At Christmas time, there is but one gift that matters and
that is the gift of a little baby whose birth we celebrate on Christmas day;
the gift of Jesus –the most perfect gift of all.
The Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and said, “Do not be
afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth
to a son, and you are to call Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called
the son of the Most High.” Luke 2: 1-20
On the night of Jesus birth, Mary and Joseph had been
traveling for several days from Nazareth to Bethlehem. When they arrived at Bethlehem, you can
imagine how tired Mary must have been.
Pregnant with the baby Jesus, she was due to give birth anytime.
They arrived at an inn, only to find that the inn was full
and there was no room for them to stay.
They were offered a place in the stable with the animals. It was on that
night that Mary gave birth to a son and she named him Jesus, just as the angel
Gabriel had told her to do.
They made a crib for the new baby Jesus in a manger filled
And on that night, as shepherds were in the fields near
Bethlehem, an angel 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 of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David
a Savior has been born to you: you will find a baby wrapped in clothes lying in
a manger. Suddenly, a great company of
the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying. “Glory
to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will to men!”
When the angels had left them, the shepherds hurried to
Bethlehem to see what had happened. They found Mary and Joseph with the baby,
Jesus, lying in the manger. They went off to spread the news of the new baby
Jesus. And all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds had told them.
Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all
the things they had seen and heard, which were just as they had been told.
I think of the life of Jesus.
His birth was just the beginning…
He was born in human form. Just like us…He was a baby, a
toddler, a young child, teenager, young man, and man. He was loved and cared for by his parents,
Joseph and Mary. Yet he was very aware of His father in Heaven and He sought to
be in the presence of His Father.
Jesus operated as a common man. He wasn’t adorned with
special attire, not royalty as the people of the time saw their royalty. He was
just a carpenter, clothed as a carpenter. He walked and talked among the people
of his time as a man. He just happened
to have God as His Father. That made Him
special, but the people of his time didn’t take that into account. So many people didn’t believe who He
was. Even members of His own family
Still, Jesus shared His love and compassion for mankind in
his daily life. He walked with the people, He talked with them, He built
furniture as a carpenter. He fished and He offered his help wherever
Jesus' intentions were always good.
He loved people.
His goal was to teach them His Father's word.
There was so much that He wanted to share with the people in
Jesus showed miracles
by creating wine from water, feeding the multitudes, raising the dead, and
healing the sick. Jesus showed the people that He was indeed the Son of
Tonight… as we hear the story and celebrate the birth of Jesus
, I pray that we see the true story, the truth of His birth, His life and His death on the cross.
I pray that we see Jesus for the man He was, as well as for our Savior.
Then, as we strive to walk as Jesus walked, we may offer the same love and
compassion, joy and peace that He offered to everyone He met.
Jesus even tells us in His word that we can do the things that He did and more. That is awesome, but we must believe and have faith in who He is and who we are in Him.
The birth of Jesus
was and remains today…the most perfect gift of all time!
Do you know of anyone else who would die for the sins of all
people…so that we may live?
As we celebrate the birth of our Savior tonight…may we also
remember to honor and glorify Him as our Savior every day of the year.
Be blessed as you enjoy this most precious, perfect gift …by celebrating
His birth and giving humble thanks for the gift of salvation which He freely
offers to each of us.
There is just one gift that matters; the gift of Jesus –the most perfect gift of all.
Be blessed and love to all…as Jesus loves. Amen
John 3:16 (NKJV)
16 For God so loved the world that
He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish
but have everlasting life.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.