Bounds Cross Baptist

Who is He in yonder stall?

The world entices us with its shopping malls, especially at Christmas time - bright lights, festivities, cards and gift wrap, and yet it happily pushes the 'manger' out of sight. How easy it is to become preoccupied with all the planning and preparation for Christmas and not give a thought to the event or person that should be the real focus.

Recently a little boy went to an aunt's birthday party. He had a good time playing with friends and cousins, as well as plenty of food to eat. Once home and the events of the day were being discussed, a little voice suddenly piped up, "but who was aunty so and so?"! That little boy had been there, enjoyed his time but had not worked out whose party it really was.

Are we negligent, too, in being so carried away with the excitement of Christmas that we forget whose birth we are celebrating? Do we know who Jesus is and why He came?

Let's take a closer look at the manger that is so readily out of thought and mind and see that no ordinary baby was laid there. It was the Lord Jesus Christ - the Son of God, who came to be the Saviour of the world. This truly wonderful event which took place in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago is an amazing fact which still has tremendous significance for our lives today.

God so loved the world that He sent His Son that through him lost mankind might be saved from the eternal punishment that they deserve. We all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Jesus was born to die, to bear our sins away, so that all who seek His forgiveness and trust Him as their Saviour will have eternal life.

We all, in every generation, do wrong and are in need of salvation. The good news proclaimed by the angel to the shepherds when Jesus was born, is therefore as important to us today as it was then.

"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
Luke 2:7-14

May our hearts and minds be opened to learn more about the Lord Jesus. He is no longer in the manger, nor is He still on the cross. He is now in heaven at God the Father's right hand but one day will return to earth to judge the living and the dead. Therefore we must seek Him today and call upon Him while He is near. He is still the Friend of sinners. Whoever you are, if you call on Him sincerely, He will forgive your sins, grant you eternal life, and give you the right to become a child of God.

If we trust in Jesus, we can also turn to Him when others cannot help, or fail us. He will be our solid rock when our world crumbles around us, will support and comfort us when we don't know how to face tomorrow, and will be our strength and hope when exhausted and overwhelmed by the burdens we bear.

Take time this Christmas to look beyond the celebrations and see who Jesus really is.

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