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MESSAGES FOR CHRISTMAS

December 23, 2015

Wednesday

 

The Message of the Stable – Luke 2:1-7

 

1 Now it came to pass in those days, there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be enrolled.

2 This was the first enrolment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.

3 And all went to enroll themselves, every one to his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David;

5 to enroll himself with Mary, who was betrothed to him, being great with child.

6 And it came to pass, while they were there, the days were fulfilled that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son; and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

 

EXAMPLE

 

Wakefield tells the story of the famous inventor Samuel Morse who was once asked if he ever encountered situations where he didn’t know what to do. Morse responded, “More than once, and whenever I could not see my way clearly, I knelt down and prayed to God for light and understanding.”

Morse received many honors from his invention of the telegraph but felt undeserving: “I have made a valuable application of electricity not because I was superior to other men but solely because God, who meant it for mankind, must reveal it to someone and He was pleased to reveal it to me.”

– Tim Hansel

 

LESSON

 

Some say that Jesus was born in a rock cave where the cattle were kept. Others picture Christ as being born in a wooden stable. In either case, one thing is clear. Jesus was born in very humble surroundings. Wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger, surrounded by cattle. visited by shepherds, the son of God made His entrance into man’s world.

Christ’s humble birth was followed by a humble life. He sought only to do the will of His Father. He lived a life of complete submission and obedience, even unto the death of the cross. This humility and obedience is to be followed by each and every believer.

We live in a time in which the emphasis is on self. The Christian is called to a life of selflessness. He is to live in total submission to God and others. What humility this requires!

Ask your family if they are learning the lesson that Christ’s humble birth teaches. Does your family desire to be completely surrendered to the will of God? This Christmas, think about what Christ gave up for your sake. If necessary, recommit yourself to Him. Seek a life with Christ of humility and obedience!

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