"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
That's it. That's the CHRISTmas story! That is the Gospel wrapped up in one sentence, 29 words that sum up the Bible.
Genesis 3:15 first predicted the Messiah, and this verse shows the fulfillment of that. He was born to die, and even as he was laid in "swaddling clothes" which were nothing more than strips of cloth like they wrap a body in for burial, he was being pointed toward the cross, His ultimate destiny and our salvation.
He was born in poverty that we might be rich. He came clothed in humanity so that one day we would be like He is, eternal and glorified through His love and grace.
He came, knowing that some would never make room for Him in their hearts.
How about you? Have you made room?
This CHRISTmas I pray that each of you reading this will ask yourself that question. He came that YOU might have life, everlasting life...."For God so loved the world [YOU] that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever [YOU] believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16
That is HIS gift to you today. I hope you will receive it and open it and delight in all that it holds. It is truly the greatest gift you could ever receive!
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