By Pastor Melinda Bauman
Worldwide Great Commission Fellowship in Eastlake, Ohio
Website: www.worldwidegcf.com
Email: worldwidegcf@yahoo.com
I hear the Lord say, Jesus was born in a stable and laid in a manger because there was no room in the inn. There was no room in the inn for Jesus to be born. The Lord wants to know during this season of much festivity and joy, when families get together and spend time with one another; and during the busyness of shopping and attending parties and gatherings, this time of year when it is nice to spend time with one another and be kind towards others and help those people in need.

God wants to know, are you making room for Him this Christmas? It is nice and pleasing to spend time with loved ones and to help those less fortunate, but the Lord is asking, are you spending time with Me this Christmas? Are you making room for Me in your life, asks the Lord? There is nothing wrong with spending time with family and friends, and we should do those things, but we should make time for Jesus and be sure to spend time with Him who is the Reason for the Season.

Are you spending time this Christmas in fellowship with the King of kings? When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, He was in the stable because there was no room in the inn. The Lord is asking you today, is there room for Jesus in your life? Are you making room for Him, not only during Christmas, but all year round? The Lord says, is there room for Me in your life and in your heart? Do you take time to spend with Me?

Christmas is a busy time of year where people run around preparing for their family gatherings, but are you too busy for Me, says the Lord? Is your life so busy running around to make sure you have a nice Christmas that you forgot the Lord? Have you forgotten the Reason for the Season?

Have you forgotten what Christmas is all about? Have you forgotten to make room for Me in your life just like there was no room for Jesus at the inn? Just as Joseph and Mary entered Bethlehem and needed a place to stay, the Lord is seeking and searching today for those who make room for Him in their lives.

Jesus wants to be welcome in your life and in your heart this Christmas. Every day the Lord wants you to make room for Him. The Bible declared that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. But when Joseph and Mary arrived, there was no room for Him in the inn, there was no place for Him. God is asking, is that how you are? Is there any room for Me in your life? Do you have time for Me? Will you make room for Me in your life this Christmas?

There was a place found for Jesus to be born, a stable. The Lord says I am seeking for a place to dwell; I want to dwell in your heart. So while you are rushing around preparing for your family gatherings, the Lord wants to know if you are preparing to spend time with Him this Christmas. Just as you are busy preparing to spend time with one another, are you preparing to spend time with Jesus? Do not forget the Reason for the Season, do not forget that Jesus is the One who is searching for a place to dwell this Christmas. He wants to spend time with you, and live in your heart. Is there room in your life for Jesus this Christmas?


The Christmas Story of the Birth of Jesus

A traditional Italian Christmas Presepe
This Christmas story gives a biblical account of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. The Christmas story is paraphrased from the New Testament Books of Matthew and Luke in the Bible.



References:Matthew 1:18-25; Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 1:26-38; Luke 2:1-20.

The Conception of Jesus ForetoldMary, a virgin, was living in Galilee of Nazareth and was engaged to be married to Joseph, a Jewish carpenter. An angel visited her and explained to her that she would conceive a son by the power of the Holy Spirit. She would carry and give birth to this child and she would name him Jesus.

At first Mary was afraid and troubled by the angel's words. Being a virgin, Mary questioned the angel, "How will this be?" The angel explained that the child would be God's own Son and, therefore, "nothing is impossible with God." Humbled and in awe, Mary believed the angel of the Lord and rejoiced in God her Savior.
Surely Mary reflected with wonder on the words found in Isaiah 7:14 foretelling this event, "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel." (NIV)

The Birth of Jesus:

While Mary was still engaged to Joseph, she miraculously became pregnant through the Holy Spirit, as foretold to her by the angel. When Mary told Joseph she was pregnant, he had every right to feel disgraced. He knew the child was not his own, and Mary's apparent unfaithfulness carried a grave social stigma. Joseph not only had the right to divorce Mary, under Jewish law she could be put to death by stoning.
Although Joseph's initial reaction was to break the engagement, the appropriate thing for a righteous man to do, he treated Mary with extreme kindness. He did not want to cause her further shame, so he decided to act quietly. But God sent an angel to Joseph in a dream to verify Mary's story and reassure him that his marriage to her was God's will. The angel explained that the child within Mary was conceived by the Holy Spirit, that his name would be Jesus and that he was the Messiah, God with us.
When Joseph woke from his dream, he willingly obeyed God and took Mary home to be his wife, in spite of the public humiliation he would face. Perhaps this noble quality is one of the reasons God chose him to be the Messiah's earthly father.
Joseph too must have wondered in awe as he remembered the words found in Isaiah 7:14, "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel." (NIV)
At that time, Caesar Augustus decreed that a census be taken, and every person in the entire Roman world had to go to his own town to register. Joseph, being of the line of David, was required to go to Bethlehem to register with Mary. While in Bethlehem, Mary gave birth to Jesus. Probably due to the census, the inn was too crowded, and Mary gave birth in a crude stable. She wrapped the baby in cloths and placed him in a manger.

The Shepherds Worship the Savior:

Out in the fields, an angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds who were tending their flocks of sheep by night. The angel announced that the Savior had been born in the town of David. Suddenly a great host of heavenly beings appeared with the angels and began singing praises to God. As the angelic beings departed, the shepherds decided to travel to Bethlehem and see the Christ-child.
There they found Mary, Joseph and the baby, in the stable. After their visit, they began to spread the word about this amazing child and everything the angel had said about him. They went on their way still praising and glorifying God. But Mary kept quiet, treasuring their words and pondering them in her heart. It must have been beyond her ability to grasp, that sleeping in her arms—the tender child she had just borne—was the Savior of the world.

The Magi Bring Gifts:

After Jesus' birth, Herod was king of Judea. At this time wise men (Magi) from the east saw a star, they came in search, knowing the star signified the birth of the king of the Jews. The wise men came to the Jewish rulers in Jerusalem and asked where the Christ was to be born. The rulers explained, "In Bethlehem in Judea," referring to Micah 5:2. Herod secretly met with the Magi and asked them to report back after they had found the child. Herod told the Magi that he too wanted to go and worship the babe. But secretly Herod was plotting to kill the child.
So the wise men continued to follow the star in search of the new born king and found Jesus with his mother in Bethlehem. (Most likely Jesus was already two years of age by this time.) They bowed and worshipped him, offering treasures of gold, incense and myrrh. When they left, they did not return to Herod. They had been warned in a dream of his plot to destroy the child.

Why Do We Celebrate Christ's Birthday?

I am compelled to respond with a simple question: Why do we celebrate a child's birthday? Why do we celebrate a loved one's birthday? Is it not to remember and cherish the significance of the event? What other event throughout all time is more significant than the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ? It marks the arrival of Immanuel, God With Us, the Word Become Flesh, the Savior of the World—his is the most significant birth ever. It is the central event in all of history. Time chronicles backward and forward from this moment. I find myself wanting to ask, how can we fail to remember this day with great joy and reverence? How can we not celebrate Christmas?


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