THE FIRST CHRISTMAS

“It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas every where you go…” so goes a familiar Christmas song.  Decorations are going up, lights turned on, greeting cards sent and received, gifts wrapped, lists made.  The way we celebrate Christmas is nothing like what it really was on that FIRST CHRISTMAS.

What was it like when Jesus first came?  The world into which Jesus came was cruel, crude and cocky.  The Romans ruled with force. Most of the people of the then known world were slaves.  Israel strained under the bondage.  The hopes that God had promised grew faint.  People lived in desperation.  400 years of silence between the old Testament and the New Testament. God had not spoken since the days of Malachi.  God broke that silence as He begins to speak as He announces through His man, John, of the coming of the Messiah (Christ).  The Messiah came and His name was JESUS.  Jesus was born in a feeding trough to a young girl by the name of Mary.

How unbelievable.  Not the birth of Jesus for He was born like any child.  God used Mary to deliver His Son. The amazing thing was that God impregnated Mary.  Mary had never known a man. The virgin conception was the miracle.  Mary was amazed and overwhelmed by God’s announcement to her that she was to bear God’s Son.  She was told clearly, “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.”  Luke 1:31   Mary could not help but ask the honest question of her heart, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”  Luke 1:34

The angel told her that the conception would be by the Holy Spirit.  With supreme loyalty, Mary submitted herself to be used by God. God used the miraculous conception and the natural birth process to bring His Son into the world.  Mary placed her whole womanhood at the disposal of her Creator and became the mother of the very Son of God.

The Son of God was born through Mary as God promised.  This Son of God must now be born in us.  Oh, let Him come in.

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