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I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. - Psalm 122:1 KJV

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December 15, 2016

It is argued by some that Yule (the German festival) which honored the sun as god is really what Christians celebrate for Christmas. The argument stems from the fact that December 21, which is the shortest day of the year, thus sees the return to strength of the sun, therefore the Christian is actually bowing to the sun, not to Jesus, since December 25 sees the return of the sun. Sounds like a reasonable argument, wouldn’t you say? Until, you see what the Bible has to say about it….
Mal. 4:2 – “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of (R)ighteousness arise With healing in (H)is wings; And ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall” KJV.
2Pt. 1:19 – “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts” KJV.
There is no sun god as great as the Sun of Righteousness. He is the Bright & Morning Star; He is Messiah; He Is Son of God; He IS Son of Man; He IS Rose of Sharon; He Is Lion of Judah; King of Kings, and Lord of Lords;
Isa. 9:6 – “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” KJV.
Isaiah’s rapt portrayals of the Messiah’s glory were his study by day and by night,–the Branch from the root of Jesse; a King to reign in righteousness, judging “with equity for the meek of the earth;” “a covert from the tempest; . . . the shadow of a great rock in a weary land;” Israel no longer to be termed “Forsaken,” nor her land “Desolate,” but to be called of the Lord, “My Delight,” and her land “Beulah.” Isa. 11:4; 32:2; 62:4, margin. The heart of the lonely exile was filled with the glorious vision. {DA 103.2}

Unto us A Child is born
Luke describes a choir of angels heralding the arrival of this King-Child. However, notice the angel here gives a twist to Isaiah’s declaration “unto us” this time the angel makes it more personable when he says “unto you”

A Son Given
What benevolence! God’s gratuitous gift to the human family (Jn. 3:16) read it.
Government on His Shoulder
This is a symbol of His authority:
Isa. 22:22 – “And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open” KJV.
Rev. 3:7 – “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth” KJV.
He shall be called
Luke refers to Him as “Christ the Lord”. Theologians and scholars are stumbling all over themselves trying to figure out what Luke meant. Some say, Christianity borrowed the term “Savior” from the Romans in describing lordship and authority. Others think that Luke does not want the meaning of His name to be lost on his readers. He wants his readers in no uncertain terms to understand that this is He who was promised from Eden – this is Messiah!
Joyous and grave; wonder & astonishment (American Heritage Dictionary, 3rd ed.).
King David’s definition of wonderful:
2Sam. 1:26 – “I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women” KJV.
Lk. 2:`10,13,14 – “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people… And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” KJV.
Isa. 28:29 – “This also cometh forth from the LORD of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working” KJV.
Ps. 16:7 – “I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons” KJV.
Rom. 11: 33,34 – “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! 34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? KJV.
Col. 2:3 – “In whomb are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” KJV.
Mighty God
Titus 2:13 – “Looking for that blessed hope, and the gloriousd appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” KJV.
Ps. 24: 8 – “Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle” KJV
Everlasting Father
Matt.23:9 – “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven” KJV.
Ps. 89:26 – “He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation” KJV.
Ps. 68:3-5 – “But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedinglyb rejoice. 4 Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him. 5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation” KJV.
Prince of Peace
Gen. 49:10 – “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be” KJV.
Lk. 2:14 – “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” KJV.
Eph. 2:14 – “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us” KJV.
As Prince of Peace he will bestow what shālôm, “peace,” implies in its fullest meaning: health to the sin-sick soul; a sound and healthy relation between sinners and God, as well as between sinners and fellow sinners; and a sound condition of universal righteousness and prosperity prevailing over the earth. 7. As the antitype of King David, and as his descendant and heir, this promised One will rule over the people of God forever and ever (cf. II Sam 7:16).

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