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The Miracle of Christmas

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Christmas Day, December 25, is the day that has been designated as the day to commemorate the birth of Christ. It is celebrated all around the world by Christians and non-Christians alike. Through the years it has largely become more of a commercialized holiday encrusted with many traditions, some very ancient with roots reaching all the way back to many hundreds of years before Jesus was born, and others that are more recent developments. Because of the many non-Biblical customs and traditions – some of which are pagan – that have become associated with and interwoven into the celebration of the Birth of Christ, the subject of Christmas has been a very controversial one for many centuries, and many, whose piety is regarded to be extreme, have completely condemned the observance of this holiday. But there is something supernatural, something miraculous about the message of Christmas that has been overlooked by many and which demands to be heard.

 

In the entire history of the world, the Birth of Christ was the single most important event that had ever happened up to that point. Not only was it significant because it was the Incarnation of God—when the Word (that was in the beginning with God and that indeed was God) was made Flesh and “tabernacled” among us, but it was also significant because it signaled the fact that “the fulness of time was come” (Gal. 4:4), and as a result it set in motion the chain of events that would usher in the final (“last”, eschatos) days of mankind on the earth as we now know it:

 

  • the life and earthly ministry of Jesus;
  • the death (“crucifixion”) of Jesus;
  • the burial of Jesus;
  • the resurrection of Jesus;
  • the ascension of Jesus;
  • the subsequent birth of the mystical Body of Christ, the NT Church in Acts 2
  • and the work of the NT Church on earth in preparation for the Return of Jesus for His Saints.

 

Thus, the Birth of Christ is the enigmatic pronouncement of the beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! It is both the culmination of over four thousand years of preparation for and anticipation of the Coming of the Savior of the world, the Redeemer of all mankind, and the fulfillment of many prophetic utterances made by various OT writers who clearly spoke of this day.

 

Numbers 24:17
I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.

This is a clear prophecy of the Coming Messiah!

 

 

Micah 5:2

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel [Messiah]; whose goings forth [origin] have been from of old, from everlasting [eternity].

When the Magi arrived in Jerusalem seeking the newborn “King of the Jews”, Herod’s scholars pointed to this prophecy to direct them to the place where Jesus was born [Matthew 2:6].

Matthew 2:1-6

1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. [They knew that the prophesied Coming King of the Jews would be the Messiah!]

5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

  • Bethlehem Judah, the City of David, where Boaz redeemed and married Ruth, where Jessee and David were born.
  • Bethlehem Ephratah, the House of Bread and Fruitfulness, birthplace of the Bread of Life.
  • Bethlehem, location of the Well of Bethlehem, whose waters were poured out upon the ground by King David in a prophetic metaphor of the Coming Messiah and King of Israel out of whose belly would flow rivers of living water!
  • Bethlehem, whose surrounding fields were home to Temple Sheep, guarded by shepherds, to whom the Angel(s) appeared the night Jesus was born proclaiming these tidings:

Luke 2
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 Saviour, which is Christ Messiah 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.

 

Isaiah 7:14

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

Matthew cites this passage in Matthew 1:22-23 as he relates how the angel told Joseph what to name the child to whom Mary was about to give birth.

Matthew 1:22-23
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

 

Isaiah 9

1 Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.

2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

This verse is cited by Matthew in Matthew 4:12-16 as proof that Jesus is the subject of this prophecy!

Matthew 4:12-16

12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;

13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:

14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,

15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;

16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

 

6 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, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

7 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.

 

Some have called the story of the Birth of Jesus “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” And, to some degree, that is indeed exactly correct!

 

Yet, in some circles, it appears to have become the Greatest Story NEVER told! Beneath the accumulated centuries of tarnish by traditions and the litter of debris deposited by carelessness and neglect, the beautiful true story of the Birth of Christ still gleams with the Glory of Heaven – even though it has become eclipsed by fables, legends and outright lies.

 

But you must never underestimate the Miraculous Power of the Word of God!

 

Even while Jesus walked the earth in the Days of His Flesh, the truth of His Nativity was concealed from his contemporaries. “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” is the cynical query of Nathaniel before his conversion in John 1.  “Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan?” exclaimed the unbelieving Jews in John 8:48.

