Christmas Tidings


Luke 1:26-38 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

 

Mary, do not be afraid, She heard the Angel say;

Fear is not becoming To the one whom God gives grace.

 

Soon dear Child, you’ll be with child, A Son you’ll bear, in love.

And you will name Him – Jesus – Man on earth, and, God above.

 

And He will be God’s Great One, The Son of The Most High

His is the throne of David. His rule will e’er abide.

 

Matt. 1.18-25 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

 

Joseph, do not be afraid, He heard the Angel say;

Take sweet Mary as your wife, Do not put her away.

 

This Child – is of the Spirit, For God in man will dwell.

As Father, you will name Him, Our Lord, Immanuel.

 

God with us! Will be His name – For that is Who He is;

The Savior of His people. Atonement’s work, is His.

 

Luke 2:8-20 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

 

Shepherds, do not be afraid, They heard the Angel say;

In David’s town the Savior, Was born to you today

 

Hear now the good news message, Great joy for all who hear.

Christ the Lord, in Bethlehem – God’s Mercy, God drawn near.

 

Go find Him in the Manger; The King who’s Christ the Lord.

The Crowning jewel of Heaven, By angel hosts adored.

 

2 Cor. 5.16-21 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

 

People, do not be afraid, Our God bids us to say;

Draw near to blood bought mercy, To floods of boundless grace.

 

No stain beyond His cleansing. No past, past pardoning.

No sin that binds so tightly That He can’t give you wing.

 

Though sin infect so deeply, In Christ the Lord is found,

God’s blood bought grace – forgiveness – To all, in faith, abounds

 

Don’t come with your perfections, What e’er you think they be.

Bring sin, bring all your failing. His righteousness is free.

 

Let Christ be all your standing. He came, like you and me,

In sinful mankind’s likeness. He died to set men free.

 

Cast off all false pretension; Religious hopes as well.

Salvation’s in a Person – The Gospel tidings tell

 

People, do not be afraid, Our God bids us to say;

Draw near to blood bought mercy, To floods of boundless grace.

 

This Babe, born in a Manger, Brings peace with God and man;

To all who trust Him only, Its Him alone who can.

 

Who born, to die for sinners – Though sinless, yet, was He

Made sin, that we might in Him, God’s righteousness would be.

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