The Birth of Jesus Christ

The Birth of Jesus Christ … Matthew 1:18-25 … (KJV)

18 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.

19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

20 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.

21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

23 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.

24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.

Matthew 2 …(KJV)

1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying,

18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.

21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:

23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.


A Baby Changes Everything by Faith Hill

 

While You Were Sleeping – Casting Crowns

 

Breath of Heaven – Amy Grant

 

Mary Did You Know – Donny Osmond

 

Christmas Links …

Advertisements

Jesus Christ is the ONLY WAY

Do all roads lead to God and is Jesus Christ of Nazareth the ONLY Way?

There is a common belief today that “All roads lead to God.” While it is noble to respect each other’s religious faith, the Bible teaches that the only way a person can be reconciled to God is on God’s terms. Here are five “landmarks” that set Christianity apart from other roads.


The Bible…

The Bible is the only inspired, infallible Word of God! Historians agree as to the authenticity of the New and Old Testament writings, and contrary to popular belief, transmission of the text was completed with 99.99% precision (determined by textual criticism and comparisons of thousands of existing manuscripts). Conclusive evidence for the infallibility of the Bible includes: the bibliographical test; historical and archaeological confirmations; the Bible’s harmony and unity (considering it contains 66 books written over 1,500 years, by 40 authors on 3 continents); and the Bible’s fulfilled predictive prophecies. There were 330 specific prophecies about the coming Messiah in the Old Testament – fulfilled with 100% accuracy in the life of Jesus centuries later! God spoke to the Old Testament prophets revealing history in advance because He is outside of time. The Bible itself declares, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God (by the Holy Spirit)…”

Reference: 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; Psalm 119.89.

Compare: No other “written religious authority” in history has provided such purity of text, such historical or archaeological confirmations, and such extensive prophecy fulfilled anywhere near 100% accuracy!


The Founder…

God Himself is the founder of Christianity. The God of the Bible is the eternal, triune God (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit). He is the creator and the sustainer of all life, creating the human race to enjoy a relationship with Himself. Jesus Christ is the Second Person of the Trinity – God the Son. Jesus humbly took the form of a man and came to earth as Savior to redeem us.

Jesus predicted to His disciples that He would die and then rise from the dead three days later, an event which would validate His claims to be God! He did not try to escape death on the cross, but He submitted to it. “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

Reference: John 1:29, 2:19; Philippians 2:6-8; 1 John 4:2; Matthew 12:40, 26:52-54; Titus 2:13; Revelation 13:8.

Compare: All other religions “founders” were mere men, not God Himself!


The Cross…

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him (Jesus) should not perish but have everlasting life” ( John 3:16)! God the Father gave up His Son for us. His gift of eternal life is free to us, but it cost Him crucifixion. God loves every person with an unconditional, divine love! He created us to live in relationship with Him, but the Bible says that sin and death entered the world through Adam, (in the garden of Eden). Thus, all humanity is guilty of sin. (going against God, Romans 3:23).

The penalty of sin is spiritual death ( Romans 6:23), but Jesus willingly died on the cross, in our place, to pardon us. If we were to ask God to prove His love for us, He would point to the CROSS! The cross was the supreme demonstration of God’s love for us!

Reference: Matthew 26:31, 39; Hebrews 9:22, 13:20; Revelation 13:8; Isaiah 53:4-6.

Compare: No other religions’ “founders” loved people so perfectly, nor sacrificed so greatly to prove it! Other religions require human works for redemption. The Good News of Christianity is that God has provided us with the way to Himself.


The Resurrection…

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the central pillar of Christianity, and the evidence for its historicity is conclusive. We have the actual eyewitness accounts of this event (the gospels of Matthew, John, etc.); the empty tomb (despite the Roman guards and strict precautions), the transformation of the apostles, and the post resurrection appearances of Jesus. By His resurrection Jesus conquered sin and death, thereby offering new life, eternal life, to us! Jesus declared, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”

Reference: John 11:25; Acts 1:3; Hebrews 12:2; Matthew 17:9; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8.

Compare: No other religions’ “founders” ever conquered death by resurrection (returning to life).


The Only Way…

Jesus Christ claims to be the ONLY WAY to eternal salvation (life in heaven). In His own words Jesus declared: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” ( John 14:6). Our eternal destiny depends on our personal decision, whether to trust in the only One who can settle our “sin issue” so we can commune with God.

