Sunday, December 25, 2011

Reason for the Season




Isaiah 9

Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—
 2 The people walking in darkness 
   have seen a great light;
 
on those living in the land of deep darkness
 
   a light has dawned.
 
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6 For to us a child is born, 
   to us a son is given,
 
   and the government will be on his shoulders.
 
And he will be called
 
   Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
 
   Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
 
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace 
   there will be no end.
 
He will reign on David’s throne
 
   and over his kingdom,
 
establishing and upholding it
 
   with justice and righteousness
 
   from that time on and forever.
 
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
 
   will accomplish this.

Luke 2

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
 4 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. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, 
   and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

My prayer for each of you is that you will be greatly blessed by God, and will strive to be a blessing to others in the coming year!

7 comments:

  1. Happy Holidays to all.

    30 above and still no snow.

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  2. And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call his name
    Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21
    Merry Christmas!

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  3. Thank you for telling the true Chistmas message.

    Merry Christmas to all! Jesus is the tue Light of Christmas.

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  4. Merry Christmas to the entire McWhorter family!

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  5. Mr. PJM, THANK YOU for sharing the reason Christmas is.

    And Merry Christmas to you all.

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  6. Thank you, and may you and your family be blessed also in the coming year!

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  7. A beautiful story and a belated Merry Christmas to all!

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