He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village where He worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a home. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He did none of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself. He was only thirty three when the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for His garments, the only property He had on earth. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. Nineteen centuries have come and gone, and today, He is the central figure of the human race. All the armies that ever marched; all the navies that ever sailed; all the parliments that ever sat; all the kings that ever reined, put together, have not affected the life of man on this earth as much as that one solitary life. Dr. James Allen 1926
On this Christmas Day my prayer is that we remember why we celebrate and more importantly how much Jesus loves us, accepts us and forgives us not just today but every minute of every day of our lives. If Jesus had not been born we would not know Him as our friend, our father and our savior.
The question isn’t, has Jesus changed the world, the question is, “has Jesus changed your world?”
How has Jesus affected and changed your life?
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:11-14
Merry Christmas and God Bless, Kristen