Logically, if there really is a God, then we must come to Him by His own prescribed way! That prescribed ROAD according to the God of the Bible, is by FAITH in Jesus Christ! Religions are based on various systems of works, whereas Christianity is based on Jesus and what He has already done for us!

Reference: John 14:6; Matthew 25:41; Acts 4:12; John 3:16; Romans 10:9; 1 Peter 3:18.

Compare: Other religions and philosophies claim that all roads lead to God, but their contradictory beliefs cannot be reconciled.


Therefore…

It cannot be true that “All roads lead to God.” When we consider the various teachings about God from different religions, we see that they cannot all be true. They contradict each other in critical ways. God cannot at the same time be both impersonal and personal, both singular and triune, both finite and infinite, both knowable and unknowable. There is no way to reconcile the various world views, such as pantheism, monotheism, and polytheism. Therefore, logically, either none of them – or only one – is true! The real issue is Truth, an issue of infinite importance.


In Conclusion…

Jesus Christ voluntarily died on a Roman cross 2,000 years ago to pay the penalty for our sins and to demonstrate His love for us. He was “God Himself who came in the flesh” — the promised Messiah. He offers every person the free gift of eternal life. The Gospel of Grace is : Whoever believes in the biblical Jesus Christ – who lived, died, and then three days later resurrected – will have eternal life in heaven! Christianity is founded on a Person, not on a teaching system as with other religions. Christianity is a relationship. God longs to have a personal relationship with you through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Religion is man on a quest for God!Christianity is God reaching down to man!

Marilyn Joy Tyner

Reference Source…
Do All ROADS Lead to God Tract
American Tract Society


What Must You Do To Be Saved? …

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10 (King James Version)

Salvation is a FREE Gift and FREELY Given…

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. ( Ephesians 2:8-9)


Suggestions for Christian Growth…

“Spiritual growth results from trusting Jesus Christ. “The righteous man shall live by faith” ( Galatians 3:11). A life of faith will enable you to trust God increasingly with every detail of your life, and to practice the following:

G – Go to God in prayer daily ( John 15:7)
R – Read God’s Word daily and repent of any sin. ( Acts 17:11) – begin with the Gospel of John.
O – Obey God moment by moment. ( John 14:21)
W – Witness for Christ by your life and words ( Matthew 4:19; John 15:8)
T – Trust God for every detail of your life ( 1 Peter 5:7)
H – Holy Spirit – Allow Him to control and empower your daily life and witness ( Galatians 5:16,17; Acts 1:8)”

Fellowship with other believers …

“God’s Word admonishes us not to forsake “the assembling of ourselves together…” (Hebrews 10:25).

“Several logs burn brightly together, but put one aside on the cold hearth and the fire goes out. So it is with your relationship with other Christians. (My Note: Be very careful because their are many false teachings going around. Be a Berean and check what someone says against what the scriptures say. Ask God to help and guide you.)”

Reference Source: Here’s Life Publishers, Inc.


Other Links…

In the Beginning was the Word

In The Beginning John 1:1 and 14 Bible Spots

Carpenter’s Daughter YT Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/carpentersdaughter2 

John 1:1 and 14 is so awesome. Read and meditate on it and let it soak through to your soul.

Blessings, Kitty <^.^>

John 1:1 … In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 … And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Holy Week Explained

“Holy Week Explained” tells why this very special week is so Holy to Christians today. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (NKJV) John 3:16

Blessings, Kitty <^.^>


Holy Week Explained…Excerpts

“The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ is the nexus of our faith–the key to restored relationship with God. The story of God coming to earth as one of us to die, at first glance, seems outrageously far-fetched. Yet all of Scripture either seems to point toward Christ’s crucifixion or deals with the new reality of renewed relationship brought about through this historical event. Although it is Christ’s resurrection that concludes the “life and death” drama of Holy Week, in a sense, the resurrection serves as God’s unambiguous confirmation that his forgiveness was accomplished — the spell of sin broken — and that Christ’s victory over death has, indeed, been won.” …

… “God, through his Son, suffered death so that we might live. In the book of Hebrews (2.14b, 15) it says, ‘Jesus himself became like (us) and shared (our) human nature. He did this so that through his death he might destroy the Devil, who has the power over death, and in this way set free those who were slaves all their lives because of their fear of death.’ It is the gift of Good Friday and the confirmation of Easter. God, through Christ, suffered the pain — the spiritual pain of separation — for our sins. Such is God’s love gift offered to us this and every Easter (or Holy Week).”

