The real meaning of Christ’s birth is to celebrate God’s grace and mercy. It is not about Santa, Trees and beautiful ornaments and the gifts.
“They shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, ‘God with us.'” Matthew 1:23 (NKJV)
A stable? What a place to give birth to the Messiah! The smells and sounds of a barnyard were our Savior’s first human experience. Like other babies, He may even have cried at the sounds of the animals and the strangers parading around His temporary crib.
If so, they would have been the first of many tears. Jesus would come to know human loss and sorrow, the doubts His brothers and family had about Him, and the pain His mother experienced as she saw Him tortured and killed.
All these hardships–and so much more–awaited the baby trying to sleep that first night. Yet from His very first moments, Jesus was “God with us” (Matt.1:23), and He knew what it meant to be human. This would continue for over three decades, ending at His death on…
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