Area retired pastor
The hymn writer asks the question, “What child is this, who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch are keeping?” The answer comes with thundering praise. “This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing. Haste, haste, to bring Him Lord, the babe, the king of kings, who salvation brings, let loving hearts enthrone Him!”
Listen now to the amazing account in Luke’s gospel, “The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a virgin named Mary. He said, rejoice highly favored one, the Lord is with you, blessed are you among women. You will conceive and bring forth a son and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the son of the highest and of His kingdom there will be no end!”
There you have it, from the eternal word of Scripture, God in a cradle. Another scripture declares God has given Jesus a name above every name; and John the Baptist shouted, “Behold, the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” Your sin, and my sin. Thank God dear reading friend, though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be washed white as snow. John in Chapter 1:12 promises to as many as received Him (by faith accept Him as their personal Lord and Savior). To them He gave the right to be called the children of God.
Dr. David Jeremiah points out the Buddhist has to find enlightenment through stirring, the Hindu through incarnation, the Muslim through trips to Mecca, the Jew through following the law – but in Christianity the believing sinner needs only to surrender to Jesus to experience joy now and heaven hereafter.
I surrendered my life and found that great joy in Jesus - and you can too. Jesus, not only a man, but God born in a cradle (manger). Come to Jesus by faith this Christmas season. You will never regret it.
Have a blessed Christmas!
Earl Eveland is a retired pastor in the area.