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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"The Grace of God with Us"

December 25, 2004

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[Mary] gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped Him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7

What an affront to the Son of God! He leaves the glories of heaven to be born a human, so He might share the glories of heaven with us. But look where He must be born—in a stable. There is no room for Him in the inn. People were too busy with their own business to pay any attention to Him.

So it is today. There is a lot of business going on and people’s lives are inundated with claims upon their time, attention, and wallets.

For many, Christmas has become nothing more than a “Winter Festival.” There is no room for the baby in the manger. Some would like to do away with Him entirely, just as Herod tried to do!

In view of this, it is amazing that God would be gracious to such ingrates as us. But God does not waver in His commitment. In His plan to save us from our sins and weaknesses, and from death itself, He allows His holy Son to be born in a filthy stable and laid to sleep in the cattle-feeding trough.

Still He loves the unlovable and forgives the unforgivable, because He is a gracious God.

Prayer: Lord, may I always have room for You at the very center and core of my being. Amen.

My Bold Action for Today: I shall boldly embrace Jesus as My Lord and Saviour and hold Him up for all to see.
Rev. Jorma Tuomisto

Today's Bible Readings: Nehemiah 1-3    Revelation 16

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