
to show the mercy promised to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to his people
in the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.
-Luke 1:68-80

This prophecy from Zechariah, John the Baptist’s father, comes from him as he is filled with the Holy Spirit (v. 67) as Elizabeth was in verse 41.  This is often read in conjunction with Mary’s song, the Magnificat.  Known as the “Benedictus,” this word from Zechariah speaks of  the coming Christ child.  Take a moment, read the words, think about them, and pray in response to God the Father thanking him for his Son, and particularly whatever word from this messianic prophecy spoke to you.

Happy Christmas Eve.  Have a wonderful day!

-Chris

Jesus Our Peace

Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands—remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
-Ephesians 2:11-22

Here is a poem I wrote in the past (this is a draft, never really revised and written fully) about Christ as our peace.  Spend some time in prayer today asking Christ to be your peace.

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Come quickly, Lord Jesus.
Quiet my soul.
Slow my hyper heart.

Worry seeps in
Like a venom in my veins.
In my heart
It surely reigns.

Come quickly, Lord Jesus.
Still my shaking.
Tame my trembling.

Fear approaches fast
Like a snake its prey.
My mind,
It’s bound.

Come quickly, Lord Jesus.
Encourage my spirit.
Heal my faith.

Peace like a waterfall
Cleanses the dirty,
Overwhelms the fear,
And cannot be contained.

Father of faith,
Prince of peace,
Healer of hearts,
Savior of Souls.

Come quickly, Lord Jesus.
Fulfill your will.
Establish your kingdom.
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-Chris