Over 2020 years ago, the Man known as the King of kings and Lord of lords was born. The Gospel of Luke Chapter 2 provides the best details of what happened the night of Jesus’ birth:

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 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. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

That night over 2020 years ago, the God who created the universe stepped out of eternity and into time and space. The what is important. The why is far more important. Before moving on, though, think of the example Christ set by where he wasn’t born.

Christ wasn’t born in a hospital, house or hotel. Christ was born in a barn. After he was born, he was wrapped in “swaddling clothes” and placed in a cleaned out feeding trough. The King of kings humbled Himself to that extent to bring eternal life to all who want a relationship with Him.

Earth was Jesus’ birthplace. Heaven is His home. Hebrews Chapter 11 instructs us about what God’s children want:

13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off [e]were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.

In an act of extreme love, God sent us a Saviour so that we could spend eternity with Him. God wants that relationship with us that much. In the summer of 1975, I accepted that invitation. I’d love to have you join me. There’s an old saying that goes like this: ‘Life has many choices. Eternity has 2.’

To accept Jesus’ invitation, all you have to do is admit that you’re a sinner who needs the forgiveness that only Christ provides. Please accept that invitation ASAP.

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