He was born to poor parents in modest surroundings in a remote part of the world. We know about only 15 years of his life (sparse details up to age 12, and the last 3 years during his ministry). He commanded no armies, never ruled over a nation, and had no great wealth.
He was rejected by his hometown, harassed by the lawyers and priests of his day, and preached messages that encouraged giving up possessions, suffering for faith, loving your enemies, and warned that following him would split up families.
He embraced outcasts, liars, prostitutes, the lame and those riddled with disease with love and without concern for what anyone thought of his behavior.
His words of faith have been ridiculed, banned, burned, changed, misquoted, mocked and rejected.
Dozens of wars have been fought over him, some started by people who used his name in vainglory for their own interests.
After more than 2000 years his name is known to nearly every living human. The Bible and the Gospels have been translated into every world language and is the largest selling book in world history.
He has inspired billions of people to follow him, worship him and transform their lives to become more peaceful, loving, compassionate and generous.
His birth can rightly be considered one of the most important events in the history of mankind, second only to his death.
What kind of man could live such a life and have such a world impact? Only one man, the Son of God, born among us to save us from sin and death. In this season to honor his birth, let us all remember who he was, why he came and what he means to our world. He is hope, light, truth, love and salvation.
Hallelujah, Jesus…Praise His Holy Name!
Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger. “ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:10-14