To read more of this article, follow the link below. ..

Excerpt Source: American Bible Society Magazine, Spring 2003, p7, Excerpts from:

‘The Cup of Death – The Gift of Life’ by David Singer: http://img.forministry.com/5/5E/5E4F0DE5-2C42-4DD6-A1BA2D64B3F81DC2/DOC/ABS_RECORD_SPRING03_mag.pdf

Don’t Leave it on the Desk

THE GIFT: There was a certain Professor of Religion named Dr. Christianson, a studious man who taught at a small college in the western United States. Dr. Christianson taught the required survey course in Christianity at this particular institution. Every student was required to take this course their freshman year, regardless of his or her major.

Although Dr. Christianson tried hard to communicate the essence of the gospel in his class, he found that most of his students looked upon the course as nothing but required drudgery. Despite his best efforts, most students refused to take Christianity seriously.

This year, Dr. Christianson had a special student named Steve. Steve was only a freshman, but was studying with the intent of going onto seminary for the ministry. Steve was popular, he was well liked, and he was an imposing physical specimen. He was now the starting center on the school football team and was the best student in the professor’s class.

One day, Dr. Christianson asked Steve to stay after class so he could talk with him. “How many push-ups can you do?”

Steve said, “I do about 200 every night.”

“200? That’s pretty good, Steve,” Dr. Christianson said.

“Do you think you could do 300?”

Steve replied, “I don’t know… I’ve never done 300 at a time.”

“Do you think you could?” again asked Dr. Christianson.

“Well, I can try,” said Steve.

“Can you do 300 in sets of 10? I have a class project in mind and I need you to do about 300 push-ups in sets of ten for this to work. Can you do it? I need you to tell me you can do it,” said the professor.

Steve said, “Well… I think I can… yeah, I can do it.”

Dr. Christianson said, “Good! I need you to do this on Friday. Let me explain what I have in mind”…

Friday came and Steve got to class early and sat in the front of the room. When class started, the professor pulled out a big box of donuts. These weren’t the normal kinds of donuts. They were the extra fancy BIG kind, with cream centers and frosting swirls. Everyone was pretty excited it was Friday, the last class of the day and they were going to get an early start on the weekend with a party in Dr. Christianson’s class.

Dr. Christianson went to the first girl in the first row and asked, “Cynthia, do you want to have one of these donuts?”

Cynthia said, “Yes.”

Dr. Christianson then turned to Steve and asked, “Steve, would you do ten push-ups so that Cynthia can have a donut?”

“Sure!” Steve jumped down from his desk to do a quick ten. Then Steve again sat in his desk. Dr. Christianson put a donut on Cynthia’s desk.

Dr. Christianson then went to Joe, the next person, and asked, “Joe, do you want a donut?”

Joe said, “Yes.” Dr. Christianson asked, “Steve would you do ten push-ups so Joe can have a donut?”

Steve did ten push-ups, Joe got a donut. And so it went, down the first aisle, Steve did ten push-ups for every person before they got their donut.

Walking down the second aisle, Dr. Christianson came to Scott. Scott was on the basketball team and in as good condition as Steve. He was very popular and never lacking for female companionship. The professor asked, “Scott do you want a donut?”

Scott’s reply was, “Well, can I do my own push-ups?”

Dr. Christianson said, “No, Steve has to do them.”

Then Scott said, “Well, I don’t want one then.”

Dr. Christianson shrugged and then turned to Steve and asked, “Steve, would you do ten push-ups so Scott can have a donut he doesn’t want?”

With perfect obedience Steve started to do ten push-ups.

Scott said, “HEY! I said I didn’t want one!”

Dr. Christianson said, “Look, this is my classroom, my class, my desks and these are my donuts. Just leave it on the desk if you don’t want it.”

And he put a donut on Scott’s desk.

By this time, Steve had begun to slow down a little. He just stayed on the floor between sets because it took too much effort to be getting up and down. You could start to see a little perspiration coming out around his brow.

Dr. Christianson started down the third row. Now the students were beginning to get a little angry.

Dr. Christianson asked Jenny, “Jenny, do you want a donut?”

Sternly, Jenny said, “No.”

Then Dr. Christianson asked Steve, “Steve, would you do ten more push-ups so Jenny can have a donut that she doesn’t want?”

Steve did ten. Jenny got a donut.

By now, a growing sense of uneasiness filled the room. The students were beginning to say, “No!” and there were all these uneaten donuts on the desks.

