Luke 2:1-7 (KJV)
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
What a wonderful freedom it is to know that Christ Jesus is who he is without any embellishment from us. Christ in us is the Hope of Glory to a lost world. We can be certain today that just as Jesus was the Messiah wrapped in rags in a humble manger, he is Messiah in our weakness as well. Present yourself today as a present and let him unwrap your life from all the things that have you tied up. Give him complete control this Christmas! Have a wonderful HOLY-day!
Bishop Eric McClellan