December 25, 2014
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.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
Every single person on the face of the planet was born. O.K., I know, another obvious insight. But think about it. Every single person has in common that they came into the world through birth. Everyone has a birth story.
Unfortunately, because of sin’s entry into the world through our first parents and its persistence through the line of every human lineage, down to the level of every individual person, every single person on the face of the planet will have a death story.
And in-between the birth story and the death story every single person on the face of the planet has a life story. And every single one of those life stories is broken. (The only difference between the rich and the poor is the rich can cover over their brokenness a lot easier– but it doesn’t change the fact)
The big question is do we have an Eternal Life story? An Eternal Life story is the story of broken being made whole; gloriously whole, and re-fit for unending life in the presence of God, the Creator and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Christmas is the birth story of Eternal Life. It is the birth story of Jesus. And just like us, Jesus has a death story. However, because Jesus is the story of Eternal Life, his life could not be held by death. In fact, by his resurrection from the dead, his life defeated death. This is the Gospel:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16.
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:12-13.
Jesus’ Eternal Life story not only holds the promise of reversing our death story, it holds the unimaginable possibilities of making our life story a true story of Life, Life and more Life.
This is why we go to Bethlehem. This is why we go from Bethlehem to tell it on the mountain.
PEOPLE GET READY! JESUS IS COMING.
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