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  • The Christ of Christmas

    And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. (Luke 1:30-31)

    The world was dark and seemingly void of God, much like the world today. Everyone seemed to be holding their breath and listening, but there was nothing except silence and a lifetime of waiting. Scholars will tell you that 400 years passed between the writing of the Old and New Testament. That is a very long time, an arduous period of hoping and praying that God says something—anything.


    Much like our own lives, God used a dark and lonely time of waiting to set the stage for the impossible. All of a sudden, the stage was set and the time arrived. Gabriel was dispatched to fulfill the greatest promise that has ever been given. I can see all the hoards of hell gasp for air as Gabriel began to announce the arrival. Our savior had been mentioned down through the annals of time, but never before by His name—not so much as a whisper.

    Here was a handmaid with nothing but the promises of God. She was standing in the presence of Gabriel, the one who stands in the presence of the almighty. All of hell was gasping while the angels were rejoicing, and then Gabriel spoke. “Thou shalt call His name Jesus.”

    Allow yourself to hear it as Gabriel made the call. Take the time to hear the promised name of Jesus for the very first time. If you will allow it today, the name of Jesus will be the very hope that sustains you. Oftentimes we can become so focused on our situation that we lose sight of our ultimate goal or promise. We don’t have the hope of a baby in a manger, or another crucifixion, but the promise of a victorious Christ who holds our hope in His hands.

    William Cory Stanley

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      Very beautiful. Our purpose in life is to honor and love Him with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind (Matthew 22:37). Let's see to it that His sacrifice be seen in our everyda lives. His purpose will not be in vain. Merry Christmas!
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