Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Blessed Christmas!

"The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; 
on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned....
For to us a child is born, 
to us a son is given, 
and the government will be on his shoulders. 
And he will be called 
Wonderful Counselor, 
Mighty God, 
Everlasting Father, 
Prince of Peace." 
(Isaiah 9:2,6, Old Testament)

The prophet Isaiah wrote the words in Isaiah 9 hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus. 
After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to many people, and the New Testament is filled with accounts of His saving acts while He walked the earth and, later, 
through those who believed in Him. 

Christmas means the Light of Christ has dawned in our dark world, making the way to eternal life available to us. Like the wise men, we want to follow that Light, for it leads to Life.
This is why we rejoice ... Christ's birth means Hope! 

Here's what the apostle Paul, a man transformed by the love of Jesus, believed about Him,

 "The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 
For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, 
visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; 
all things have been created through him and for him. 
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 
And he is the head of the body, the church; 
he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, 
so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 
and through him to reconcile to himself all things, 
whether things on earth or things in heaven, 
by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross." 
(Colossians 1:15-20, New Testament)

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!
(Luke 2:14, New Testament)

Have a blessed Christmas season full of the joy, hope, and peace that come from knowing, believing, and following Jesus, our Savior and Lord!

Dr. Mari 

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