Thursday, December 23, 2004

Did you ever stop to think what Christmas is

?and why it is remembered

Perhaps if we were to really stop and think

about it we would really come with the actual

source of the origin of Christmas. The idea of

Santa Claus was introduced more than 500 years

ago and certainly thousands of years after the

real origin of Christmas that began in Bethlehem

.and with the birth of a child in a lowly manger

It's about a child who would redeem the world and

offer mankind a gift like no other gift ever

offered or could ever be offered by any other

person on the face of this planet. It was a

showing of a love that was unconditional not

only by the child that was born but of the

Father who had loved all his children

so much that he willing made his son

.the sacrifical lamb

It all began in a place called Nazareth, where a

.very special young lady lived with her parents

She was betrothed to a man named Joseph,who was

a simple carpenter and looking forward to her

marriage. Though unsure of herself as being the

perfect wife she still looked forward to her soon

to be husband and her new life.One night as she

pondered her up coming marriage and said her

.prayers, the angel, Gabriel, was sent to her

Gabriel told her she was highly favored by God

and she was blessed among all women. But this

young woman, whose name was Mary, was pure and a

virgin free of all sin. She was troubled by what

.she heard from Gabriel,because of the salutation

She thought,"what manner of greeting is

this?" Gabreil said," Fear not Mary, for you

have found favor with God and you shall conceive

in thy womb, and bring forth a son and you shall

call his name Jesus.He shall be great and shall be

called the "son of the Highest and the Lord God

will give unto him the throne of his father,

David: and he shall reign over the house of

Jacob forever and of his kingdom there shall be no

end." Mary was completely baffled. She said,"How

can this be, seeing that I know no man?" Gabriel

answeredand said to her,"The Holy Ghost shall

come upon you and the power of the Highest will

overshadow you; therefore also that holy thing

which shall be born of you shall be called

the 'Son od God'." Mary was also told by the

angel Gabriel that her cousin, Elizabeth,had

also conceived a son and she was in her sixth

month. Elizabeth was old in age and was barren

yet God had also blessed her and her husband

Zacharias with a child that was soon

to be born. "For with God nothing shall

be impossible." (Luke 1:37) Mary went to visit

.her cousin in Juda

When she heard Elizabeth say that she was blessed

among women Mary replied, "My soul doth madnify

the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my

savior. For He has regarded the low estate of his

handmaiden: for, behold from henchforth all

generations shall call me blessed." Mary stayed

with Elizabeth about three months, and returned

to her own house. When she returned to Nazareth

she confronted her espoused, Joseph about what

the Lord had done and how he sent Gabriel to tell

her the news that she would be carrying the "Son

of God". Joseph didn't believe her and thought to

"put her away" until later that night and angel of

God appeared to him in a dream and told him that

Mary had spoken the truth. The angel also told him

that he was to take Mary as his wife without

fear: for that which is conceived in her is of the

Holy Ghost. She will bring forth a son, and you will

call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from

their sins. So Joseph got up and went immediately to

.Mary and told her what the angel said

Now it came to pass in those days, that there went

out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world

should be taxed. (This taxing was first made when

Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) All went to be taxed

every one into his own city. Joseph also went up from

Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto

the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because

he was of the house and lineage of David:)to be taxed

.with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child

So it was, that, while they were there, the days were

accomplished that she should be delivered. (The time

of the child's birth had come) Joseph tried desperately

to find a place for his wife and soon-to-be child but

every where they went there was not room. He begged the

innkeeper to let his wife in because of her circumstances

but he said, "there's no room at the Inn" and slammed

the door shut. Joesph was persistant and the innkeeper

was growing weary of him finally told him of a place

he could use on the hillside where he kept his flock

that he could use. It was a stable; but to Joesph it

was a warm place and a safe place to deliver the Son

of God into the world; lowly as it was. Soon Mary

brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him

.in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger

Meanwhile, while this was occuring there were in

the same country shepherds sitting in the field

keeping watch over their flock by light. The angel

of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the

Lord shone all around them and they were very

afraid. The angel said unto them, "Fear

not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings

of great joy, which shall be to all people.For

unto you is born this day in the city of

.David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall

find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes

lying in a manger." Suddenly there was with

the angel a multitude of the heavenly host

praising God, and saying, Glory to God in

the highest, and on earth peace, good

! will toward men

When the angels were gone away from them

into heaven, the shepherds said one to

another, "Let us now go even unto Bethlehem

and see this thing which is come to

pass, which the Lord hath made known

unto us." They came with haste, and found

Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a

manger. And when they had seen it, they made

known abroad the saying which was told them

concerning this child. All they that heard it

wondered at those things which were told them

by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these

things, and pondered them in her heart. The

shepherds returned, glorifying and praising

God for all the things that they had heard

.and seen, as it was told unto them

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea

in the days of Herod he king, behold, there

came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 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. When Herod the king had heard these

things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with

him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests

and scribes of the people together, he demanded of

them where Christ should be born. And they said

unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is

written by the prophet, 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

Then Herod, when he had privily called the

wise men, enquired of them diligently what

time the star appeared. 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. When they had heard the

king, they departed; and,followed, the star, which

they saw in the east, went before them, till it

.came and stood over where the young child was

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with

exceeding great joy. 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. And being warned of

God in a dream that they should not return to

Herod, they departed into their own country

another way. 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. When he arose, he took the young

child and his mother by night, and departed

into Egypt: 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

This is the Christmas To Remember. This

is really what Christmas is all about. The

giving and receiving of gifts when done

in the true meaning and understanding of

Christmas would remins us that God gave

us a gift that we could use forever and

in accepting that gift we are given

redemption and the promise of eternal

life. It is a gift that was very symbolic

of what real and inconditional love is

all about. The only gift He wants in

return is to save you from sin and keep

you from the gates of Hell forever. So

from now one when Christmas time rolls

around in your house remember that this

is the real Christmas that should be

remembered and keep this in your hearts

and Celebrate Jesus not how many

gifts you are going to get or Santa

Claus. Christmas is about the Birth

of Jesus....nothing more ....nothing

.less ....quote the angels evermore

~ Abp. Mary ~

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