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« on: December 24, 2017, 08:35:39 PM »

Galatians 4:4, “When the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law”

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
Preparations had been made for the day just ahead;
The Scriptures were read, all prayers had been said.

The children were glad they had done all their chores;
Polishing chairs and scrubbing the floors.
Their minds were relaxed, they thought of one thing.
The program for Christmas; the carols they would sing.

While many were thinking of Santa and toys,
And dolls for the girls and games for the boys;
The thoughts of these youngsters were far, far away.
To a time of full darkness and gloom and dismay.

The world anxiously waited for a Savior to come;
Jesus, God’s Son, from His heavenly home.
Their hearts beat with joy from the story they’d heard,
The Messiah would come, it is told in God’s Word.

How the promise was made; it was kept that we know,
For our sins, which were many can be washed white as snow.
The thought of a man with His whiskers so long,
Not the one people sing of in the Santa Claus song.

But the One who was born in a manger so low
Who had come down from Heaven to the earth far below.
This man did not carry a sack on His back
With presents and candy and things like hardtack;

The burden He carried was heavier by far
Than any sled was, or dolly or wagon or car.
Is face was not happy or jolly or droll;
It was filled with concern for mine and your soul.

The garment he wore was not tarnished with soot,
The red He had on was the blood from His foot
And His hands which were nailed to the rugged old tree;
He carried the load just for you and for me.

All that He left were the stains on the cross
To show us our gain -  and Heaven’s great loss.
He filled no one’s stocking – and yet, I can say,
He filled mine with me, to witness today.

That some of the burden He carried for me,
He cleansed me from sin and now I am free.
The man with the whiskers that people now praise
Is absent three hundred and sixty-four days.

Yes, I am sure that the thoughts that they had
Would not fade after Christmas, or die like a fad.
The man that they thought of came not once a year;
He could live in their hearts, and keep them from fear.

They thought how He, too, went away in the sky,
But the difference was; He would come back by and by.
He was not carried by reindeer and sleigh,
But angels escorted our Saviour away.

Keep the spirit of Christmas and remember, I pray,
The real Man of Christmas, our Saviour today.

-  Author Unknown –

Further thoughts:

I read several years ago about a woman who hurriedly purchased 50 Christmas cards without looking at the message inside. She quickly signed and addressed all but one, and they dropped them in a mailbox. Just imagine her dismay when later she glanced inside the one unmailed card and read these words:

This card is just to say a little gift in on the way.

No doubt there were 49 people wondering what happed to their presents. How different was God’s promise to us! Many years before the Savior was born, the Lord spoke through the prophet Isaiah, saying, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). And in verse 6 of chapter 9 we read, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given.” Did God keep His word? Indeed He did! Galatians 4:4 states, “When the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son.”

On this special day, as we commemorate the birth of Christ, let’s thank God that He meant what He said. He not only promised, but He also gave. “Thanks are to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).

On Christmas morning long ago
Into this world of sin and woe
The blessed Savior came;
God’s wondrous gift of love was He,
God’s gift to lost humanity
O glory to His name! – Staples


1 John 5:11-12, "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life"

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