The Gift of the Holidays

Happy Thanksgiving and soon to be Merry Christmas!

Open your heart and get ready for the most beautiful event in all of history. It took place at a manger because there was no room in the inn. A teenage mother and her husband were most likely alone as she labored through the birth. Mary agonized through the pain that had been declared since the Garden of Eden. She finally gave birth to the Savior of the World. He broke through the barrier of time to enter as Immanuel...God with us.

As she looked into the face of her newborn, she was looking into the face of God.

Prepare as we explore the most important birth in all of eternity because it means eternal life for us.

Listen as we tell of the most spectacular night the world has ever experienced even though it came wrapped in the robes of the mundane. It was attended by the lowliest of shepherds but announced with glory. 

Yes, common shepherds worshipped. 

And then wise men worshipped. 

But there would also be a king who would declare death for all of the infant sons of an entire city because of his jealousy and insanity.

We will visit the honor from the worship.

We will visit the horror from the hatred.

This baby was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a borrowed manger.

He would grow to become the man wrapped in burial clothes and laid in a borrowed tomb.

He cried out in the night at the moment of His birth.

He would cry from the cross, “It is finished.”

He broke the bondage of death with the hope of life. 

He is God with us.

Love broke through.

Peace broke through.

Life broke through.

It is the reason our hearts can overflow with joy as we begin with, “Happy Thanksgiving.”

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