Today, Christmas Eve 2016, I would like to share my wishes for a joyous remembrance of how our Lord and King, the Lord of lords and King over all kings, took on flesh so He could show Himself to us, live among us, demonstrate His great love for us, and then make it possible for us to someday live with Him forever by dying for us! The joy of that overwhelms me today and my hope and prayer is that you know this joy. Amazingly, such great joy doesn’t require family gatherings, special meals, candies, decorations, cards or gifts!
Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. [emphasis mine]
Just thinking about that and who He is … well, it’s overwhelming, really. He is the Creator of the heavens. All of it.
Joni Eareckson Tada recently shared the following in an email entitled “The Heavens Declare.” A link to her website is listed below. “Our solar system, as immense as it is, is just one small speck in the Milky Way galaxy. How small? Let’s say the Milky Way galaxy were the size of North America. Using that scale, our sun and its planets would fit into a coffee cup somewhere in a little corner of that continent. What’s more amazing is that the Milky Way (our home galaxy) is just an average galaxy among billions of others far bigger. The number of stars, trillions upon trillions, is incomprehensible. Astronomers are now convinced that there are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on the beaches of the world. And remember, this doesn’t mean that Earth is a grain of sand; no, our sun — the star — would be the grain of sand. This makes Earth infinitesimally small! And on this eensy speck of Earth, out of the billions of people, the Lord of the universe came to Earth to save you.”
The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Anne Graham Lotz also sends out a daily email and today’s encouragement includes this:
“On Christmas Eve, 1968, Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders, while orbiting the moon in Apollo 8, were so aware of the Presence of God in space that they publicly read the first ten verses of Genesis to the listening world thousands of miles away. When James B. Irwin, an astronaut with Apollo 15, actually walked on the surface of the moon, he said he looked out into the inky blackness, saw our planet looking like a blue marble suspended in space, and was overwhelmed with the conscious awareness that God was present on the surface of the moon! And God was! And God is! He is not bound by space.”
This short “must see” video includes actual audio of the above-mentioned history-making event: https://youtu.be/6vvNxhlP1jA
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.
I pray you all have real, lasting peace today and always through a relationship with Jesus Christ (Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus the Messiah).
If you’ve been absent in that relationship or want to start a relationship with Him, it’s not complicated. Simply begin by clicking here: https://forgive.me
With His Love, Cindyeliora
Joni and Friends’ website: http://www.joniandfriends.org
Anne Graham Lotz’ website: http://www.annegrahamlotz.org
All scripture is taken from the New King James version at https://www.biblegateway.com.
And since I like to give credit where credit is due, the Apolla 8 YouTube video above was posted by Matthew Tietje. Disclaimer: I am not familiar with this individual or his other videos.