The Christmas Story
Mary was engaged to Joseph and traveled with him to Bethlehem. She was soon going to have a baby, and while they were there, she gave birth to her first-born son. She dressed him in baby clothes and laid him on a bed of hay, because there was no room for them in the inn. – Luke 2:5-7 (CEV)
The Christmas story is unbelievable. A king born in an ordinary, humble, smelly stable? No wonder people couldn’t accept it. A lot still haven’t warmed to the idea that someone of regal authority would be one of them. A Savior who didn’t come to set people free of their political lords, who wouldn’t challenge the corrupt Romans who governed with an iron fist? A baby who saved the world?
You can get so blinded by preconceived notions that you can’t accept the truth. Many people deny that My Son is divine, or that believing in Him is the way to eternal life. Yet historians verify the existence of a man named Jesus. The Bible gives all kinds of evidence of the miracles He performed, the people He healed, and the captives He set free.
Jesus literally canged the world.
His love, forgiveness and joy are bigger than ever two thousand years after He walked on this earth. People still partake of Communion every week to celebrate His sacrifice. There’s no bigger holiday than the observance of His birth. No better message than John 3:16: “God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die.”
That is something worth celebrating!
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
1 – Read the Christmas story in Luke 2:1-21.
2 – What is your favorite celebration during this season? Why is it worth it?
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