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Merry Christmas

December 25, 2009

If you did not realize that today it is Christmas, the day that we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. In Luke 2:1-7 we read the account of the birth of Christ: In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

Now in this passage He was born and wrapped up in cloths. So my question for the day is He stilled wrapped up? Do we keep Him contained to have a better handle on Him? By the time this is posted I will have been up, showered, read Luke 2:1-20, have had one of our children place the little baby Jesus in the manger of our nativity set, exchanged gifts, and gotten ready to go to grandma’s house. A lot has happened before this is even offered for you to read. Actually we have a mission team leaving for New Zealand before this is posted. As I read this passage I really focused on the wrapped in cloths, as a baby He was bound to provide comfort, protection, security, and quick access for early exit. As any baby He would be changed, but placed back into the cloth and wrapped tightly. As we wrap up 2009 how many times did we keep Christ bound and never really allow Him to live through us.

Christ is my Savior and He is alive, but sometimes we keep Him bound and confined, secret, hidden, and set aside. In Philippians 2:5-11: “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” So the best present that I can see given today is the commitment to unwrap Christ and take on who He has set out for you to be. We all expect and understand that it needs to happen but struggle with the how. Follow His attitude as it is written the more we are like Him the more we unwrap Him and show Him off to others. This also is the best present you can give your family today—your commitment to live your life out loud for Him; living a life that is brighter than every light on every Christmas tree all rolled into a ball and plugged in. Understand the more we unwrap Him, the more we allow Him to be free in our lives, and the more freedom He gets the more your life will look like His. Allow Him today to “Live out Loud”.

God Bless and Merry Christmas.

Mark A Williams

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December 25, 2009 - Posted by | Mark |

2 Comments »

  1. Dear Mark,

    Thanks you for sharing this Christmas message. It is so true. We do need to unwrap the layers and let God’s love Be known to all we come into contact with. When we least expect it God will use us to bring a smile and the light of hope to a person/persons who desparately need it. This will be My New Years resolution starting now, to be more open to situations that arise around me, to perhaps give a spark to help ingnite “The Light of Life” in someone’s heart. Merry Christmas friend! I love you and your family and thanks for” living out loud” for our Lord.
    Dee C.

    Comment by Dee Coleman | December 25, 2009 | Reply

  2. Mark,

    Thanks for the timely reminder. Many today have left Jesus in the manger only to be taken out at Christmas time. We need to realize that Jesus had a purpose and has left us all with a similar purpose, to seek and to save that which is lost. I want to keep my eyes open for the divine appointments that God has for me,so that I can make a difference in someones life for eternity.

    Bob Domachowski

    Comment by Bob Domachowski | December 25, 2009 | Reply


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