Monday, December 24, 2012

He Was Born for You

4 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. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 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. (Luke 2- 4-7 KJV)

People argue over logistics.  
Christmas isn’t about the Christmas tree, 
Jesus wasn’t born in the winter,  
Jesus wasn't actually born in a barn, or in a manager.....

Jesus was born.
He was born for you.

His birth brought hope 
into the dark world.

From the day Jesus was born
people doubted, 
King Herod ordered a massacre of innocent children 
to keep from 
losing power.
He murdered innocent children.
The world was desperate for a Savior then, 
the world is desperate for a Savior now.
We all need hope.

He was born.
He was born for you.

Biblically God fulfilled hope in a way 
that isn’t recognized immediately.
How could He fulfill hope in a time of turmoil 
and pain under King Herod?
How could He give hope 
with a baby? and a young virgin mother?
Mary was a young girl- no one knew who she was!?
That baby wasn’t even born in a king's castle!
Mary had a long and fearful journey!
How is there hope in that?

God gave us Jesus, 
He fulfilled His promises 
and brought about everything He had said. 
Just not in the way we would envision 
to be born.
We didn’t see the fulfillment right away
—all we saw was a baby with young, poor parents

A Savior was born.
He was born for you.

Most people didn’t believe it, 
and even those who believed could only hope.
We may not feel hope, 
or love, 
but God is there in a way 
we don’t recognize.
Jesus is not for the perfect shiny people 
that get up and go to church 
with their perfect shiny families...
He was born for ALL people, 
all people of the the world, 
every person, 
every lifestyle, 
every nationality.
He was born for the hurt, 
the addicted, 
those who falter.
People in the world speak for Jesus, 
they wrap Him up in politics,
they try to confine Him into their little worlds...
I don't completely understand it.
It really can’t be done.

You are Forgiven.
Trust and Pray.
He is light.
He is hope.
He is love.
He gives us eternal life.

He was born.
He was born for you.
He loves you.

That is Christmas.

God didn’t set us up for an angry rejection but for salvation by our Master, Jesus Christ.  He did for us a death that triggered life.  Whether we are awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we’re alive with him!  so speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope, so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind....  (1 Thessalonians 5: 9-11 MSG)

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