Merry Christmas everyone! I pray that this Christmas will be a blessed one for you and for your family, and I pray that you will take time from all the hustle and bustle of the holiday preparations to remember the reason we have a Christmas…Jesus! His presence in our life is the ‘present’ God gave to us that night so long ago in a stable in a little town named Bethlehem.
One Solitary Life
He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village where he worked in a carpenter shop until he was 30. He never wrote a book, he never held an office, he never went to college, he never visited a big city, he never traveled more than 200 miles from the place where he was born.
He did none of the things usually associated with greatness, he had no credentials but himself. He was only 33. His friends ran away, one of them denied him; he was turned over to his enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing, the only property he had on earth. When he was dead he was laid in a borrowed grave, through the pity of a friend.
Nineteen centures have come and gone and today Jesus is the central figure of the human race and the leader of mankind’s progress; all the armies that have ever marched; all the navies that have ever sailed; all the parliaments that have ever sat; all the kings that ever reigned put together, have not affected the life of mankind on earth as powerfully as that one solitary life!
Luke 2:8-14 “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 of great joy that will 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.” 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 to men on whom his favor rests.”