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in a Barn
During this Meditation Moment, let's talk about why Jesus had to be born
in a barn. Did you ever wonder why God couldn't have found a nicer place
for Mary to give birth to Jesus that first Christmas Eve? A barn is such
a dirty, smelly place -- for any baby to born, let alone, the Prince of
But think about it. Why did Jesus come to Earth in the first place? He
was born to be the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the World. What
better place for a Lamb to be born than in a barn?
During this Meditation Moment, let's talk about why Jesus was born. He
wasn't born to heal all the world's diseases, although He certainly could
do that. He wasn't born just to perform all the wonderful miracles which
are recorded in scripture. He was born with one primary objective -- to
die. In God's plan for our salvation, established in the beginning of
time, the only solution to the problem of sin would be sacrifice, the
shedding of blood. And not human sacrifice, either. God sent His own Son
to die for our sins so we won't have to die for our sins. That's what
all the hullabaloo at the end of December is really all about. God had
just rolled out His plan of Salvation. He had just launched the ultimate
solution to sin.
During this Meditation Moment, let's talk about the date Jesus was born.
In his book, A Chronology of the Bible, Frank Klassen says He thinks
Jesus was born sometime around Passover -- in the Spring. No matter though.
What is really important is the specific time when you accepted Jesus
as your personal sin sacrifice. Is there a definite time, and place, when
you said, "Jesus, I accept you as my personal sin sacrifice, and my coming
King? That date is far more important for you than the calendar date Jesus
During this Meditation Moment, let's talk about the name of Jesus throughout
the Old Testament. During the past few years, a lot of folks have been
talking about the miracle of Equidistant Letter Sequences -- ELS for short
-- in the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament. When God dictated
the Old Testament to Moses and the other writers, He did so in such a
way that key words and messages are spelled out in the Hebrew letters.
When God wanted to use the Hebrew name for Jesus, Yeshua, He did so spacing
the letters the same distance apart. The first letter of Yeshua appears
in Genesis one-one. The second letter appears 253 letters after that,
the third letter 253 letters after that, and so on. The Hebrew name for
Jesus -- Yeshua --not only appears in Genesis one-one but is repeated
throughout the entire Old Testament, through Malachi. In the sections
we call the Messianic prophecies, we find the phrase, Yeshua is my Name.
This is such a miracle that computer scientists and mathematicians agree
that it could not have happened by chance. Even with today's most powerful
computers, ELS would be impossible for mere humans to duplicate. When
the Angel told Mary "His name is called Jesus," he was only reporting
what had already been decided when God wrote the first word of Genesis.
Many Wise Men
During this Meditation Moment, let's talk about how many wise men visited
Jesus bearing gifts. To tell the truth, the Bible doesn't say how many
wise men visited Jesus. Three gifts are named: gold, frankincense, and
myrrh. And, all the pictures I've even seen show three men on camels.
But the Bible doesn't say how many there were. Maybe there's a reason
why the number is unknown. There is no limit to the number of persons
-- wise or otherwise -- who can worship the King of Kings at any one time.
So, forget about how many wise men there were. Just make sure you're one
During this Meditation Moment, let's talk about the Bethlehem innkeeper
the night Jesus was born. Although the innkeeper is talked about in songs
and stories about the birth of Jesus, he isn't mentioned in the Bible
at all. The Bible just says, "There was no room in the inn." Maybe that
means, "There was no appropriate place in the inn." Bethlehem was in the
midst of a mandated Roman census the night Jesus was born. I'd like to
think the innkeeper was a kindly man, who gave Mary the quiet privacy
of the stable, rather than the public upstairs sleeping quarters above
the bar. If Jesus had been born in such a place, Mary and Joseph would
most likely have been separated during the birth. However it happened,
God had his hand on the entire operation and planned it all, right down
to the fact that the first evangelists --who were humble shepherds --would
have easy access to a nursery in a stable.
Christ in Christmas
During this Meditation Moment, let's talk about the importance of keeping
Christ in Christmas. I'm going to be honest with you. I don't like to
hear the term X-Mas at Christmas time. I know, I know --X is the Greek
letter for the C-H sound. But when I think how God coded the name, Yeshua,
in the original Hebrew from Genesis to Malachi while he was dictating
the Old Testament, I can't believe He is pleased to hear X instead of
Christ. So, let's keep Christ in Christmas, and drop the X!
Claus and the Baby Jesus
During this Meditation Moment, let's talk about making room for Santa
Claus and the Baby Jesus at Christmas time. My kids were raised in a Christian
home and they were dedicated to the Lord as infants by my father, Rev.
J. Franklin Lint. But they still wrote letters to Santa Claus, sat on
his lap to have their pictures taken at the mall, and hung their stockings
on the mantle Christmas Eve. However, we never told them Santa really
landed on the roof in a sleigh pulled by 8 reindeer, and brought presents
down the chimney Christmas eve. For them, Santa was always make-believe,
just like so many other things in a child's life. But there is a supernatural
story at Christmas time: When a baby was born in a Bethlehem stable. Shepherds
heard about it from a choir of angels, and wise men followed a miraculous
star right up to His front door. You see, parents, if you wait till your
kids get older to tell them Santa is only make believe --what are you
going to say about the other supernatural part of the Christmas story?
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