Samy Tutac, predici de Craciun – Invataturile Primului Craciun & Istoria Primului Crăciun – Biserica Perth, Australia

Invataturile Primului Craciun 24 Dec 2014

Matei 1:18-25

18 Iar naşterea lui Isus Hristos a fost aşa: Maria, mama Lui, era logodită cu Iosif; şi, înainte ca să locuiască ei împreună, ea s-a aflat însărcinată de la Duhul Sfânt.
19 Iosif, bărbatul ei, era un om neprihănit şi nu voia s-o facă de ruşine înaintea lumii; de aceea şi-a pus de gând s-o lase pe ascuns.
20 Dar, pe când se gândea el la aceste lucruri, i s-a arătat în vis un înger al Domnului şi i-a zis: „Iosife, fiul lui David, nu te teme să iei la tine pe Maria, nevasta ta, căci ce S-a zămislit în ea este de la Duhul Sfânt.
21 Ea va naşte un Fiu, şi-I vei pune numele Isus, pentru că El va mântui pe poporul Lui de păcatele sale.”
22 Toate aceste lucruri s-au întâmplat ca să se împlinească ce vestise Domnul prin prorocul care zice:
23 „Iată, fecioara va fi însărcinată, va naşte un Fiu, şi-I vor pune numele Emanuel” care, tălmăcit, înseamnă: „Dumnezeu este cu noi.”
24 Când s-a trezit Iosif din somn, a făcut cum îi poruncise îngerul Domnului; şi a luat la el pe nevasta sa.
25 Dar n-a cunoscut-o, până ce ea a născut un Fiu. Şi el I-a pus numele Isus.

  1. Ceea ce conteaza este ca El a venit
  2. Ceea ce conteaza este ca El a venit sa ne rascumpere
  3. Ceea ce conteaza este ca aceasta rascumparare este pentru toti cei care cred in El
  4. Dar, intrebarea este: Ai crezut in El?
  5. Supunerea totala fata de Dumnezeu inseamna intelegerea a ceea ce s-a intamplat la primul Craciun.
  6. Spiritul Craciunului  este altruism, nu egoism, nu pentru mine, ci pentru altii. Spiritul Craciunului  este altruism si daruire totala. Egoismul si rautatea n-au ce cauta la Craciun. De fapt, in viata copilului lui Dumnezeu n-au ce cauta niciodata.

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Istoria Primului Crăciun 25 Dec 2014

Nu sarbatoarea in sine este o problema, ca as vrea sa intelegem in seara aceasta, ca sarbatorile au fost ideia lui Dumnezeu. Daca o sa ne uitam in Vechiul Testament, in primele 5 carti a lui Moise, vom vedea ca Dumnezeu, cand a pus la punct viata spirituala si sociala a poporului Israel, a zis: „Sa tii sarbatori in cinstea Mea.” Si poporul Israel avea 7 mari sarbatori de-a lungul unui an si, de fapt, intreaga viata spirituala si sociala a poporului se desfasura in jurul acestor 7 mari sarbatori, pe langa, desigur, sarbatorile saptamanale de Sabat. De fapt, si noi ca biserici, si eu personal vin dintr-o biserica cu multi ani in urma inceputa, o biserica traditionala, si in biserica noastra, slujirea ne-o programam intr-un an tinand cont de marile sarbatori.

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David Platt – Incarnation Wonder of Grace (Part 3 of 4)

God's grace Philippians 2:5-11 

Verse 8 – And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

Why is the incarnation important? Why did it happen?

What belief, if any, separates Christianity apart from the world religions? Is there anything that is completely and totally unique to Christianity? That was the subject of debate and discussion, at a british conference years ago, on comparitive religions. And they were discussing, „Is there anything that makes Christianity unique? And while they were in their heated discussion, all these experts and religious scholars, a guy named C. S. Lewis wanders in. And he says, „What’s the fuss all about?” They say, „Well, we’re debating, trying to figure out if there’s anything unique about christianity”. And he responded immediately, „Well, that’s an easy one. One word: Grace”.

