Christmas Message 2005

‘Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel’ which means, God with us.
Matthew 1:23
More than 2,000 years ago, a virgin gave birth to a Son, and the God of heaven came to Earth. Mankind had received its Savior, and to those who had dwelled in darkness, the light of hope had come. Each Christmas, we celebrate that first coming anew, and we rejoice in the knowledge that the God who came to Earth that night in Bethlehem is with us still and will remain with us forever.
Christmas is a season of hope and joy, a time to give thanks for the blessing of Christ’s birth and for the blessings that surround us every day of the year. We have much to be thankful for in this country, and we have a responsibility to help those in need. Jesus calls us to help others, and acts of kindness toward the less fortunate fulfill the spirit of the Christmas season.
On Christmas, we pray for freedom, justice, and peace on Earth. We remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and for our freedom, we remember our nation’s Founding Father Dr. Sun Yat-Sen and the Republic’s first President Chiang Kai-Shek, and lots of our glorious National Armed Forces which contributed to the Northern Expedition, the World War II and the Civil War. We remember those who are abroad, overseas or home and with lofty ideas to rebuild the Republic and advance the cause of freedom and peace, and ask for God’s blessing on their loved ones. We ask God to watch over all of our citizens of the Republic. Our entire Nation is grateful to them and prays for their safty and success.
NOW, THERFORE, I, JEREMY C.K. SHIH, do hereby send my best wishes for a blessed and merry Christmas.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto record the date this twenty-fourth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand five, and of the Republicanization of the Republic of China the ninety-forth.
Christmas Carols
When Christmas Comes To Town

Im wishing on a star, and trying to believe.
That even though it‘s far, hell find me at Christmas Eve.
I guess that Santa is busy, cause he never comes around.
I think of him when Christmas comes to town.

The best time of the year, when everyone comes home.
With all this Christmas tear, its hard to be alone.
Putting up the Christmas tree, with friends you come around.
Its so much fun when Christmas comes to town.

Presents for the children wrapped in red and green;
All the things Ive heard about, but never really see.
No one will be sleeping on the night of Christmas Eve,
Hoping Santas on his way...

When Santas sleigh bells ring, I listen all around.
The herald angels sing, I never hear a sound.
And all the dreams of children, once lies will all be found.
Thats all I want when Christmas comes to town...
Thats all I want when Christmas comes to town...


Joy To The World (Chinese Version)


1 使


Trivial Talk
23号,平安夜的前一天,收到一份快递的领取通知单,这次又会是谁要给我一个惊喜呢?Jasmine? Jaqueline? I don’t know. Maybe.
24号,我要做很多事情。要刻录几张光盘,去买个盒子包装圣诞礼物,再要去邮局领取 surprising 快递,还要寄出一个 wonderful 包裹。然后与 Leon 一起,去教堂。或许还有 Allen 和 Yan。等待7点圣诞钟声响起,蜡烛点燃的时刻,阿門…… 音乐礼拜结束后,饕餮的圣诞大餐。口水ing…
24号的晚上,Auntie 和 Shirley 要离开上海回澳洲了,祝她们旅途愉快。从未在平安夜乘过飞机,据说平安夜的乘机旅客都可以获得一份圣诞礼物。那倒不错,哈哈。在飞机上过平安夜是不是很容易遇上架着鹿车的 Santa Claus 呢?呵呵。想到了 The Polar Express 的片断。
最近突然有种冲动,想买个 Siemens 数字无绳电话,到处都是它的广告,我家大楼电梯里、地铁列车上、东方CJ,不过好贵哦。到2006年再说吧……
And now comes… The True Meaning of the CHRISTMAS.
愿凡分享体悟者,在新的一年得蒙 神的赐福。
The Gospel
The Birth of Jesus Christ, the Lord and the Savior


Prophets’ Predictions in The Old Testament




“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.”

– Isaiah 7:14




“For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and his is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

– Isaiah 9:6




“But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, form ancient days.”

– Micah 5:2



Description in The New Testament





“Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do 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 as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,’ which means, ‘God is with us.’ When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.”

– Matthew 1:18-25




“In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’ When King Herod heard this, he was frightened and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.’ Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’ When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifs of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.” 

– Matthew 2:1-12







“In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see – I am binging you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!’” 

– Luke 2:8-14


Jeremy Shih


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2 Responses to Christmas Message 2005

  1. Shirley says:

    Merry Christmas !

  2. jozee says:

    X’mas 快乐!

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