The Christmas story

“He was born in an obscure village, the Child of a peasant.

He grew up in another village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was 30.

Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.

He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a home. He didn’t go to college.

He never traveled more than 200 miles from the place where He was born.

He did none of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself.

He was only 33 when the tide of public opinion turned against Him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him.

He was turned over to His enemies and went through the mockery of a trial.

He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for His garments, the only property He had on earth.

When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave, through the pity of a friend.

Twenty centuries have come and gone, and today He is the central figure of the human race.

I am well within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, All the kings that ever reigned – put together – have not affected the life of man on this earth as much as that one, solitary life”.

“One Solitary Life”, attributed to James Allen Francis.

Like many people, when I heard anyone quote Luke 2:14, I would think, there’s not much peace on earth, nor very much goodwill toward men, God and His word aren’t real.

Then one day in1992 as I read the “Christmas Story” in the Revised Standard Version (RSV), it all made sense.

“And the angel said to them, ‘Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

And this will be a sign for you; you will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger’.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased’.” Luke 2:10-14 RSV.

“In His name the nations will put their hope”. Matthew 12:21 New International Version (NIV).

N. Rodriguez Harlingen