And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. (Luke 1:34-35 ESV)
Мария же сказала Ангелу: как будет это, когда Я мужа не знаю? Ангел сказал Ей в ответ: Дух Святый найдет на Тебя, и сила Всевышнего осенит Тебя; посему и рождаемое Святое наречется Сыном Божиим. (От Луки 1:34-35 Russian)
O LORD God, our dear Father in heaven, hallowed is your name! Give us the key of wisdom that makes it possible for us to understand true knowledge that comes from Jesus Christ our Lord. Open the hearts and minds of the millions who have decided to reject you and your Only Begotten Son in favor of the myriad philosophies and eastern mysticisms. Help us to teach the truth about your Son, our glorious Savior in a simple and loving manner, so that people will see Jesus the Christ living in us as we go about our daily lives in the same way he would if he lived in this century. We fervently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
The scripture reading is suggested due to the tradition among many people of the Eastern Orthodox churches – especially Russia and Ukraine who celebrate the birth of Jesus on this date each year. Our dear sister in Magadan, Olga Krasnikova shared this picture with us on 25 December. Most important for all people is the fact that: Jesus Christ is born! He came, he lived as one of us, He suffered and died on the cross as a substitute offering for our sins, then He rose from the dead and is now at the right hand of our dear Father in Heaven! What a wonderful Salvation we have and now this gift we have received is ours to share with all people in the world.
David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
Cedar Key Church of Christ
PO Box 417
Cedar Key, FL 32625
Home phone: 352-215-0368
Cell phone: 352-213-2771