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Friday, December 22, 2017

The Greatest of Gifts

In review of Luke 2:11-12 it says, “There is born to you this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

Bottom Line:
Christ our savior and Lord, was born and was laid in a manger wrapped snugly in strips of cloth.

What this means to me:
Christ my savior and Lord was born in the city of David, in the meagerst of conditions. He was laid in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth.

Today's passage comes from Luke chapter 2 where shepherds are told of Christ's birth. Luke tells us that In nearby fields, shepherds were guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the radiance of the Lord's glory surrounded them. At first they were terrified, but the angel reassured them. "Don't be afraid!" He said. I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior, the Lord has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David. You will recognize him by seeing a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger. Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased." When the angels returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, "Let's go to Bethlehem! Let's see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

God continued to reveal the news about his Son, but not those we might expect. Luke records that Jesus' birth was announced to shepherds in the fields. Here the angels invited these shepherds to greet the Lamb of God, who could take away the sins of the world forever.

Luke records that the shepherds ran to see the baby; then they spread the word. Jesus is my messiah, my savior. Do I look forward to meeting him in prayer and in his Word each day? Have I discovered a Lord so wonderful that I can't help sharing my joy with my friends?

The greatest event in history had just happened! The Messiah had been born! For ages the Jews had waited for this event, and when it occurred, the announcement came to humble shepherds. I'm reminded that the Good News about Jesus is that he comes to all, including the plain and the ordinary. He comes to anyone with a heart humble enough to accept him. No matter my situation, I can have Jesus in my life. I don't need extraordinary qualifications, he accepts me just as I am.

Today and everyday, I have reason to rejoice... for Christ the Savior was born. As I celebrate this, keep CHRIST in Christmas! And keep in mind: it’s not about the gifts under the tree but about the One who died ON the tree to redeem us from our sins. He is the greatest Gift of all.

This gift to me, grants me eternal life with Him. This Gift sets the captives free and heals all of our diseases. Born in a humble stable next to stinking cattle, Baby Jesus came into this world in the most lowly of ways. But He is coming back to rule and to reign at the right hand of God the Father.

As I gather with family and friends this Christmas, remember the true reason for the season. Amid the chaos of tinsel and toys, dinner parties and late nights spent wrapping the perfect present, remember the Child who as born to die in my place.

Thank You, God, for the Babe in Bethlehem’s manger who has granted each and every one of us the gift of eternal life.