“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

Over the past few days we have looked at different characters involved in what today we call “The Christmas Story”. We have seen how different people reacted to His coming. What does it mean to us?

Quietly and with little fanfare, Jesus was born in the stable in Bethlehem. Angels announced it to the shepherds on the hillside, and they were the first to spread the news to others. There were no TV cameras, or media reporters descending on the little village to cover this momentous development to the world. No viral videos on Facebook, no Twitter messages told the world what was happening.

Yet, that was a night when the history of the world was changed. Nothing would ever be the same. The Lord Himself had taken on human flesh, became what man was, so man could become like Him. He, who was Holy and sinless came to provide a way for our sins to be forgiven. The story did not end at Bethlehem, for later came the Cross, and His resurrection from the grave to bring us life.
The world may try to take Christ out of Christmas, but we, who know Jesus as our Saviour and Lord, will always celebrate it as His birthday.

Prayer: Jesus, we are so thankful that you came to earth, and that you took our place on Calvary so that we might have our sins forgiven and have a hope of eternal life.

Devotion by Anne Johnston


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