Luke 2:12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

The amazing thing about this verse is that the whole history of the universe rested in a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.  Not only was this a little baby, He was born to poor parents who hardly had the financial means to ensure the protection of this new life. Why did God take such a risk by having salvation depend on a helpless baby?  Why didn’t God have Jesus born into a wealthy family which had the resources to ensure protection from poverty, from the Roman army, from disease, from enemies who wanted to kill Him?  The answer, of course, is that God knew that He could take care of that baby, that nothing could harm that baby until He would offer His own life on the cross so that the plan of salvation would be carried out.

If God protected that tiny infant from King Herod who had all the boys two years and under killed in Bethlehem; if God protected Jesus from Satan’s temptations in the desert (Matthew 4:1-11); if God protected Jesus from the religious authorities of the day, the people of His own town of Nazareth, the Roman authorities, and from others who wanted to kill Him, then won’t He protect you from harm until your purpose here on earth is completed?  Just as Jesus was not alone, we are not alone.  You are a child of God and God Himself will bless and protect you (Psalm 91:9-15).  Psalm 34:17 says “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.”  And verse 19 says, “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.”

This Christmas season take the time to reflect on God’s care for you. 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”  You are His sheep and Jesus watches over His sheep.  Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.”  Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  This Christmas season put your hand in Jesus’ hand and relax into His arms.  If God protected that tiny baby in a manger, will He not also protect you?

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