The First Noel

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"For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart." - 1 Peter 1:18-23

The word “noel” is a French word that refers to the Christmas season. The root of this word is a bit more obscure, though many believe that originally derived from the Latin word “natalis”, which means “birth”. Of course, we also see the influence of this Latin word, “natalis” and its reference to birth in our English vocabulary today, such as the term “prenatal” for a pregnancy, and “neonatal” to describe the care and study of babies.

In other words, at least for the purposes of this discussion, “The First Noel” means essentially, “The First Birth”. Obviously, Jesus was not the first human being ever born, but in regards to the spiritual rebirth that we all experience upon entering into relationship and reconciliation with God, Jesus was the First Birth.

Jesus experienced that First Birth, and lived it out successfully and with the utmost holiness.

But, what does this mean for us right now?

Put simply, God has created the way for a new chance at life, here and now, and eternally. All the things that we might hate about ourselves, or wish that we didn’t do, or carry deep regrets about – we need to know that God has a deep hope and vision that we can put those burdens down and step into the life of rebirth and renewal.

This time of the year, at the New Year, we can make a New Year's resolution to let go of our bad, sinful habits, and begin to live a life new in Christ.

Remember this New Year, 2018, that we are never lost or forgotten by God, and that God doesn’t simply want us to settle, but instead, we should always strive for a deeper connection and understanding of who God is and what he’s done in our lives. Jesus birth reminds us powerfully of just how much God really loves us.

And he does. He really loves you, even as you read this. He loves you, and he wants you to love others as deeply as He loves you!

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The First Noel

1. The First Noel, the Angels did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

2. They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the East beyond them far
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

3. Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord
That hath made Heaven and earth of nought
And with his blood mankind has bought.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

Prayer: 
Lord God, as we enter into a new year, help us to resolve to draw closer to You and call You Lord. Amen.
Date: 
Dec 31 2017