Steve had to really put forth a lot of extra effort to get these push-ups done for each donut. There began to be a small pool of sweat on the floor beneath his face, his arms and brow were beginning to get red because of the physical effort involved.

Dr. Christianson asked Robert, who was the most vocal unbeliever in the class, to watch Steve do each push up to make sure he did the full ten push-ups in a set because he couldn’t bear to watch all of Steve’s work for all of those uneaten donuts. He sent Robert over to where Steve was so Robert could count the set and watch Steve closely.

Dr. Christianson started down the fourth row. During his class, however, some students from other classes had wandered in and sat down on the steps along the radiators that ran down the sides of the room. When the professor realized this, he did a quick count and saw that now there were 34 students in the room. He started to worry if Steve would be able to make it.

Dr. Christianson went on to the next person and the next and the next. Near the end of that row, Steve was really having a rough time. He was taking a lot more time to complete each set.

Steve asked Dr. Christianson, “Do I have to make my nose touch on each one?”

Dr. Christianson thought for a moment, “Well, they’re your push-ups. You can do them any way that you want.” And Dr. Christianson went on.

A few moments later, Jason, a recent transfer student, came to the room and was about to come in when all the students yelled in one voice, “NO! Don’t come in! Stay out!”

Jason didn’t know what was going on. Steve picked up his head and said, “No, let him come.”

Dr. Christianson said, “You realize that if Jason comes in you will have to do ten push-ups for him?”

Steve said, “Yes, let him come in. Give him a donut.”

Dr. Christianson said, “Okay, Steve, I’ll let you get Jason’s out of the way right now. Jason, do you want a donut?”

Jason, new to the room, hardly knew what was going on. “Yes,” he said, “give me a donut.”

“Steve, will you do ten push-ups so that Jason can have a donut?”

Steve did ten push-ups very slowly and with great effort. Jason, bewildered, was handed a donut and sat down. Dr Christianson finished the fourth row, and then started on those visitors seated by the heaters. Steve’s arms were now shaking with each push-up in a struggle to lift himself against the force of gravity. By this time sweat was profusely dropping off of his face, there was no sound except his heavy breathing. There was not a dry eye in the room.

The very last two students in the room were two young women, both cheerleaders and very popular. Dr. Christianson went to Linda, the second to last, and asked, “Linda, do you want a doughnut?”

Linda said, very sadly, “No, thank you.”

Professor Christianson quietly asked, “Steve, would you do ten push-ups so that Linda can have a donut she doesn’t want?”

Grunting from the effort, Steve did ten very slow push-ups for Linda.

Then Dr. Christianson turned to the last girl, Susan and said, “’Susan, do you want a donut?”

Susan, with tears flowing down her face, began to cry. “Dr. Christianson, can I help him?”

Dr Christianson, with tears of his own, said, “No, Steve has to do it alone. I have given him this task and he is in charge of seeing that everyone has an opportunity for a donut whether they want it or not. When I decided to have a party this last day of class, I looked at my grade book. Steve here is the only student with a perfect grade. Everyone else has failed a test, skipped class or offered me inferior work. Steve told me that in football practice, when a player messes up he must do push-ups. I told Steve that none of you could come to my party unless he paid the price by doing your push-ups. He and I made a deal for your sakes.”

“Steve, would you do ten push-ups so Susan can have a donut?”

As Steve very slowly finished his last push-up, with the understanding that he had accomplished all that was required of him, having done 350 push-ups, his arms buckled beneath him and he fell to the floor.

Dr. Christianson turned to the room and said, “And so it was, that our Savior, Jesus Christ, on the cross, said to the Father, ‘Into thy hands I commend my spirit.’ With the understanding that Jesus had done everything that was required of him, he yielded up his life. And like some of those in this room, many of us leave the gift on the desk, uneaten.”

Two students helped Steve up off the floor and to a seat, physically exhausted, but wearing a thin smile. “Well done, good and faithful servant,” said the professor, adding, “Not all sermons are preached in words.”

Turning to his class, the professor said, “My wish is that you might understand and fully comprehend all the riches of grace and mercy that have been given to you through the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God spared not his only begotten son, but gave him up for us all, for the whole Church, now and forever. Whether or not we choose to accept God’s gift to us, the price has been paid.”

Wouldn’t you be foolish and ungrateful to leave it lying on the desk?

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-

– Author Unknown

Source:  http://www.sermonillustrationlibrary.org/illustration52