Grace is the why of the incarnation. It is incomprehensible to think about Christ becoming a man, because of the purpose for which He came. We should never cease to be a people that are not amazed about grace.

Three moves that Christ makes that helps to give us a picture of incomprehensible grace:

  1. He goes from exaltation to humiliation so that we might be exalted. His incarnate position as the Son of Man makes possible our eternal privilege as sons of God. 
  2. He goes from life to death, so that we might live. The reality: He was born to die a shameful, painful, cursed death. And even 2000 years later we are rejoicing at His mastery over death, because through Him we have life. You and I don’t walk around captive to our sin, we are freed to live. To live now, and for all of eternity. His shame on the cross becomes our honor. All that is shameful about us, our sin, our wickedness, the things we think, the things we do, the things that not even those closest to us don’t even know about, the things that would be exposed before God are transferred to Him (Christ). And He’s transferred to us His righteousness, and His beauty and His holiness, and His redemption. a)His humiliation becomes our honor. b)His pain becomes our joy, and c)His curse becomes our blessing. He left life to go to death, so that you and I might find life. We are not worthy of this kind of grace. May we never become numb, and tired and sleepy in the face of grace. This (grace) is a mammoth truth.
  3. He goes from rich to poor, so that we might be rich. The richness of all that He is, His divinity, His deity, His greatness, His majesty, and all that He owns, all the resources in the world belong to Him. Everything is His. For your sake though, He became poor. He entered a world of humiliation and depravation and poverty. The Creator of the world became homeless, so that we might become rich. See His poverty in the world: He gave up His rights, He gave us His resources and now, we are His people in the world. We are followers of Jesus Christ, who became poor so that others might become rich. And how can we ever show Christ if we don’t give up our rights and we give others our resources?

We talk glibly of the „Christmas Spirit,” rarely meaning more by this than sentimental jollity on a family basis.  But what we have said makes it clear that the phrase should in fact carry a tremendous weight of meaning.  It ought to mean the reproducing in human lives of the temper of him who for our sakes became poor at the first Christmas.  And the Christmas spirit itself ought to be the mark of every Christian all the year round.

It is our shame and disgrace today that so many Christians-I will be more specific: so many of the soundest and most orthodox Christians – go through this world in the spirit of the priest and the Levite in our Lord’s parable, seeing human needs all around them, but (after pious wish, and perhaps a prayer, that God might meet them) averting their eyes, and passing by on the other side.  That is not the Christmas Spirit.  Nor is it the spirit of those Christians- alas, they are many- whose ambition in life seems limited to building a nice middle-class Christian home, and making nice middle class Christian friends, and bringing up their children in nice middle-class Christian ways, and who leave the sub-middle-class sections of the community, Christian and non-Christian, to get on by themselves.

The Christmas spirit does not shine out in the Christian snob.  For the Christmas spirit is the spirit of those who, like their master, live their whole lives on the principle of making themselves poor- spending and being spent-to, enrich their fellow men, giving time, trouble, care, and concern to do good to others-and not just their own friends-in whatever way there seems need.

Excerpted from Knowing God by J.I. Packer.  Copyright 1973 by Intervarsity Press.

Händel for Christmas !

If you have never listened to the entire Messiah oratorio, here are 4 selections to sample. If you would like to listen to the entire oratorio (in 3 parts) and see the lyrics, which are entirely taken from Scripture click here – Handel’s entire oratorio with lyrics (in 3 separate video)It includes the Hallelujah song. Also click here if you want just the Hallelujah song – Handel’s ‘Hallelujah’ and Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria in Excelsis Deo’. Majestic music for a majestic God!

