Wednesday, December 25, 2013

2013 December 25 - Morning Manna

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, 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. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 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, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them."  (Luke 2:8-20)

Today's Morsel: Today, around the world, we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Many may ask the question why all the hoopla, gift exchanging, decorations, and excitement?  I'm sure that each of us can relate to our own birthday celebrations.  Our parents may have given us gifts, and we may have even received gifts from others.  We may have had family and friends come and celebrate with us.  Jesus' birth was the fulfillment of prophecy. "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel"(Isaiah 7:14); "Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 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" (Matthew 1:22-23).  Jesus birth was no different than any other child's birth, other than that He was God manifested in flesh.  And so as you celebrate today, please don't forget the reason for this season. "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).  We celebrate the birth of the King of kings and Lord of lords; our Savior and our Redeemer.
Sing: Happy Birthday, Jesus, I'm so glad it's Christmas. All the tinsel and lights and the presents are nice, but the real gift is You.
Happy Birthday, Jesus, I'm so glad it's Christmas. All the carols and bells make the holidays swell and it's all about You.

Happy Birthday, Jesus; Jesus, I love You.

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