“Then she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and she wrapped him tightly in cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” –Luke 2:7 (CSB)
May we be able to recognize Christmas for what it truly is. The birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Our first picture of Jesus is as a baby in a manger. His family forced to stay in a stable, or perhaps a cave that served as a stable, because there was no other room available for them in Bethlehem. I am sure it was dark and dirty and not what we would expect as the birthplace of the Messiah. But God by His own choosing, in our sin darkened and dirty world chose this humble place, a stable, dark and dirty, with a small wooden manger as the place where the Savior of the world would be born.
Our first picture of Jesus in this place, a stable, lying in a manger must not be our last picture. We must not leave Him there. This tiny, helpless baby Jesus came and lived an amazing life, died for our sins, rose on the third day, and is now preparing a place for us to one day reign with Him. One day He will return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
The greatest event in history had just happened. The Messiah had been born! The good news about Jesus is that anyone can accept Him as their Savior. You don’t have to be anybody special. Rich, poor, tall, short, beggars, rebels, prodigals, humble, weak, misfit heroes, sinners just like me, anyone can receive Jesus. You see we are all really just beggars in the presence of the King. But if we will humble our hearts, confess and repent of our sin and turn to Him in faith, believing that He is the Savior, our lives will be changed forever. Whoever you are and whatever you do, you can have Jesus in your life.
“Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” –Luke 2:11 (CSB)