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Just Outside My Door 12/22/11

December 28, 2011
My thoughts once again are on Christmas and it’s only two days from today. I must tell you folks spending winter in the south, we now have two to three inches of snow. It snowed some last Friday, but we got more on Saturday and a little on Sunday. It may be gone by Christmas so those who like it better enjoy it now. As I’ve often said, I am among that group though I haven’t made a snowball or snowman for several years. I might just do that if a youngster came down and asked me to, just to prove I could still do it.

Back to my thoughts about Christmas. It doesn’t really matter whether we have snow or not for the reason we celebrate it is because our Savior, Jesus Christ, was born that day over a thousand years ago. I don’t think they get snow in Bethlehem of Judea where He was born in a manger in a lowly stable. However, His birth had been foretold by the prophet Isaiah in the Old Testament of the Bible in Isaiah 7:14, which says, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call his name Immanuel.” Once again Isaiah spoke God’s Word to the people saying, “ 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 Counsellor, The might God, the everlasting Father. The Prince of Peace.”

Years later Isaiah’s prophecy happened and, “the angel of the Lord appeared unto him (Joseph), Fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet saying, Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” And that’s the real true reason believers, those who have accepted Christ as their Savor and Lord, and sometimes others, celebrate Christmas.

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the poetry written by the late Helen Steiner Rice, but I have greatly enjoyed her poetry for years. Her life story is very interesting and she wrote many meaningful poems during the five decades that she penned poems and one of them is entitled, “Jesus is our savior.”

Jesus is our Savior

He’s the Savior of the World

All the world has heard the story

Of the little Christ child’s birth,

But too few have felt the meaning

Of His mission here on earth...

Some regard it as a story

That is beautiful to hear,

A lovely Christmas custom

That we celebrate each year...

But it is more than just a story

Told to make our hearts rejoice,

It’s Our Father up in heaven

Speaking through the Christ child’s voice,

Telling us of heavenly kingdoms

That He has prepared above

For all who trust His mercy

And live only for His love...

And only through the Christ child

Can man be born again,

For God sent the baby Jesus

As the Savior of all men.

I remind you all how He lived on earth, died and rose again victorious over death to be the propitiation for our sins.

I wish each of you a very blest and happy Christmas and never forget the love came down to us on Christmas and may you get to know Him too.


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