Christmas Characters

“Now the birth of Jesus was on this wise..”

Matthew 1:18

God wants us to notice the details of how Christ came into the world. Our verse uses the words, “on this wise”. They translate one original word. That original word is also found in John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world”. Just as we are to take note of how God loves sinners, we are to take note of how Jesus was born.

You are very familiar with the characters of Christmas. What an unlikely roster of players God selected to be in the Christmas story. But with each character, God eliminates excuse after excuse for not being part of Jesus’ story today.

Zachariah and Elisabeth were too old to be used, but God did. They were “well stricken in years” (Luke 1:7). Being older is not an excuse for not serving Christ.

Mary was too young to serve God. She was probably a teenager. Imagine God entrusting His Son’s coming to a teenager! Being young is not an excuse.

Joseph was too self-conscious to be used. What would people think of him? Yet, God used him.

The Wise Men were too educated to be used. Many intellectuals struggle to believe the Bible. The Magi did and God used them.

The Shepherds were too scandalous to be used. Their low morals were well known. Still, here they are in the middle of God’s Christmas pageant. God’s grace made scoundrels useful.

A baby is too helpless and weak to be used. The Bible says, “Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings Thou hast ordained strength because of Thine enemies” (Ps. 8:2).

This is what God says to weak and unusable people. “My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness”

(I Corinthians 12:9).

Sin makes us useless to God, but He has grace for that. “For by grace are ye saved through faith…” (Ephesians 2:8). Jesus is God’s grace gift. He came to save you from your sin.

It begins by you receiving Jesus – not as a baby – but as your Savior. Only God can save sinners. You “have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).   You cannot save yourself. The angel said, “He shall save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).

Jesus Christ came to die to pay for your sins. “In (Jesus) we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sin,” (Ephesians 1:7). Right now, by faith, receive Jesus as your Savior.

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life,” (John 3:36).

“Joy to the world, the Lord has come!” He still uses unfit people to repeat His story today. Open God’s gift of usefulness by trusting Him to save you and be a part of the gospel story this Christmas.

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