A Christmas Blessing

In the Biblical Christmas story, Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is called blessed by her relative Elizabeth;
Luke 1:42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!

That word “blessed” appears in Bible over two hundred times. The word means “receiving or experiencing a state of being in God’s graceful favor”. Blessed can also be interpreted as ‘happiness,’ being given a ‘gift,’ or being brought into ‘prosperity.’ Being blessed is a condition most everyone desires and longs for. We would like blessing in our relationships, in our families, in our jobs, in our schooling and learning, in our ventures, and have as an epitaph of our life that we were blessed.

Mary was blessed not only because she was a creation of God, like all of us (see Psalm 139:13-18), but also because she responded to God. A messenger of God, an angel, came to her and explained God’s plan (see Luke 1:26-37) and she accepted this life changing offer.
Luke 1:38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

We, too, can respond to God and receive the blessing God has for those who seek His way of life. Jesus said…
Matthew 11:28-30 28 Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”

To come to Jesus is to seek Him like the wise men of the Christmas story in Matthew 2:1-12, to learn and continue to learn of who Jesus is. Isaiah gives us a bit on insight on who Jesus is.
Isaiah 9:6-7 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

Not only all that Isaiah 9:6 says, but Creator as Colossians 1:15-19 says!
Jesus is also our Savior as the shepherds heard…
Luke 2:10-11 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Jesus is Savior because He is and was the atoning sacrifice for humanity’s sin (Romans 3:23) and His death on the cross vanquished the result of sin.
Isaiah 53:5-6 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Wow, such love, such mercy and grace God has given us. We are blessed! This blessing is open to anyone and everyone who would choose. Why not this Christmas choose to seek Jesus, to know Him and respond to His offer to bless you with a renewed and new life in close relationship with Him.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Amongst all the intensity of shopping, decorating, parties, and festivities this Christmas, seek Jesus and take in His blessing.

Church is a great place to learn of the blessings of God. If you are not already attending a church we would like to invite you to attend one of our church campuses this Christmas season. Our website has all the information you would need. www.cypresschurch.net . We would love for you to join us.

Enjoying the blessing of God with you,

Mike

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