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advent 25 – arrival

by Micah Foster

The uncertainty and anxiety surrounding the birth of our savior is unparalleled. What God has promised to the previous generations, what He had plotted since before Adam and Eve fell, was about to happen.

God would clothe himself in flesh in order that the flesh of man would not hinder them from a right relationship with God.

A once-and-for-all sacrifice for the redemption of any and all who would trust Him was on the horizon.

But first a bridge would be born, a baby, in the midst of a jealous ruler who would murder many in a desperate attempt to keep his own power. 

No matter how dark your Christmas season appears this year, remember that God risked everything to ensure your eternal safety. In fact, he didn’t just risk it… He gave it all and overcame every obstacle for you.

Jesus has journeyed to you, will you accept His Christmas gift? Will you accept His perfect grace? And will you pass it along so that others can experience freedom in Christ?

Today, this Christmas, don’t let the sun go down before you acknowledge these things and share His love with someone else.

God bless you and Merry Christmas.

Luke 2:1-21 NIV

The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14  “Glory to God in the highest heaven,

     and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.