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After we throw out Santa, Rudolph, Frosty, everything commercial, the date December 25th, and the fact that there are no Biblical instructions for an annual celebration of the Birth of Jesus... He still came to make a way for us. :)

He emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant. That is, Jesus purposely, wilfully, left the glory and perfect Triune love of heaven to become a man. He did not forfeit His deity for that would have been impossible. He did, however, forfeit the glory of heaven, placing himself under the Law, subjecting Himself to everything any man is subject to, being tempted to sin just like any other man. In His humanity He needed sleep. He became thirsty, hungry. He who was rich became poor for our sakes that we might become rich through Him. He was born in poverty. His mother wrapped Him in cloths and laid Him in a cattle trough. He who knew the perfect bliss and comfort of heaven, as an infant, in the night, was cold. While having the spiritual presence and fellowship with His heavenly Father, He nonetheless, while on earth, was deprived of his Father’s physical presence. Jesus entered a world of perversion, violence, hatred, suffering, and injustice. For perhaps twenty years or so, Jesus laboured as a carpenter. As a man He had to learn His trade. The work was arduous, uneventful, not at all glamorous, the work of a servant and not a King. He submitted to the baptism of John, thus identifying Himself with all who needed to repent in order to gain right standing with God. He knew that many would misunderstand Him. Even His own brothers thought He had lost His mind. The Pharisees and scribes immediately were suspect of Him, and as the day of death approached their hatred and rejection of Him escalated to a fever pitch. They said that He was a friend of sinners, that He was demon-possessed, that He was a blasphemer. 

One of His closest friends betrayed Him, handing Him over to the Roman authorities for thirty pieces of silver. One of His other friends, who declared Him to be the Christ, who boasted of his own unrelenting fidelity, a few hours later denied Him three times before a little girl. Jesus was unjustly arrested, falsely accused, unmercifully beaten, mockingly ridiculed, and horrifically executed by the cruellest of means. He perfectly obeyed the law of God all His days. He became a laughing-stock, a spectacle, the very essence of shame while hanging on the cross. And all so that we wouldn't have to suffer judgement.

It's the greatest act of love that the world has ever (and will ever) know... and it started with the birth of a little baby.

1. Jesus had to be born because of mankind’s sin.

2. Jesus had to be born because God wanted to reveal His own character to humanity.

3. Jesus had to be born to remove the sins of humankind through a perfect sacrifice.

4. Jesus had to be born for mankind to have a Mediator.

5. Jesus had to be born to provide the promised Seed of Abraham.

6. Jesus had to be born for God to make His Spirit available to all humankind.

7. Jesus had to be born for God to redeem mankind.

Amen.

Thank you, Jesus.

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3 hours ago, vanderark14 said:

Merry Christmas Scotty

2 hours ago, wheres the pies said:

Jesus is the reason for the season merry Christmas scotty 👍

Thank you, Lads! :ok:

34 minutes ago, Eisegerwind said:

Are you fuckin serious.

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37 minutes ago, SMcoolJ said:

image.jpeg.dd16c3b066ad5b949b7568dfe613402e.jpeg This is what Christmas is all about.

Or... what people are choosing to make it about?

10 minutes ago, thplinth said:

Merry Christmas to you and all Scotty.

And you, Mate! :cheers3:

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15 minutes ago, Scotty CTA said:

Or... what people are choosing to make it about?

And you, Mate! :cheers3:

Ach, it was just a crap joke that you've made even worse!!  The answer was Baby Cheeses (thank you Jim Royale).

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10 minutes ago, SMcoolJ said:

Ach, it was just a crap joke that you've made even worse!!  The answer was Baby Cheeses (thank you Jim Royale).

Always good to get the crackers over and done with early.:lol:

And while we are on the subject of crackers. Who came up with that daft idea in the first place? And how come so many, supposedly intelligent, beings spend so much money on such a pile of crap?

 

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16 minutes ago, Flure said:

I won't hear a word against Xmas Crackers.

They are a source of much goodly material.

It's not so much the jokes that I have a problem with. It's more the method of delivery.

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