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As we come upon that glorious day of Christmas I  have been coming across some  very interesting passages in my early morning time with the Lord.  It seems as though the Lord has been refreshing me lately and how wonderful it is.  It’s amazing to me how one can read His Word over and over and yet still find something new each time.  Just goes to prove how alive His Word is!

I was reading though Matthew this morning.  Not just to read the story of his birth, but it just seem like a good place to start today.  As I read through the first few chapters I was struck by how many times it was written “that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet”  Time and time again, from the angel speaking to Joseph, the wise men, John the Baptist, and when Jesus began his ministry in Galilee.  Prophecy was fulfilled.  Nothing was happening that God had not beforehand ordained and put in to motion.  Doesn’t that make you feel great!  Knowing that God, all along, had a plan to save us!  Then I came upon this verse that really made me just stop in awe.  It starts in Matthew chapter 4, verse 12:

Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee.  And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

“The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,

By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,

Galilee of the Gentiles:

The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,

And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death

Light has dawned.”

 

Light has dawned!  Jesus has come!  He was walking among them.  I wonder if those people in Galilee had any idea what was happening the day Jesus walked into town.  Did they know that the Light had come?  Those three little words just really touched my heart this morning with such refreshing hope.  Not that I had lost hope, but boy, isn’t it good when the Lord just sends beautiful reminders to us once in a while! 

Isaiah 9:1-7 speaks of this, which is so amazing to me as well and just as beautiful.  Read for yourself:

NEVERTHELESS the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed,

As when at first He lightly esteemed

The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,

And afterward more heavily oppressed her,

By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,

In Galilee of the Gentiles.

The people who walked in darkness

Have seen a great light;

Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,

Upon them a light has shined.

You have multiplied the nation

And increased its joy;

They rejoice before You

According to the joy of harvest,

As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

For You have broken the yoke of his burden

And the staff of his shoulder,

The rod of his oppressor,

As in the day of Midian.

For every warrior’s sandal from the noisy battle,

And garments rolled in blood,

Will be used for burning and fuel of fire.

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.

Of the increase of His government and peace

There will be no end,

Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,

To order it and establish it with judgment and justice

From that time forward, even forever.

The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Like the Galileans, are we aware that The Light has come?  We all are in darkness but Jesus was sent to bring us Light and Life everlasting.  We don’t need to stay in the dark any longer.  Believe on Him, The Light of the World and live in his Glorious Light!

Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Lord, thank you.  Thank you for thinking of me before time began.  For putting into motion the Way to free me from my sin.  For sending Your son, Jesus, to be the perfect sacrifice, the perfect Lamb that would pay the “ransom” for my soul and all those who believe on His Name.  Thank you!  In His Perfect, and Wonderful Name, Amen.

Blessings Today,

Pammy Liz

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