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December 2017

Swaddling Clothes

As I read about the “swaddling clothes” that wrapped the baby Jesus The Holy Spirit began to impress upon me about what else He was wrapped in: Love, Peace, Authority, Righteousness, Truth…

Isn’t God good? He took a simple phrase and has changed my view of Christmas. “Swaddling clothes” has taken on an entirely different meaning. I no longer see them just as cloth that kept Baby Jesus warm; to me they are a reminder of what Jesus was wrapped up in for mankind.

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7

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The Few

When Jesus stepped out of heaven and entered our world as a baby He knew that His mission wouldn’t be accepted by everyone. He was completely aware that there would be those that would deny Him. Those that would neglect so great a salvation.

Yet He came because their was joy set before him: you. There wouldn’t be a 100% success rate, only a few would follow Him. But to Him the few were worth the sacrifice.

Sometimes situations look bleak. We may think there isn’t any point, that it isn’t worth our sacrifice. But it is. If the “few” we’re enough for Jesus to come then the “few” should be enough to spur us to action for His cause.

Matthew 7:14

Born to Die

Of every man, woman and creature, Jesus is the only one that has ever chosen to be born. He is also the only one who knew that in choosing life He was ultimately choosing death. Literally, He was born to die.

While surrounded by legions of angel worshippers, in such a place of beauty that we can’t even fathom, He chose to leave it all to be born in a lowly manger. He left it all so that He could become our righteousness through the death of the cross.

“He was born to die” may seem like a morbid Christmas greeting at first. But if you know Him, if you call Jesus your Savior, then the greeting doesn’t just give you reason to celebrate this wonderful season, it gives you reason to live.

II Corinthians 5:21

Presence of Christ

John leapt in his mother’s womb when he sensed Jesus was near.

How do you react when you acknowledge God’s presence in your life? Are you grateful that The Lord has chosen to involve Himself into your day to day walk? Or are you put off by the fact that He wants to mold you and make you into what He would have you to be, perhaps going against your desires?

Your priorities will dictate how you feel about God’s presence in your life. Live so that, like John, you enjoy being in the presence of Jesus.

Luke 1:39-44

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Here Am I

Mary could have said ‘not me’ when she was told that she had been chosen to carry Jesus in her womb, to be His mother. She had the same free will that we have today.

But can you imagine the blessings she would have missed out on if she refused to follow God’s plan for her life?

We are given a choice. Our response can be ‘not me’ or it can be ‘here am I’. How will you respond when called by the Lord?

Luke 1:26-38

Broken People

Jesus’ lineage wasn’t perfect. It consisted of a deceiver (Jacob) and an adulterer (David), among many others that had made bad decisions or chosen sinful lifestyles. Also hundreds of years of his ancestors’ lives were spent in captivity.

What does this say to us? To me it says that Jesus wants to take the broken, shamed and helpless to use them for his glory. Before Christ even stepped down onto earth he had already painted a picture of what he would offer to mankind: forgiveness, mercy and grace.

Scripture taken from:

Matthew 1:1-17

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