His Name Is Jesus

A compilation

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Over 2,000 years ago, on a night the world has been pleased to call “Christmas,” a Jewish maiden went to the mysterious depths of motherhood and came back with a given child. The child was given a name…

A name that blossoms on the pages of history like the flowers of a thousand springtimes;

A name that echoes down the corridors of time like the music of a thousand choirs in one grand anthem;

A name that adorns the records of the centuries like the splendor of a thousand monuments . . .  read more

Christmas Shalom

By Peter Amsterdam

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One of the portions of the story of the Nativity which I find most beautiful, exciting, and meaningful is when the angel appeared to the shepherds and announced Jesus’ birth, followed by a multitude of heavenly hosts praising God. It’s such a fitting entrance for the birth of the Son of God. Luke tells us what happened:

In the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and . . .  read more

Christ’s Birth Foretold

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All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
—Matthew 1:22–23 NIV

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There are just over 330 prophecies of Christ in the Old Testament. The likelihood of all of them coming to fruition is so infinitesimally small it is considered next to impossible. Yet each came into being exactly as foretold.

Matthew refers to four remarkable . . .  read more

Of Shepherds and Magi

By Peter Amsterdam

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On the night of Jesus’ birth, in the hills near Bethlehem, shepherds were watching over their flocks. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord, His light and brightness, shone around them. The angel told them not to fear, that he had good news for them. He then revealed that a Savior, Christ the Lord, was born in the city of David that night. . . .  read more

God in a Manger

A compilation

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What is Christmas? The answer may just surprise you.

For many, Christmas is the time to think of Jesus Christ as a baby in a manger. While the birth of Christ is a special and miraculous event, it isn’t the primary focus. The central truth of the Christmas story is this: the Child of Christmas is God.

Christmas is not about the Savior’s infancy; it is about His deity. The humble birth of Jesus Christ was never intended to conceal the reality that God was being born into the . . .  read more