Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Luke 2:11-14 “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

On Christmas Eve 1946, President Truman started his annual Christmas address with the following thoughts:

“Ladies and Gentlemen and fellow citizens everywhere, again our thoughts and aspirations and the hopes of future years turn to a little town in the hills of Judea where on a winter’s night two thousand years ago the prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled.  Shepherds keeping the watch by night over their flock heard the glad tidings of great joy from the angels of the Lord saying, ‘Glory to God in the Highest and on Earth, peace, good will toward men.’  The message of Bethlehem best sums up our hopes tonight.  If we as a nation, and the other nations of the world, will accept it, the star of faith will guide us into the place of peace as it did the shepherds on that day of Christ’s birth long ago.”

Indeed, our thoughts, aspirations, and hopes should all be focused on our Saviour.  He provides us glad tidings of great joy.  The reminder of His birth should bring praise and glory to our lips.  If we follow His lead, he will guide us into a place of personal, communal, national, and global peace.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE PRIMACY OF CHRIST IN OUR LAND.  He is the crowning fulfillment of all our hopes and aspirations!