Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 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. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. (Matthew 1:18-25)
Today's Morsel: As we enter into what some call that most wonderful time of year, and what others have commercialized for personal gain, we must not forget its real meaning. Christmas should be seen as a time of joy and excitement for all. As the angel said, it should be seen as a time of "glad tidings of great joy." When we realize that God Almighty robed Himself in flesh and came to earth to save us, because no one else could do it for us, we should get excited. I don't know about you, but every day that I live, knowing that God loved me enough to do what He did for me, causes me to be excited. Rejoice, because God is with us.
Sing: Jesus is the sweetest name I know, and He's just the same, as His lovely name. That's the reason why I love Him so, for Jesus is, the sweetest name I know.
Thought for Today: Immanuel, God is with us.