For the Glory of the Lord Jesus Christ

Christmas

Making a list and checking it twice, getting rid of the frazzle in your dazzle


2015-12-06_10-22-15_804Well it’s hard to believe that Christmas…yes…CHRISTMAS…is coming up fast on our horizon. Seems like just yesterday that we were blowing horns that the New Year had just come in with a bang, and now we are shopping for gifts for our families and friends.  Did everyone survive Black Friday?  Well, now it is time that we begin writing out our Christmas cards and wrapping all of those gifts that we saved so much money on (or so we are told) by buying from this store rather than that one.

We know that stress is a killer and ‘T’is the Season’ that can bring much of this dreaded killer into our lives if we let it, and don’t carefully plan out our time schedules.  Make sure you plan on taking some time for yourself and just relax and let the worries recede.

Here is a list of some of the things that can help you to get rid of the frazzle in your dazzle this Christmas season:  First thing is to take the time to make a list.  Here we go:

1. Sit down with a cup of your favorite beverage and make a list of the things you need to accomplish in the next 2-3 weeks.

2. Planning is essential if you’re going to survive the holiday whirlwind.

3.  If you didn’t take part in Black Friday to buy your gifts, make a list of those you plan on giving gifts to and set the dollar amount that you wish to spend for each person, and stick to that limit.  Overspending during the holidays is a sure-fire stress producer, so stay away from the temptation to buy just one more gift for that particular person.

4. Write out your Christmas cards and mail them promptly….don’t wait or you might get stuck in the long lines at the post office.

5.  Take a long, hot bubble bath and pamper yourself.

6.  Get your calendar out and write out the dates of any Christmas plays or concerts that you have to attend for your children’s school or those that might be at the church you attend.

7.  Now add to your list and to your calendar the dates and times that you have already signed up to bake something for a club you belong to or the church bake sale.  Not to mention the baking that you wish to do for your family and friends.  Baking and cooking takes a lot of preparation and planning.  So, because of the time constraints, make a grocery list of the items you will need to purchase in order to successfully get these projects done.

8.  Sit down and watch your all time favorite Christmas movies.

9.  Plan on setting aside a time that you can wrap your Christmas gifts in private (especially, if you have children) or a husband that likes to peek and see what you’re doing.

10. Spend time with your friends and family and just enjoy the holiest of all Holy(i)days. Unwrap your presents and be thankful to the Lord Jesus Christ that He agreed to come down as a little baby so that He could become your Savior and mine.  Hallelujah!

Now….just think about it for a minute…. after you open up your presents and you have to clean up all of the mess….in just 371 days it will be CHRISTMAS once again.  God Bless!


Christmas Cultural Clashes


redshepherdAs Christians, it should be noted in the very first place that the Lord Jesus Christ was not born on December 25th, but most likely on Rosh HaShana, which would have been in September.  Not only is Rosh HaShana the Hebraic civil New Year, it was also the time that Israel coronated their Kings.  This is very apropos in that the Lord Jesus Christ is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Another major clue being that the Biblical text states that the shepherds had their sheep out in the fields.  Shepherds would not have had their sheep out in the fields in December.  Why?  Basically, it is too cold; not only for the sheep, but the shepherds as well.

Lately, there has been a lot of cultural clashes regarding the celebration of Christmas, with non-Christians trying to eliminate CHRIST from Christ-mas.  Of course, Christmas is really Christ’s Mass.  However, when the early church was evangelizing pagans and they were turning from their evil ways and becoming believers and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ; the church attempted to help these pagans leave their traditions and so they modified a pagan festival, Saturnalia, exchanging it with a Mass for Christ: hence, CHRIST-MAS.

We have also lately seen that non-Christians no longer wish to exclaim, “Merry Christmas,” because the sentiment contains the name of CHRIST and the suffix of -mas refers to the Roman Catholic Church mass.  So they have opted to exclaim, “Happy Holidays!”  However, it still refers to the Christian church…in that the origin of HOLIDAY is really…HOLY DAY.  Let us remember the English grammar rule of “Y to I” shall we?  How does this grammar rule work?

Words ending in a consonant, followed by a ‘Y’, the ‘Y’ is changed to ‘I’ when adding a suffix.   This rule also explains the spelling of business and holiday:

  •busy = busi + ness = business                                     •holy = holi + day = holiday

Source: Wiltshire College, UK

From the perspective of being a Christian, this writer finds it rather intriguing that the Almighty God saw to it that everyone will acknowledge His Holy Son, the Lord Jesus, who is the Christ even as the Scriptures attest in:

Romans 14:11

For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

This is a quote from

Isaiah 45:23

I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.

So what does this mean for Christians?  It means that the Lord God Almighty has it covered!  He said that “every knee would bow and every tongue shall confess to God,” that He alone brings His words to pass.  Another prophecy found in the book of Isaiah says:

Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name IMMANUEL.

