The Christmas story is probably the best known of all ALL Bible stories. Everywhere the Word of God it has been shared. The crux of it is Christ’s first coming is as the babe, Jesus, for He was born to die as our Saviour.
Meditating upon this story, I wondered if ALL of the heavenly hosts were there rejoicing? or a select multitude of heavenly host to serenade the arrival of the LORD Jesus?
In any case, they made a lasting impression in eternal matters on humble hearts! For God’s word is eternal and so was their announcement!
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. Luke 2:13-14
Glory to God in the highest.
Peace, goodwill to ALL men.
Well, we certainly need that today “PEACE, GOODWILL TO ALL”
- as in the time of Jesus’ birth.
Jesus was born in troubled times, as today.
Roman rule is little like the rule of today. There were distinct classes strongly separated in Judaism, and Romans and non-Romans. Jesus came to break down those barriers with PEACE, GOODWILL TO ALL!
I wonder what the baby Jesus would think of it all today, as newborn of today? As a babe seeing faces in masks, not learning proper facial recognition… NO! let’s not go there. 😷🤔
Instead, let us focus on our beautiful Saviour’s First Advent.
Yes! There is more than one Advent. 😃❤️☝️
Thank the LORD for that!
That is the brightest part of this story, you know!
This is NOT a one off! JESUS IS COMING AGAIN!
YAY! He IS coming again!
As we look at this story it’s really a story of Willing and Waiting Hearts.
The Anticipating Cast:
Elizabeth is Mary’s cousin. They’d long prayed for a son, but it was impossible. Until God’s miracle and John was born! “they were both righteous before God” v.6
**Mary and Joseph (Matt. 1:19-21 and Luke 1:26 -56)
Like Zacharias and Elizabeth they were “just” and “blessed, highly favoured” .. these are waiting, anticipating, believing Old Testament saints.
**Shepherds Luke 2:6-18
**Wise men Matthew 2: 1-13
These believed “as it was told them”, so many do not do so today 🙏🙏🙏
**Simeon and Anna Luke 2:21-39
These last two are truly remarkable!
Both are “righteous before God”, both for many decades we’re praying waiting with such anticipation for the Promised Messiah.
Both had been told of God that they would see Him! These are Simeon’s words when this promise was fulfilled. I love this!
Luke 2:29-33 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
“A LIGHT to lighten the Gentiles and the GLORY of Thy people Israel.”
Am I, are we willing joyfully awaiting?
Waiting right now, today, this moment for our coming King.
For our LORD Jesus’ Second Advent?
HIS COMING IS AS SURE AS THE DAWN
Do we walk daily in the light of “Perhaps today?”
Because truly perhaps 🤔 it IS TODAY!
May we be ready waiting as we’re Elizabeth, Zacharias, Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, Wise men, Simeon and Anna, who waited so long too.
For joy, today perhaps it is that He returns for the second time?
Amen even so come, Lord Jesus!
He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Rev 22:20
Bless, LORD God of glory, bless us ALL, in spite of our great sinfulness.
This Christmas time, may we remember afresh the promise of your coming again. May we daily desire to walk in the light of Your Son’s Return for His own, looking forward with anticipation as they did so many millennia ago.
Oh Father, please save souls today, all over our poor, sad world today, for ETERNITY’s sake, please, in Thy great mercy, for Thy Eternal glory. In Jesus name, Amen.
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Shaz in Oz.x
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Amen, Shaz, and Merry Christmas! May we all look forward to Jesus' coming again into the world to claim His own.
Amen Shaz! The words to the old hymn popped into my head as I read your post.
"Jesus is coming soon, Morning or night or noon. Many will meet their doom. Trumpets will surely sound. All of the dead shall rise. Righteous meet in the skies, going where no one dies, Heavenward bound."
Even so, come Lord Jesus!
Merry Christmas my dear sister.
Blessings and love,
Merry Christmas, Shaz! Maranatha!!! Our Lord is coming! Hallelujah! God bless you and keep you!
Joining you in prayer for the salvation of ALL mankind, and living in hope for the promise of His return, soon to come! Happy CHRISTmas!
Loving your reminder to look towards the second advent, Shaz... I do tend to get a bit caught up with the present! yes, we certainly need to pray for salvation for the lost
Oh that we be found faithful, and righteous, through Jesus
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