The 4 selections from Handel’s Messiah oratorio

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government
shall be upon His shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful,
Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
(Isaiah 9:6)

Händel: For unto us a child is born

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And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. (Isaiah 40:5)

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Händel: And the glory of the Lord

Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (I
Corinthians 15:21-22)

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Händel: Since by man came death

The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and
we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption and
this mortal must put on immortality. (I Corinthians 15:52-53)

Händel: The trumpet shall sound

Uploaded on Apr 22, 2008 The Trumpet Shall Sound from Handel’s Messiah performed live by Nathaniel Mayfield on baroque trumpet in December, 2007. Uploaded by Nathaniel Mayfield

John Piper – Six reasons the Son of God came into the world

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I want to let six of the witnesses speak and testify to why the Son of God came into the world. The witnesses are Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, and the writer to the Hebrews. The answers they give are six reasons for Jesus’ coming:

  1. To ransom many – Mark 10:45, „The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”The reason we need a ransom to be paid for us is that we have sold ourselves into sin and have been alienated from a holy God. When Jesus gave his life as a ransom, our slavemasters, sin and death and the devil, had to give up their claim on us. And the result was that we could be adopted into the family of God.Paul put it like this in Galatians 4:4–5, „When the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law so that we might receive adoption as sons.” In other words the redemption or the ransom frees us to be a part of God’s family. We had run away and sold ourselves into slavery. But God pays a ransom and redeems us out of slavery into the Father’s house.To do that, God’s Son had to become a human being so that he could suffer and die in our place to pay the ransom. That is the meaning of Christmas. Hebrews 2:14 puts it like this, „Since the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same nature that through death he might destroy him who has the power of death.” In other words, the reason Christ took on human flesh was so that he could die and in dying pay a ransom and free us from the power of death.
  2. To call sinners to repentance –Luke 5:31–32, „Jesus said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.'”Jesus came to call sinners to repentance. First, there needed to be a ransom to be paid for sinners. Then, there could be a successful call to sinners. The call is based on the ransom. And Jesus says he came for both of these things.He does not leave the ransoming or the calling to others. He ransoms and he calls. Even today he is calling through the Bible and through the preaching of the Bible. He is calling this morning.That is the meaning of Christmas. He came to call sinners.
  3. To give sight to the morally blind – John 9:39, „Jesus said, ‘For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see.'” And John 12:46, „I have come as light into the world, that whoever believes in me might not remain in darkness.”Jesus did not merely come to ransom and to call, he also came to open people’s eyes so that they can see the light and walk in it. Our problem is not just slavery needing a ransom, and lostness needing a call; our problem is also moral blindness, needing the gift of sight. We are simply blind to some spiritual realities that are utterly crucial to see and embrace.This is why Christ came: that those who do not see may see. This is the meaning of Christmas.
  4. To divide households – Matthew 10:34, „Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and a man’s foes will be those of his own household.”The point of this word is not that God loves division and strife. The point is that strife and division caused by true allegiance to Jesus are better than no strife and division with no allegiance to Jesus. The point is that when a person is ransomed and called and given sight, something really radical happens to them.They see everything differently with that new sight, and they have a new master because of that sovereign call, and they are wonderfully free from fear and guilt because of that sufficient ransom. And so they think differently and feel things differently and act differently. And for some in the family, that can be very threatening, and so tension develops. For this Jesus came into the world. That too is the meaning of Christmas.
  5. To save from divine condemnation – John 3:17–18, „For God sent not the Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. He who believes in him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already.”God sent his Son to save us from his own just condemnation and wrath. The need for salvation implies that there is a danger we need to be saved from. That danger is sin and death and the devil. But the most serious danger of all is the danger of the condemnation of God. If God is for us, then sin and death and the devil will fail to destroy us. But if God is against us, then nothing can save us.Christmas, the coming of Jesus, is God’s way of being for us — if we will believe. „He who believes is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already.”
  6. To give eternal life – John 3:16, „For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes on him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”Christmas means that God sent his Son so that we could believe and have eternal life.This is what Patty was talking about when she said last night, with her dead child in her arms, „How do people bear it who have no hope?” The hope she meant was eternal life. And that life is the gift of God through Jesus Christ.

