Isaiah 7: 14 ....  
   Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

 Isaiah 9: 6 and 7  
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called
Wonderful, Counseller,
The mighty God,
the everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end,
upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

 Micah 5:2
  But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

  Luke 2: 8-14
     And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And 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. And 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.
 
 You know, i can just imagine the Father, up there in heaven that night. Just like any new daddy bursting at the seams over the birth of His Son. All the angels around the throne watching with tears of joy in their eyes, and suddenly the Father calls His best singers and tells them to go down there and tell somebody MY SON HAS COME!!!!
   Someday perhaps i might do a study about Christmas and that it probably isn't the day of Jesus birth but probably close to the day the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary.... but not today. Today i want to appreciate the fact that Jesus was willing to come and rescue us from sin and death.  Today i want to thank the Father that He was willing to give His Son to save us rather than just starting over, if you think about it, it only took a few chapters to create everything and all the rest of the book to restore it. Today i want to remind myself and you as well that now it is our privilege to tell others that Jesus was born, and why.  Most of all, today i want to say;
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS, THANK YOU FOR COMING.

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior's birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices
O night divine, O night when Christ was born
O night divine, O night, O night divine

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppresion shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise His holy name
Christ is the Lord, O praise His name forever
His pow'r and glory ever more proclaim
His pow'r and glory ever more proclaim
Fall on your knees,
O hear the angel voices
O night divine,
O night when Christ was born
O night divine, O night,
O night divine!
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, the everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end !
MERRY CHRISTMAS!
God Bless,
gary
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12/25/01
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