24
Jan
14

He Is Jesus

Jesus was real.  He was born in a real time and a real place.  He was not some god fashioned in the imaginations of people.  Jesus’ miraculous birth really took place.  He was a real human being.  He was God in human flesh.  His birth was announced by angels to lowly shepherds.  They wanted to see what was going on and He was really lying in a manger.  Tiny fingers and toes.  Eyes that could see.  Ears that could hear.  A heart beating real blood.
Jesus was real.  That baby grew up into a man.  A real human being.  He had the power of God in His human flesh.  His coming was announced by His relative, John the Baptist.  Everyone wanted to come and hear Him speak and see Him perform miracles.  He had fingers that touched the wounds of lepers.  He had feet that took Him to those who were suffering.  He had eyes that could see pain and He healed the sick and infirm.  He had ears that could hear cries for mercy and He cast out demons and raised the dead.  He had blood that coursed through His veins that He would shed on a Roman cross for the forgiveness of all who would seek His grace.
Jesus is real.  He is alive forevermore.  He will really return.  He is not the figment of our imaginations.  His return has been prophesied for nearly 2000 years.  He will come back and every eye will see Him.  He will come on the clouds with power and glory.  He will not be a tiny baby.  He will not be a man who can perform miracles.  No.  Jesus Christ will return as the conquering King of kings and Lord of lords.  He will come to do away with death and sin and pain and suffering once and for all.  He will gather His people to our Heavenly home and we will live with Him there forever.  This invitation is for any and all who will respond.
And it all started on a starry night in Bethlehem so long ago.

Luke 2:1-21 (NIV)

The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

 

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