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This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.&#160 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.&#160 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:&#160 “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” – which means, “God with us.”

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.&#160 But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.


&#160 &#160 &#160 &#160 &#160 &#160 &#160 &#160 &#160 &#160 &#160 -Matthew 1:18-25

And may God add His blessings to the reading of His holy Word.

It doesn’t matter what shape the economy has taken.&#160 It never has, and it never will.&#160 For it’s still not about fat men in red suits, pine trees decorated in lights & ornaments, turkey, ham, pumpkin pie, Playstations, Xboxes or anything like that.

It is – and has always&#160 been – about the birth of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, and about the beginning of His mission to save us from our sins.

And we’d do well to remember that.

Merry Christmas 2008, Denizens.

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