The Nativity Story

December 24, 2008

His Love is like a diamond, beautiful and strong. Like a lion, fierce and bold. Like an innocent infant, gentle and pure, knowing no wrong. How can I begin to describe this Love? It is not in the words that can, but in the actions seen today, and seen in the past.

His Love was evident before the start. Yet only realized when began. I could go over the whole Bible from start to finish, for there, and inside, is where this beautiful truth lies. But I’ll fast forward a bit, and tell you about the day this Love came into the world we live. To accomplish what we rightfully deserve, but cannot overcome.

Like the hearts of those who know no love; Cold and dark it was the night my Saviour was born.
Mary, Joseph’s pledged to be wife, had been travelling with Joseph from Nazareth, Galilee to Bethlehem, Judea, in order to be counted in the census Caesar Augustus had issued. It had been extremely difficult, and tiring, as well as extremely crazy for a young woman at such a stage during pregnancy to be travelling such a distance. But Joseph and Mary had no other choice; they had to obey the law of Caesar Augustus.
So they had set out towards Bethlehem knowing God would be with them; and at long last they arrived.
Joseph pulled forward the donkey, and Mary wiped the perspiration from her brow as they finally entered the gates of Bethlehem. Both were greatly relieved.
The desert’s heat had scorched them the whole day, but now as dusk set in, temperatures began to drop and the wind began to howl.
“Joseph,” Mary said in a whisper. It was time. Joseph’s eyes widened, as he looked behind him to see Mary’s frightened face. He knew exactly what she was trying to say.
He tugged on his donkey harder, and harder. Forcing the donkey forward; Already the poor thing was exhausted. But they had to get to someplace safe were Mary could give birth.
Joseph rushed from inn to inn frantically. But each time he got the same answer, “No, room,” they were full.
Passing by a stable, they realized they had checked every inn in Bethlehem. There was no place for Mary to give birth, and her contractions were growing frightfully close. Joseph knew they had no other choice; so approaching the owner of the stable he asked if they could stay the night, and paid him a small fee. The owner had no problem with this, and so they went into the stable; and Mary gave birth to a son, and they called him, Jesus.
Taking the child into her arms she wrapped Him up in cloth, and held Him close. She placed him in a manger, and sat down to rest. She looked at Joseph with tears of joy in her eyes. All the questions she had asked inside of her were answered.
Now whilst all this had been happening, there were some shepherds living out in the fields nearby. They were watching over their sheep when an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and they fell onto their knees, for they were afraid. But the angel of the Lord comforted them, and said, “Do not be afraid. I bring good news of great joy that will be for all the people! Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Then suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, and they praised God!
Then when all had left; the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph; and the baby lying in a manger, just as the angel of the Lord had said.
They told Mary and Joseph of what had happened to them. As Mary listened intently, a million questions once again flooded into her mind. She was only a young woman. She was not rich, nor was she royalty. Yet she had been willing to obey God’s command, no matter what, and He had used her to bring forth the child that would save the world.
Why would God use her? Why was it the Saviour of all mankind was born in a stable, to a carpenter and his wife? This was the Saviour of the universe! Surely He should have been born in a castle!
But Christ came to set an example. Not to judge, or condemn the world. He came to save it. Not to show off in it.
When the shepherds left that night, so excited were they that they could not stop talking about what they had seen! The word soon spread about Jesus, the King of kings; and … well that’s another story.
For now this where my story ends. For that was the night this incredible Love came into the world, to do the most incredible thing…

Today is a day of celebration! Not because a fat guy did the impossible and fit down the chimney! But because today is the day Love was born…

With Love,

Christian soldier

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