Why do western “Christian” nations celebrate Christmas and make such a big fuss about it, starting four weeks before it already? Many of them don’t even believe any longer in God or Christ? The answer is simple. It is the age old longing for love and peace among mankind! That’s why Christmas is nowadays also called the feast of Love with wishes for peace.
Although peace has been the goal of mankind for thousands of years-and the desire for peace is never so great as it is at Christmas-it seems that man’s ability to find or establish peace continues to elude us.
There are voices that are convinced that if all nations would accept Islam as their religion and let themselves be governed by it, there would be peace. But man cannot be forced into a religion. For centuries certain countries tried to live by the Quran and the Sharia, but have not managed to be a sample of a righteous government and “perfection” among their people.
God did not stop Adam and Eve from making the wrong choice. He gave them a free will to decide for themselves and with the choice also had them suffer the consequences and so it is till today. God created man as a free moral agent and he can’t be forced to go against his own convictions. Look at communism for example. It is a great idea that nobody should be exceedingly rich while most people are so exceedingly poor. But 70 years of trying to forcibly implement this great idea only proved in the end to be a failure.
The evil and corruption is in man’s heart and cannot be eliminated through laws and orders. Man has to be free and make his own free choice to want to do good and the right thing. You cannot change the world by changing governments or imposing a religion on them. Man’s heart needs to be changed if you want to change the world and it needs to be his own free choice to do so. The change starts with your own heart, not in pointing at others and how they have to change.
Positive samples of people implementing their own free choice for good in spite of “orders from above” are the many occasions during wars, where soldiers laid down their weapons on Christmas and embraced “the enemy” as a fellow human being desiring peace and not war.
Movies have been made about such incidences here you can see for yourself one of these:
Let the quote at the top of this page sink deep into your heart: “Without an enemy (Kafir) there can be no war!”
This incident of the Christmas Truce may have been small in the world’s history, but I would dare say it was a seed sown that kept growing, especially after Hitler’s cruel war. From that seed, today we have a united Europe, that still has their battles, but will never fight each other with weapons as enemies just because others across the border speak a different language and have different customs. No one nationality thinks that they are better than the other. In the same way, believers should not think that they are superior to unbelievers in this world.
CHRISTMAS IN BETHLEHEM- When shall true love reign and wars to cease?
… And in Bethlehem today
Children fear, yet still they play
While mothers cry and fathers pray
For peace to come again.
And around the weary world
Echoes the refrain:
“Christmas in Bethlehem,
When shall true love reign?”…
Imagine if Jews would stop insisting on saying that only they have the only true religion and that they are the chosen people of God and therefore have the right to take away the land that was for so long the home of Palestinians and other people?
Isn’t that a wonderful thought? But if you like this thought don’t you then also have to go further in your musing and say, how wonderful it would be if Muslims would give up their insisting that Islam is the only true religion? Would that not be a big step toward peace on earth? Wouldn’t it be a big step toward peace on earth if all other religions and ideologies that claim such superiority gave up such claims?
But what about Christianity you interject?
Yes there have been wars fought in the name of Christ, but was that with Christ’s consent? Didn’t he say:
“My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” – John 18:36
If Jesus kingdom is not of this world, nobody can fight for a piece of land claiming it for Christ, right? But imagine now people following willingly and from the heart Jesus’ commandment to: “Love God and love your neighbor as yourself?” (Mt 22:37-40; Mk 12:29-34; Lk 10:25-37) Wouldn’t that bring true peace, plenty for all and righteousness on earth?
Jesus also said: “You have heard that it was said (in the Tora), ‘You shall love your neighbor (fellow Muslims) and hate your enemy (Kafir-unbelievers).’ – haven’t you heard such words from the Quran too?
What has Jesus (the revolutionary) got to say to this?
“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors (corrupt people) do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles (the Kafir) do the same?” – Matthew 5:44-47
– Isn’t that an enlightening thought for you to think about?A Muslim once told me that Allah does not need me, but I need Allah. He thought this to be a great thing that it shows how high above humans God is, but I told him, thanks, but that I would not want a God who does not need me, but when creating me, destined me – as a non-Muslim – for hell! Would you still want to hang on to such a God?
Allah may not need you, but the God of the Bible created you for His own pleasure and created you because He wants and needs YOU! –Think of it!
“You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created.” – Revelation 4:1
“God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world. He sent his Son to save the world through him.” – John 3:16,17
I remember… – Jesus in Prophecy speaking of YOU!
I remember when I formed you. With great care and special attention I handpicked each talent, each gift, each characteristic, each fiber of your being, until the combination was exactly the right portion-each specification perfectly in sync to accomplish My will and My purpose in your life, and in the lives of all those you were to touch on the great journey of life.
