Words from the Heart for Wednesday December 25th, 2019
But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.
Jude 1:20-21 (NLT)
Jesus is Born
On this day we celebrate Jesus’ birthday, we are reminded that this baby grew up, and by His life, death and resurrection He provided the gift of eternal life for all who put their faith and trust in Him. Those who don’t know Christ will move on after today, back to their normal lives, without any assurance of eternal life. How different for those of us who have come into a personal and life transforming relationship with Him. As Jude 1:20-21 says “But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.” The love of God that we have experienced in Jesus Christ continues long after this Christmas holiday season is over. It goes on and on into the New Year and into eternity. Keep yourself safe in God’s love – continue to trust Him and allow Him to pour more and more of His love into your life, beyond this season, so that all year, you might overflow with the love of Jesus.
Since Words from the Heart began in 2004, each Christmas we have shared the story of Jesus’ birth from Luke 2. That tradition continues today.
“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
When 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.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” (Luke 2:1-20)
Merry Christmas to all.
These have been words from the heart.