Monday, December 24, 2012

December 25, 2012: Peace on Earth, good will toward men...

Today is Christmas Day. The Mass of the Christ, as the word breaks down, is the observance of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. You see, Jesus was of the House of David, Jesus was from Nazareth, since He was of the House of David he was tied to the city of Bethlehem, but most especially He was the Son of the Living God, the Messiah, The Christ. Jesus was born of a virgin, a young lass who had never known a man, espoused to Joseph, but not yet married. What was conceived in her was of the Holy Ghost, completely human but completely of the Spirit of God. I understand that Walt Disney World is a business but it is a culture to those of us who think of it as a second home and the Christmas message is part of that culture. This time of year the already beautiful grounds are decked out with Christmas finery and the shows have Christmas pluses, not just secular additions but celebrations of a Child that was born about 2016 years ago, born to die, so we could pray to Him to save our lives (thank you for that line, Matt Thiessen). So, celebrate the day, the day that He was born to bring Peace on Earth and good will toward men.

Luke Chapter 2
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. 21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.

God bless you and Merry Christmas.

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