 

But ignorance of the facts does not alter or eliminate them. Concealed Truth is just as real and vital as Revealed Truth. However, Truth must be Revealed to us in order to have power in our lives.

 

Consider this….

  • Ancient pagans practiced baptism long before John came baptizing and preparing the Way for Jesus.
    [http://www.bible.ca/ef/topical-baptism-a-prechristian-history.htm]
  • Ancient pagan cults held prayer to be a sacred ritual.
    [1 Kings 18:25-26
    And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under. And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.]
  • Ancient pagan religions built altars and offered sacrifices to pagan deities.
    [1 Kings 18:25-26]
  • Ancient pagans employed various worship devices, including music and singing.
    [Daniel 3:4-54 Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: ]
  • The very pagan emperor of the Roman Empire, Constantine, very stupidly declared The Day of the Sun [Sunday] to be the Christian Sabbath – apparently in honor of the pagan Sun god.
    [https://www.historychannel.com.au/this-day-in-history/constantine-decrees-sun-day-as-day-of-rest/]
  • The ancient mystic Tau [sign of the Cross] was employed in various ancient pagan religions as a sign of life.
    [https://www.thesimpleanswers.com/2012/02/18/the-christian-cross-is-pagan/]

 

But the TRUTH will still make you free if you will take the time to KNOW IT!

 

We reject the paganism associated with each of these items and embrace them in their true form as associated with Apostolic Christianity.

 

And in the same manner we reject the paganism and the lies surrounding the Birth of Christ and its celebration, choosing rather to joyfully remember the real meaning of the Day Christ was born.

 

The Miracle of Christmas…

The Miracle of Christmas is this: in spite of all the rubble of centuries of lies and legends, the Gospel Truth still shines from the story of the Birth of our Saviour!!

 

Listen to the beautiful story of the Gospel as it is narrated in these beautiful Christmas songs and you, too, will be blessed by the Miracle of Christmas!

 


O Come, All Ye Faithful

 

O come, all ye faithful

Joyful and triumphant

O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem

Come and behold Him

Born the King of Angels!

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

Christ the Lord

 

Oh, sing, choirs of angels

Sing in exultation

Oh, come ye, oh come ye to Bethlehem

Come and behold Him

Born the King of Angels

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

Christ the Lord

 


O Come, O Come Emmanuel

 

O come, o come Emmanuel

To free your captive Israel

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appear

Rejoice, rejoice o Israel

To you shall come Emmanuel

 


O Little Town of Bethlehem

 

O little town of Bethlehem

How still we see thee lie

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep

The silent stars go by

Yet in thy dark streets shineth

The everlasting Light

The hopes and fears of all the years

Are met in thee tonight

For Christ is born of Mary

And gathered all above

While mortals sleep, the angels keep

Their watch of wondering love

O morning stars together

Proclaim the holy birth

And praises sing to God the King

And Peace to men on earth

 


Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

 

Hark! the herald angels sing,

“Glory to the new-born King!

Peace on earth, and mercy mild,

God and sinners reconciled.”

Joyful, all ye nations, rise,

Join the triumph of the skies;

With th’ angelic host proclaim,

“Christ is born in Bethlehem.”

Hark! the herald angels sing,

“Glory to the new-born King!

Christ, by highest heaven adored:

Christ, the everlasting Lord;

Late in time behold him come,

Offspring of the favoured one.

Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see;

Hail, th’incarnate Deity:

Pleased, as man, with men to dwell,

Jesus, our Emmanuel!

Hark! the herald angels sing,

“Glory to the new-born King!

Hail! the heaven-born

Prince of peace!

Hail! the Son of Righteousness!

Light and life to all he brings,

Risen with healing in his wings

Mild he lays his glory by,

Born that man no more may die:

Born to raise the son of earth,

Born to give them second birth.

Hark! the herald angels sing,

“Glory to the new-born King !”

 


Joy To The World

 

Joy to the world, the Lord is 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

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!

Let men their songs employ

While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains

Repeat the sounding joy

Repeat the sounding joy

Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy

He rules the world with truth and grace

And makes the nations prove

The glory of His righteousness

And wonders of His love

And wonders of His love

And wonders, wonders, of His love

 


Oh, Holy Night!