John Piper at Desiring God via http://www.sermoncentral.com/

 

12 Reasons for Christmas

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by John Piper at www.DesiringGod.org website

1) “For this I was born and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth” (JOHN 18:37).

2) “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 JOHN 3:8; cf. HEBREWS 2:14-15).

3) “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (MARK 2:17).

4) “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (LUKE 19:10).

5) “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (MARK 10:45).

6) “God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (GALATIANS 4:5).

7) “For God so loved the world that whoever believes on him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved” (JOHN 3:16).

8) “God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him” (1 JOHN 4:9).

9) “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (JOHN 10:10).

10) “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against . . . that the thoughts of many may be revealed” (LUKE 2:34F).

11) “He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (LUKE 4:18).

12) “Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarches, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy” (ROMANS 15:7-8; cf. JOHN 12:27F).

„Iată Mielul lui Dumnezeu care ridică păcatul lumii! Merry Christmas to all of our readers!!!

Ioan 1 – Mielul lui Dumnezeu
29 A doua zi, Ioan a văzut pe Isus venind la el şi a zis: „Iată Mielul lui Dumnezeu care ridică păcatul lumii!
30 El este Acela despre care ziceam: „După mine vine un Om care este înaintea mea, căci era înainte de mine.
31 Eu nu-L cunoşteam, dar tocmai pentru aceasta am venit să botez cu apă: ca El să fie făcut cunoscut lui Israel.”
32 Ioan a făcut următoarea mărturisire: „Am văzut Duhul coborându-Se din cer ca un porumbel şi oprindu-Se peste El.
33 Eu nu-L cunoşteam; dar Cel ce m-a trimis să botez cu apă mi-a zis: „Acela peste care vei vedea Duhul coborându-Se şi oprindu-Se este Cel ce botează cu Duhul Sfânt.”
34 Şi eu am văzut lucrul acesta şi am mărturisit că El este Fiul lui Dumnezeu.”

2 Corinteni 5

18 Şi toate lucrurile acestea sînt dela Dumnezeu, care ne -a împăcat cu El prin Isus Hristos, şi ne -a încredinţat slujba împăcării;
19 că adică, Dumnezeu era în Hristos, împăcînd lumea cu Sine, neţinîndu-le în socoteală păcatele lor, şi ne -a încredinţat nouă propovăduirea acestei împăcări.

Luca 2:14

,,Slavă lui Dumnezeu în locurile prea înalte, şi pace pe pămînt între oamenii plăcuţi Lui.“

Dumnezeu sa va binecuvanteze, pe toti cititorii blogului nostru. Va apreciem, ne rugam pentru voi si va dorim o viata cu multa biruinta si  o apropiere de Dumnezeu in anul nou – 2015! Dati cinste marelui nostru Dumnezeu in tot ce faceti! Sarbatori Fericite!

Iehova, Dumnezeu

1. Ești necuprins de timp și spațiu, de-orice gândire mai presus
Ești pretutindenea în toate și totuși cât de nepătruns
Deasupra tuturor o Doamne, cu măreție strălucești
Cu-nțelepciunea-Ți fără margini, în orice clipă mă uimești.

Din veșnicie ești același, Iehova e numele Tău
Splendori cerești Te înconjoară,
Din veșnicie-n veșnicie ești mereu
Iehova Dumnezeu!

2. Ești Dumnezeu din veșnicie, izvorul tainice-i lumini
În cer Ți-e tronul de domnie, înconjurat de heruvimi
Ești Tatăl nostru bun și mare, ce ne dai pâine zi de zi
Și adunarea-n sărbătoare Îți cântă sfinte melodii.

3. În fața măreției Tale, se-nchină orice muritor
Ți se înalță osanale, Atotputernic Creator
În toate voia Ta să fie, sfințească-se Numele Tău
Vie a Ta împărăție Preasfânt și mare Dumnezeu!

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Christmas song…peace on earth 

Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth

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with the celebration of the birth of Jesus upon us here is a song celebrating the coming of the Prince of Peace:

Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till, ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The Carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said;
‘For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!’

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
‘God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!’

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