Christmas

Is There Room?

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While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. Then she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and she wrapped him tightly in cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2:6 – 7 CSB

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Answering the Great Question

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And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:8 – 11

The Great Question

With the Christmas season being fully upon us, it is time to once again take a moment to contemplate the real story behind the holiday.  This incredible story centers upon a unique child born in the midst of unique circumstances.  Beyond being merely the stuff of legends or fairy tales, this story is one that people have lived and died for.  This story significantly altered the course of history.  These facts alone cause us to ask the great question, “Who is the Child in this story?”  We have to look no further than the Scriptures to find the answers.

According to the Scriptures…

The Child in the story is…

The One conceived by the Holy Spirit.

But as he (the fiancée the Child’s mother) considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.”  Matthew 1:20 (parenthesis added)

The One who saves us from our sins.

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”  Matthew 1:21

The One born of a virgin.

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”  Matthew 1:23a

God with us.

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”

(which means, God with us).  Matthew 1:23b

The Heir to David’s throne.

“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David…”  Luke 1:32

King over a never ending Kingdom.

“…and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”  Luke 1:33

The Son of God.

And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.”  Luke 1:35

Our Savior, Christ the Lord.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”  Luke 2:11

The One bringing peace to men.

“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”  Luke 2:14

The King of the Jews.

1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1 – 2

No Middle Ground

Everything turns on who we declare this Child to be.  There is no middle ground.  We cannot simply be indifferent to this Child’s identity.  He is either a child like any other, or He is the appointed King of God’s Kingdom.  To simply dismiss Him out of hand is a fatal error.  To fall before Him in adoring faith and worship is to find life eternal.  Those who embrace this Child as God’s one true King are those who will find themselves forever living in the Reign.

M

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Something to be remembered

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Christmas is a time for remembering.  We remember a young virgin, hardly more than a child, who abandoned herself to the Lord to bear His Son before she was even married.  We remember her young fiancée who obediently married her, even though he could hardly understand what was going on.  We remember the Child born in a stable.  We remember the angels visiting shepherds in the field.  All of these images flood our hearts and minds with cherished memories.  I would like to propose one more very important thing that needs to be remembered at Christmas time.

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Here’s Wishing Everyone Everywhere a

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Enjoy this Christianized version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” by the group Cloverton.  It beautifully sets forth the glory of the birth of Jesus Christ, the One who made it possible for all of us to live in the Reign.

Blessings!

Mac

The Day That Changed Everything 3

Everything changed the day Jesus Christ was born as a babe in Bethlehem.  One of the things that changed was our view of God.  The God enshrouded in the mystery of history stepped into our world and introduced Himself to us in the Person of His Son.  Our view of God would never be the same as a result.

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The Day That Changed Everything 2

The birth of Jesus Christ is more than just a cute story to be thought on and celebrated at Christmas time.  It was literally the day that changed everything.  Do you realize that event reached as far as the kingdoms of this world?

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The Day That Changed Everything

I absolutely love this time of year.  I find the birth of Jesus Christ to be absolutely fascinating.  The thought that God took upon Himself flesh and dwelt among us simply staggers the imagination.  For many, however, Christmas merely conjures up sentimental thoughts of a young mother and her child on a quiet night in less than perfect circumstances.  While that is certainly part of the story, it is so much more than that.  The day Christ was born was the day that changed everything.

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