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Wrapped in Cloths and Lying in a Manger

December 19, 2016

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Wrapped in Cloths and Lying in a Manger

People like to be impressive  and be friends  with impressive people.     For this purpose,  they like designer clothes,  the best house in the best neighborhood,  etc.     They like impressive friends so much  that they don’t want  to be seen  with anyone who is humble  or poor.

But,  Jesus,  our most impressive Creator,  King,  Redeemer,  God Almighty  came to us  in a most humble manner.     As the angels announced  to the shepherds  in Luke 2:11-12,

Today  in the city  of David  there has been born  for you  a Savior,  who is Christ  the Lord.     This will be a sign  for you:   you will find a baby  wrapped in cloths  and lying in a manger.

And,  so it was,  God Almighty  humbled Himself  to live a life  of poverty  for our sakes  —  teaching us  to trust  in God  for all  of our needs  —  and dying  on the cross  to pay for all  of our sins.     Philippians 2:8 explains  about Jesus,

Being found  in appearance  as a man,  He humbled Himself  by becoming obedient  to the point  of death,  even death  on a cross.

There is a reason why  so many only think  of Santa,  decorations,  presents,  etc.,  when we should be  glorifying God  and giving full attention  to our Savior  from sin.     The humble Babe  in a manger  and man hanging  on a cross  are rather embarrassing,  and seemingly shameful  when seen  next to the glitter  of this world.

How does that happen?     People allow themselves  to be fooled  by Satan  and are not even aware  of it.     Satan wants  to destroy the Gospel message  and Christianity,  so we won’t be saved.     He undermines people’s faith  by making them proud  and loving the things  of this world.

We need  to reverently turn  to Jesus,  to see and worship  Him  as our most impressive Savior.

Seeing  the awesome wonder  of Jesus’ ongoing  humbleness,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  keep us close  to Your marvelous heart.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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