It’s Christmas Eve. I know you’ve all probably heard the Christmas story of Jesus birth. But, even though you have, I will tell it again. I want you to know that whether you choose to skip this post or not, He LOVES YOU. Christ Loves You whether you love Him back or not. He still loves you even though you’ve sinned, even if you do not believe in Him. JESUS loves you. That’s why He was born. That’s why He DIED for you. That’s why we celebrate Christmas.
The True Christmas Story:
Mary, a young woman, was betrothed to Joseph. And one day the angel, Gabriel, came to visit Mary…
“In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.” (Luke 1:26-38)
After this happened to Mary, she told her soon-to-be husband, Joseph. Joseph was frightened and the Bible says…
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.” (Matthew 1:18-19)
Joseph wanted to divorce Mary but still loved her so much that he decided to to it quietly so that Mary would not be put “to shame”. He did not want to embarrass her. (I just found that interesting. Anyway….)
“But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.” (Matthew 1:20-21, 24-25)
“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.” (Luke 2:1)
The king, Caesar Augustus, wanted to count all of his people and see how his country had grown so, he told all of the people to go to their home town. This meant that Joseph has to travel to his home town, Bethlehem, and he had to take Mary, his betrothed.
So, Joseph and Mary, who was with child, traveled all the way to Bethlehem.
However, with all of the people who moved because of the decree there was no room in any inn. Not one inn had a place for Mary and Joseph to stay. But one did have a stable.
Mary had her baby in the stable and wrapped Jesus in pieces of cloth and the laid him in a feeding trough.
“And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:6-7)
When Jesus was born, wise men saw a star that shined both day and night. It amazed them and they went to king Herod to find a king that they heard about in their dreams. However, when king Herod heard about the new king he wanted him killed because he thought that he, himself was the only king that should be worshipped. The king sent the wise men to look for Jesus and they also brought three gifts, Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.
“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.” (Matthew 2:1-4, 7-12)
Also, some shepherds saw the same star then a multitude of angels came and told the shepherds what it meant and gave praise to God. Then, the shepherds left to find Jesus.
“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and 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 among those with whom he is pleased!” When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.” (Luke 2:8-20)
You see, it was God’s will that Jesus would come. The wise men, the angels and shepherds, all of this was in His plan, long before it actually happened. God plans out every detail of everybody’s life. He does this because He loves you and wants you to love Him and accept Him in the same way that He does for us. This Christmas, I want you to really think about this. To realize that God didn’t just send Jesus so that we can have a holiday with a bunch of presents. He sent Jesus because He loves us and He wants the best for us. Even when you don’t see how death is loving, how sickness and hurt is loving. It is part of His plan and these things happen for reasons. My grandma says “For every thing that God takes away, He replaces with something else.”. He does that because He loves you.
Recently, a very close family friend(more than a family friend, actually.) left us. She went to heaven and she is happier than ever. Praising God with her whole heart. She feels no hurt or sadness anymore. But losing her has hurt our family. She was my grandmother’s best friend. She taught me so much. But, I know that “All things work together for good to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28). So, Jesus loves me so much that He came to this earth and Died so that our friend and everyone else who accepts Him, will go to heaven when they pass. And I have HOPE that I will be with my friend again.
Thank you, Coco, You’ve inspired me so much this year. And with your latest post, “What God Taught Me in 2019” I will have a “word of the year” next year and it will be Hope because I need to have more Hope next year😊.
I pray that your Christmas will be blessed whether you have Christ or not. Family or not. Presents or not. Merry Christmas everyone! Jesus Loves YOU!
Coco(my wonderful penpal), https://cocoschitchat.wordpress.com/
YouVersion(a great bible app that I used to help with the quotes from the ESV version of the Holy Bible). https://www.youversion.com/the-bible-app/