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verses 6-7: “And it came about that while they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her first-born son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was not room for them in the inn.”

A couple of weeks ago, God used me in a most unexpected way: I got to witness to an atheist. He was a young college-age man working in a restaurant we just ate at. While waiting at the register station for my waitress to come back (I had to ask her a question), the young man and I started chatting about wishing folks a Merry Christmas or a Happy Hanukah, etc. He casually mentioned he wasn’t sure what to wish people since he was an atheist! (Talk about your invitations to witness!) I asked him would he like to know more about Jesus Christ; he said yes, but had to ring up a tab…he’d be right back. Long story short, I told him the Gospel; he was open…he was a seeker, he wasn’t hostile. Once I told him about Jesus, his eyes got so wide-eyed. He paused and said earnestly, “I wish everyone would make it that simple.” Oh, I wanted to yell, “IT IS THAT SIMPLE!”. I’ve been praying for him. God used me to plant a seed; I pray that another Christian can help water that seed and that he’ll come to know Jesus. I left that meal setting so charged up that God would use me in such a mighty way.

Imagine how Mary and Joseph felt. Both were used by God in a mighty way. I did some research on both these people from a set of books on loan from my pastor (thanks!) called “All the Men of the Bible” and “All the Women of the Bible”, both by Herbert Lockyer.

Mary:

    Greeted by the angel Gabriel: “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
    Her willingness to be used by God: “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word.”
    Her rejoicing, as recorded in Luke 1: 46-55, more recognizably referred to as the Magnifcat.
    Her purity, her faithfulness, and her humility.

Joseph:

    Righteous and considerate; he didn’t want to publicly disgrace Mary once he found she was pregnant.
    His willingness to be used by God: “an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for that which has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit’….And Joseph arose from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took her as his wife, and kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.”
    Rejoicing: seeing the face of Jesus, Joseph realized that He was the fulfillment of the prophecies about the Messiah!
    Faithful: he raised Jesus up just as if he was his own son, faithfully being an earthly father figure.

Jesus:

We recently performed a Christmas cantata called “Only Love” by Randy Vader and Jay Rouse. In it was a song, called “What Kind of King”. One of the lyrics, (courtesy of http://www.praisegathering.com/media/pdf/A08446b_lyrics.pdf, © 2009 PraiseGathering Music. Admin. by Gaither Copyright Management. All rights reserved.), says it best:

What kind of King would give up His throne,
Come for His people lost and alone?
What kind of King would give everything,
Save all His own and life to them bring?
Only a King who lays down His crown.
Only a King whose love knows no bounds.
Only a King who’s willing to wear pauper’s clothes,
For He knows He’s not only a king.

Merry Christmas to all of you! We will pick up with Proverbs again in January 2011.

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