Friday, December 23, 2011

Simply Christmas

Of all the stories that could be told, none is greater than this.

Sometimes we have a tendency to view the familiar as common and think, "Yeah, yeah, I know this already."  This story is anything but common. 

Read it slowly.  Breath it in.  The power of it, the annointing of it.  Feel the story this morning.

And she brought forth her first born Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the field keep watch over their flock by night.

And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.

Then the angle said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  For 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. "

And suddenly there was with the angle a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"  Luke 2:7-14

God sent His Son to earth in the form of a precious baby. 

The other day, I told a story about how my daughter was pretending to buy baby Jesus.  We, of course, cannot buy Jesus, we cannot buy salvation.   It is a priceless gift from the Lord.  The ironic part is that God actually bought us.   He views us as priceless.   Yes, us.  With all our faults, all our shortcomings, all our failures. 
Jesus bought back what Adam and Eve gave away.  When God sent Jesus He implemented His divine redemptive plan to get us back.  He was willing to go to the cross to pay for us, to cleanse us of our sins.  There is no greater price or sacrifice.  To Him, it was the deal of a lifetime.   He wanted to pay it, He loved you so much that no cost was too high. 

May the joy of this season surround you as you remember and meditate on the gift of Jesus and the price Jesus paid for you.

Jesus is our gift.  He gave us Jesus on that first Christmas.  Have you given the Lord your gift?  You are His gift.   All He wants for Christmas is you, your heart, your life yielded to Him. 

Keeping it simply Christmas this morning.  May His peace and joy rest on you as we celebrate His glorious birth.  May His presence surround you and fill your lives today and everyday. 

Praying for you and your families to have a blessed and Merry Christmas. 

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