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The child of prophecy, Creator of all things, supreme Ruler of heaven and earth, is born in a lowly manger, with only humble shepherds---strangers (Luke 2:7)-- as witnesses. Why? Would not a real king want to enter with splendor and grandeur? Would he not surround himself with the best, most important, and influential people? Why was the King of Creation different?

Jesus Christ was different because He was not interested in earthly glory. None of it could compare with the magnificent splendor of heaven He had left. He did not need the acclaim of men, for He had all the angels of heaven to proclaim His greatness.

He did not come for selfish ambition or the desire to build an impressive reputation. Jesus came for only one reason: to carry out a mission for His Father—a mission of love with eternal value and significance. "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me" (John 6:38 KJV).

The will of the Father was clear. His dear Son Jesus would go to the cross and shed His blood to make way for forgiveness and reconciliation for sinful man. "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).

God the Father's love for humanity sent Jesus to the earth. It was love that stood by and watched as His Son was misunderstood, betrayed, mocked, beaten, and nailed to the cross. Love caused the Father to turn away from His Son as He carried our sins. Love brought victory on the third day when Jesus Christ rose triumphantly from the grave.

When you celebrate Christmas this year, don't let the decorations and glittering lights distract you from the real reason for the holiday. It is more than a festive time with family, friends, food, and gifts. Christmas celebrates God's remarkable, priceless love for all of us. "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:" (1 John 3:1 KJV). It is a time to remember the most precious gift ever given! Have you accepted Him into your heart and life?

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