Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12
Make room in your heart for the King.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 23
Such beautiful words for a wonderful savior.
For unto us a child is born, and unto us a son is given. Upon his shoulders shall the kingdom lie, and he shall be called with his own name, “Wonderful, the giver of counsel, the mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of peace.” Isaiah 9:6
He is Risen!
I think we can all agree that there is nothing sweeter than a baby.
Jesus birth is the most famous and beloved stories of all time. The joy that was evident at the arrival of the Son of God would be beyond anything we could imagine. God came down to save us in the form of a sweet baby boy. He would grow up to greatness.
But the passage that often sticks with me is when Jesus is brought to the temple to be blessed and Simeon tells His mother, Mary, that a sword will pierce her soul.
This might not be the most reassuring blessing to a young mother.
But Simeon saw the end at the beginning and He wanted to remind Mary that Jesus was God’s son sent to save the world. A Savior.
Mary knew that there would be good days and bad days. Most mothers already know this. Mary’s knowledge though was even more important since her son’s future would save His people by sacrificing His life. World without end. Amen.
Thank you Lord Jesus for blessing us this Christmas with the reminder of the love you showed to us in your life, your love, and your never-ending grace.
We are blessed beyond measure. We are blessed for eternity.
Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”
The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
One of my favorite scenes from the silly movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, (bet you never thought you would read that on a Christian blog), was at the family meal as they bowed their heads to pray.
It was at this juncture that Ricky Bobby would start by saying, “Dear 8 pound 6 ounce baby Jesus” even as his wife reminded him that baby Jesus becomes a grown man. But, Ricky Bobby liked the baby Jesus best.
I do too.
There is nothing sweeter than a baby and I often tell people that babies smell like heaven. I believe this to be so.
Jesus came to us not as a King, not an Army leader, and not with a vengeance. He came as a baby; innocent, helpless, worshiped and adored only minutes after birth.
God looked down and sent us the ultimate symbol of love. A baby. God’s son. What that baby accomplished in His life is amazing. What He continues to do is beyond words.
Babies give us hope. Babies give us joy. This baby gives us more.
Thank you sweet baby Jesus.
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay.
The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle til morning is nigh.
Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
And take us to heaven, to live with Thee there.