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Psalm 112:5 ” Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice.”

Jesus summed up best how we should conduct ourselves when it comes to the people in our lives that are unappreciative, ungrateful, and just plain mean.   In Luke 6:35-36 Jesus tells us, “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.  Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”  Doing the right thing for someone who is critical and inconsiderate goes against everything we’re made of…but Christ reminds us that He shows mercy to all, and we should also.

Luke 1:37 ” For nothing is impossible with God.”

God is mighty and strong on our behalf.  There is nothing that God can’t do.  In addressing the Lord, Jeremiah stated, “Nothing is too hard for You.” (Jeremiah 32:17)   The Creator of heaven and earth is not confined to time, place or our limited reasoning.  For our mighty God can attain the unattainable…make the impossible possible, and take the out of the question and answer it with a miracle.

Luke 2:8-11 ” And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.’ “

Why did God choose to proclaim the coming Messiah to the shepherds?  They were far from the politically elite…and at the other end of the spectrum from the powerful religious circle.  So what did God see in that rag-tag group of blue-collar workers in that field outside of Bethlehem to warrant such a grand and glorious display to announce the coming of His Son?  In a word, He saw us.  He didn’t wish to address the political or religious bigwigs…He chose rather to tell the working class…people like you and me the good news of Jesus Christ.  And this holds true today…the Lord Jesus Christ has come for you and me… common, ordinary people who need a Savior.

Luke 2:6-7 ” While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her first born, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

For Mary, this was her first baby…and for the world, it was likewise a new beginning.  For Mary,  it was her  first labor and delivery in rather dismal conditions.. for us, it was the gift of a new start.  It tells us in Colossians 1:15 that, “He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born over all creation.”   When that tiny baby was born,  the manifestation of God the Father came to earth to dwell among us.  And when Mary laid baby Jesus  in that manger, surrounded by livestock and hay, the preeminence over all creation arrived to light the way for sinners.

Luke 2:4-5 ” 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. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.”

Caesar Augustus had given a command that the whole Roman Empire should have an official count of  the population.  So we see Joseph and Mary headed to Bethlehem…Joseph’s home town to be recorded.  This earthly father of Jesus was a kind carpenter by trade…a conscientious Jew who adhered to the Law…but who had to totally trust God when he found out Mary was pregnant.  This quiet man had to work through hurt, confusion, and wounded feelings to rely solely on the Lord’s promise of the coming Messiah.

Isaiah 42:6-7 ” I will keep You and will make You to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.”

The Prophet Isaiah again speaks of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ.  These verses speak of the promise to come for both Jew and Gentile… of life, salvation, wisdom and justice in place of spiritual blindness, falsehood, and ignorance.  At the very beginning of His Ministry, Jesus confirms this in Luke 4:18-19, “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  Jesus is the covenant between God and us…He’s the bridge over the deep chasm that keeps us far from God… for no one can come to the Father except through Him.

Luke 21: 3-4 ” ‘I tell you the truth,’ He said, ‘this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.’ “

Anytime sacrificial giving is mentioned, people get real antsy.  It’s not that we don’t want to give to Kingdom work…it’s just that we’re selfish.  Now you’re probably thinking I’m talking about money…No, I’m not!  I’m talking about something far more valuable to you than money…it’s your time.  We’ll happily give to charitable organizations, relief funds, and soup kitchens…but ask us to volunteer our time and that’s a different story.  It says in II Corinthians 8:12, “For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.”   God wants you,  not your money…He wants you to volunteer rather than just donate to the cause…He wants you to give sacrificially of your most valuable resource…yourself.