The People Who Walked In Darkness Have Seen A Great Light

nativityIS 9:1-6

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom
a light has shone.
You have brought them abundant joy
and great rejoicing,
as they rejoice before you as at the harvest,
as people make merry when dividing spoils.
For the yoke that burdened them,
the pole on their shoulder,
and the rod of their taskmaster
you have smashed, as on the day of Midian.
For every boot that tramped in battle,
every cloak rolled in blood,
will be burned as fuel for flames.
For a child is born to us, a son is given us;
upon his shoulder dominion rests.
They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero,
Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.
His dominion is vast
and forever peaceful,
from David’s throne, and over his kingdom,
which he confirms and sustains
by judgment and justice,
both now and forever.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this!

GospelLK 2:1-14

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus
that the whole world should be enrolled.
This was the first enrollment,
when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town.
And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth
to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem,
because he was of the house and family of David,
to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
While they were there,
the time came for her to have her child,
and she gave birth to her firstborn son.
She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields
and keeping the night watch over their flock.
The angel of the Lord appeared to them
and the glory of the Lord shone around them,
and they were struck with great fear.
The angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid;
for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy
that will be for all the people.
For today in the city of David
a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.
And this will be a sign for you:
you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes
and lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel,
praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

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105 Responses to The People Who Walked In Darkness Have Seen A Great Light

  1. ForGodandCountry says:

    4 thoughts on this great day:

    1) We use words like awesome, wonderful, incredible, etc. to describe the Lord Jesus, but in truth, no adjective fully captures his love and glory. In fact, they fall so short as to be meaningless.

    2) Satan is an inmate on death row, along with all his works. Truly, there will come a time when his very name, if even remembered, will be met with a “who?”. All his and mankind’s evil will be erased and undone….as if it never happened.

    3) “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and WILL NOT DELAY.” Hebrews 10:37 (emphasis mine)

    ….which goes hand in hand with….

    “…do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” 2 Peter 3:8

    4) “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Matt 5:6

    Merry Christmas, brothers and sisters. Joy, incomprehensible joy, to the world!!

    Sing like never before,
    Oh my soul
    And worship his holy name!

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  2. May the reason for the season bless the everyone.

    Liked by 4 people

  3. HickTick says:

    Thanks To All , and Merry Christmas , may God Bless You

    Liked by 5 people

  4. glk26 says:

    Merry Christmas CTH

    Liked by 7 people

  5. May the peace and joy and strength that comes to those who seek the Lord be with everyone worldwide, and especially to TCT, Sundance, Menagerie, and our President and First Lady, DJ and Melania Trump. ❤️

    Liked by 10 people

  6. bkeyser says:

    Merry Christmas y’all.

    Liked by 5 people

  7. Dora says:

    Keeping Christ in Christmas: Sacred Carols

    God rest ye merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay,
    Remember, Christ, our Savior, was born on Christmas Day;
    To save us all from Satan’s power 
when we were gone astray.

    O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy;
    O tidings of comfort and joy.

    Yes, it is easy to forget, in our hyper-commercialized, secularized, paganized world, that the real basis for our celebration of “Happy Holidays” is two Christian “Holy Days”: Christmas (December 25, the Nativity of Jesus Christ, the Lord) and Epiphany (the “Revelation of Christ to the Gentiles,” characterized by the worship of the Magi, or Wise Men, celebrated either on January 1, or, more traditionally, January 6).

    https://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/faith-and-morals/item/14024-keeping-christ-in-christmas-sacred-carols

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  8. Ghost says:

    May the Lord bless you and keep you. May his divine countenance always shine upon you.

    Merry Christmas to all!

    Liked by 7 people

  9. Heroic Dreamer says:

    Merry Christmas!!

    Liked by 4 people

  10. GrandpaM says:

    Merry Christmas, all y’all!

    Liked by 4 people

  11. Janeka says:

    Merry Christmas to all and a special thanks to Sundance and company for our all they do for us throughout the year.. Stay safe and God Bless..

    Liked by 6 people

  12. Rileytrips says:

    All will be well, and all will be well, and all manner of things will be well. Praise be to God!

    Liked by 4 people

  13. Mandy says:

    I should have placed this here instead of the daily thread, my apologies for that mistake.

    The Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, a sermon by St John Chrysostom

    “I behold a new and wondrous mystery!

    My ears resound to the shepherd’s song, piping no soft melody, but loudly chanting a heavenly hymn!

    The angels sing!

    The archangels blend their voices in harmony!

    The cherubim resound their joyful praise!

    The Seraphim exalt His glory!

    All join to praise this holy feast, beholding the Godhead herein… on earth and man in heaven. He who is above now, for our salvation, dwells here below; and we, who were lowly, are exalted by divine mercy!

    Today Bethlehem resembles heaven, hearing from the stars the singing of angelic voices and, in place of the sun, witnessing the rising of the Sun of Justice!

