Opening Christmas Sabbath Service Sermon...

Merry Christmas. We turn to John 20:19-23, ["... 19 In the evening of that first day of the week, (A) the disciples were [gathered together] with the doors locked because of their fear of the Jews. Then Jesus came, stood among them, and said to them, "Peace to you!" (B) 20 Having said this, He showed them His hands and His side. (C) So the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, (D) I also send you." (E) 22 After saying this, He breathed on them (F) and said, [a] "Receive the Holy Spirit. (G) 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain [the sins of] any, they are retained."..."] Hold there and turn to Matthew 2:2;1-2, ["... 1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived unexpectedly in Jerusalem, (A) 2 saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? (B) For we saw His star in the east (C) [a] and have come to worship Him." ..."] Then to Luke 2:15-16, ["... 15 When the angels had left them and returned to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go straight to Bethlehem and see what has happened, which the Lord has made known to us." 16 They hurried off and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby who was lying in the feeding trough. 17 After seeing [them], they reported the message they were told about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them..."] And finally in Easter Sunday we are still looking for him, John 20:13-17, ["...13 They said to her, " Woman, why are you crying?" "Because they've taken away my Lord," (A) she told them, "and I don't know where they've put Him." 14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, though she did not know it was Jesus. (B) 15 "Woman," Jesus said to her, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?" Supposing He was the gardener, she replied, "Sir, if you've removed Him, tell me where you've put Him, and I will take Him away." 16 Jesus said, "Mary." Turning around, she said to Him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!" [a] €”which means "Teacher." (C) 17 "Don't cling to Me," Jesus told her, "for I have not yet ascended (D) to the Father. (E) But go to My brothers (F) and tell them that I am ascending to My Father (G) and your Father€”to My God (H) and your God."..."] And when we finish the story, the hope of God is that we are still looking for him and see where he is laid and or where anyone has put him. The Shephers looking for him and the wise men looking for him. And God wants to be found by you and me. In the book of Mark, there's no etymology or account of the birth of Jesus. And the most important thing is that we seek God while he can be found. And I would think, we cannot limit ourselves to really think about God in one instance every December 25... And the fact of the matter is that we can celebrate Christ all year round. But not widstanding we have chosen to celebrate his birth this December 25 by giving gifts and singing and rejoicing at that fact. And that is certainly fine. But the finest celebration is what Mary did, that we turn and say to him in what ever language we have and call him, "Teacher...". And when whe put away all the decorations and cut up the Christmas Tree, that what lingers on is a new Peace and a sense of a new direction and kneel every day and morning and night and tell him, "...Here I am...Lord God... Teacher!..." May you be blessed. Amen thbg

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Francisco J Zubia @tohimbeglory ·

Perhaps some of this 'birth of Jesus' passages you will hear or have heard for the next few days and or have heard it for the last few days. It is hard matter because this celebration on December 25 is not biblical. But that said for the matter, we will add that it, we will not let that bothers us. For there's no sin is celebrating, if we do it thoughtfully. When Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the dead, it did not add to the glory of God in essence, but he was glorified in doing so among men...

And when undertake to celebrate, that at some point Jesus was born like the bible tells, we would do well and thoughtfully think how that would glorify Jesus amongst men, being of virgin birth, but we have trouble being born in a meanger in swabbling clothes surrounded by farm animals, and we do we if we focus that he was sent to set us free and glorify God, making and calling God kind and merciful to send a Messiah to deliver us from our sins...

Yes indeed. God is kind and merciful!...

May you be blessed. Amen.

thbg

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Francisco J Zubia @tohimbeglory ·

And the fact of the matter is that Jesus was not weaned on his mother's resources, but had one mission in mind and one task to accomplish. We turn to John 4:25-34,

["... 25The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.

26Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

27And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?

28The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,

29Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

30Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.

31In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.

32But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.

33Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?

34Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work..."]

And perhaps we would be like the dicipiles urging their Master to come and eat and relax and forget about everything. But the Master could not forget why he had been born and what his mission was to finish the task of bringing dimension to those waiting eternal life. And the message for us is to not get our eyes off the road, we mustn't fall asleep or go astray. Celebrate but keep an eye on the turns and obstacles ahead. The figment of the Devil is very real and he doesn't take a break on the sowing of error...

I thought for a while I could be merry, but the reality soon catches up with me, that some have no grain of truth in their hearts in this moment and are headed for damnation. God will not postpone damation for those who ignore his message to repent on any mercy negotiation of some sort. Believe God! He will not negotiate on any terms but the blood of Jesus...

