Miyerkules, Enero 11, 2017

The Birth of Christ

Luke 2:8-15 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
Why did God chose the shepherds and not to anybody else. The shepherds is symbolical in this passage. Remember that the shepherds are the masters or the leaders of the  sheeps. They tend the sheep and guide them to the right direction. The sheeps in return knows their shepherd, so they follow their master (shepherd). Sheeps are known to be docile and less aggressive animals and would only listen to their master.In Psalm 23: The Lord is my Shepherd , I shall lack nothing. In this passage, it means that we are the sheeps and Jesus is our Shepherd.
In today’s world the anybody who leads people to be reconciled to God are the shepherds whose master is Jesus Christ.
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
Why did the angel said that a Savior is born, the Messiah, the Lord that will bring great joy to the people.
Remember that the Israel people had been waiting for the Messiah as prophesied by many prophets. When the angel said that it will bring joy  and salvation, it just shows that the people were full of sufferings and hardships. It had been 4000 years from the time of Abraham to the coming of Jesus. There were so much chaos and confusions and sorrows among people. Remember that Satan came to destroy, to deceive, to steal, and kill.
History repeats itself. In our present day, the world is full of chaos ,confusions,sufferings. Some people of today who has not found Jesus maybe successful, maybe happy, but are they joyful? Joyful is tantamount to pleasure with peace.
12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 
Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace on whom His favor rests.People who found Jesus has the favor from God and so will find the true joy and peace, a man is longing for.
Anong halaga ng yaman at tagumpay kungdi ka mapayapa at tunay na masaya. Brothers and sisters, true joy and peace can only be experienced with Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Not savior only, because there are some professing Christians who makes Jesus as Savior, but not Lord of their life.
My Testimony: Since I came to know Jesus and makes Him my Lord and Savior, I know the meaning of true joy and peace despite challenges I faced in life. I can tell a lot of stories of my victories. Kaya nga ayoko ng mawala pa sa piling ni Jesus. He is the Lord of my life.
28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,you may now dismiss your servant in peace.30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
Simeon who was just an ordinary person took hold in his arm the baby Jesus when Mary and Joseph went to the temple. It seems that the spirit of God was in Simeon when he said it. Hindi ba malinaw na si Jesus ang ating salvation?
Luke 16 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.
In this passage Mary acknowledged Jesus as God and her Savior. Therefore, she also acknowledged that she was a sinner.Pero bakit natin sinasamba si Mother Mary. Bakit tayo nanalangin ng nakaluhod at paulit ulit na pinupuri si Maria sa isang rosaryo?
Christmas celebrations means Christ celebration. Celebrating the coming of Christ-our Messiah, Savior and Lord. However the true meaning of Christmas is lost because it is centered on material things. Our celebration of Christmas is mostly of pagan traditions and was originally taken from Saturnalia of the Romans who used to be pagans. When it’s centered on material things, then it’s wordly and therefore it is of Satans celebration.
However, for us who really knows the true meaning of Christmas celebrated it with much joy. I wish you too, who has not accepted Christ in life as Lord and Savior, would really feel what does Christmas brings to man that brings much joy.

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