"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us…" -Ephesians 5:1-2
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. " - 1 Corinthians 1:18

Celebrating the Birth of Christ

Today our Pastor, Brother Jonathan preached a sermon on the Birth of Christ taking a different approach. Instead of looking at the events that happened he pointed out the rejoicing and celebrating that occurred concerning the birth of Christ. From Mary’s visit with Elizabeth, to the parents of John the Baptist;  Zacharias said,” “ 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) Elder Cook spent some time going through some of the Old Testament Scriptures that testified of the Birth of Christ. Elder Cook then pointed out how much Christ loved us to leave heaven and come to this world to take our sins upon himself and pay our penalty to God. Elder Cook concluded that we should always remember the Birth of Christ and not be ashamed to  celebrate it. 

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