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12. The Birth of Christ.

Luke 2:7 KJV "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."

The birth of a child is a wonderful thing. Parents are beaming, grandparent are thrilled, and the extended family is blessed. But we may not know, at least in terms of Jesus' birth, is the whole world should have been rejoicing, but were not. Why? Unfortunately, the world saw Jesus as a threat, because it did not know God nor the baby Jesus. As I have stated in previous posts, there was enmity between God and mankind (Romans 8:7-8 KJV). So did anyone rejoice over the birth of Jesus? Yes.

Scripture tells us the heavenly host praised God saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." They understood what had happened and praised God as a result. But they did not keep their praise to themselves, but went about telling others.

Luke 2: 8-12 KJV "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."

And they too after seeing this child in a manger went out and told others of what had taken place. Thank God they did, so as to give us cause to celebrate Jesus' birth and to praise God.

Unfortunately, today many are still unaware of what has happened or have become desensitized surrounding the birth of Jesus, replacing Christ with the things of this world. Blinding the minds of men of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. Whereby, we are laser focused on the babe that child wrapped in swaddling clothes. A gift no man can afford to dismiss, reject, or escape. This child holds each man's life in its hands. Salvation is at hand. A gift we cannot afford to leave unopened, shared, or ignored.

Fortunately, for us, this gift stands ready to pour out the Holy Spirit to those willing to accept it any day or night, January - December, and rich or poor. Jesus' gift isn't available only at Christmas, but throughout the years. With this said, there is an expiration date, which the Father in heaven only knows. Therefore, the day of salvation is today!

Will you accept Jesus into your heart today? All you have to do is ask (Pray) Jesus to come and be your Savior, believing he died, was buried, and rose again on the third day, and is currently seated at the right hand of God the Father in Heaven. If you will, then you too can rejoice, thanking and praising God.

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