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It is a MERRY CHRISTMAS because we have a hope unlike any other.

14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 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. Luke 2:10-14

In these two short and simple passages we see God promising (and prophesying) that a Savior will be born for mankind. But this Person will be unlike any other born before or since; He will be God Himself in flesh.

The hope that this gives us is unlike any other hope. It is a hope born in heaven; it is an eternal hope that cannot fail. It is not a hope that maybe, someday, somehow, things will get better. It is a hope founded on the promise of the Creator of the Universe; a sure and certain hope that we can find favor with God, that we can overcome the obstacles we face in this short life.

So, today, we can, like the angels in this passage, sing “Glory to God in the highest”. We can know Him; we can praise Him; we can hear His voice, and we can know the call He has for each of our lives.

Therefore, we can celebrate and say, “Merry Christmas”! And a Happy New Year! Because we know that a Savior was born for us!!


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