Friday, 25 December 2015

Christmas Day

A Very Happy Christmas to readers of my blog, your families and friends.

From the Bible –

Isaiah 9 v 6For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon is shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

1 John 4 v 14: And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

Mum’s Christmas Poem 2015 –

The Saviour Comes

Into this darkened world the Saviour came,
Leaving His rightful place of heavenly fame,
In love He stooped to lowly stable birth:
To save His people, Christ came down to earth.

An angel told some shepherds He had come,
They left their sheep and came to Bethl’em’s home.
Wise men from far came bringing precious things
To give in worship to this King of kings.

How could this Babe rebellious man restore
To fellowship with God lost long before?
Only by taking human form could He
Lay down His life to pay sin’s penalty.

This penalty, declared in Adam’s day,
Was death for all who God’s law disobey,
Yet both the Father and the Son agreed
To help poor sinners in their fearful need.

So God the Son died in the sinner’s place
So that salvation could be all of grace.
Eternal life is freely given to all
Who trusting Christ, answer the Gospel’s call.

© JHS 2015  

Matthew 1:21 - " And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins."

What, shall we not remember the birth of our Jesus? Shall we yearly celebrate the birth of our temporal king, and shall that of the King of kings be quite forgotten? Shall that only, which ought to be had chiefly in remembrance, be quite forgotten? God forbid! No, my dear brethren, let us celebrate and keep this festival of our church, with joy in our hearts: let the birth of a Redeemer, which redeemed us from sin, from wrath, from death, from hell, be always remembered; may this Saviour's love never be forgotten! But may we sing forth all his love and glory as long as life shall last here, and through an endless eternity in the world above! May we chant forth the wonders of redeeming love, and the riches of free grace, amidst angels and archangels, cherubim and seraphim, without intermission, for ever and ever! And as, my brethren, the time for keeping this festival is approaching, let us consider our duty in the true observation thereof, of the right way for the glory of God, and the good of immortal souls, to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ; an event which ought to be had in eternal remembrance.

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