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“THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE HATH ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR; HE HATH SENT ME TO HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED, TO PREACH DELIVERANCE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERING OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET AT LIBERTY THEM THAT ARE BRUISED….” Luke 4:18

Every Christmas we love to be caught up in the joy, the shopping for gifts, the “angel” choir singing praise for the birth of Jesus our Savior, and the church pageants by the young people depicting Mary, the manger, and the birth of the Christ child. But we often overlook the real purpose of His coming.

Of course, we know Jesus came to redeem us from sin and He died on the cross to save and make us sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father, but as our theme Scripture shows, we see so much more that our Savior purchased for us — not only our eternal salvation — but everything we need here and now in this life.

We will look into these blessings in a moment, but I am reminded of a humorous, but sweet, story that our dear C.M. Ward loved to tell every Christmastime.

In one of the church pageants, the eight to ten year olds donned their bathrobes and all the other props they could gather, and proceeded to depict the Christmas story the Sunday night before Christmas. Of course, the big moment came as Mary and Joseph approach the innkeeper to secure a room. You know the story well: The innkeeper makes it clear, “There is no room in the inn!” But in the pageant, which had not been too well rehearsed, Joseph pleads with the innkeeper that they were desperate; they had traveled far, were exhausted and worst of all, Mary was pregnant and near to giving birth! Again, it was made clear — “NO ROOM!” Joseph pleads again and again, until finally the little innkeeper was so moved with compassion he broke down and said, “Well, I know I am not supposed to say this, but COME ON IN!”

I’m sure all of us, if in the innkeeper’s place, would have desired to say the same thing! Thank God, millions of us have found room for HIM in our hearts and how we long to lead others into our “inn”!

But, beyond the glorious truth of “so great a salvation” (Hebrews 2:3), Jesus has come to touch, heal, deliver, bless, and provide for our every need.

Never in the last hundreds of years have we seen such a need for the compassionate touch of our blessed Savior. Twenty-three hurricanes and tropical storms this year alone! Katrina, which virtually destroyed New Orleans, and on the heels of it, Rita, another killer hurricane that finished off much of the Gulf Coast. Multitudes still suffer the effects of the horrific 9.15 underwater earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Asia last year. And now, even as I write this letter, another killer earthquake has struck, this time in Pakistan, where the death toll has passed 50,000, with many more feared trapped in crushed and fallen buildings.

Ah, dear partners, this will not be a happy Christmas for millions around the world. Surely, as I wrote last month, these disasters signal the “birth pangs,” of the nearness of the return of Christ.

SO WHAT SHALL WE DO?

Our theme Scripture holds the answer, but WE MUST GET THE MESSAGE TO THEM!

Can we even fathom the pain, sorrow, and broken hearts in those who have lost loved ones: wives, husbands, children, relatives, and friends? In Indonesia alone, thousands were literally snatched from the arms of loved ones and pulled into the sea, never to be seen again. I am told that a pastor in India, clutching to hold his wife, lost his grip only to lose his dear one forever!

Yes, the only answer is in our precious Jesus, now the full grown and powerful Son of God, our Father. In the book of Luke, Jesus repeated the prophecy of Isaiah concerning Himself:

“THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME….” (Luke 4:18)

And here are some of the precious missions a baby Jesus grew up to fulfill:

“HE HATH ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR; HE HATH SENT ME TO HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED….” (Luke 4:18)

And again, I ask: Who is Jesus’ body on earth today? WE ARE! He told us to go into all the world to —

“PREACH DELIVERANCE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERING OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET AT LIBERTY THEM THAT ARE BRUISED.” Luke 4:18

Dear Partners, we are Jesus’ body here on earth — we are to do all these wonderful ministries to the multitudes who languish with unbelievable pain — with broken hearts that only Jesus can heal!

Touch that hurting neighbor with a gift of love; introduce them to dear, old TBN with 24 hours a day healing of broken hearts. Invite them to church — tell them of the GREATEST HEALER of broken hearts who wants to come in and live in and heal that broken heart.

Yes, we can make this a Merry Christmas for millions as we broadcast the love of our Jesus around the world through YOUR TBN! Let’s all be Jesus’ hands extended and make this a happy Christmas for multitudes, in spite of the awesome tragedies our world has suffered this year.

We love you and are holding you, our precious Partners, in prayer as we bring in the Harvest and as we bind up the brokenhearted with Jesus’ love.

“Arise, shine for thy light has come…” (Isaiah 60:1). From TBN’s headquarters in Costa Mesa, CA: “HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS”!

HELLO CANTON, OHIO! Paul gives a “thumbs up” to the beautiful, new studio building for TBN’s station in Canton, OH: WDLI-TV 17. And, now, thanks to digital multicast broadcasting, viewers with digital TV receivers can get all four TBN networks: TBN, The Church Channel, JC-TV, and TBN Enlace on WDLIDT Channel 39.

Paul and our Canton station chief engineer, Dale Osborn, in front of the new digital transmitter. If you would like more information on how you can receive TBN’s multicast channels, please go to the “TBN News” section of our website: www.tbn.org, and click “TBN Begins Shift to Digital.”

NEW YORK CITY: “get ready, get ready, get ready!” Paul and grandson, Brandon Crouch, stand in front of the future home for TBN’s station that will cover the “Big Apple”!

Join your TBN family this Christmas as we celebrate JESUS—God’s great gift of hope and salvation for the WORLD!