- Old Testament: Genesis 17:7 I will always keep the promise I have made to you and your descendants, because I am your God and their God.
New Testament: Luke 1:55 The Lord made this promise to our ancestors, to Abraham and his family forever.
- Old Testament: Isaiah 9:7 His power will never end; His peace will last forever. He will rule David’s kingdom and make it grow strong. He will always rule with honesty and justice. The Lord All-Powerful will make certain that all of this is done.
New Testament: Luke 1: 31,32 and you will have a son. His name will be Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of God Most High. The Lord God will make him king, as his ancestor David was.
- Old Testament: Jeremiah 33:15 I promise that the time will come when I will appoint a king from the family of David, a king who will be honest and rule with justice.
Micah 5:2, Bethlehem Ephrath, you are one of the smallest towns in the nation of Judah. But the Lord will choose one of your people to rule the nation—someone whose family goes back to ancient times.
New Testament: Matthew 2:5,6 They told him, He will be born in Bethlehem, just as the prophet wrote, Bethlehem in the land of Judea, you are very important among the towns of Judea. From your time will come a leader, who will be like a shepherd for my people Israel.
During the rush of this Christmas season, I drove by some beautiful nativity scenes of Joseph, Mary, and in the crudest of managers, Baby Jesus.
Their first visitors were Shepherds. These men weren’t educated, nor respected in the city council, and most likely smelled. (I know this because we have sheep). God choose these unassuming shepherds the first opportunity to worship Jesus the Lord. I would have loved to have been a shepherd that night.
About two years later, highly educated men from the East, called the Wise Men, arrived to worship Jesus and brought every expensive gifts.
Centuries later, we still have the opportunity to visit the manager scene as we read the story in Scriptures.
Just like the Shepherds,
“They hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and they saw the baby lying on a bed of hay.” Luke 2:16
Just like the Wise Men,
When the men went into the house and saw the child with Mary, his mother, they knelt down and worshiped him. They took out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and gave them to him. Matthew 2: 11
to earth for all. Status doesn’t matter to Jesus. Single parents, the elderly, homeless, rich, poor,blue collar workers, white collar workers, babies, teens, adults to name a few. His mission was to save His people from their sins…and that began in a stable.
Will you spend a few minutes reflecting on this amazing arrival of the Son of God–Baby Jesus? The prophecy was fulfilled.
Will you spend a few minutes rejoicing? He gives us victory in whatever life situation we are in.
♪♪ JOY TO THE WORLD…THE LORD HAS COME! ♪♪