Prepare Your Heart to Receive Immanuel

Even though I love the idea of Santa Claus and how children get excited every Christmas season to receive miracles and gifts, but Christmas is not about Santa Claus.

In the book of Matthew chapter 1 verses 18 to 25, it says that “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.”

It was prophesied thousands years ago that The Lord Jesus would come to save human kinds, us His people from our sins. And after it was prophesied of Him, it took years to see the manifestation of the Living Word of God, Jesus, to manifest into the world. Therefore every year during Christmas season we are reminded that God is faithful, He is a promise keeper. We may not be able to keep some of our promises, but God is faithful. If He promised you something, He would fulfill it in due time or season.

During Christmas we are celebrating the love of God to human kinds for sending His own begotten Son to us to redeem us from our sins. It is recorded in the Bible that God showed His prophets things to come and inspired them to speak and write what He would bring to pass.  From the time of Abraham to just before Jesus came, the Bible has been hinting about the coming of Jesus, the Messiah to the world. Read more about “Bible prophecies fulfilled.”

Therefore, the day Jesus was born it is recorded as the joyful day. Like the song that says “Joy to the world, the Lord has come! Let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare Him room. And Heaven and nature sing. And Heaven and nature sing. And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.” Christmas is the biggest birthday on earth and in heaven. Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year where loved ones and all people come together to celebrate the Lord Jesus birthday and being reminded that God is faithful and is with us. It doesn’t matter what religion you are from. It’s supposed to be a celebration for the entire world, and it’s up to you to believe and receive it.

Christmas is meant for all of us. And it doesn’t matter your situation is, or where you come from, or your status in life. Your situation or circumstance should not stop you from enjoying Christmas. God knows all things concerning you. I mean, at least you were born in the hospital. The Bible says the hotels were all fully booked during the time of Jesus’ birth and delivery.

In the book of Luke chapter 2 verses 1 to 7, it records that “And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with Child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

In a manger where animals are fed, there He was born as predestined and prophesied about Him-the Lamb of God. Jesus is God only begotten Son, but yet was born in a manger because He was also the Lamb of God that was promised years ago to come to be sacrificed for all of our sins and take away the sin of the world.

In the book of John chapter 1 verse 29, it says “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

So this is also how I see it; when we are faced with all kinds of issues and circumstances, it doesn’t mean God doesn’t know us or loves us. Just like Jesus, perhaps years later we will look at what happened to us, all our struggles, shame, and obstacles, and wouldn’t matter anymore. It didn’t matter to Jesus where He was born or what happened to Him. The facts remain to this very day He is still God’s only begotten son, our Messiah and the Lamb of God. Where He was born and whatever happened to Him didn’t stop Him to fulfill His assignments here on planet earth, in fact it only revealed Who He was.

Jesus being born in a manger didn’t stop the people to go and worship Him there while He was just an infant. When He was just an infant lying in a manger where animals ate, people still came to worship Him.

In the same Chapter 2, the book of Luke verses 8 to 20; it records that “Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, 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, goodwill toward men!” So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.”

Sometimes all you have got to do is to check out the people God’s bringing your way. Don’t you find it an amazement that the first people came to visit Jesus that God sent an angel to tell them about Jesus’s birth were the shepherds? First, He was born in a manger. Second, the first people to come were shepherds. Hint..hint…Psalm 23 verse 1, “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.”

In the book of John chapter 3 verse 16 it says “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

In the book of Romans chapter 10 verse 9 it says that “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

In the book of Romans chapter 3 verses 21 to 31, it says this about Salvation. “But now God has shown us a different way to heaven—not by “being good enough” and trying to keep His laws, but by a new way (though not new, really, for the Scriptures told about it long ago). Now God says He will accept and acquit us—declare us “not guilty”—if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, by coming to Christ, no matter who we are or what we have been like. Yes, all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious ideal; yet now God declares us “not guilty” of offending Him if we trust in Jesus Christ, Who in His kindness freely takes away our sins. For God sent Christ Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to end all God’s anger against us. He used Christ’s blood and our faith as the means of saving us from His wrath. In this way He was being entirely fair, even though He did not punish those who sinned in former times. For He was looking forward to the time when Christ would come and take away those sins. And now in these days also He can receive sinners in this same way because Jesus took away their sins. But isn’t this unfair for God to let criminals go free, and say that they are innocent? No, for He does it on the basis of their trust in Jesus who took away their sins. Then what can we boast about doing to earn our salvation? Nothing at all. Why? Because our acquittal is not based on our good deeds; it is based on what Christ has done and our faith in Him. So it is that we are saved by faith in Christ and not by the good things we do. And does God save only the Jews in this way? No, the Gentiles, too, may come to Him in this same manner. God treats us all the same; all, whether Jews or Gentiles, are acquitted if they have faith. Well then, if we are saved by faith, does this mean that we no longer need obey God’s laws? Just the opposite! In fact, only when we trust Jesus can we truly obey Him.”

So it is the most wonderful time of the year. We are reminded again to prepare our hearts to receive Immanuel. All you have got to do is pray the Salvation prayer in this manner (you can pray from your heart and create your own prayer):

“Lord God, I thank You. Father Eternal I have heard about Your goodness and mercy found in Christ Jesus. I believe Jesus and I want to receive Him in my Heart. I repent of my sins. I believe that Jesus died on a cross for my sins and on a third day He rose and now is seated at the right hand of the Father. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and my life. Be my Lord and my Savior from now on and forever more. Thank You, I receive You by faith. In Your Name I pray. Amen.”

And that’s it; Welcome into the family of God. You are now a born-again Christian believer child of God.

In the Bible, Nicodemus had a question for Jesus, and in the book of John chapter 3 verse 4 to 8 and He asked the Lord Jesus; “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

So after you have prayed the Salvation prayer I recommend you join a local Church that teaches Biblical teachings in your area. The Pastors of your local Church you will be attending they will help you with your Christian walk and help you with your spiritual and faith growth. They will also be able to answers some of the questions that you may have.

Merry Christmas.


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