Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Baby Changes Everything


Isaiah 9:6 proclaims
      For a child is born to us,
      a son is given to us.
   The government will rest on his shoulders.
      And he will be called:
   Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
      Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

And Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Luke 2:11-14 exclaims: 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
       14 “ Glory to God in the highest,
      And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

This babe... lying so innocently, wrapped up in strips of cloth to the anyone on the street looks like any other baby. However, He wasn't just any baby. The bright star that let to HIM, that the shepherds followed, and the wise men sought after Him meant something special.

God knew from the beginning when He created humans we were going to be needing a Savior. It was decided that God's own son, Jesus, would take on the task. It's a tall order. Jesus willingly gave Himself for us.

In order to do this He had to become human. God found favor in Mary. She was chosen to be the virgin mother of Jesus.

I've seen this posted by many people in various social network websites and sent to me in email:
Greatest man in history, named Jesus, had no servants, yet they called him Master. Had no degree, yet they called him Teacher. Had no medicines, yet they called him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet he conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today.
God wants a personal relationship with each of us. Jesus' birth, crucifixion and resurrection makes it possible. HIS blood spilled washes us white as snow. The Holy Spirit is given as a comforter and guide to dwell within our hearts. Listen to Him. He is our comforter. No matter how bad, ugly or horrific things in life can be; they'll never hold a candle to what Jesus went through for us. There will never be another like Jesus.

What will you do with Jesus?

Let the presence of GOD wash over and soak in you as He blesses you this Christmas and everyday.