We at Zeteo 3:16 wish you all a Blessed and Joyful Christmas 2017. Let us all remember what the true meaning of Christmas is all about.
The Observation of the Birth of Christ, the Duty of all Christians
In the 1700’s, the celebration of Christmas by evangelicals was still controversial. It was banned by law in parts of the United States (the day was associated with revelry by some, and by others it was inextricably connected to the Catholic Mass). Puritans tended to eschew it simply because of the mas part of Christmas, and history seemed to be moving away from the notion of a Christian Christmas…keep reading
Note: This year we’ve also included a fascinating presentation on the Christmas Star by Dr. Jason Lisle. You may disagree with his theory but his reasoning and logic is very compelling! The video is at the end of this post. We hope you enjoy it. Let us know what you think.
Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14
For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting. Micah 5:2
In those days Mary set out and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judah where she entered Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped inside her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she exclaimed with a loud cry: You are the most blessed of women, and your child will be blessed! How could this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For you see, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped for joy inside me! She who has believed is blessed because what was spoken to her by the Lord will be fulfilled!” Luke 1:39-45
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:5-8
Here are some articles which provide the right perspective for this season of celebration:
Christmas Miracle: The Peculiar Glory of the Incarnation
It’s a joy to reserve this part of the year to remember and celebrate the birth of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. This, of course, is what Christmas is about in the truest sense. Amid all the tinsel, the gingerbread cookies, and the trees and stockings and gift shopping, true Christians pause to reorient our thoughts and our affections to what Christmas is really about: the incarnation of the Son of God….keep reading
Where Exactly Was Jesus Born?
Christmas is a joyous time to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus the Messiah. His arrival marks a moment in human history when “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14). The holy God humbled Himself and became human so that He could be present (dwell) with His creation. God’s desire to be present with His people is found all throughout the Scriptures (Exodus 5:8; Exodus 40:35; 1 Kings 8:10; John 1:14; Revelation 21:3), and really, it’s the theme of the entire Bible…keep reading
Dr. Jason Lisle’s talk on the Christmas Star: