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He became poor: ¨From Log Cabin to White House.¨ The story is the same for two former presidents of the United States, James A. Garfield and the more famous Abraham Lincoln. In human history, that journey from obscurity to fame, from rags to riches, has been a fairly common occurrence. However, the Christmas story is the whole thing in reverse. It tells of One Who was supreme in the universe, actually the creator, humbling Himself to be born amidst the less than attractive conditions of a rural environment in the Middle East around two thousand years ago. Lo, within a manher lies He Who built the starry skies. Christmas cards give a wrong impression of the situation. They depict a baby lying in a manger in a stable with a warm welcoming glow. Usually He is surrounded by inquisitive animals, adoring shepherds and dignified wise men. The glitter completes the picture! The reality was very different. The Bible in its factual historical record says; the Virgin Mary ¨brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manher; because there was no room for them in the inn¨ (Luke 2.7). There is no mention of a stable, simply a manger. Whatever the surroundings may have been, this Child decreed them. He alone had existed before His birth, so He chose His own mother who would become the wife of a local carpenter. More, as His birthplace He chose Bethlehem, described as being insignificant in the whole region of Judah. The Bible explains His condescension like this; ¨he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor¨ (2 Corinthians 8.9). Often, we are encouraged to ask, ¨Why am I here?¨ ¨Does life have a purpose?¨ There is no doubt about why the Lord Jesus Christ was here. The Bible quote says, it was ¨for your sakes.¨ For our sakes? In what way? Another Bible reference gives the answer. ¨Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners¨ (1 Timothy 1.15). We don't really need the Bible to tell us that the world is populated by sinners. The only difference between us is in degrees of sinfulness. So we are all sinners (Romans 3.23), and sinners need to be saved. For Christ, saving sinners involved not so much His humble birth and His perfect life, but His sacrificial death. ¨He was wounded for our transgressions (sins)¨ (Isaiah 53.5). To save us from the eternal judgement of God He had to pay the penalty that we deserved, and having done so, He rose from the dead to be a living Saviour. His self-imposed poverty culminating in His death on the cross was that you ¨through his poverty might be rich¨ (2 Corinthians 8.9). This is not an allusion to monetary wealth, but to the wealth of spiritual blessings receives by those who believe in Him. It is a reference to the forgiveness of sins, the salvation of the soul from hell, the prospect of the joy of heaven at life's end. You may ask, ¨How can I be sure that I will be in the right destination for eternity?¨ By repenting and believing in shalt be saved¨ (acts 16.31). Be sure to do it. Don't be like the reluctant innkeeper who said ¨No room.¨ For you it would mean eternal disaster.

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Order Code 150188
Subject(s) Evangelistic
Language English
 

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