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Thursday, 03 December 2015 11:42

 

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… `So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God’…” (Luke 1:35, the Holy Bible).

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THE ORIGINAL CHRISTMAS STORY: Just for the record, Christmas is an event that was foretold even before it happened, involving a kingdom that was being invaded by two bigger kingdoms. This king and his people got so afraid, prompting God to send a messenger to tell them not to be needlessly afraid because the invasion will not be carried out anyway.

The king did not readily believe the message, so the messenger dared the king to ask God for a sign that the invasion will not really happen. But the king did not ask for a sign, saying he did not want to test God. So the messenger gave a sign. He said, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, who will be called Emmanuel, which meant “God is with us”.

The messenger then declared that the son who has been born will also be called “Mighty God” and “Everlasting Father”, who will reign on King David’s throne and kingdom, with justice and righteousness forever.

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BIRTH OF JESUS ANNOUNCED BY ANGELS: Much later, an angel of God visited the virgin, and told her that she found favor with God and that, as a result, she will conceive and give birth to a son who will be called Jesus, “the Son of the Most High”, and who will be given the throne of King David where he will reign forever. The virgin, although greatly troubled, accepted her fate and said “let it be done unto me”.

The virgin was scheduled to marry her fiancée. But the man learned that she was already pregnant even before they could be married, so he planned on leaving her quietly. But, an angel of God came to him in a dream, telling him not to divorce her, and assuring him that the baby in her womb was from God and would have to be named Jesus (which meant, “he will save his people”).

Believing what was told to him, the fiancée of the virgin set aside his plan to divorce her and instead took her as his wife, although they did not have any marital relation until after Jesus was born.

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THE BABY BOY IN A MANGER: When the time came for Jesus to be born, the virgin and her fiancée found it difficult to find a room among the inns in Bethlehem. That being the case, they instead went to a manger, or a structure reserved for animals, where the virgin gave birth to her son, Jesus.

At that precise moment, an angel of God appeared before shepherds living out in fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. The glory of God shone upon them, causing them to fear. But the angel said they were not to be afraid because, on that day, a Savior, the Messiah, the Lord, had been born. The angel gave the shepherds a sign: the baby would be found by them wrapped in clothes in a manger.

Suddenly, a host of angels appeared in the sky, praising God and singing, “glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace on those to whom his favor rests.” The shepherds then went to Bethlehem and found the virgin and her fiancée and the baby in the manger. This was the first Christmas ever, heralding that God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but will have everlasting life.

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