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A Baby Boy

READ: Luke 2:8-14

[Mary] brought forth her
firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths. —Luke 2:7

The full-page advertisement
in the newspaper caught my eye immediately. Near the top of the light-blue page
was the silhouette of a star. In the center of the page were the words:

It’s a boy.

Luke 2:11 was printed
across the bottom of the page: “Today in the town of David a Savior has been
born to you; He is Christ the Lord” (niv).

This simple message—it’s a
boy—proclaimed the indescribable gift of a Savior who came to earth as a baby.
Why did He do it?

We needed God to send
Jesus.
Because of our sin, we were
separated from a holy God (Rom. 3:23). A perfect Savior and mediator was needed
to bring us back together. Only God could restore the relationship.

God wanted to send
Jesus.
He loved us so much that He
gave His Son (John 3:16) so that our relationship could be restored. Jesus was
the only One who could meet His demand for a perfect sacrifice—only He was
sinless (Heb. 9:11-15). He willingly gave Himself on the cross. God accepted
that sacrifice and raised Him from the dead.

Because of our need and His
love, God the Father gave us the gift of Jesus the Son.

Accept His gift
today—it’s free
. —Anne
Cetas

Rejoice, O soul, the debt
is paid,
For all our sins on Christ were laid;
We’ve been redeemed, we’re justified—
And all because the Savior died. —D. De Haan

Jesus died that we might
live.

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