16 They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. — Luke 2:16 NLT
All the things had happened just as Gabriel had told Mary. Having never known a man, she conceived a child fathered by the Holy Spirit. A fleshly Mother and a Spiritual Father, so it was that He became fully man and fully God in the flesh. Just as God had promised hundreds of years earlier, He sent a Redeemer to save us who would also one day reign as our King. He had to live as a human to experience all the temptations we experience and never fail the test. He had to choose and mentor men to carry on His message to a lost world. Through the Holy Spirit, He is still choosing and mentoring people to carry that message to their families, neighbors, friends and people around the world. Today, on the day that we celebrate as His birthday, let each of us give Him the only thing we can give to our King. Our souls and our commitment to accept the plan He has for each of us. Then it will truly be “Joy to the World, the King has come.”
May each of you have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” -Anonymous