Monday, 22 December 2014

Matthew 1:18-25.

Matthew 1.18-25
The Birth of Jesus

This is how Jesus Christ was born. A young woman named Mary was
engaged to Joseph from King David's family. But before they were
married, she learned that she was going to have a baby by God's Holy
Spirit. Joseph was a good man and did not want to embarrass Mary in
front of everyone. So he decided to quietly call off the wedding.
While Joseph was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord came to
him in a dream. The angel said, "Joseph, the baby that Mary will have
is from the Holy Spirit. Go ahead and marry her. Then after her baby
is born, name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their
sins." So the Lord's promise came true, just as the prophet had said,
"A virgin will have a baby boy, and he will be called Immanuel," which
means "God is with us." After Joseph woke up, he and Mary were soon
married, just as the Lord's angel had told him to do. But they did
not sleep together before her baby was born. Then Joseph named him
Jesus."

God bless you.

Luke 1:26-56.

Luke 1:26-56
The Birth of Jesus Is Announced

26"In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy God sent the angel
Gabriel to a town in Galilee named Nazareth.27 He had a message for a
young woman promised in marriage to a man named Joseph, who was a
descendant of King David. Her name was Mary.28The angel came to her
and said, "Peace be with you! The Lord is with you and has greatly
blessed you!" 29Mary was deeply troubled by the angel's message, and
she wondered what his words meant.30The angel said to her, "Don't be
afraid, Mary; God has been gracious to you.31 You will become pregnant
and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.32 He will be
great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God
will make him a king, as his ancestor David was,33and he will be the
king of the descendants of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end!"
34Mary said to the angel, "I am a virgin. How, then, can this be?"
35The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and God's
power will rest upon you. For this reason the holy child will be
called the Son of God.36Remember your relative Elizabeth. It is said
that she cannot have children, but she herself is now six months
pregnant, even though she is very old.37 For there is nothing that God
cannot do."
38"I am the Lord's servant," said Mary; "may it happen to me as you
have said." And the angel left her.

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39Soon afterward Mary got ready and hurried off to a town in the hill
country of Judea.40She went into Zechariah's house and greeted
Elizabeth.41When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby moved
within her. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit42 and said in a
loud voice, "You are the most blessed of all women, and blessed is the
child you will bear!43Why should this great thing happen to me, that
my Lord's mother comes to visit me?44For as soon as I heard your
greeting, the baby within me jumped with gladness.45How happy you are
to believe that the Lord's message to you will come true!"

Mary's Song of Praise

46Mary said, My heart praises the Lord; 47my soul is glad because of
God my Savior, 48 for he has remembered me, his lowly servant! From
now on all people will call me happy, 49because of the great things
the Mighty God has done for me. His name is holy; 50from one
generation to another he shows mercy to those who honor him.
51He has stretched out his mighty arm and scattered the proud with all
their plans. 52 He has brought down mighty kings from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly. 53He has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away with empty hands. 54He has kept the promise he
made to our ancestors, and has come to the help of his servant Israel.
55 He has remembered to show mercy to Abraham and to all his
descendants forever!" 56Mary stayed about three months with Elizabeth
and then went back home."

God bless you.

Isaiah 62:1-12.

Isaiah 62.1-12
Jerusalem Will Be Saved

Jerusalem, I will speak up for your good. I will never be silent till
you are safe and secure, sparkling like a flame. Your great victory
will be seen by every nation and king; the Lord will even give you a
new name. You will be a glorious crown, a royal headband, for the Lord
your God. Your name will no longer be "Deserted and Childless," but
"Happily Married." You will please the Lord; your country will be his
bride. Your people will take the land, just as a young man takes a
bride. The Lord will be pleased because of you, just as a husband is
pleased with his bride. Jerusalem, on your walls I have stationed
guards, whose duty it is to speak out day and night, without resting.
They must remind the Lord and not let him rest till he makes Jerusalem
strong and famous everywhere.
The Lord has given his word and made this promise: "Never again will I
give to your enemies the grain and grapes for which you struggled. As
surely as you harvest your grain and grapes, you will eat your bread
with thankful hearts, and you will drink your wine in my temple."
People of Jerusalem, open your gates! Repair the road to the city and
clear it of stones; raise a banner to help the nations find their way.
Here is what the Lord has said for all the earth to hear: "Soon I will
come to save the city of Zion, and to reward you. Then you will be
called, 'The Lord's Own People, The Ones He Rescued!' Your city will
be known as a good place to live and a city full of people."

