Twelve Days of Christmas ( Day 10 )

12 days of Christmas

( Day 10) 12/23/2013  Mary woke up Sunday and her back was paining her bad, the baby had tossed and turned all night, she had little sleep, on top of that Joseph snored most of the night. They had all their packing done.  She was praying to get back to have the baby at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center. She and Joseph had many friends who worked there. On the way to Memphis the baby had settled. Mary wanted to reserve a motel, Joseph forgot! When they arrived,  Memphis hotels were booked. “Luke 2:12″  (To be continued)

Luke 2:12  And this shall be a sign unto you;  You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

This was a startling event to the Shepard’s working their flocks out in the fields, it was in the Fall season,  and the season was coming to an end, it was at night, they were probably tired. 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.  By all rights they should have been afraid, this wasn’t something they were looking for or in anticipation of. The sinful man is no different we are about our business, thinking we have everything in control. We cruise along until beset by unwelcome circumstances, that causes us to doubt our sovereignty. This is my story, I became more and more insecure, then the event that made me sore afraid was my father’s terminal illness. This was my sign and a pastor shared the gospel with me. I without hesitation was drawn to Christ and my eyes were open to the Good news of the Gospel.

This Christmas may you find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes. For though there might be many other children, in the inn, yet none else in swaddling clothes, at least lying in a manger: this sign would distinguish the new born Saviour from all others; had not the angel given them this direction, they would never have thought to have looked for, and found: him in such a place: and moreover, it might have been a stumbling to them, and an objection with them against his being Christ, the Lord, had they not been told beforehand where he was; but by this means this objection was prevented, and this stumbling block was removed out of the way, and they were prepared to see him, embrace, and believe in him, in this mean condition. I pray that during this busy season that the light of Christ, would free you from this dark world, the birth of the savior of who is Emanuel, God with us, would draw you to Christ.

For it was night when Christ was born, and the angels brought the tidings of it to the shepherds. The particular day,  month and year, in which Christ was born, cannot be certainly known; but this we may be sure of, it was in the fulness of time, and at the exact, season fixed upon between God and Christ in the council and covenant of peace; and that he was not born,  for the good angels; for the good angels stand in no need of his incarnation, sufferings, and death, having never fallen; and as for the evil angels, a Saviour was never designed and provided for them; nor did Christ take on him their nature, nor suffer in their stead. Therefore the angel does not say, “unto us”, but “unto you”, all men for he means not merely the shepherds only, or the Jews only, but the Gentiles also.  All the spiritual seed of Abraham, all elect men; for their sakes, and on their account, and for their good, he assumed human nature. Christ was born for the elect, He a sinless lie for the elect, he died for the elect. And intercedes for the elect.

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