Merry Christ Mass
Where do you find it? How do you get it?
These are just two of many questions that those who struggling this time of year ask about the Christ Mass Spirit. What are you struggling with?
The loss of a loved one and the dreaded empty chair?
The loss of a relationship or struggling to keep a marriage alive?
The loss of a job at this time of year?
Ongoing financial difficulties?
Physical Health issues?
Mental health issues such as Depression?
I do not want to minimize the impact the above things can have because each one is serious and can majorly impact our lives, but these are the things of the adult world. Now, if you are child of God, a born again believer and belong to Christ Jesus, then there is a promise to you from Jesus, and that is that
He will never leave you or forsake you. Jesus never promised that the road would be smooth or that we would not end up in the ditch, but what He did promise is that He would go into the ditch with us and bring us out of the ditch victoriously. And stay by our side as we face each and every challenge! What we have been calling the Christmas Spirit is in reality a working of the Holy Spirit! That seems to surface and be very active during this season of hope. What are the fruits of the Holy Spirit?
Galatians 5:22-25King James Version (KJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Are these not the things we talk about during this time of the year?
To find the Holy Spirit, come to the cross and confess all your sins, accept Jesus as your Redeemer King! And you will know a peace that passes all understanding!
The nativity accounts are found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Read some of the Old Testament messianic prophecies that relate to the birth of Christ.
Here are six Bible prophecies that relate to the birth of Jesus.
Born in Bethlehem. The Old Testament foretells of the messiah being born in Bethlehem. Micah 5:2 says: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” The story of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem is told in the New Testament books of Mathew, Luke,.
Born of a virgin. Isaiah 7:14 says: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” The New Testament book of Matthew repeats this prophecy in a passage detailing Joseph’s encounter with an angel of the Lord, who tells Joseph that Mary’s child was conceived by the Holy Spirit and will save his people from their sins.
From the line of Abraham. A prophecy of the messiah being a descendant of Abraham is told in Genesis 22:18: “And through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed.” The genealogy of Jesus is told in the book of Matthew, which refers to him as “the son of David, the son of Abraham.”
A descendant of Jacob. Numbers: 24:17 says: “A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel.” The genealogy of Jesus laid out in the book of Matthew details Jesus lineage through Isaac and Jacob.
Called out of Egypt. Christians believe the Old Testament foretells Jesus being called out of Egypt in Hosea 11:1: “When Israel was a child, I loved him and out of Egypt I called my son.” Matthew 2:13 is believed to explain this prophecy: “An angel of the Lord appears to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up,’ he said, ‘take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.'”
Born among sorrow.
Christians believe the story of Jesus’ birth fulfills a prophecy in Jeremiah 31:15: “A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping. Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more.” This prophecy is repeated in the book of Matthew, which says that King Herod sought to kill Jesus. “When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled.” Mathew 2:16
As we study about Christ Mass further we will see that even at the nativity, not all was peace and joy and happiness during that trying time for Joseph and Mary.
MERRY CHRIST MASS!