Good Tidings

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“And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12

“Good Christian Men, rejoice
Good Christian Men, rejoice,
With heart and soul and voice;
Give ye heed to what we say;
Jesus Christ is born today;
Ox and ass before him bow,"
And he is in the manger now.
Christ is born to-day!
Christ is born to day!”
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Jesus Christ is born. These four words may well be the most powerful and impactful words in the history of man.

I recently saw a picture of a baby in a wooden manger. The caption read…
'A thousand times a baby became a king, but only one time did a King become a baby.'

A helpless, defenseless baby. An Angel announced his coming, yet our Saviour lay in a stable. Heaven came to earth and who saw his birth? A young girl, a carpenter, some farm animals And all of heaven! Joy could not be contained. Heaven’s armies offered resounding praise before an audience of... shepherds.

Humbly, meekly Jesus came. The Gift-giver became the Gift. He was wrapped in swaddling cloth, but from his first breath he came to give us life.

A King became a baby, a virgin bore a child and the angelic chorus lit the night sky with praise. I believe with all I am that nothing is impossible for God.

“And Jesus looked at them and said "What is impossible with man is possible with God." Matthew 19:29

*Dulce Jubilo (In Sweet Rejoicing), attributed to Heinrich Suso
1328 AD