I remember the moment when I breathed into you the very breath of life. The love welled up so intensely inside of Me, I could not contain it! For I knew the joy you would bring, not only to Me, but to those who would cross your path along the road of life.
I love you from everlasting to everlasting, and in you I am well pleased – Jesus.
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Don’t you want to say yes to a God who loves you so much that He was willing to lay down His life to save you?
You only need to say: “Yes Jesus, I want to learn to know You. Come in my life, lead and guide me in the name of the God of Abraham, Isaak and Jacob, Amen!”
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Wise men still seek Him
By Joseph Farah, WorldNetDaily –written in 2000
Two thousand years ago, a baby was born in a manger in Bethlehem–and the world has not been the same since. Thank God!
This year we mark the 2000th anniversary of Jesus’ birth–an event prophesied long before and celebrated ever since.
Surprisingly, it’s been a quiet anniversary. You might expect more fanfare, more pomp. Where are the television specials? Where are the magazine cover stories? Where are the documentaries commemorating this momentous historical and spiritual event? I haven’t seen them. Have you?
Maybe it’s just as well. None could have lived up to the magnitude of their subject–and the majesty and miracle of Christmas. Neither, I warn you, will this wretched attempt to put my own feelings into perspective about this Christmas.
No other man in history turned the world upside-down as did Jesus. No one. His life reshaped our values. His teachings inspired His disciples to greatness. Even the way we measure time is based on His life and death.
The bumper sticker is right: “Wise men still seek Him”–2,000 years later.
But why? It wasn’t His unique birth. It wasn’t even His unique life nor His death. It was the fact that He defied the tomb–that He lives today so that we might live. And, what’s more, that He promises to come again and reign supreme over this world.*It’s with good reason that no other man’s life has meant so much to planet Earth–that no other life has made such impact, even with much of it still to come in the form of everlasting truth, peace, good will and eternal life. The reason wise men still seek Him is that this man was much more than a man.
The prophet Isaiah (of the Old Testament) first told the world about His promise, His character and His attributes: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace**. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” – Isaiah 9:6-7That’s what Christmas is all about. It’s not about presents. It’s not about commercialism. It’s not about the economy. It’s not about Santa Claus and reindeer. It’s about the baby born in the manger in Bethlehem and all He represents to the world through His life, death and resurrection–which is everything.Jesus was fully mortal and yet fully God. I don’t pretend to understand this mystery–only to be saved by it and by His grace and His love.
Most of the world has never understood Jesus. Yet, despite that, His impact upon it is immeasurable.
Imagine, if you dare, what the world would be like without the life of Jesus. It would be a dark world, a grim picture. (It was the Missionaries that went to underdeveloped nations, building schools and hospitals etc.)
But He did come. And He will come again. It’s that promise that motivates me every day to get out of bed, work hard and do my best to be salt (Mt 5,13) and light (Mt 5,14) in this world of ours. The best Christmas wish I could offer anyone this season would be that you might know Him like I know Him–that you might embrace Him like I embrace Him, that you might love Him like I love Him.
As the angel proclaimed in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
Happy Birthday, Jesus.
And Merry Christmas to one and all!
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The Christmas story -the story of the birth of Isa son of Maryam- as recorded in the Holy Bible in the book of Luke 1 and 2 and Matthew 2
Many people have attempted to write about the things that have taken place among us. Reports of these things were handed down to us. There were people who saw these things for themselves from the beginning and then passed the word on. I myself (Luke-a doctor) have carefully looked into everything from the beginning. So it seemed good also to me to write down an orderly report of exactly what happened. I am doing this for you, most excellent Theophilus (“friend of god”. I want you to know that the things you have been taught are true.
5 Herod was king of Judea. During the time he was ruling, there was a priest named Zechariah. He belonged to a group of priests named after Abijah. His wife Elizabeth also came from the family line of Aaron. 6 Both of them did what was right in God’s eyes. They obeyed all the Lord’s commandments and rules faithfully. 7 But they had no children, because Elizabeth was not able to have any. And they were both very old. 8 One day Zechariah’s group was on duty. He was serving as a priest in God’s temple. 9 He happened to be chosen, in the usual way, to go into the temple of the Lord. There he was supposed to burn incense. 10 The time came for this to be done. All who had gathered to worship were praying outside. 11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to Zechariah. The angel was standing at the right side of the incense altar.