 

Oh, holy night! The stars are brightly shining

It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth

Long lay the world in sin and error pining

Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn

Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices

Oh, night divine

Oh, night when Christ was born

Truly He taught us to love one another

His law is love and His gospel is peace

Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother

And in His name, all oppression shall cease

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we

Let all within us praise His holy name

Christ is the Lord! Oh, praise His Name forever

His power and glory evermore proclaim

Oh, night divine, oh, night when Christ was born

Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices

Oh, night divine

Oh, night when Christ was born


 

May the Blessings of Christ be with you this Christmas!

 

Rev. Tim D. Cormier

 

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An Open Letter to Apostolics Who Don’t Celebrate Christmas

Dear Apostolic friends,

Are you aware that the Seventh-Day Adventists use the same argument against worshiping on Sunday that you use against Christmas?

In fact, you already have taken the mark of the beast and are in cahoots with the anti-Christ if you practice worship on Sunday instead of Saturday, according to Ellen White’s boys.

You see, the worship of the Sun is pagan. Constantine worshiped the unconquered Sun. Constantine gave us worship on Sunday. Sunday is pagan. You are pagan if you worship on Sunday. You just think you are worshiping Jesus as your Lord and Savior. In reality, the paganism of ancient Sun worshipers like Constantine is mystically transferred to you and everyone else who worships on Sunday, which means that all the worship on that day actually goes to the Sun. There is even a colossal government conspiracy to make all Christians accept Sunday worship instead of Saturday worship, thus forcing everyone to unwittingly become pagans and worship the Sun.

To all who read this and think I am making this up: you either haven’t talked seriously to a seventh-day advocate or you haven’t talked to them long enough. (And for the sake of all those who didn’t recognize the use of sarcastic literary license, Constantine in fact did NOT give us Sunday worship – the early church actually gathered for worship on “the first day of the week”.)

Men like Herbert W. and Garner Ted Armstrong for years have pushed ideas like this in their World-Wide Church of God organization.

So, if I worship on Sunday I am a pagan worshiping the Sun god.

If I worship on Monday then I must be a pagan worshiping the Moon god (wouldn’t Allah just love that?).

Tuesday, too, derives its identity from the mists of pagan antiquity.

The list goes on and on, ad infinitum, ad nauseum. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – yea, even the Adventists’ beloved day of worship, Saturday, has paganism smeared all over its pristine face (Saturn’s day, no less). O consistency! Thou art a jewel…. I still can’t understand why I am a pagan subject of the anti-Christ because I worship on the Day of the Sun, but it’s perfectly fine and indeed ordained of God to worship on the Day of Saturn. What am I missing here?

But let us not stop here. Let’s go on to Calvary, to a hill far away on an old rugged cross. Oh no, my brother! For shame! It’s not a cross, because a cross is pagan. It’s a stake! Anyone who possesses or displays the sign of the cross is a pagan. Surely you knew that?! The ancient sign of life, the mystic tau – if you have it on your church pews everyone who sits on them is a pagan. If you have it on your pagan steeple you become a double-dipped pagan!

Birthdays are pagan, too. The only people that celebrated birthdays in the Bible were evil men.

And while I’m on the subject, you shouldn’t let your little girls play with dolls. In fact, any graven image is idolatrous and pagan. Really, photographs are not even right – they are images! Down with images!

By the way, I sure hope you don’t use magic markers. Magic is of the devil. You are of the devil if you use magic.

Why does it not bother more of us that there are those among us who believe we have to borrow from the teachings of clearly cult-leaning movements such as the Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses and the World-Wide Church of God in order to “super-size” the Truth? Why do we allow men to preach from Alexander Hislop’s The Two Babylons as though it were divinely inspired and possessing equal weight with Holy Scripture?

We must beware lest we desecrate the purity of the Gospel by adding to it the “commandments of men”. Otherwise, we have cursed ourselves just as surely as those who have granted to themselves the right to take away from the Gospel whatever they please.

Rev. Tim D. Cormier
02 September, 2004

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