Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Birth of Jesus

The Birth of Jesus

Matthew 1:18-25
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"—which means, "God with us."
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. (KJV)

Luke 2:1-14
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." (KJV)

The Visit of the Shepherds

Luke 2:15-20
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. (KJV)

The Visit of the Magi (Wise Men)

Matthew 2:1-12
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written:
" 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.' "
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him."
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. (KJV)

Peace on Earth

Luke 2:14
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (KJV)

Peace with God

Romans 5:1
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (KJV)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Loving Father. El Padre Amoroso.

The Story of the Lost Son

 11 Jesus continued, "There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger son spoke to his father. He said, 'Father, give me my share of the family property.' So the father divided his property between his two sons.
 13 "Not long after that, the younger son packed up all he had. Then he left for a country far away. There he wasted his money on wild living. 14 He spent everything he had.
   "Then the whole country ran low on food. So the son didn't have what he needed. 15 He went to work for someone who lived in that country, who sent him to the fields to feed the pigs. 16 The son wanted to fill his stomach with the food the pigs were eating. But no one gave him anything.
 17 "Then he began to think clearly again. He said, 'How many of my father's hired workers have more than enough food! But here I am dying from hunger! 18 I will get up and go back to my father. I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven. And I have sinned against you. 19 I am no longer fit to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired workers." ' 20 So he got up and went to his father.
   "While the son was still a long way off, his father saw him. He was filled with tender love for his son. He ran to him. He threw his arms around him and kissed him.
 21 "The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer fit to be called your son.'
 22 "But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattest calf and kill it. Let's have a big dinner and celebrate. 24 This son of mine was dead. And now he is alive again. He was lost. And now he is found.'
   "So they began to celebrate.
 25 "The older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants. He asked him what was going on.
 27 " 'Your brother has come home,' the servant replied. 'Your father has killed the fattest calf. He has done this because your brother is back safe and sound.'
 28 "The older brother became angry. He refused to go in. So his father went out and begged him.
 29 "But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've worked like a slave for you. I have always obeyed your orders. You never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But this son of yours wasted your money with some prostitutes. Now he comes home. And for him you kill the fattest calf!'
 31 " 'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me. Everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad. This brother of yours was dead. And now he is alive again. He was lost. And now he is found.' "

Luke 15:11-32 New International Reader’s Version Bible

El padre amoroso

 11 Jesús también les dijo:
   «Un hombre tenía dos hijos. 12 Un día, el hijo más joven le dijo a su padre: “Papá, dame la parte de tu propiedad que me toca como herencia.” Entonces el padre repartió la herencia entre sus dos hijos.
 13 »A los pocos días, el hijo menor vendió lo que su padre le había dado y se fue lejos, a otro país. Allá se dedicó a darse gusto, haciendo lo malo y gastando todo el dinero.
 14 »Ya se había quedado sin nada, cuando comenzó a faltar la comida en aquel país, y el joven empezó a pasar hambre. 15 Entonces buscó trabajo, y el hombre que lo empleó lo mandó a cuidar cerdos en su finca. 16 Al joven le daban ganas de comer aunque fuera la comida con que alimentaban a los cerdos, pero nadie se la daba.
 17 »Por fin comprendió lo tonto que había sido, y pensó: “En la finca de mi padre los trabajadores tienen toda la comida que desean, y yo aquí me estoy muriendo de hambre. 18 Volveré a mi casa, y apenas llegue, le diré a mi padre que me he portado muy mal con Dios y con él. 19 Le diré que no merezco ser su hijo, pero que me dé empleo, y que me trate como a cualquiera de sus trabajadores.” 20 Entonces regresó a la casa de su padre.
   »Cuando todavía estaba lejos, su padre corrió hacia él lleno de amor, y lo recibió con abrazos y besos. 21 El joven empezó a decirle: “¡Papá, me he portado muy mal contra Dios y contra ti! ¡Ya no merezco ser tu hijo!”
 22 »Pero antes de que el muchacho terminara de hablar, el padre llamó a los sirvientes y les dijo: “¡Pronto! Traigan la mejor ropa y vístanlo. Pónganle un anillo, y también sandalias. 23 ¡Maten el ternero más gordo y hagamos una gran fiesta, 24 porque mi hijo ha regresado! Es como si hubiera muerto, y ha vuelto a vivir. Se había perdido y lo hemos encontrado.”
   »Y comenzó la fiesta.
 25 »Mientras tanto, el hijo mayor estaba trabajando en el campo. Cuando regresó, se acercó a la casa y oyó la música y el baile. 26 Llamó a uno de los sirvientes y le preguntó: “¿Qué pasa?”
 27 »El sirviente le dijo: “Es que tu hermano ha vuelto sano y salvo, y tu papá mandó matar el ternero más gordo para hacer una fiesta.”
 28 »Entonces el hermano mayor se enojó mucho y no quiso entrar. Su padre tuvo que salir a rogarle que entrara. 29 Pero él, muy enojado, le dijo: “He trabajado para ti desde hace muchos años, y nunca te he desobedecido; pero a mí jamás me has dado siquiera un cabrito para que haga una fiesta con mis amigos. 30 ¡Y ahora que vuelve ese hijo tuyo, después de malgastar todo tu dinero con prostitutas, matas para él el ternero más gordo!”
 31 »El padre le contestó: “¡Pero hijo! Tú siempre estás conmigo, y todo lo que tengo es tuyo. 32 ¡Cómo no íbamos a hacer una fiesta y alegrarnos por el regreso de tu hermano! Es como si hubiera muerto, pero ha vuelto a vivir; como si se hubiera perdido, pero lo hemos encontrado.”»

Lucas 15:11-32 Biblia Traduccion Lenguaje Actual