Meditation on Christmas

“8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” ~Luke 2

This Christmas time
We remember
The birth of a boy
Sent down from Heaven
To Earth
A Heavenly Body
Become an Earthly Body
His Immortal Being
Become Mortal Flesh

And He came
Who knew no sin
To become sin on our behalf
And He came
Who knew no death
To suffer death on our behalf

And He did it for His love
For He loved us who deserve none of it
So that we who know sin
May be free of the slavery of sin
So that we who know death
May live with Him eternally
Death no longer holds sting for us His children
So that we who are mortal
May live eternal life
So that we who know earth
May live in Heaven with Christ

Oh for that day,
When all things of this world
Melt away
No more sin
No more pain
No more death
All that is worth having—
It is there!
All that is worth desiring—
It is there!
All that is beautiful—
It is there!
And oh so much more!
For we have all things good
In Christ our Savior!
In Christ our King!

~

“1Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” ~Colossians 3

“4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” ~Philippians 4

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