God bless you.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

2 Samuel 7:18-29

2 Samuel 7.18-29
David Gives Thanks to the Lord

"David went into the tent he had set up for the sacred chest. Then he
sat there and prayed:
Lord All-Powerful, my family and I don't deserve what you have already
done for us, and yet you have promised to do even more. Is this the
way you usually treat people? I am your servant, and you know my
thoughts, so there is nothing more that I need to say. You have done
this wonderful thing, and you have let me know about it, because you
wanted to keep your promise. Lord All-Powerful, you are greater than
all others. No one is like you, and you alone are God. Everything we
have heard about you is true. And there is no other nation on earth
like Israel, the nation you rescued from slavery in Egypt to be your
own. You became famous by using great and wonderful miracles to force
other nations and their gods out of your land, so your people could
live here. You have chosen Israel to be your people forever, and you
have become their God. And now, Lord God, please do what you have
promised me and my descendants. Then you will be famous forever, and
everyone will say, "The Lord God All-Powerful rules Israel, and
David's descendants are his chosen kings." After all, you really are
Israel's God, the Lord All-Powerful. You've told me that you will let
my descendants be kings. That's why I have the courage to pray to you
like this, even though I am only your servant. Lord All-Powerful, you
are God. You have promised me some very good things, and you can be
trusted to do what you promise. Please bless my descendants and let
them always be your chosen kings. You have already promised, and I'm
sure that you will bless my family forever."

God bless you.

For unto us a Child is born...the Son of God.

For Unto Us A Child Is Born... The Son of God

Prophecy Fulfilled in the Person of Jesus of Nazareth
Messiah would be the Son of God

Prophecy:

"Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the
wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath
established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is
his son's name, if thou canst tell?"

Proverbs 30:4

Fulfillment:

"And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the
water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the
Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a
voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well
pleased."

Matthew 3:16-17

(see also: Luke 1:31-35; John 1:34; 2 Peter 1:17)

Prophecy:

"I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my
Son; this day have I begotten thee."

Psalm 2:7

Fulfillment:

"For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son,
this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father,
and he shall be to me a Son?

And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he
saith, And let all the angels of God worship him."

Hebrews 1:5-6

But God raised him from the dead: And he was seen many days of them
which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his
witnesses unto the people. And we declare unto you glad tidings, how
that the promise which was made unto the fathers, God hath fulfilled
the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus
again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son,
this day have I begotten thee.

Acts 13:30-33

We need a Savior because we are sinners,
and the wages of sin is death...

Father God, forgive my sins. Thank you for sending Jesus Christ down
to die on the cross and for shedding his blood for me. Three days
later you resurrected him. I accept that. I invite Jesus Christ into
my heart as my Lord and savior. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

God bless you.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Matthew 26:26-30


2 Samuel 7:1-17

2 Samuel 7.1-17
The Lord's Message to David

"King David moved into his new palace, and the Lord let his kingdom be
at peace. Then one day, as David was talking with Nathan the prophet,
David said, "Look around! I live in a palace made of cedar, but the
sacred chest has to stay in a tent." Nathan replied, "The Lord is with
you, so do what you want!"
That night, the Lord told Nathan to go to David and give him this
message: David, you are my servant, so listen to what I say. Why
should you build a temple for me? I didn't live in a temple when I
brought my people out of Egypt, and I don't live in one now. A tent
has always been my home wherever I have gone with them. I chose
leaders and told them to be like shepherds for my people Israel. But
did I ever say anything to even one of them about building a cedar
temple for me? David, this is what I, the Lord All-Powerful, say to
you. I brought you in from the fields where you took care of sheep,
and I made you the leader of my people. Wherever you went, I helped
you and destroyed your enemies right in front of your eyes. I have
made you one of the most famous people in the world. I have given my
people Israel a land of their own where they can live in peace, and
they won't have to tremble with fear any more. Evil nations won't
bother them, as they did when I let judges rule my people. And I have
kept your enemies from attacking you. Now I promise that you and your
descendants will be kings. I'll choose one of your sons to be king
when you reach the end of your life and are buried in the tomb of your
ancestors. I'll make him a strong ruler, and no one will be able to
take his kingdom away from him. He will be the one to build a temple
for me. I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does
wrong, I'll see that he is corrected, just as children are corrected
by their parents. But I will never put an end to my agreement with
him, as I put an end to my agreement with Saul, who was king before
you. I will make sure that one of your descendants will always be
king. Nathan told David exactly what he had heard in the vision."

God bless you.