This Christmas, consider the greatest gift ever given: God sent his son Jesus to come to earth as a baby. His purpose? To forgive sins and to unite us to himself.
Here’s a brief overview of what happened.
Good News of Great Joy
A little over two thousand years ago, on an unremarkable night in a tiny village, a remarkable thing happened. The Son of God drew his first breath.
To mark the occasion, a chorus of angels appeared in the sky, to lowly shepherds watching their sheep in the tiny town. They fell on their faces in fear as the magnificence of God enveloped them. Shrouded in glory, one angel told them something that changed the course of history. “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that well be for all the people. Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ 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)
Suddenly more angels appeared in the sky, and told the rest of the story. They declared, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on Earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:13-14)
What were the shepherds to make of this glorious encounter? A tiny baby coupled with a host of angels announcing the promise of peace? The shepherds went to find the baby. They found him wrapped in cloths and lying in a humble manger, a feeding trough for the animals. On that miraculous night, an ancient promise had come to fruition. A loving God sent his only Son to earth as the most helpless and fragile of beings: a newborn baby.
Jesus the Christ is Born – Now What?
The first Christmas, amazing as it was, does not end with the birth of Jesus. This beginning has meaning for all of us today.
As the baby boy grew, he was quiet and humble, a carpenter by trade. He wasn’t commanding or impressive. He didn’t raise an army or live in a palace. He sat with people, people like you and me: average people, broken people, hurting people.
He listened to their fears, inviting their grief, their shame, and their heartache. He shed tears for them. He was so gentle that children trusted him, crowding at his feet and crawling over his lap.
This is where the Christmas story ends: on the cross, where the Son of God was condemned to die, bearing the sins of humanity. On the third day, he rose again from the dead, defeating the evil that has plagued humanity from the beginning of time.
This Christmas, we invite you feel the joy of knowing Jesus, the Son of God. He came for the forgiveness of sins and the reconciliation of the whole world to himself. And He loves you. His invitation to receive him is open. Christmas is here.
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