Friday, December 24, 2010

A Christmas miracle; the reason for the season

God chose to come be with us and sent his son to be born to a virgin in a stable . . . and his name was to be Jesus.

Everything about the birth of a child is a miracle in itself, let alone the birth of Jesus. His mother Mary is a virgin, who when visited by the angel Gabriel, told her that she would be the mother of the messiah. Joseph believes Mary and is also visited by an angel and tells him the baby will be called Jesus and he will save his people from their sins. And what about the shepherds that came to the stable the night of the birth and tell of their heavenly visit?

"Don't be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! The Savior-yes, the Messiah, the Lord-has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David! And this is how you will recognize him: You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!"
And then there is the star in the sky. A star so bright that the wise men of the east see it and know that it means that the King of the Jews has been born. By camel they travel far to see this child and bring with them gold and frankincense and myrrh. By following this star it has brought them to the exact place the child lays.

But the real miracle lies in the reason for the season; it's not about Christmas lights, or a tree, cookies or gifts. It's a story about a love so divine that God himself comes to be among us, in an earthly place where there is pain in a physical world. He did this out of  great love for us; to save His people from their sins.

I believe in miracles. . . .

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