Archive for the ‘Christmas’ Category
Here’s an impromptu Jars of Clay back of the truck rendition of John Denver’s “Christmas for Cowboys” — y’all have a Merry Christmas, yuh hear!
Enjoy a little Christmas Music. Merry Christmas y’all!
(Just the click on the play button to see the songs!)
Which one is your favorite?
I love Jars of Clay, but of this group, I think I like “Mary and Joseph” and my favorite of the Christmas songs, “O Come O Come Emmanuel” — Merry Christmas and be blessed!
P.S. You have to click each song to get them to play!
This Sunday we celebrate joy! The long expected Jesus — the Messiah, the Son of God, the One who takes away the sins of the world, the One promised by prophets and Scripture — came in human flesh, God with us, Immanuel.
Peter tells us that angels stood on tiptoe trying to figure out exactly when Jesus, the fulfillment of all the hopes of God’s people, would actually occur:
The prophets who spoke of this outpouring of grace upon you diligently searched and inquired of the Lord about this salvation: to whom and to what time was the indwelling Spirit of the Anointed referring when He told them about the suffering of the Anointed and the honor that would follow it? 12The Spirit revealed to them they were not serving themselves but you. And you have learned from those who told you the good news by the Spirit that was sent down from heaven. Even the heavenly messengers would like to explore this news (1 Peter 1:10-12 The Voice).
So rejoice, the long expected One has come!
Sometimes images and music make the words we hold dear, dearer still. The emotion of the music and the grittiness of the images make the truth of God no longer something to be studied, but grace to be received. So first the holy and inspired words of an outcast turned into a witness. Then the powerful demonstration of the truth of these words in song and sight for us to capture and hold and say, “Be born in me.”
The birth of Jesus took place like this. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. Before they came to the marriage bed, Joseph discovered she was pregnant. (It was by the Holy Spirit, but he didn’t know that.) Joseph, chagrined but noble, determined to take care of things quietly so Mary would not be disgraced.
While he was trying to figure a way out, he had a dream. God’s angel spoke in the dream: “Joseph, son of David, don’t hesitate to get married. Mary’s pregnancy is Spirit-conceived. God’s Holy Spirit has made her pregnant. She will bring a son to birth, and when she does, you, Joseph, will name him Jesus—‘God saves’—because he will save his people from their sins.” This would bring the prophet’s embryonic sermon to full term:
Watch for this—a virgin will get pregnant and bear a son;
They will name him Emmanuel (Hebrew for “God is with us”).
Then Joseph woke up. He did exactly what God’s angel commanded in the dream: He married Mary. But he did not consummate the marriage until she had the baby. He named the baby Jesus.
From worshiphousemedia.com and Francesca Battistelli.