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  • Betty A. Burnett

Hope for the Hopeless

Tis the Season – Making Preparations to Celebrate the Birth of Our Savior

·       For the upcoming days, I will write about Jesus Christ, and the readers can also see how some have walked outside of grace by embracing “Santa Claus” Just who are we celebrating; what and Who is this awesome season about? Although there has been some controversy as to when Jesus Christ was born, the main thing is to honor our Savior.

 

·       Notice, that I will not be using images since we don’t know what Jesus looked like. Because I know some history of the various complexions that have been used of Jesus, I will leave that alone.

 

Examples of the Joy and Excitement we should feel as we celebrate the upcoming birth of Jesus.

·       When someone gets engaged to be married, there is a celebration, and a few days prior to their marriage certain festivities lead up to the actual day of the wedding.

 

·       After a woman has been pregnant for a few months, a baby shower is given with all kinds of gifts, celebrating with expectation the upcoming birth of the newborn. After the birth there is a greater celebration, with a ceremony dedicating the young child back to the Lord.

 

·       This season, we are celebrating the first event in the physical history of Jesus Christ. Note: In the Old Testament He was foreshadowed by types and figures.



  • Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14). This name means God with us.

 





·       For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this (Isaiah 9:6-7).

This is revealing Jesus from the time He is born all the way to His rule and reign in the eternal realm.

 

The first part of Isaiah’s prophecy confirmed


·       Simeon was waiting in the temple for this Jesus whom Isaiah had prophesied about.

And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.






  •      So, he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law,  he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word;for my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel (Luke 2:25-35).

 

·       And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against  (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

 

·       Anything that we learn, always starts with the Word of God. For those of you who don’t know this, you have learned about celebrations and prophecy that we still have today, of which both are based on biblical facts and that’s history.

 

Next – Anna the Prophetess Bears Witness to the Redeemer

 

~ Betty A. Burnett ~

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