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A Sign for You

December 25, 2019

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A Sign for You

We all need signs.      There are all sorts of road signs  showing us  where to go — signs identifying public buildings  and businesses — signs numbering our houses — signs marking bathrooms  in public places — ‘no smoking’ areas — thin ice areas — construction along roads,  etc.      We need these signs  to keep us safe  and assure us  that we are headed  in the right direction.

The shepherds also  needed a sign.      They were to go into Bethlehem  during the night  to find the Christ Child.      Bethlehem was crowded  because of the census  ordered by Caesar Augustus.      How can anyone find  a newborn babe  in a place like that?      A sign was needed.      And so,  the angel told the shepherds  in Luke 2:12,

And this will be  a sign for you:  you will find  a baby  wrapped in cloths,  and lying  in a manger.

That narrowed down the possibilities.      The manger  was a feeding trough  for animals,  and the shepherds  were well aware  of all the stables  in Bethlehem.      They just needed  to check the stables  and find the one  with a newborn child  in it.      It was an exciting venture,  so Luke 2:15-16 relates,

And it came about  when the angels  had gone away  from them  into heaven,  that the shepherds began saying  to one another,  “Let us go  straight to Bethlehem then,  and see this thing  that has happened  which the Lord  has made known  to us.”

And they came in haste  and found their way  to Mary and Joseph,  and the baby  as He lay  in the manger.

They certainly didn’t want to dawdle or  wait for any reason.      Finding this child  “which the Lord has made known to us”  was a most exciting  and wondrous undertaking,  so they went  straight to Bethlehem.      God tells us  to open up His word,  the Bible,  and find the signs  that He has given us.      We,  too,  can find the Savior  which the Lord  has made known  to us.      We can see  all sorts of signs  in the Old Testament  that give us clues  about this Savior  ( our Savior — not just someone else’s Savior )  and all the exciting things  He does  to give us  eternal life.

The signs given  in the Old Testament  are proof positive  as to what our Savior  would be like,  what would happen  in His life,  how He would die  and rise to life again,  and His power  to forgive the sins  of absolutely everyone  who turns to Him.      We need to go  straight  to God’s word,  if we want  to find  our Savior.

So many people  get to looking  in all the wrong places  for the Savior.      And then,  they wonder why  they haven’t found anything.      Let us pay attention  to all the signs given us  in God’s word.      Using the signs  in the Bible  will take us  straight   to the one-and-only Savior  who is able  to grant us  the gift  of eternal life,  through faith  in Him alone.

When we find  our Savior  in God’s word,  we will be  just like the shepherds  in Luke 2:20,  when they were,

…glorifying  and praising God  for all that they had heard  and seen,  just as  had been told them.

As we make the trip  straight  through all of God’s word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord Jesus,  You truly are  our Savior.      You have been loving us  all along!      Thank You  for giving Your life  for us.”

Love,
Margaret

 

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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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