Christmas spirit: blessed are those who trust God PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 December 2017 14:27

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name…” (John 20:31, the Holy Bible).

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NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN GOD: Here are two Biblical accounts of two events that Christians the world over today celebrate as Christmas. The fist event is found in Luke 1:26 to 38.

In this verse, we see the Angel Gabriel, “who stands in the presence of God”, coming to Mary, a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David.

Gabriel told Mary, who was greatly troubled by the angel’s statement that she was highly favored in the eyes of God and that “the Lord is with you”, that she will be with child and give birth to a son, whose name will be Jesus and will actually be called the Son of the Most High and will be given the throne of King David.

Mary was incredulous, and actually asked the angel how could she give birth when she had not known a man. The angel told her that the Holy Spirit will come upon her and the power of the Most High will overshadow her “so the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”

The angel then assured Mary: “For nothing is impossible with God.” In reply, Mary uttered “I am the Lord’s servant, may it be to me as you have said.”

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CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO TRUST GOD: The second event is an account of Mary, the Virgin Mother of Jesus, visiting her ageing and barren, but miraculously pregnant cousin Elizabeth, wife of Zechariah, just after Mary had an encounter with Gabriel, the Angel of God.

This is narrated in Luke 1:39 to 45 of the Bible, and there we will see that upon Mary’s arrival at the house of Elizabeth

and Zechariah, the baby which was in the womb of Elizabeth leaped inside her, with the Holy Spirit coming down upon mother and baby.

In a loud voice, Elizabeth exclaimed to Mary: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear”, confirming Mary’s status as someone blessed by God, as well as the holy status of her child.

Elizabeth then confirmed the blessings that would come to anyone who believes in God, when she said to Mary: “Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished…”

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