For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ~ Isaiah 9:6
As I imagine back in time; as my mind wonders back into history and thinks of this young virgin girl and her husband, who loved her enough not to have relations with her to this point because he knew she was carrying something special, (a message to young men today) I think about what our tradition tells us was happening this day, the day before the Prince of Peace was born as a baby. They were traveling back home; back to their hometown to pay their taxes.
We are going to our son’s house this afternoon to spend the night and watch our grand daughters open their gifts Christmas morning. We, Honey & Poppy will be there to read the Christmas story before bedtime tonight. With that in mind, I’ve been looking for the perfect Christmas storybook for their ages. In doing so, I found one told from the donkeys perspective on that night, one from the Shepard’s view and one from Mary’s. Same story, different perspectives.
For the last few days I’ve thought about that night from our perspective today. God sent His Son down to Earth, knowing that our generation would try to take Him out of the equation. All these years later we rip entire pages out of the love letter He wrote to us all because we think we know better. We think we are wiser than generations before us. We do have more knowledge, but our generation, as a whole, doesn’t believe the truths of the Bible. In our commercialized America, Christ is not preached and the power that comes with a personal relationship with Him.
Jesus came anyway.
No man has ever impacted Earth more than this baby born in a food trough, in a barn with livestock. (which is where a lamb is supposed to be born.)
The question for us, you and me, is a very personal one: What will we do with the baby Jesus? He grew up and changed the entire world. He died and paid for our short comings. His resurrection paved the way for us to have a personal relationship with the God of the Universe. It is through that relationship that we have the only way to a heavenly eternal life. (we all have eternal life, it’s our personal relationship with this baby that determines where we spend eternity.)
All because of this baby.
As we sit in our pajamas, ready for bed and all excited to rise and open presents tomorrow morning, we will read the Christmas story not in hopes of visions of sugarplums but a heart full of a God who loved us so much that He came anyway.
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Your Turn: Tomorrow is Christmas morning. What a beautiful time to make sure your personal relationship with this baby who came to save you is in tack. He gave the perfect gift! ~ Cindy