(Those who read my craft blog, this is partly from it, more bible & minimal crafty details.😁 please pray God's blessing on His word with me." Crafty post HERE - has Aussie summery photos)
At Christmas time IF the Christ of Christmas rates a mention, it is as the Babe in the Manger.
So when I saw this set of Beccy's digis, with this verse, I was so delighted! It's my favourite make this Christmas.
"Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. Let us adore Him."
The “Why” Christ came is the emphasis.
Christ, born to die that we might live...
These words weren’t spoken at Jesus' birth, but approximately 30 years later, at the commencement of Jesus’ ministry by His cousin, John the Baptist.
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and (John) saith,
Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
“And I saw, and bare record that this IS the Son of God.”
John 1:29, 34
John the Baptist was the Forerunner who went before Jesus, as Isaiah said to “prepare the way of the LORD” (Isaiah 40:3 see prophecy here).
Isaiah through God’s Spirit spoke those words prophesying the WHY Jesus came and WHO Jesus was! In the gospel of John they are the very words John used to answer the questioning Pharisees.
He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the LORD, as said the prophet Esaias. John 1:23
Two miraculous births occurred in the first Christmas story, see here in Luke 1.
These were the birth of John to his barren elderly mother Elisabeth (and priestly father Zecharias), and 3 months later the LORD Jesus to Elisabeth's cousin Mary - both were miracles.
Pray with me dear ones, that this Christmas time that those cannot see, or hear will see and believe on the miracle of God’s coming to earth to seek and save that which is lost!
Only God's Spirit by prayer can draw hearts to seek - while there is time.
As the birth of Christ is noted, may His coming again be remembered.
Jesus Himself said in Matt 24:44
Watch! “Therefore be ye also ready for in such an hour as you think not, the Son of Man cometh."
As I pondered Christmas this year I was discouraged at how far from the LORD many in our world seem to have moved. Then as I’ve read John 1 many times this week, I was struck by this verse, which absolutely reflected my thoughts:
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. John 1:5
So the following verses show that once again the KEY 🔑 to piercing the darkness is PRAYER, so WE MUST pray WITHOUT ceasing.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
That was the true Light, which lighteth EVERY man that cometh into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
John 1:5-12 (emphasis added)
Happy Christmas everyone - may our Loving Father God be with you wherever you maybe, sending giant prayer hugs and much love - thank you so much if you read this far, especially if you pray for God to bless it and are able to comment..
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