Bible Commentary: “Wrapped In Cloths” The Days Of ChristmasDecember 17, 2015 at 5:32 pm | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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We are counting the days until Christmas and we here at Word of Encouragement would like to spend this time together reviewing the prophecies and scriptures concerning the birthday of our King and seeing how they might apply to us today and seeing what encouragement we can receive from them.
Luke 2:1-7 gives us this account, “In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn”.
When we are preparing for Christmas we make a list of all the people that we would like to give presents and then we take the list with us to the store. We go through aisle and aisle to find just the perfect item for each person. Then we get the right size box, normally with some decoration, and we put the item in the box with fancy tissue paper. Then we wrap the box with Christmas paper, tie it with colored ribbon and top it all off with a fancy bow. We do all that work for the delight that the recipient of our gift will have as they open our present to them. We get this character trait from God, He likes to do the exact same thing. God gave us the most excellent gift of all “wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger”.
In John 4:10 Jesus speaks of Himself to the Samaritan woman telling her, “Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water”. In Romans 5:15 Paul tells us, “But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many”! And again in Romans 5:17, “For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ”. In Romans 6:23 Paul tells us, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”.
Child of God – On that one blessed night in a stable in the little town of Bethlehem God gave the world the best gift and wrapped Him in a diaper and placed Him in a manger. The wrapping may not be pretty but the gift is incredible! There has never been a gift like this one and there never will again. Let us say like Paul in 2 Corinthians 9:15, “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift”!
Lord, thank you for all the gifts you have given me, the gift of life, the gift in the beauty of creation that we can enjoy, the relationships that you have put in my life, the abilities that you gave me… But over all thank you for the biggest gift which is Jesus, salvation, eternal life, healing and deliverance all are in Him and even more! Let me always remember how good my position is because I’m in Jesus. Amen.
If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.
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