The Birth of Christ
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.John 1:14
Jesus left the glory of Heaven to come to earth as a man, to show us how to live, and sacrifice his life for our sins. Christmas is a time to remember what Jesus did for us and to celebrate in his honor, by bringing his love to each other.
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. (Luke 2:6-7) Joseph and Mary had to go to Bethlehem for the census, and it was a long journey, and Mary late in her late pregnancy, probable road a donkey. When they got to Bethlehem the Inn was full, so the only place the stay indoors was with the animals. Jesus was laid in manger which was probable a feeding trough. Remember that Jesus was born in humble circumstances; he was not born with the rich or with the upper part of society. But God the Father protected Jesus throughout his life.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:8-12) Being a shepherd was considered as a low-class job, but God revealed the joy in Heaven for the birth of Jesus, to the shepherds. Those in high society were not invited to Bethlehem to pay their respect to the newly born Jesus.
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:6-8) Christ left the glory of Heaven to come to earth, and live a life the same as we live our life. Jesus never did a miracle or use his God’s power for himself, which enabled him to understand what we go through in our life. Jesus performed miracles and used his power to help others, while he struggled through life the same as us.
Today is Christmas; remember the humble life Jesus lived, and he lived it as a servant to all mankind, and he volunteered to die on the cross for our sins. He sends the Holy Spirit to live in us, he forgives us of our sins, and intercedes for us to the Father. All Heaven celebrated when Jesus was born, and the greatest moment in history is when Jesus took our sins to the cross, bridging the gap between us and the Father. Thanks to Jesus, Heaven can now be our eternal home.
Prayer: Lord thank you for taking our sins to the cross, and for giving us your Word which guides us down the narrow road to Heaven. In Jesus name, Amen