May you be blessed. Amen.

thbg

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Francisco J Zubia @tohimbeglory ·

As the New Year raises it's hand on the horizon and Christmas Eve around the corner, we would be wise to make inventory of what we've gain in this holiday season. The reason I say this is that the birth of Jesus makes us glad and we don't want to spoil anybody's party, but his shed blood makes us free from guilt and the truth set us free from error. And just about this time he dead hour comes when we wonder what we've have accomplished by this endeveour...

As diligent stewards of God's grace, we should analyze how much profit we get from our time, money and effort, and I like to believe that indulgence is very expensive and has little return...

May you be blessed. Amen.

thbg

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Francisco J Zubia @tohimbeglory ·

The best goal of this festive season is to not come out of it empty-handed, and I don't mean gifts from those we give one a gift. But I say, to grow in spiritual growth! And Paul wanted the Church to grow in this way: Turn to 2Corithians 5:11-15,

["...11 Knowing, then, the fear of the Lord, (A) we persuade people. We are completely open before God, and I hope we are completely open to your consciences as well. 12 We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to be proud of us, so that you may have a reply for those who take pride in the outward appearance [a] rather than in

the heart. 13 For if we are out of our mind, (B) it is for God; if we have a sound mind, (C) it is for you. 14 For Christ's love compels [b] us, since we have reached this conclusion: if One died for all, (D) then all died. 15 And He died for all (E) so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, (F) but for the One (G) who died for them and was raised..."]

And if we come out of this festive season with all a new devotion, not focused on self and its issues, but on God and his Son Jesus, I would say, mission accomplished, and we can face the New Year with a new heart to serve the living God who dwells in us...

So if Jesus was Raised, let this same Jesus be Raised in you...

May you be blessed. Amen.

thbg

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And for those whose this is the first Christmas and some were not so cheerful when they heard about their first Christmas, we turn to Acts 17:4-6,

["...4And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.

5But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.

6And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;

7Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus..."]

And certainly when Jesus was born, was there not great uproar in Herod's Temple over the onset news of the birth of another King. And people still today cannot put into their table the onset news of another King Jesus, who will tell them how to decide what is right and what is wrong and we rather believe on a Santa who give gifts instead of directives...

May we never be offended at our King Jesus...

May you be blessed. Amen.

thbg

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Francisco J Zubia @tohimbeglory ·

About this time 9:00 AM Christmas Day, we begin to get a visit from the 'nothingness' and the gift lost it's luster and the parades are not that exciting and we feel something is passing and maybe time to examine ourselves and move on to other things. Solomon wrote about the vanity of life and how really empty that is. And the festive season was a shot in the arm, but now we lurk for a new way to help us cope with our life...

But we still have our penmanship and still have a freind and freinds to tell our woes and wills. And the fact of the matter is that we can put things into perspective and see that we are in control and we can face the day and what comes ahead and ahead with the New Year. A time to regroup and regasp for air and perhaps a little quiet time with the Lord and tell him and confess that he was right, that only his word and his blessing matter...

But now that we said it, we feel better. We still have 66 books of the bible to give us comfort and comfort to know that God Jesus understands his creation and our humanity and our frail nature and make-up...!

May you be blessed. Amen.

thbg

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Francisco J Zubia @tohimbeglory ·

And all of you who listened and watched the Mass from the Vatican, I could read my blog and follow right along with the Message of the Pontificate. Just Curious, I did not have to post a message comment at the time, the Pontificate Pope rounded all the point and touched all the bases. This Christmas Easter Message, I thought it was my original message. I suppose the Pope had the same problem making the Day significant...

And perhaps it is like we've heard it all before and the fact of the matter the spirit was not with us at all, at all times, in this matter, but we tried to be good players and no perfectly ruin someone's party and some would think some are hostile and unfreindly, but the task is how to stay faithful to God's word and not loose anyone along the way...

Merry Christmas and a festive happy New Year. May the Lord be with you and your family and loved one and all your plans as we set for 2010...

Blessings. Amen.

thbg

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Francisco J Zubia @tohimbeglory ·

The final summary in this message is that if we, in this turmoil for some, festive activity for others. I gave gifts, sang carols and celebrated, ate, rejoiced, had some tense moment, offended somewhere else and it was a mix batch, but the Lord was and proved to be all-together faithful and we have no lack or our loved ones. But if we learned something perhaps

meaningful in the final hour of this holiday, is that we learn to trust God and that God is gracious and never proud, but holy and together righteous and hates sin, but does not forget we are helpless...

Then we we know we have gain something and perhaps give a fellow a break for Christmas sake and put our hard words on diet and wrong thoughts in package away from our heart, then we know we celebrated this Holiday the way we should and we have some thing truly worthy to celebrate...

May you be blessed. Amen.

thbg

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