Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder.  And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Tomorrow is Christmas Day.  Today, though, is the eve of the celebration of the most wonderful birth in history.  The birth of our Savior, Jesus, who came this Earth in the most frail of form, a baby.

Jesus has several names in the Bible.  A few are listed here in the text of Isaiah.  Jesus is much more than words though.  What Jesus is and what He did go well beyond measure and cannot be contained within a language that is so finite compared to the limitlessness of our God.

Jesus came into this world in the most lowly of ways.  He did not come into the world in a mansion or have parents that were royalty.  He did not have all the lavish luxuries of the time.  What He did have was a humble setting in a barn with two unlikely people as parents.  Joseph and Mary were chosen, not because of anything that they had done, but because God had a plan for them.  God has a habit of chosing people that are not likely heroes but become one in God’s plan.

Abraham was a common man that God told him that he would be the father of many nations.  Moses had a hard time with speaking but God still used him to get His people of Egypt.  David was just a shepherd boy until God made him a king.  Common people are God’s speciality.  He has a way of making the common, special.  The ordinary, extraordinary.  The dull, shiny.

So as we are eating our meals and opening our presents and spending time with family, remember the baby in the manger.  Remember that all things are possible with God.  God gives us life.  God gives us everything that we need.  God made sure that Jesus, though not born in the most sanitary place like a hospital, had everything He needed to start life and begin His ministry on the Earth.

Jesus lived a life full of love and compassion and ultimately died with the same amount of love and compassion for His people.  Jesus’ brith, life, death and even resurrection are all deeply rooted in love.  Let us make sure that this celebration time is also celebrated with love.  Love for family and love for all mankind.  Let us put aside our differences and just simply love as Jesus loves.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for sending Your son to this world.  He is truly the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  He came as a baby, grew into a man, and died as the Savior.  The Savior of the world from sin and death and Hell.  All were conquered by Your son’s life, Jesus.  We truly owe You more than we can pay.  Thank You for all that You are, all that You did, and all that You continue to do daily in our lives.

In Your most excellent and loving name we pray,

Amen

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