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Study of the Word

December 2019 
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

- Matthew 24: 18-25 (NKJV) 

Why is Christmas such a magical time of year? Maybe it's because our minds associate Christmas with miracles such as the Virgin Birth of Jesus and the birth of John the Baptist.  Maybe it's because so many of the Christmas movies have miracles as the plot so we are tuned into expecting miracles at Christmas.  I don't know but Christmas is a magical time of the year.


In that, if 2019 hasn't been kind to you and has left you wondering if it will take a miracle to fix things for you then consider the miracle of  births in scripture.   The Bible is full of stories of people who were told they were going to have a child but didn't believe it was possible.  Mary wondered how she would give birth as a virgin.  Zechariah and Elizabeth questioned how they could have a child at their age.  So, if you've been wondering if God is big enough to solve your problem or if He can do a miracle for you - remember, God's answer has always been "Yes, I can".


The biggest miracle has already given in Jesus Christ from God's perspective so everything else is small in comparison to Jesus' birth. The divine birth was announced to shepherds, the angels sang. The Lord Jesus was born. He didn’t come as King, He came to save. His birth wasn’t announced to kings but to ordinary people like us because the reason He came was for us – what a strange way to save the world. Expect your miracle, have faith God is still in the miracle business and have yourself a Merry Christmas! 



Continuing the work of Jesus Christ

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