Anchored In Him 2004 Christmas Opening Page

We at Anchored In Him would like to extend Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays from our family to you and yours. As we approach the most joyous time of the year I would like for you to ponder on Christmas. For a moment take Christ out of Christmas and all you have is mas. If you look up the word mas you will find a few trivial meanings from carnival to masculine depending on the country. But Christmas means a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ. You see without Christ their is no Christmas and the real reason for the season is Jesus Christ.

There were people who missed Christ birth the first time, the innkeeper, Luke 2:7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Another who missed our Savior's birth was King Herod Matthew 2:3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.

The Chief Priests and Scribes Matthew 2:4 When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ or Messiah was to be born.

In Luke 4:22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. "Isn't this Joseph's son?" they asked.
(Whole Chapter: Luke 4 In context: Luke 4:21-23)

You may be wondering what they missed. They missed the Savior; Luke 2:11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. In Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests. The ones who missed Him the first time also missed worship for in Matthew 2:9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.

The people who missed Jesus birth the first time missed above all True Joy for the Holy bible tells us in Luke 2:15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

So you see my friends many missed the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ the first time, the question to you is very simple, will you be part of His Kingdom on His second coming? As we all hurry through the Christmas holiday season we tend to forget the real and true meaning of Christmas. Remember He is the reason for the season. If you do not know Him or do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ this would be your best gift in your life. If you don't believe me who do you know that is willing to lay down their life for you as He did for all of us at Calvary.

For God so loveth the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life - - John 3:16 ! ! !