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Part 2: What the Birth of Jesus Means

Jesus was born in a small town called Bethlehem in Israel, more than 2,000 years ago. The Christmas story of how He was born to a virgin, Mary, and was born in a manger (Luke 2:1-7), has been told throughout the world. But if you stop to think about what that means for our Savior to enter the world this way, it becomes even more incredible.

He humbled Himself

The Bible says that Jesus existed at the beginning of time. He created the world. (John 1:1-3

So if you take time to consider what happened on Christmas, it should amaze you. Jesus, the Creator of the Earth, took on the additional nature of something He created -- a human. What a humble act of service to lower himself to be part of the very earth He created!

His birth created shockwaves

The night He was born, shepherds were out in a field when an angel appeared to them to tell them that Christ, the Savior, had been born. The angel told the shepherds where to find Jesus, and they left immediately to find Him (Luke 2:8-18). But God had also put clues about His arrival into the Scriptures. Wise men were prepared; they traveled from a long distance away to meet Jesus and present him with meaningful and expensive gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh (Matthew 2:1-12). It was enough to trouble the King and the whole capital city of Israel. (Matthew 2:3) God was making sure Jesus’ arrival did not go unnoticed: this was no ordinary person. It was Jesus, the Savior of the world, entering the world as a baby.

What now?

So what should this information drive you to do? For one, it should drive you to love Him. What better way could He have proved His love? He humbled Himself immensely to leave His spot at the right hand of the throne of God to become a human. While you were still a sinner, He entered the world, lived a perfect life, yet paid all the penalty for sin. Not because He was guilty, but for your sake.

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