But that’s more the exception than the norm. I mean, Abraham Lincoln’s parents never looked at little Abe when he was a newborn out on the frontier and think, "this baby is destined for greatness! He’s going to be president of the US." They couldn’t have thought that. Albert Einstein was so slow as a child that this parents were told by his teachers that he’d never amount to anything. And as we look at our 4-day-old daughter, we don’t know what the future will hold for her. It’s fun to look at her and imagine where she will be in 25-30 years from now, what she’ll 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 Jesus’ life. That’s 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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