Message for December 17, 2017 from Pastor Shirley

   Matthew 1:21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
   On the day of  the birth of Jesus earth may have not know what was happening but Heaven did. All of Heaven’s angel’s were waiting in eager anticipation, waiting to break forth in praise to the birth of a newborn child, a child that meant that God had sent forth His salvation to earth.    

    Hebrew 2:14-15 tells us why Jesus came. “Therefore, since [these His] children share in flesh and blood [the physical nature of mankind], He Himself in a similar manner also shared in the same [physical nature, but without sin], so that through [experiencing] death He might make powerless (ineffective, impotent) him who had the power of death—that is, the devil—and [that He] might free all those who through [the haunting] fear of death were held in slavery throughout their lives.” The reason he became man was to die. So he had to be born a man in order to live and to experience death.

   John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” The Message Bible says it this way-”The Word became flesh and blood and move into the neighborhood.” Jesus left the glories of heaven to move into our neighborhood. Jesus chose to live among us so he would know what life was all about.

    Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” In this verse Jesus is announcing his mission-to seek and to save those that are lost.

    Jesus birth was the beginning journey that was to end thirty three years later on a cross, and then through a resurrection to be glorified and exalted and restored back into Heaven to the glory that He knew before he came.

   Jesus truly is the reason for the season. That is why we celebrate this glorious time of the year by showing the love of our Savior.

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