    Ask not how this is accomplished, for where God wills, the order of nature is overturned. For He willed He had the powers He descended. He saved. All things move in obedience to God.

    Today He Who Is, is born ! And He Who Is becomes what He was not! For when He was God, He became man-while not relinquishing the Godhead that is His…

    And so the kings have come, and they have seen the heavenly King that has come upon the earth, not bringing with Him angels, nor archangels, nor thrones, nor dominions, nor powers, nor principalities, but, treading a new and solitary path, He has come forth from a spotless womb.

    Yet He has not forsaken His angels, nor left them deprived of His care, nor because of His incarnation has He ceased being God. And behold kings have come, that they might serve the Leader of the Hosts of Heaven; Women, that they might adore Him Who was born of a woman so that He might change the pains of childbirth into joy; Virgins, to the Son of the Virgin…

    Infants, that they may adore Him who became a little child, so that out of the mouths of infants He might perfect praise;

    Children, to the Child who raised up martyrs through the rage of Herod; Men, to Him who became man that He might heal the miseries of His servants;

    Shepherds, to the Good Shepherd who was laid down His life for His sheep;

    Priests, to Him who has become a High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek;

    Servants, to Him who took upon Himself the form of a servant, that He might bless our stewardship with the reward of freedom (Philippians 2:7);

    Fishermen, to the Fisher of humanity;

    Publicans, to Him who from among them named a chosen evangelist;

    Sinful women, to Him who exposed His feet to the tears of the repentant woman;

    And that I may embrace them all together, all sinners have come, that they may look upon the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!

    Since, therefore, all rejoice, I too desire to rejoice! I too wish to share the choral dance, to celebrate the festival! But I take my part, not plucking the harp nor with the music of the pipes nor holding a torch, but holding in my arms the cradle of Christ!

    For this is all my hope!

    This is my life!

    This is my salvation!

    This is my pipe, my harp!

    And bearing it I come, and having from its power received the gift of speech, I too, with the angels and shepherds, sing:

    “Glory to God in the Highest! and on earth peace to men of good will! “

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  14. Frank says:

    Merry Christmas, Treepers!

    Liked by 4 people

  15. Janice says:

    Merriest of Christmases and God’s blessings on all!

    Liked by 3 people

  16. Gunner says:

    During Christmas Eve service last night, I sat in the choir and literally shook with the overwhelming feeling of peace, joy and contentment — a feeling I haven’t experienced in years. Raised in a Christian home by Christian parents, who are singing now with the Saints, I drifted so far from what I knew was right.

    I don’t think I ever left — I believe I was just hiding from Him. But, He reached out to me and took my hand and said, ‘Come on home’. Now, thankfully, I’m back among His flock and I shout ‘Glory’ every day for that.

    To all of you, a very Merry Christmas and wishing you all the best for the new year.

    In Christ!!!

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  17. 4EDouglas says:

    Hallelujah ….
    And merry Christmas!

    Liked by 4 people

  18. Nigella says:

    Merry Christmas to you all!

    Liked by 3 people

  19. 4gypsybreeze says:

    Happy Birthday Jesus!
    Merry Christmas to Sundance and all Treepers.

    Liked by 3 people

  20. efilnikcufecin101 says:

    Thank the Lord Jesus and Our Father God for their mercies for us are renewed DAILY.
    Merry Christmas to All. God bless us every one.

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  21. skifflegirl says:

    At the church where we attended mass for many years, there was a small folk group. Just a handfull of singers, a guitar and sometimes a piano. My favorite part was always the harmony and simplicity of this hymn at the end of communion. Merry Christmas🕊

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  22. Gregory Jenkins says:

    Merry Christmas to you ALL!

    Liked by 3 people

  23. Mariposa323 says:

    Merry Christmas from Bethlehem Palestine , treepers! May the Peace of Christ prevail always and bless our great land of the USA with the Freedom to always make Jesus the Reason for the Season !

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  24. Dora says:

    Wonderful!

    Liked by 4 people

  25. I’m sure most here know the winter solstice was a pagan holiday ‘Saturnalia’ (circa 498 BC)
    Yes Saturn the god of agriculture (think corn/grain) it was eventually replaced by Mass of Christ or ‘ChristMass’ I have no dog in this fight but I think there were likely human (baby) sacrifices as people were in Deep Darkness having no understanding of our Creator or the ‘Divine Council’ Peace! https://www.ancient.eu/Saturn/ May the New Year Deliver us ALL Prosperity, Peace, a Wall

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    • jesterofthecourt says:

      It is only natural that true religion should replace false religion and the objects and days of worship.
      This is logical.
      And yes the ancients projected their fear of their unknown God and thought He demanded blood sacrifice of humans.
      Proof of our darkened minds and intellects …proof of evil.

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  26. You posted the Bible verbatim on a political website.
    I love it!
    The words are wonderful…the message so cheerful!
    It gives me hope and joy!
    Thank you and wishing you a very Merry 12 days of Christmas to all at Breitbart!

    Like

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