What happened when Christ was born?

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The night when Jesus was born was the most important of nights in the whole history of humanity. And yet, I suppose, it was fraught with glitches. A very pregnant wife travelling long-distance on a donkey is not the stuff of happy honeymoon reminiscence, after all. A barn with only a feeding trough for the wee one to sleep in is not ideal. A string of odd visitors… It was the very opposite of triumphant or comfortable!

But isn’t this the way that God works within our lives? He takes the glitches and turns them to gold. He transforms physical or emotional shortcomings and uses them to grow us into special people.

This is how Paul expressed the same point: “But God said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

I cannot let my glitches hold me back. Instead, I want to allow God to use them to shape me into the person He designed me to be. And maybe my weaknesses will turn out to be my greatest strengths.

The night when Jesus was born was one of manifest weakness, and yet it was there that the power of God shone brightly for all time.  So God won’t let you use weaknesses as an excuse for not doing what he’s asking you to do. If God is calling you to a task, then he’ll give you everything you need to complete the task, starting with the Holy Spirit working within you. 

So how shall we live, in the light of Christmas?

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:5-11)

Someone sent me this, the other day.

In Jesus:

Deity became tangible
Spirit became visible
Love became personal
Peace became possible
Grace became feasible
Mercy became available
Truth became verifiable
Glory became undeniable
Sin became forgivable
Death became defeatable
Sorrow became replaceable
Victory became obtainable
Heaven became accessible
Life’ became livable
(Satan became miserable)
And all because of JESUS
The wonderful
The incredible
The indescribable One!

–David Ravenhill

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One Response to What happened when Christ was born?

  1. Michael Rodgers says:

    AZmen

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