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The Christmas Story


By Benjamin H. Liles

        Usually when someone is conceived and then born it is to live life abundantly and to the fullest. In the case of Jesus Christ, lord and Savior, He was born to give His life so that those who believe on Him have eternal life. As we're told in Mark, "They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him: "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles; and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again" (Mark 10:32-34).

          A bit later in this same chapter Christ calls his disciples together to tell them this, "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45). Still, we have two versions of the Christmas story, the much more used being from Luke 2:1-20.

          "And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

          "Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

          "And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

          "So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them." 

          The other Christmas story comes from Matthew 1:18-2:6. it would be far better to read that on your own, but in a way it's the same story with the only difference being that wise men known as Magi coming from the east to give the swaddling babe frankincense, myrrh, and gold. The reason these passages are called "Christmas" stories is the fact that the focus is on the Christ child who was born of a virgin, whose life was determined by Father God, the One even Christ relied on His whole life to the last jot of a t. So Merry Christmas to all, in the hopes that you are greatly blessed and found well in the Lord. All praise, honor and glory to the lord who saves those who call on Him. Amen.

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