There have been some people, who, the minute they were born, everyone knew that they were destined for greatness. In 1500 A.D. a baby boy was born that all expected great things from. His name was Charles, and his father was Duke Philip, the Duke of Burgundy, and Charlesí mother was Joanna, the Daughter of the famous king and queen Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain. On top of all this, Charles belonged to the famous Hapsburg family, which was the family that ruled the German states. So when Charles was only a day old, he already was a powerful person, being the future ruler of part of France, much of Germany, some of Italy, and all of Spain. This Charles became Charles V, one of the most powerful rulers ever in Europe. But this didnít surprise anyone, because ever since Charlesí royal birth, everyone expected him to become great.
But thatís more the exception than the norm. I mean, Abraham Lincolnís parents never looked at little Abe when he was a newborn out on the frontier and think, "this baby is destined for greatness! Heís going to be president of the US." They couldnít have thought that. Albert Einstein was so slow as a child that this parents were told by his teachers that heíd never amount to anything. And as we look at our 4-day-old daughter, we donít know what the future will hold for her. Itís fun to look at her and imagine where she will be in 25-30 years from now, what sheíll be.
But there was another baby who was destined for greatness the moment he was born. When Jesus was born of Mary, not only did the world know that he was going to be great, but the world also knew many of the details of Jesusí life. Thatís because God caused these details to be recorded in the Old Testament as people looked ahead to this great baby that was born. So this morning, we will look at this baby Jesus, Our Newborn King.
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