Seasonal Scripture Verses

For today’s post I am sharing several seasonal Scripture verses. Some verses we associate with the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Some verses we associate with our celebration of Christ’s sacrificial death.

As we read these Scripture verses, let’s not forget we cannot celebrate Christmas without celebrating Christ Jesus’ Resurrection.

A child is born to us!
    A son is given to us!
    And he will be our ruler.
He will be called, “Wonderful Counselor,”
    “Mighty God,” “Eternal Father,”
    “Prince of Peace.”
His royal power will continue to grow;
    his kingdom will always be at peace.
He will rule as King David’s successor,
    basing his power on right and justice,
    from now until the end of time.
The Lord Almighty is determined to do all this. Isaiah 9:6-7 (GNT)

That night, in a field near Bethlehem, there were shepherds watching over their flocks. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared in radiant splendor before them, lighting up the field with the blazing glory of God, and the shepherds were terrified! But the angel reassured them, saying, “Don’t be afraid. For I have come to bring you good news, the most joyous news the world has ever heard! And it is for everyone everywhere! For today in Bethlehem a rescuer was born for you. He is the Lord Yahweh, the Messiah. You will recognize him by this miracle sign: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a feeding trough.

Then all at once, a vast number of glorious angels appeared, the very armies of heaven! And they all praised God, singing:

“Glory to God in the highest realms of heaven! For there is peace and a good hope given to the sons of men.” Luke 2:8-14 (TPT))

Who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?
 My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.

All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. Unjustly condemned, he was led away. No one cared that he died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream.
But he was struck down for the rebellion of my people. He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave.

 But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands. When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied.

And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins. I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels. Isaiah 53 (NLT)

He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24 (NIV)

Today and always may we never forget the baby in the manger, whose birth we celebrate each December 25th, is also the Sacrificial Lamb who was slain for the sins of the world, that all may have life and have it abundantly. Jesus is Christ the Messiah. King of kings and LORD of lords. To him be glory, honor, and praise now and forever. Amen.

Do you have a favorite Scripture verse you read at Christmas?

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You can find my December Inspire a Fire post here. Please stop by and read it.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Can’t Be Separated From God’s Love

bingby Sandy Kirby Quandt

Nothing can ever separate us from the love of God. Absolutely nothing. I was reminded of the scripture in Romans that states this fact after talking with a friend who wasn’t quite sure this applied to her.

She believed in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. She accepted Jesus as her Savior, yet she wasn’t absolutely positively sure her past wouldn’t make her unlovable to God. She was afraid her sins might not have been completely washed away by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, although they definitely were.

bingThe Bible tells us there is nothing we can do to make God love us more than he did before we were even born. That’s a good thing, don’t you think?

As humans, we’d be trying all sorts of things to earn God’s love. Marking off check lists. Keeping score. Driving ourselves nuts trying to be good enough for him to love us. One mistake, and we’re lost for all time.

Fortunately, that’s not God’s way. That’s not how he loves.

You know what? God loves us when we make him proud, and he loves us when we aren’t all that lovable and disappoint him by our actions. It’s not an either/or deal.

Satan wants us to keep thinking we’re just one mistake away from losing God’s love. He wants us to believe we’re too rotten, too unworthy, too whatever, for God to love us.

Satan’s a liar. Pure and simple. Don’t believe him.

Trust the words the Holy Spirit inspired the Apostle Paul to write down in the book of bingRomans. Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.

We can choose to walk away from Jesus, true, but he’ll never walk away from us.

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For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are—high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean—nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us. Romans 8:38-39 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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And This is Love

Pilot and I enjoy watching all the various creatures in our backyard. Isn’t God’s creation amazing?

The other day, Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal flew in to check out the bird food supply. As is their usual custom, Mr. C cased the joint, and determined the area safe. He then signaled Mrs. C the all clear chirp. As Mrs. C descended to the ground, and the bird seed, Mr. C kept guard from a safe distance. Love.

Watching the pair of birds made me think of how Pilot does the same for me. Pilot protects me, and makes sure I am safe. Pilot goes to work each day to secure food for us. Love.

Taking this one step further, I thought of how God does the same for each of us. God protects us and makes sure we are safe. God provides for our needs. God allowed his son, Jesus, to die on the cross of Calvary so we could have our sins forgiven, and so we would be able to live in Heaven with Him. Jesus is preparing a place for us right now. Amazing Love.

We won’t be scrounging for leftover seed, like poor Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal have to do, once the squirrels realize the bird feeder is full. Nope. God will prepare a banquet for us at His very own table. (And I won’t have to worry about being gluten-free. Bring on the pumpernickel!) We will eat like sons and daughters of the One True LORD.

Oh, how great is the love the Father has lavished upon us. That we should be adopted into his family, and be called his beloved. There is no greater love.

Consider the incredible love that the Father has shown us in allowing us to be called “children of God”—and that is not just what we are called, but what we are. Our heredity on the Godward side is no mere figure of speech—which explains why the world will no more recognise us than it recognised Christ.

1 John 3:1  Phillips Translation

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Hanukkah

Hanukkah, or Chanukkah, the eight-day festival of light that begins on the eve of the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, celebrates a miracle God performed in the 2nd century BC. This year, 2012, Hanukkah began December 8. It concludes December 16.

Growing up outside DC, in Maryland, I envied my Jewish friends who celebrated Hanukkah. They received one gift every night for EIGHT nights. Man. They even ate potato latkes with applesauce and sour cream!

In Junior High we danced the Hora to Hava Nagila, and sangChanukkah, O Chanukkah. I loved it!

When I taught my fourth grade class, in Florida, about world cultures, we played the

dreidel game, pin the Shamash on the Menorah, and ate latkes. I read my students one of my favorite picture books, Eric A. Kimmel’s The Chanukkah Guest.

Chanukkah. Such a holiday!

After we moved to Texas, I decided I wanted a menorah for Hanukkah. You can’t just walk into any store to find a menorah and candles in southeast Texas, oy, veh, but it is getting easier. In fact, I just learned our local Christian bookstore carries them. Mazel tov!

Shalom.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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