"My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness..." 2 Corinthians 12:9b

Monday, December 24, 2012

Giving Good Gifts - Part Four

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural
descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
John 1:12, 13 NIV
            I am a mother because two young women chose to make selfless decisions and place their babies for adoption, choosing my husband and me to be parents in their place. Mary’s story has a very special place in my heart.
            An unplanned pregnancy in a young, unmarried girl, betrothed, living in a small, very religious town, with a fantastic explanation is not what most would consider a gift. Luke, reports that Mary was “greatly troubled” at the words of the angel who announced she would be with child by the Holy Spirit.
            Mary’s struggles are not recorded, but Matthew and Luke tell the story of a young girl whose story was believed by very few. She makes a hurried visit to her aged Aunt Elizabeth, who confirms Mary’s story, greeting her by saying “Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished.”
           Joseph, Mary’s fiancĂ©e didn’t believe. He planned to divorce her until and angel visited him, assuring him that what she said was the truth. He took her as his wife, thus becoming Jesus’ adoptive, earthly father. These two young people must have had many questions, but they trusted God.
            Do you have questions about Jesus’ origins? Read the gospel stories again. Concentrate on the faith of Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, the shepherds, and wise men. Find the common thread running through them all—belief in something outside the realm of human experience.
            The only way God could forgive our sin was by receiving a perfect sacrifice, one without blemish or defect. Since man is sinful, He did the only thing He could, He came to earth Himself, in human form—wholly God and wholly man. He lived a sinless life and died for our sins, so that by believing in Him, we might be saved.
            This Christmas, accept the gift of the Christ Child, the greatest gift ever given. The child sought by shepherds and wise men, is the method God chose to free us from our sin. By accepting Christ’s death on your behalf, and believing in His promise to forgive your sin and grant you eternal life, you receive the good gift of God, the greatest gift of all. Then share the gift with someone else.

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