12 When Zechariah saw him, he was amazed and terrified. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah. Your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will have a child. It will be a boy, and you must name him John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you. His birth will make many people very glad. 15 He will be important in the Lord’s eyes. “He must never use wine or other such drinks. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit from the time he is born. 16 He will bring many of Israel’s people back to the Lord their God. 17 And he will prepare the way for the Lord. He will have the same spirit and power that Elijah had. (See Maleachi 4:5,6) He will teach parents how to love their children. He will also teach people who don’t obey to be wise and do what is right. In this way, he will prepare a people who are ready for the Lord.” (An article about Prophecies from the Old Testament being fulfilled during New Testament times will be coming soon!)
18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man, and my wife is old too.”
19 The angel answered, “I am Gabriel. I serve God. I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20 And now you will have to be silent. You will not be able to speak until after John is born. That’s because you did not believe my words. They will come true when the time is right.” 21 During that time, the people were waiting for Zechariah to come out. They wondered why he stayed in the temple so long. 22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple. They knew this because he kept motioning to them. He still could not speak. 23 When his time of service was over, he returned home. 24 After that, his wife Elizabeth became pregnant. She stayed at home for five months. 25 “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days, he has been kind to me. He has taken away my shame among the people.”
The Coming Birth of Jesus
26 In the sixth month after Elizabeth had become pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee. 27 He was sent to a virgin. The girl was engaged to a man named Joseph. He came from the family line of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
28 The angel greeted her and said, “The Lord has given you special favor. He is with you.” 29 Mary was very upset because of his words. She wondered what kind of greeting this could be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary. God is very pleased with you. 31 You will become pregnant and give birth to a son. You must name him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king like his father David of long ago. 33 He will rule forever over his people, who came from Jacob’s family. His kingdom will never end.” 34 “How can this happen?” Mary asked the angel. “I am a virgin.” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come to you. The power of the Most High God will cover you. So the holy one that is born will be called the Son of God. 36 Your relative Elizabeth is old. And even she is going to have a child. People thought she could not have children. But she has been pregnant for six months now. 37 Nothing is impossible with God.”
38 “I serve the Lord,” Mary answered. “May it happen to me just as you said it would.” Then the angel left her.
Mary Visits Elizabeth
39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in Judea’s hill country. 40 There she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby inside her jumped. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she called out, “God has blessed you more than other women. And blessed is the child you will have! 43 But why is God so kind to me? Why has the mother of my Lord come to me? 44 As soon as Iheard the sound of your voice, the baby inside me jumped for joy. 45 You are a woman God has blessed. You have believed that what the Lord has said to you will be done!”
46 Mary said, “My soul gives glory to the Lord. 47 My spirit delights in God my Savior. 48 He has taken note of me even though I am not important. From now on all people will call me blessed. 49 The Mighty One has done great things for me. His name is holy. 50 He shows his mercy to those who have respect for him, from parent to child down through the years. 51 He has done mighty things with his arm. He has scattered those who are proud in their deepest thoughts. 52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones. But he has lifted up people who are not important. 53 He has filled those who are hungry with good things. But he has sent those who are rich away empty. 54 He has helped the people of Israel, who serve him. He has always remembered to be kind 55 to Abraham and his children down through the years. He has done it just as he said to our people of long ago.” 56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months. Then she returned home.
John the Baptist Is Born
57 The time came for Elizabeth to have her baby. She gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had been very kind to her. They shared her joy. 59 On the eighth day, they came to have the child circumcised. They were going to name him Zechariah, like his father. 60 But his mother spoke up. “No!” she said. “He must be called John.” 61 They said to her, “No one among your relatives has that name.” 62 Then they motioned to his father. They wanted to find out what he would like to name the child. 63 He asked for something to write on. Then he wrote, “His name is John.” Everyone was amazed. 64 Right away Zechariah could speak again. His first words gave praise to God. 65 The neighbors were all filled with fear and wonder. All through Judea’s hill country, people were talking about all these things. 66 Everyone who heard this wondered about it. And because the Lord was with John, they asked, “What is this child going to be?”
67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit. He prophesied, 68 “Give praise to the Lord, the God of Israel! He has come and set his people free. 69 He has acted with great power and has saved us. He did it for those who are from the family line of his servant David. 70 Long ago holy prophets said he would do it. 71 He has saved us from our enemies. We are rescued from all who hate us. 72 He has been kind to our people. He has remembered his holy covenant. 73 He made an oath to our father Abraham. 74 He promised to save us from our enemies, so that we could serve him without fear. 75 He wants us to be holy and godly as long as we live. 76 “And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High God. You will go ahead of the Lord to prepare the way for him. 77 You will tell his people how they can be saved. You will tell them that their sins can be forgiven. 78 All of that will happen because our God is tender and caring. His kindness will bring the rising sun to us from heaven. 79 It will shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death. It will guide our feet on the path of peace.” 80 The child grew up, and his spirit became strong. He lived in the desert until he appeared openly to Israel. (See also Surah 3:39-41; 21:90)
Jesus Is Born
1 In those days, Caesar Augustus made a law. It required that a list be made of everyone in the whole Roman world. 2 It was the first time a list was made of the people while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be listed. 4 So Joseph went also. He went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea. That is where Bethlehem, the town of David, was. Joseph went there because he belonged to the family line of David.
