Friday, December 22, 2006

Merry CHRISTmas!!

A Christmas Alphabet Poem

Angels, appearing so bright, telling of Jesus that first Christmas night
"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host." Luke 2:13

Bethlehem, crowded and old, birthplace of Jesus by prophet foretold
"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel." Micah 5:2

Cattle, their manger His bed, there in the trough where He laid His head
"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger." Luke 2:7

David and his ancient throne promised forever to Jesus alone
"He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David." Luke 1:32

East, where shone the bright star which Magi on camels followed afar
"Behold, there came wise men from the east asking 'Where is the king of the Jews?'" Matthew 2:1-2

Frankincense, with myrrh and gold, brought by the Wise Men as Matthew has told
"And when they had opened their treasurers, they presented unto him gifts gold, frankincense, and myrrh." Matthew 2:11

God, who from heaven above sent down to mankind the Son of His love
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16

Herod, whose murderous scheme was told to Joseph in a nocturnal dream
"The angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise and take the young child and his mother and flee into Egypt... for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him." Matthew 2:13

Immanuel, "God with us," for Christ brought man back to the Father's house
"Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." Isaiah 7:14

Joseph so noble and just, obeying God's word with absolute trust
"Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife." Matthew 1:24

King: a true king He would be, coming in power and authority
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold, the King cometh unto thee; he is just, and having salvation." Zechariah 9:9

Love that He brought down to earth God enfleshed in lowly birth
"In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him." 1 John 4:9

Mary, His mother so brave, counting God faithful and mighty to save
"And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word." Luke 1:38

Night, when the Savior was born for nations of earth and people forlorn
"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night." Luke 2:8

Omega, meaning "the last;" He's eternal present, future, and past
"I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." Revelation 22:13

Prophets, when living on earth foretold His redemption and blessed birth
"I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a sceptre will rise out of Israel." Numbers 24:17

Quickly, as shepherds who heard hastened to act on that heavenly word
"And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger." Luke 2:16

Rejoice! The sorrow of sin is banished forever when Jesus comes in
"And you will have joy and gladness; and many will rejoice at his birth." Luke 1:14

Saviour: to be this He came; the angel of God assigned Him His name
"She will bring forth a son, and you will call his name JESUS, for he will save his people from their sins." Matthew 1:21

Tidings of joy, not of danger, telling of Him who was laid in a manger
"And the angel said unto them, Fear not for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people." Luke 2:10

Us, to whom Jesus was given to show us the way and take us to heaven
"For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:11

Virgin, foretold by the sage, God's revelation on prophecy's page
"Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." Matthew 1:23

Wonderful: His works and His words, the King of all Kings, the Lord of all Lords
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given... and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

X is for Christ. It's X in the Greek, Anointed, Messiah, mighty, yet meek
"God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power." Acts 10:38

Yes, called God's Yes in His Word; God's answer to all is Jesus the Lord
"For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us." 2 Corinthians 1:20

Zeal, as it burned in Christ's heart. Lord, by Thy Spirit to us zeal impart!
"And his disciples remembered that it was written, the zeal of your house has eaten me up." John 2:1