People have always had strong reactions to the birth of Jesus. The shepherds cowered, Herod was consumed with jealousy and hatred, while others were filled with joy and worship. It was this great news that the angels declared to an unsuspected group of shepherds watching their flocks in Luke 2.

Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger”

The shepherds, the angels, and even Herod all had strong reactions because they knew what the birth of Jesus meant. The Baby laying in the manger was in fact the eternal, infinite, and all powerful creator of the universe who had willingly set aside His power and position to humbly become one of the creation . The almighty now made small, weak, and frail so that he might save those who he had created.

It’s appropriate to commemorate the birth of Christ, but lets not make the mistake of leaving Jesus as a baby in a manger. Christ’s birth was just the first step in an ancient plan of redemption. Ultimately it’s the victory over sin and death that gives meaning to His humble birth. You can’t truly celebrate one without the other.

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