5 He went there with Mary to be listed. Mary was engaged to him. She was expecting a baby. 6 While Joseph and Mary were there, the time came for the child to be born.
7 She gave birth to her first baby. It was a boy. She wrapped him in large strips of cloth. Then she placed him in a manger. There was no room for them in the inn.
Angels Appear to the Shepherds
8 There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby. It was night, and they were looking after their sheep.
9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them. And the glory of the Lord shone around them. They were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy. It is for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord. 12 Here is how you will know I am telling you the truth. You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a large group of angels from heaven also appeared. They were praising God. They said, 14 “May glory be given to God in the highest heaven! And may peace be given to those he is pleased with on earth (and on earth peace, toward men of good will)!” 15 The angels left and went into heaven. Then the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem. Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and the baby. The baby was lying in the manger. 17 After the shepherds had seen him, they told everyone. They reported what the angel had said about this child. 18 All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary kept all these things like a secret treasure in her heart. She thought about them over and over.
20 The shepherds returned. They gave glory and praise to God. Everything they had seen and heard was just as they had been told.
After Jesus’ birth, Wise Men from the east came to Jerusalem. -Matthew 2
2 They asked, “Where is the child who has been born to be king of the Jews? When we were in the east, we saw his star. Now we have come to worship him.” 3 When King Herod heard about it, he was very upset. Everyone in Jerusalem was troubled too. 4 So Herod called together all the chief priests of the people. He also called the teachers of the law. He asked them where the Christ was going to be born.
5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied. “This is what the prophet has written. He said, 6 “ ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are certainly not the least important among the towns of Judah. A ruler will come out of you. He will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’” (Micah 5:2) 7 Then Herod called for the Wise Men secretly. He found out from them exactly when the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem. He said, “Go! Make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, bring me a report. Then I can go and worship him too.” 9 After the Wise Men had listened to the king, they went on their way. The star they had seen when they were in the east went ahead of them. It finally stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy. 11 The Wise Men went to the house. There they saw the child with his mother Mary.
They bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures. They gave him gold, incense and myrrh. 12 But God warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod. So they returned to their country on a different road.
Jesus’ Family Escapes to Egypt
13 When the Wise Men had left, Joseph had a dream. In the dream an angel of the Lord appeared to him. “Get up!” the angel said. “Take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you to come back. Herod is going to search for the child. He wants to kill him.”
14 Joseph got up. During the night, he left for Egypt with the child and his mother Mary.
15 They stayed there until King Herod died. So the words the Lord had spoken through the prophet came true. He had said, “I chose to bring my son out of Egypt.” (Hosea 11:1) 16 Herod realized that the Wise Men had tricked him. So he became very angry. He gave orders concerning Bethlehem and the area around it. All the boys two years old and under were to be killed. This agreed with the time when the Wise Men had seen the star. 17 In this way, the words the prophet Jeremiah spoke came true. He had said, 18 “A voice is heard in Ramah. It’s the sound of crying and deep sadness. Rachel is crying over her children. She refuses to be comforted, because they are gone.” (Jeremiah 31:15)
Jesus’ Family Returns to Nazareth
19 After Herod died, Joseph had a dream while he was still in Egypt. In the dream an angel of the Lord appeared to him. 20 The angel said, “Get up! Take the child and his mother. Go to the land of Israel. Those who were trying to kill the child are dead.” 21 So Joseph got up. He took the child and his mother Mary back to the land of Israel. 22 But then he heard that Archelaus was king of Judea. Archelaus was ruling in place of his father Herod. This made Joseph afraid to go there. Warned in a dream, Joseph went back to the land of Galilee instead. 23 There he lived in a town called Nazareth. So what the prophets had said about Jesus came true. They had said, “He will be called a Nazarene.” (Isaiah 11:1)
An article about the Prophecies from the Old Testament about the coming Messiah that we can see being fulfilled in Jesus will be coming soon!
And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature9 and in favor with God and man. – Luke 2:52
God looked at every human heart He had created and every heart to come, and He knew just what they needed. So He took a part of His own heart (remember God is spirit and does not have a heart of flesh that cannot be parted. But spirit-power, like electricity–can be parted and shared!) and fashioned the perfect answer. Then He sent the answer into the world. And He called the answer Jesus! – Keith Phillips
The story of the child of Love dramatized