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Cosmic Christmas
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Christmas Meditation Moments

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Meditation Moments were first written in the early 1970s while I was working as a part-time DJ at WPGM AM-FM Stereo in Danville, Pa. Larry Souder, General Manager, wanted some inspirational fill a couple times an hour during music blocks. I started writing Meditation Moments on the job, in my spare time.

During the 1980s, Meditation Moments were revised and expanded for use on what was then my syndicated Gospel Caravan and Something Beautiful programs. They were further revised and polished in 1996 and 1997 for publication on the Gospel Caravan Home Page of the Web. When I retured Gospel Caravan in May 1997, Meditation Moments were purblished and distributed through GEL Services. G. Edwin Lint, Author.

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Table of Contents

8 Born In A Barn

9 Born To Die

14 Date Of Christmas

18 ELS And Christmas

27 How Many Wise Men

29 Innkeeper

31 Keep Christ In Christmas

46 Santa Claus And The Baby Jesus

The Origin of the Term Santa Claus

Some Christmas Facts

 

 

8 Born in a Barn

"This is _______________ and during this Meditation Moment, let's talk about why Jesus had to be born in a barn.

Did you ever wondered why God couldn't have found a nicer place for Mary to give birth to Jesus that first Christmas eve? A barn is such a dirty, smelly place -- for any baby to born, let alone, the Prince of Peace.

But think about it. Why did Jesus come to Earth in the first place? He was born to be the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the World. What better place for a lamb to be born --than in a barn?

 

9 Born to Die

This is _______________ and during this Meditation Moment, let's talk about why Jesus was born.

He wasn't born to heal all the world's diseases, although He certainly could do that. He wasn't born just to commit all the wonderful miracles which are recorded in scripture. He was born with one primary objective -- to die.

In God's plan for our salvation, established in the beginning of time, the only solution to the problem of sin would be sacrifice, the shedding of blood. And not human sacrifice, either. God sent His own Son to die for our sins so we won't have to die for our sins.

That's what all the hullabaloo at the end of December is really all about. God had just rolled out His plan of Salvation. He had just launched the ultimate solution to sin.

 

14 Date of Christmas

This is ______________ and during this Meditation Moment, let's talk about the date Jesus was born.

In his book, A Chronology of the Bible, Frank Klassen says He thinks Jesus was born sometime around Passover -- in the Spring.

No matter though. What is really important is the specific time when you accepted Jesus as your personal sin sacrifice. Is there a definite time, and place, when you said, "Jesus, I accept you as my personal sin sacrifice, and my coming King? That date is far more important for you than the date Jesus was born.

 

18 ELS and Christmas

This is ______________ and during this Meditation Moment, let's talk about the name of Jesus throughout the Old Testament.

During past few years, a lot of folks have been talking about the miracle of Equidistant Letter Sequences -- ELS for short -- in the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament. When God dictated the Old Testament to Moses and the other writers, He did so in such a way that key words and messages are spelled out in the Hebrew letters. When God wanted to use the Hebrew name for Jesus, Yeshua, He did so spacing the letters the same distance apart. The first letter of Yeshua appears in Genesis one-one. The second letter appears 253 letters after that, the third letter 253 letters after that, and so on.

The Hebrew name for Jesus -- Yeshua --not only appears in Genesis one-one but is repeated throughout the entire Old Testament, through Malachi. In the sections we call the Messianic prophecies, we find the phrase, Yeshua is my Name. This is such a miracle that scientists and mathematicians agree that it could not have happened by chance. Even with today's most powerful computers, ELS would be impossible for humans to duplicate.

When the Angel told Mary "His name is called Jesus," he was only reporting what had already been decided when God wrote the first word of Genesis.

 

27 How Many Wise Men

This is ______________ and during this Meditation Moment, let's talk about how many wise men visited Jesus bearing gifts.

To tell the truth, the Bible doesn't say how many wise men visited Jesus. Three gifts are named: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And, all the pictures I've even seen show three men on camels. But the Bible doesn't saw how many.

Maybe there's a reason why the number is unknown. There is no limit to the number of persons --wise or otherwise --who can worship the King of Kings at any one time.

So, forget about how many wise men there were. Just make sure you're one of them.

 

29 Innkeeper

This is _______________ and during this Meditation Moment, let's talk about the Bethlehem innkeeper the night Jesus was born.

 

Although the innkeeper is talked about in songs and stories about the birth of Jesus, he isn't mentioned in the Bible at all. The Bible just says, "There was no room in the inn." Maybe that means, "There was no appropriate place in the inn."

 

Bethlehem was in the midst of a mandated Roman census the night Jesus was born. I'd like to think the innkeeper was a kindly man, who gave Mary the quiet privacy of the stable, rather than the public upstairs sleeping quarters above the bar. If Jesus had been born in such a place, Mary and Joseph would most likely have been separated during the birth.

 

However it happened, God had his hand on the entire operation and planned it all, right down to the fact that the first evangelists --who were humble shepherds --would have easy access to a nursery in a stable.

 

31 Keep Christ In Christmas

This is ______________ and during this Meditation Moment, let's talk about the importance of keeping Christ in Christmas.

I'm going to be honest with you. I don't like to hear the term X-Mas at Christmas time. I know, I know --X is the Greek letter for the C-H sound. But when I think how God coded the name, Yeshua, in the original Hebrew from Genesis to Malachi while he was dictating the Old Testament, I can't believe He is pleased to hear X instead of Christ.

So, let's keep Christ in Christmas, and drop the X!

 

46 Santa Claus and the Baby Jesus

This is ______________ and during this Meditation Moment, let's talk about making room for Santa Claus and the Baby Jesus at Christmas time.

My kids were raised in a Christian home and dedicated to the Lord. And they wrote letters to Santa Claus, sat on his lap to have their pictures taken at the mall, and hung their stockings on the mantle.

However, we never told them Santa really landed on the roof in a sleigh pulled by 8 reindeer, and brought presents down the chimney Christmas eve. For them, Santa was always make-believe, just like so many other things in a child's life.

But there is a supernatural story at Christmas time: When a baby was born in a Bethlehem stable. shepherds heard about it from a choir of angels, and wise men followed a miraculous star right up to His front door.

You see, parents, if you wait till your kids get older to tell them Santa is only make believe --what are you going to say about the other supernatural part of the Christmas story?

Some Christmas Facts

 

 

 

 

The origin of the term Santa Claus

...Meanwhile, Dutch settlers had brought to the New World the custom of celebrating St. Nicholas' Day on December 6, and especially St. Nicholas' Eve, when gifts were given to children, of whom the saint was patron. British settlers took over the tradition as part of their Christmas eve celebration. The English name of the legendary jolly, red-garbed man who delivers presents to good children at Christmas, Santa Claus, is derived from the Dutch Sinterklaas, a modification of Sint Nikolaas [Saint Nicholas].
"Christmas," Microsoft (R) Encarta. Copyright (c) 1994 Microsoft Corporation. Copyright (c) 1994 Funk & Wagnall's Corporation.

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