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Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men. Luke 2:14
Praying your Christmas is filled with silent wonder, simple joys, and sweet memories. God bless You at Christmas
And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21
May His blessings be yours now and in the New Year. Merry Christmas
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
At this holy season and through the year, may God quiet you with His peace, comfort you with His presence and bless you with His love.
Inside Message (left side):
Joy to the World by Isaac Watts, 1719
Joy to the world, the Lord is come!Let earth receive her King;Let every heart prepare Him roomAnd heaven and nature sing.
Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!Let men their songs employ,While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plainsRepeat the sounding joy.
No more let sins and sorrows growNor thorns infest the ground;He comes to make His blessings flowFar as the curse is found.
He rules the world with truth and graceAnd makes the nations proveThe glories of His righteousnessAnd wonders of His love.
The Story Behind the Hymn
In the late 1600s, most worship music in Europe consisted of singing the Old Testament Psalms. Isaac Watts loved the Bible, yet he thought these songs felt "unnatural" to sing. After one Sunday service, 15-year-old Isaac complained about "the atrocious worship." A deacon challenged him with, "Give us something better, young man." He went home and penned his first hymn, and the love of hymn-writing stuck with him all his life.
Later in life, and inspired by the last half of Psalm 98, Watts penned the beloved Christmas carol Joy to the World. Watts transformed the old Jewish psalm of praise for historic deliverance, into a song of rejoicing for the salvation of God that began when the Jesus came "to make his blessing flow far as the curse is found."
The music is by an unknown composer using fragments from George Frederick Handel, some scholars say it resembles Handel's greatest work, Messiah.
Inside Message (right side):
I bring you good tidings of great joy, Which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day In the city of David a Savior Which is Christ the Lord.Luke 2:10-11
I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11
Celebrating the glorious birth of Jesus and wishing you a Christmas filled with His goodness.
Inside Message (left side): The Mysterious Magi
The Three Kings, or Magi, are mentioned only in the Gospel of Matthew. Few details are given, and most of our ideas about them come from tradition or speculation. Scripture doesn't say how many wise men there were; it is generally assumed three, since they brought three gifts.
The Three Kings recognized Jesus Christ as the Messiah while he was still a child, and traveled thousands of miles to worship him. With determination, they followed a star which led them to Jesus. By this time, Jesus was a child, not an infant, implying they arrived a year or more after his birth. Their gifts symbolize Christ's identity and mission: gold for a king, incense for God, and myrrh, used to anoint the dead. God honored the wise men by warning them in a dream to go home by another route and not to report back to King Herod.
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him." Matthew 2:1-2
On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. Matthew 2:11-12
Inside Greeting (right side):
Christmas is a time to reflect and rejoice in the birth of Jesus - God's gracious gift! Wishing You a Blessed Christmas!