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JOY TO THE WORLD THE LORD HAS COME
We are now officially in what the world calls the Holiday Season. To us as believers in Christ it is our Road to Salvation season.
Folks are all in a flurry about what they want for Christmas, what shall I get Mom for Christmas, what shall I get the kids for Christmas, what shall….what shall….what shall?
I don’t mean to pull the plug on Christmas, I enjoy the gift giving too but what we really should be asking is what shall I give Jesus for Christmas? All the above what shall’s are fine but the what shall for Jesus should be first. He is the one whose birth we are actually celebrating. He was the one whose sole purpose for being born was to give us the gift of salvation through His death. That is the greatest gift we could ever have. His is actually the easiest gift to give, it doesn’t cost anything, you don’t have to spend hours in long lines in the store trying to get the right size or color. All he want is to give yourself to Him, He will be perfectly happy with that. One way we can give our self to him is by giving to His sheep.
In Pottstown we have two fantastic ministries that give to the lost and hurting sheep all year long, Pottstown Bible Church located at 431 E. High St Pottstown, PA 19464 or phone 610-340-0738 or Ministries at Main St you can reach them at 610-970-2444 or ministriesatmainstreet.org, their mailing address is 256 S. Hanover St Pottstown, PA 19465. Reach out to either one or both of them with a Christmas present for Jesus.
Isaiah 9:6 tells us: For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Matthew 1: 18 -23 says:
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
This is who Jesus is and why He was born.
Before Jesus ascended to Heaven He gave a new commandment in John 13:34 – 35
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
What better gift can we give of ourselves than to give to His sheep and to show love. Just in case you haven’t thought of it, the more you give the more God gives.
No matter how much we give we can’t out give the gift of salvation that the birth of Jesus gave to us. Remember He was born to die to cleanse us of our sins.
Don’t leave Jesus sitting in the corner of the room and being ignored at His own birthday party. Invite Him into the center of the action.
I pray that your Christmas and New Year celebrations be blessed and filled tith the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I will leave the message from Rev. Isaiah Jones on until our next update. Here he is speaking at Cross Roads Church on Chelten Ave in the Germantown Section of Philadelphia, PA. Be blessed by the hearing of the word.
If you would like to have Rev. Jones come and share the word of God with your congregation he can be reached @ 203-507-1599 or via e-mail email@example.com