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Celebrating the Birth of Christ

There was much celebrating that occurred concerning the birth of Christ. After Mary had been visited by the angel Gabriel and was told that she would bare a Son and His name shall be called Jesus, she took a trip to see her cousin Elisabeth. When Mary arrived and gave her salutations the babe John leaped in Elisabeth’s womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. (Luke 1:41) Elizabeth greatly rejoiced and said with a loud voice, “Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb”. (Luke 1:42) Mary rejoices greatly saying, “My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour” Zacharias did not believe the angel Gabriel at the announcement of the birth of John because Elisabeth was barren. The Angel made Zacharias mute until this prophecy came to pass. After John’s birth, the first thing Zacharias did when he was able to speak was to praise God, “  Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; (Luke 1:68-69) The day the Jesus was born, it was announced by angels to shepherds in the field, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11) There was a celebration going on by Heavenly Hosts, “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:13-14) The shepherds went immediately to witness what the Angels had announced. They went to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph and a babe lying in a manger. They rejoiced greatly and spread the news abroad of what they had seen and heard concerning the child. ” And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.”(Luke 2:20) Today, over 2000 years later I rejoice in this news and celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. – Brother Jonathan


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