Published December 23, 2014
"Why Did He Come?"
The first Christmas wasn't a spectacular event. There were no fireworks to announce the birth of a baby. There were no decorations. It was a simple night. Probably many missed it.
The Lord didn't arrive as a king with his officials. The Lord arrived as a baby. He wasn't dressed in kingly clothes. He wasn't even in a neat, clean little "onesie" outfit He was wrapped in "swaddling clothes," a fancy name for rags.
His parents weren't extraordinary. People didn't take special notice of them. They were common people. His father was a carpenter. His mother was a teenager.
There was no fancy place for him to lay. There wasn't even a bed. He was put in an open box for animal feed and the feed was still there.
There was no royal, regal assembly. He arrived in this world to be with his parents and the animals. His first visitors were shepherds who watched sheep. They weren't fancy dressed, but had just left their fields and traveled a long distance. They probably had an odor.
So, with no one important in attendance and no place to call his own, Jesus arrived in this world. And, it was all part of God's plan from the beginning.
So, what about you? Who are you? Did Jesus Christ actually come for you? Can you believe He loves you?
You can't say you are too poor for Him to care about you. He was poor.
You can't say you aren't important enough for Him to care about you. He was born of commoners.
You can't say you don't know the right people, so He doesn't care about you. The people who cared and came to visit Him were the shepherds.
It was obvious from the very start. Jesus came for everyone. He showed it by being born in the worst place, with the lowest people, without what we would call the basic necessities.
John 3:16 explains: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
None of us is too bad or too good. He came for whomever. He is willing to forgive whomever. He came for everyone who would accept Him.
So, what's your excuse for rejecting Him? It is your choice.
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