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Itís a wonderful thing, Christmas.... Itís wonderful for many reasons. Itís a time of sharing with friends and family. Itís a time to show love for our fellow man.
Itís a time to celebrate the miraculous event that is the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus.
This morning I want us to focus on exactly what it is that makes this a special day.... You see, two thousand years ago in a common stable with hay and straw and manure and dirt and probably rodents crawling around, the King of all kings was born....
The angel of the Lord called Him a Savior, the Son of the Highest and said He would be called Jesus.....
This tiny little infant would come to be known by more people than anyone else in the history of mankind....
He would become known in a personal way, not merely the knowledge of, but really known by men and women all over the world... this tiny little baby.
What do you think was the first thing that Mary did after Jesus was born, before she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in the manger? If she was anything like most mothers Iíve talked to she counted his fingers and toes to make sure He was all right....
You see, the scripture says Jesus was born of a woman so He was completely human. But, the Holy Spirit caused Mary to be with child when she had never been with a man so he was also completely God.
Now, even more than most women, I believe that Mary simply had to want to make sure that Jesus was all right, so I feel sure she counted His fingers and toes.... Now thatís not in the scripture, but weíre talking about a human Mom here.
Itís interesting to note also that nowhere in the Bible does it say anything about Mary being sinless... She wasnít... After all she was descended from Adam just like we all are and had a sinful nature.... Nowhere in the Bible are we told that we are to worship Mary.... We are told merely that she had found favor with God.
Now, if Jesus was born of a woman then that shows His humanness.... Can you imagine being there in that dirty, smelly stable with your new baby? Scripture doesnít tell us, but since they were in a stable where there was a manger I feel sure that there were other animals there as well.... Probably donkeys, maybe goats.... But Iím sure that Mary didnít mind, because she had just delivered a perfect little baby boy....
What do you suppose it was like to see Jesus smile for the first time? You know, that sweet little smile that only a baby can produce.... Do you think He had
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