The very name of Immanuel, which means GOD WITH US, should reassure all Christians that even when non-Christians want to forget that the name of Christ is in Christmas, and they prefer to say, “Happy Holidays,” they still are acknowledging that indeed these days are HOLY DAYS!  Why?  Because a young virgin girl named Mary chose to submit to the will of God.  Because of her choice to be obedient to the will of God, she became the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ: the Savior of the World.  In due time, he would grow up, establish His Church, laying down His life, shedding His Holy blood on the Cross of Calvary.  Thus did He make a way for people to be reconciled back to God Almighty, His Holy Father.

So to the non-Christians this writer says:  Give it up!  You will never defeat the Lord God Almighty, nor His Holy Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Because God has known the end from the beginning of time.  However, you are most welcome to become a Christian and when you do, the name of CHRIST will cease to be an offense to you.  The following Scripture is how you become a Christian:

Romans 10:9-10

That if thou shalt CONFESS with thy mouth the LORD JESUS, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

As this writer finishes this article, she would like to express to everyone around this globe:

Have a BLESSED HOLY DAY and a very BLESSED CHRIST DAY

 


A Day to remember – Christ’s birthday


The_Wise_Men014During the Advent season, December 25th has been the traditionally accepted date for the birth of Christ.  It has been noted that it coincided with the Winter Solstice or the feast of Saturnalia, in which the Romans believed occurred on December 25th, and that it was the shortest day in the year.  Therefore, celebrations were to be made because now the days were to become longer and longer until Spring arrived.  But was the Christ child really born on this day?  A simple perusal of Scriptures finds that in:

Gospel of Luke 2:8

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field keeping watch over their flock by night.

It is highly improbable that shepherds would be out at night in the fields, watching their sheep at the end of December, which would be very cold, not just for the sheep but for the men as well. The lifestyle of a shepherd was primarily nomadic, moving from field to field in order to graze the sheep, therefore, temporary lean-to’s would have been constructed, or succoths (which is where we get Tabernacle from).  Therefore, the men would not have much shelter on a freezing night.  This is why placing the birth of Christ on December 25th is a poor choice.  Even while tradition has placed it there, it did not actually fully take hold until after the reign of Constantine during the A.D. 300’s.

Others have cited a likely target date somewhere in March, around the time of Passover, but during this author’s studies, it is posited that a birthday in September is the most logical.  The Feast of Tishri falls generally within this time frame and this particular feast is also called the Head of the Year, or the civil New Year for Israel.  This was also the time that Israel’s kings were coronated.  Upon this day, the trumpets were blowing in Jerusalem signalling the New Year and if a king was being installed, it heralded this as well.  How apropo that the Lord Jesus Christ is also known as the KING OF KINGS and therefore  that trumpets would be blowing on the day of His birth.  It is also recognized in the book of Revelation, at “the last trumpet” will be when Christ is revealed for the last time before He reigns upon earth as the Eternal King.

Since female gestation lasts approximately nine months; if the time of gestation is then counted backwards to determine the possible date of conception, it is found that it goes back to December.  Another factor is that the Feast of Hanukkah is held in December and it is also known as the Feast of Lights.  Again, how appropriate, since the Lord Jesus is also called the Light of the World.  That He should have possibly been conceived during the Feast of Lights which would then cause His birthday to occur around the time of the Feast of Tishri, which is also called the Feast of Trumpets is quite plausible.

But with the advent of super computers, the calendars have been ran backwards, along with the known movements of the stars in the galaxy.  It had been prophesied that the Star of Bethlehem was excessively bright; perhaps a super nova and in conjunction with Regulus, a King star and Jupiter, the King planet, along with Saturn.  There were three conjunctions of these planets, in May, October and December (Bullinger, “The Witness of the Stars”).  The heavens were ablaze with activity during their celestial announcements.  An approximate date found would be that of 3 B.C. and most likely on September 11th for that particular year.  This would have positioned the stars and planets at their brightest, which is what the Magi would have been viewing.  The Magi most likely would have first viewed this phenomenal conjunction of planets around or near the time of his birth and then they began to travel towards Bethlehem.  Another Scriptural clue can be found in:

Revelation 12:1-2

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.  She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.

When reading the Book of Revelation, the student must be acutely aware that it is not told in chronological order.  Clearly, this great sign should be viewed as the constellation of Virgo, or the Virgin who is about to give birth.  Verse 3 defines that the great enemy of the infant Christ is satan.  When did this sign appear?  The text does not state the date and it could date to the time that God was re-ordering the universe and He was planting His Word in the heavens to be a continual sign of His faithfulness.

It is posited that the arrival of the Magi coincides with the biblical record of King Herod wanting to know where this prophesied child was, and his subsequent plans to murder the Christ child out of his own insecurity concerning his throne.  This is why Herod had all of the male children from two years and under, ordered to be slaughtered.  This would then place the arrival of the Magi around the time that Jesus was already approximately one and half years old.  So although tradition shows the Magi arriving to find an infant in swaddling clothes, they would have found a toddler playing at Mary’s feet.

However, this author states emphatically that the birth of Christ should be held in our hearts every day of the year and not just on one particular day, whether in December or September, but every day that we may glorify the Christ….who name is JESUS, or as it is properly pronounced in Hebrew, Yeshua which means Savior.