Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you, HE is Christ the Lord. This shall be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:11-12
“…the birth of a child, not the revolutionary deed of a strong man, or the breath-taking discovery of a sage,
or the pious deed of a saint…
It truly boggles the mind:
The birth of a child is to bring about the great transformation of all things,
is to bring salvation and redemption to all of humanity.
What a concept to draw humanity to a Holy God!
Surely mankind understands birth.
For God to limit Himself to the womb of a young woman chosen to birth Jesus, reveals His incredible awareness and deep love for the ordinary people who would come to KNOW SUCH LOVE personally as FOLLOWERS.
The plan was a MARVEL!
Mary and Joseph were betrothed– engaged to be married.
This agreement was a pledge of purity, integrity and love.
Mary was young but devoted to her God.
Joseph was also young but obedient to his God.
An angel appeared to Mary and said,” You are highly favored. The Lord is with you.” Luke 1:28
She was then told that she would ” be with child… and He will be called the Son of the Most High.. His Kingdom will never end…”
Being a virgin she wondered how this could be and the angel spoke words of MARVEL to her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” Luke 1:34,35a
Mary in devotion Marveled and Declared; ” I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.” Luke 1:38
Joseph was also visited by an angel appearing to him in a dream.” Joseph do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife because what is conceived in her is born of 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.” Matthew 1:20-21
The Joseph awakened from the dream and “did what the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary home as his wife but had no union with her until she gave birth to a son and he gave Him the name Jesus. ” Matthew 1:24-25
Joseph with Marvel obeyed the heavenly mandate from His God.
Jesus was born in a manger.
The world changed that night FOREVER!
God came down in a manger.
The baby grew into manhood, walked the face of the earth and ministered for 3 year period which culminated in His death on CROSS –necessary for the atonement of the sins of the world.
Our sin was pardoned by His death.
His Blood opened the door to Redemption.
But there was MORE…HE arose from the grave. The centerpiece of Christianity is the Resurrection!
No other religion claims an empty Tomb.
We have a Risen King!
HE IS ALL POWERFUL AND ALL KNOWING.
Birth to death is something man can comprehend.
It is the living in between that compels us to find the Savior.
YES, a baby changes life.
The MARVEL of Life was the very MARVEL chosen for Almighty God to exhibit HIS Grace and Compassion to this world.
A baby changes everything.
A BABY DID!
A Savior was born in a manger– a lowly, humble place where livestock lived.
Stars shone in brilliance.
Shepherds and wise men came.
Worship erupted in heaven!
WE CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF JESUS EVERY YEAR FOR THIS WAS THE BEGINNING OF HOPE ETERNAL FOR ALL PEOPLES.
MARVEL AT HIS BIRTH!
MARVEL AT YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO BE HIS CHILD!
MARVEL AT THE WAY GOD PROVIDED THIS REVELATION!
COME TO THE MANGER!
THE CHRIST OF CHRISTMAS IS CALLING YOU– HOME.
YOUR HEART CAN BE THE MANGER FOR THE BIRTH OF BELONGING TO HIM FOREVER IS POSSIBLE.
HE WILL CHOOSE YOUR WAY IN LIFE- GUIDING YOU THROUGH AND HE WILL BE PRESENT WITH YOU WHEN HEAVEN’S DOOR OPENS!
WHAT A SAVIOR!
A BLESSED CHRISTMAS IN HIM IS A MARVEL TO HAVE AND BEHOLD.