Merry Christmas to you, all my parents, children in Christ and friends on the social platforms!
Christmas is a commemoration of Joy and goodwill to All.
Do you remember the Hymn, ‘Joy to the World The Lord has come’? It was written in 1719 by Isaac Watts (1674-1748) but composed by Georg F. Haendel, in 1742.
Here is the first stanza
Joy to the world
The Lord has come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and heaven and nature singThis is the essence or the main message of Christmas, a time, usually 25 December, when Christians remember and celebrate the coming in human form as a baby through the blessed Virgin Mary, of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is one of the main doctrines or teaching of Christianity
, called incarnation. The word’ incarnation’ is of Latin origin in plus carnis, flesh. God, for Jesus is Lord and God the Saviour, out of love came in human form in order to die in our place( called the doctrine of substitutionary death). Read, Act 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. See the Gospel of John3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Also, read Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
The Wikipedia summarizes the life of the Hymn writer thus, Isaac Watts, 17 July 1674 – 25 November 1748) was an English Christian minister, hymn writer, theologian, and logician. He was a prolific and popular hymn writer and is credited with some 750 hymns. He is recognized as the “Godfather of English Hymnody;” many of his hymns remain in use today and have been translated into numerous languages.
In his hymn above, Joy to the World The Lord has come’, Isaac Watts summarizes the basic logic and reasons for Christmas as follows: It is Joy, excitement to the world, because the Lord, has come.
Why the Joy? A Saviour, a deliverer from satanic fall of Genesis 3;1-7 has come. . A reconciliation between an angry God and victims that human race had become, has finally come.
Because, a Redeemer has come. Because an eternal bridge and hence eternal life has been secured. Because we have become adopted dons and daughters of God.
It is celebration of an unusual change of status. It is a sort of comparative securing a citizenship of the greatest country, not only of the earth but of eternity. Everything now changes for humanity! So Christmas is celebration of Hope for Humanity.
Have you lost hope or you are in despair? Chrust is the doir of hope. In Hebrew called , ‘ Petah Tikva’ Therefore let us celebrate like the two categories of persons of the first Christmas in colonized Israel or Palestine of about 3/4 BC in Bethlehem thus:
The shepherds who heard the angels announcing the first Christmas in the Gospel of Luke 2: 1-18. Baby Jesus was born under Roman imperial oppression and even there was no hotel room for baby Jesus. He was born in a manger, a place where animals eat, a stable. Are you poor or oppressed, a way of salvation or deliverance has come: Jesus Christ.Receive Him.
Angels announce the unusual birth to the lowly but diligent shepherds. Are you diligent? Then expect divine guidance to the
star Jesus. Look intensely, diligently and professionally towards a Him and you will become a star too. What you value, you study, and you will eventually become what occupies your mind.
The wise men of the Gospel of Matthew 2: 1-11.As intellectual keep watching out for the signs of God’s hand in your study. Follow the divine instruction
Bring significant gifts to your King. He is your Prophet and Priest,and king Jesus Christ. Matthew 2:11.
Merry Christmas to you all.
LawrencecOlufemi Obisakin,Ph.D, DCE,
RCCG, Benin Republic Province 1, Pastor in charge
REASONS FOR THANKSGIVING.
Texts: Dan 4:33-37:Matt 2:7-12.
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What is thanksgiving? Giving it to God.. Webster dictionary defines thankfulness as, conscious of benefit ( Bene plus ficere .. goodness done)received for what we are about to receive make us truly thankful…British], delighted, gratified, happy, joyful, joyous, pleased, satisfied, glad, tickled
Those who did not give thanks to God are proud ir worse, attempt to share his glory.
Adam and Eve…no record of their gratitude…they were chased out if Paradise..Gen 3: 24
God will not share His glory with anybody…Isa 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
Saul envious of Praise if David in 1 Sam 18: 7-20 Evil spirit entered the king he list his crown, life and son same day in 1Sa 31:6 So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.
Psa 29:2 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
If you don’t give God glory you are cursed.Male 2:2…Mal 2:2 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.
Nebuchadnezzar…A king became an animal Dan 4:33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws.
Herod destroyed fir sharing His glory…Acts 12…Act 12:22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.Act 12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
Mat 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen…Glory?…praise, honor, or distinction extended by common consent : renown b : worshipful praise, honor, and thanksgiving giving glory to God
Abraham gave thanks…Gen 22:9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
MOSES gave thanks…. Ex 15:1-3 Merriam His song will they sing in heaven…Rev 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
Jesus gave thanks.
Mat 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
Joh 11:41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
Paul gave thanks..for serving God.. 2Ti 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
Phm 1:4 I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,
For who He us…From everlasting to everlasting He us Gid….Psa 90:1 A Prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
Psa 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
Salvation of your soul.. Jhn 3:16.
What he does
How he does it
For provision…Psa 107:9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
Benefits of thanksgiving?
It is the will of Godwin Christ Jesus…1Th 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
It is a sign of worship…God will do more. InnYoruba, we say YIN NI, YIN NI, KINENI ONSEE OMIRAN.
Shows you are thinking
It reminds you of Past deeds… SING…when I think ofbthe goodness of Jesus and all he has done for me…my very soul shall shout Halleluyah….
Sign of faith in God
Your Lazarus will rise again
Heaven is the place of praise…do you will make it ….Rev 5:13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.Rev 5:14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
Take that first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything. Origin unknown INTENTION OF THE DAY Today I intend to be an Authentic Expression, Be Who I am, and Use My Voice….From , 30 Days of Thanks The Secret to Manifesting Miracles with the Law of Attraction and Grateful Appreciation Lisa Townsend, 2014