Christmas

Rejoice!

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Does the Baby thrill you?

A lot of people get excited about Christmas but for those that are spiritually minded it goes way beyond what is waiting for them under a decorated tree. It means far more to them than pretty decorations, parties or delicious treats. For these people the baby is more exciting than Frosty, Rudolph and the presents that Santa will bring!

Luke 2:20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.

Luke 2:37-38 Then she (Anna, a prophet) lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer.

She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem.

Matthew 2:9-10 After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!

There are still a lot of people that miss Christmas and get caught up in the worldly stuff that distracts us from what it is all about. If you are wondering how you are going to pay the bills in January then you have probably lost the true wonder of Christmas.

The people that were given the good news of Jesus arrival were excited to know that God is with us. The shepherds, Simeon and Anna, the wise men and even the baby in Elizabeth's womb all reacted with a sense of awe and wonder that God would come and be with us.

Let's get excited and rejoice about the real reason for the Christmas season! Because of God's gift we have a bright future in His presence for eternity.

God With Us?

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1 John 1:1-4 We proclaim to you the One who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw Him with our own eyes and touched Him with our own hands. He is the Word of life.

This One who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen Him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that He is the One who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then He was revealed to us.

We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.

If you are not a Christ follower then maybe you don't know why some people are. Maybe you don't understand why they call themselves Christian. Could Jesus really be that big of a deal? Why are people still insisting on celebrating his birthday?

John was one of the guys that spent all of his time with Jesus every day for three years. John tells us that he really knows the truth about Jesus and he wants to share it with us so that we can decide for ourselves. John is sure that if you consider the facts then you will realize that Jesus was not an ordinary man, he wasn't a madman and he wasn't a big fake.

John 20:30-31 The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in Him you will have life by the power of His name.

John wants us to know that he had personal contact with Jesus, he saw what he did, he heard him teach and he touched a real physical body. John was there for the Sermon on the Mount, he was there when the demons obeyed his command and be looked on as Peter walked on the water with Jesus. John believed and he wished that his readers might have the same experience that he had so they would have the same belief, the same hope, and the same joy that he had.

John 1:1-4 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone.

John's testimony tells us that Jesus is God and as God he has always existed, he took part in creation, he is the giver of our first life and he is the one that made eternal life possible. What an incredible thought to realize that Jesus was with God, he left heaven for us, he shared in our hurts and our struggles.

YOU NEED TO DECIDE

Matthew 16:15-17 Then He asked them, "But who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." Jesus replied, "You are blessed, Simon son of John, because My Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.

John isn't the only one, all of the people that really knew the truth about Jesus would testify that he is God in a body. We all need to take the quiz that Jesus gave to his disciples.

Who do you say that Jesus is? Have you really checked out the facts objectively? Was God really with us?