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something beautiful that i almost missed

Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.” For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners. – Matthew 9:12-13

I was thinking about Christmas today, (tis the season), and I was struck by something. It’s not anything new, it’s nothing I’ve never heard discussed before. But it seemed fresh to me.

Here’s Jesus, the God-king of the universe. When he comes to earth and takes on a weak, measly human form, he is born in a barn. He spends his first night in a feed trough. His birth is announced by angles to a bunch of sheep-herders. He grows up working with his hands. He spends his adult life helping lowlifes and rejects. The authorities slander him, do all they can to make trouble for him, and eventually put him to a criminal’s death. The God-king of the universe chose that life for my sake. He did it because he loves me.

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45

That’s Christmas. May it make you merry.

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