Everybody gets stuck at one time or another. Maybe you got your car stuck in snow. Or you were stuck in an awkward conversation. Or maybe what you are stuck in is a little more serious. Maybe you’re stuck in debt or a bad relationship. The Christmas story happens right in the middle of Israel being stuck. They hadn’t heard from God in 400 years and it seemed like He no longer cared. If you find yourself in a similar place this Christmas, the Christmas story brings hope to you!
Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.
When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. 25 But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.
After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child.
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose,[a] and we have come to worship him.”
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.