Monday, December 24, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 December 24

“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 Morsel:  One of the things about a well-written paper is the writer will put the bottom line up front and then prove their point in the body of the paper.  If you will notice the gospel writers, this is what they did. Matthew draws our attention to Jesus through Christ’s lineage lines and then prove it in the rest of the book. Mark draws our attention to Him through prophecy and proves it in the rest of the book.  Luke draws our attention to Him through history and does likewise. And John draws our attention to Him by His personal relationship and revelation of truth and proves it in the other chapters.  But no matter which gospel writer you follow, you will conclude with the same understanding that they each had… “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1 Timothy 3:16).  Bible… the number one best seller every year all because of its Great Author.

Sing:  Tell me the story of Jesus, write on my heart every word.  Tell me the story most precious, sweetest that ever was heard.  Tell how the angels, in chorus sang as they welcomed His birth, Glory to God in the highest! Peace and good tidings to earth.

Thought For Today:  Bible… the number one best seller every year all because of the Author.

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