Saturday, December 22, 2012

WJOF Christmas Letter 2012

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 NLV
   On behalf of the WJOF team, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    If you are like me, Christmas celebrations tend to be a month long festivity! We often experience too much food, too many presents and distractions of many kinds! The world manufactures its own attempt at “abundance”, but God’s kingdom… His word declares eternal abundance through faith in Him. To keep our eyes focused on Jesus- the “reason for the season”, Isaiah 9:6 predicts Christ’s birth 700 years beforehand and is one of 300+ prophecies related to Jesus’ life and ministry as foretold in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New!

It was prophesized the Messiah would:
·       be born of a woman (Genesis 3:15; Matthew 1:20)
·       be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:1, Luke 2:4-6)
·       be born of a Virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:22, Luke 1:26-31)
·       come from the line of Abraham (Genesis 12:3; Matthew 1:1)
·       be a descendant of Isaac (Genesis 17:19; Luke 3:34)
·       be a descendant of Jacob (Numbers 24:17; Matthew 1:2)
·       be a descendant of Judah (Genesis 49:10; Luke 3:33)
·       be heir to King David’s throne (2 Samuel 7:12; Romans 1:3)
·       be called Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23)
·       have a messenger prepare the way for Him (Isaiah 40:3-5; Luke 3:3-6)
·       be rejected by his own people (Psalm 69:8; John 1:11)
·       be a prophet (Deuteronomy 18:15; Acts 3:20-22)
·       be preceded by Elijah ( Malachi 4:5-6 and Matthew 11:13-14)
·       be declared the Son of God (Psalm 2:7 & Mathew 3:16-17)
·       bring light to Galilee (Isaiah 9:1-2; Matthew 4:13-16)
·       speak in parables (Psalm 78:2-4; Matthew 13:10-15, 34-35)
·       be a sacrifice for sin (Isaiah 53: 5-12; Romans 5:6-8)
·       heal the brokenhearted (Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:18-19)

Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full!” John 10:10b

 This Christmas week may you experience Him as Wonderful Counselor, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace on your journey of faith! Our prayer is that we all continue to unwrap God’s greatest gift: Jesus and His Redemption of broken sinners! May 2013 be a year of incredible abundance… “life to the full!”

Your sister in Christ-
Jodi Kozan
Women’s Journey of Faith


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