Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Count for Christmas #7
The visit of the Magi part 3
On coming to the house they saw the
child with his mother Mary and they
bowed down and worshipped him. Then
they opened their treasures and presented
him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.
And having been warned in a dream not to go back
to Herod they returned to their country by another route.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Count for Christmas #6
The Visit of the Magi part 2Mathew 2:7-10Then Herod called the Magi secretlyand found out from them the exacttime the star had appeared. He sentthem to Bethlehem and said Go andmake a careful search for the child. Assoon as you find him, report to me sothat I too may go and worship him.After they had heard the king theywent on their way and the star theyhad seen in the east went ahead ofthem until stopped over the placewhere the child was. When they sawthe star they were overjoyed.
Monday, December 5, 2016
Count for Christmas #5
The visit of the Magi part 1
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea during the time of
King Herod Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked
Where is the one who been born
king of the Jews? We saw his star in
the east and have come to worship him.
When King Herod heard this he
was disturbed and all Jerusalem with
him. When he had called together all
the people's chief priests and teachers
of the law he asked them where the
Christ was born. In Bethlehem in Judea they replied for this
is what the prophet has written.
But you Bethlehem in the land
of Judah are by no means least among
the ruler of Judah
for out of you will come
a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Four weeks later God sent Gabriel to
the town of Nazareth in Galilee.
A young woman named Mary lived there.Gabriel had a message for Mary too. He said toher Don't be afraid. God is pleased with you andyou will have a son. His name will be Jesus. He willbe great and will be called the Son
of God. Most
Mary did not understand these words How can this be He askedThe angel answered The holy spirit
will comedown to you and God's powers will come over youMary put her faith in God I am the Lord servant she told Gabriel.
Let it happen as you have said Mary sang a song to praise God.
Friday, December 2, 2016
Matthew 1:14-25 The Birth of Jesus Christ
This is how the birth of Jesus
Christ came about: His mother Mary
was pledged to be married to Joseph,
but before they came together, she
was found to be with child through the
Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her
husband was a righteous man and did
not want to expose her to public dis-
grace, he had in mind to divorce her
But after he had considered to this
an angel of the Lord appeared to him
in a dream and said, Joseph son of
David do not be afraid to take Mary
home as your wife because what is
conceived in her is from the Holy
Spirit. She will give birth to a son and
you are to give him the name Jesus
because he will save his people from
All this took place to fulfill what
the Lord had said through the proph-
et. The virgin will be with child and
will give birth to a son and they will
call him Immanuel which means
God is with us.
When Joseph woke up he did
what the angel of the Lord had com
manded him and took Mary home as
his wife. But he had no union with
her until she gave birth to a son. And
he gave him the name Jesus.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Good News from the Angel Gabriel
When Herod the Great was king of the land called
Judea there lived an old man by the name of Zechariah.
His wife was Elizabeth. They had no children.
Zechariah and Elizabeth were good people. They
tried hard to obey the laws of the Lord God. God saw
this and He was pleased with them. In addition, The
first governor of Galilee he eventually become king
of Judea Galilee Samaria and the area east of the Jordan River.
One day Zechariah was in the Lord's Temple. He was
serving as a priest that day. Suddenly an angel from the Lord came down and
stood near him. Zechariah didn't know what to do.
Don't be afraid the angel said. I am Gabriel God's
servant and I was sent to tell you good news.
Your wife Elizabeth is going to have a son. You will
call him John. He will be a great servant to God.
Because of him people who do not obey God will
change their ways John will get people ready for the Lord.
Zechariah was amazed But my wife and I are both very old
he said how will I know this is going to happen?
The angel answered you do not believe and so you
will not be able to say anything until the child is born.
When Zechariah left the Temple he could not speak
write it on a writing tablet.
Soon Elizabeth discovered she was expecting
a baby just as the angel had promised. She
was amazed and happy.