Friday, December 13, 2013

Following the Star for the true meaning of Christmas

The other night The Sheep were amazed to learn that They could attend a reenactment of the birth of our Savior! It was very very cold outside (let's just say it got down to 2 below that night), but these dedicated volunteers did a great job bringing the story to life!

 This same Baby boy born in a humble and dirty stable among the animals would live a life with struggles and temptations and heartache, but never give in to sin. He would choose to stay close enough to His Father that what other people thought or said or did paled in comparison. He had a lot to overcome, but He never gave into bitterness or hate.

No body knows what the Star really looked like, but it looked different enough that really smart scientists from the east tracked it down and followed it to meet the Baby. The Angels announced His birth for all to hear and see. Seeing Angels in the sky singing and talking probably changed a lot of people's lives.

Then some 33 years later that same Baby, Jesus, gave up the rights He had to rule the universe because He loved you and me (and The Sheep) more than He loved being right or being comfortable or being in charge. He knew that The Father had rules - I mean He created Heaven and earth, He gets to make the rules - and that we hadn't followed them. What's more is that He knew we NEVER COULD FOLLOW THEM ON OUR OWN so he paid the price that we all should have had to pay - deserved to have to pay - owed fair and square, but couldn't afford. He paid with His life!

The even more amazing part is that Death couldn't hold him. If you and I (or The Sheep) had paid with our lives, that would have been the end of the story, but it wasn't for Jesus. He was strong enough to beat death, He died, but then He lived again.

This Christmas, The Sheep wish you every comfort and every blessing, but more than that They wish you a real, close friendship with The Father just like Jesus has. One that changes the way you see the rest of the world and the people who live in it.


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