While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she 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.
I love against-all-odds stories. You can’t help but feel encouraged when you see people successfully overcoming life’s toughest obstacles. Such stories give us hope and remind us we can make it even though the odds are stacked against us.
A few inspirational movies come to mind. Hoosiers, Rudy, Bagger Vance, and It’s a Wonderful Life. I still get teary-eyed when Clarence gets his wings. No doubt, you also have your favorites. But my all-time favorite story is found in the New Testament.
Since I was a child, I have loved the Biblical account of the birth of Christ. Talk about rags to riches and overcoming impossibilities. There is no more magnificent story in all of man’s history than the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus literally overcame the worst this world has to offer to become King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
My love for this story began with my grandmother. She read it to me every Christmas, so many times in fact, I had it memorized by the time I was ten.
As a young man, one of my first jobs was as a choir director, and I vividly recall my first children’s choir production that was based on the Christmas story.
When my boys were growing up, we always began Christmas Eve by reading the story of Jesus’ birth. I never grow tired of hearing, reading, and telling the greatest story of all time.
Into the most humble of circumstances came the holy birth. God did not choose a majestic major city for the birth of His Son but selected a seemingly insignificant little town.
The scene is not a hospital delivery room, a special birthing room, a home, or even an inn. Jesus was born in a barn and placed in a feed trough. His earthly parents were not wealthy aristocrats but poor commoners.
The world Jesus entered was cruel and dangerous as Rome ruled Israel with an iron fist. In fact, Herod was already inquiring about Jesus’ birth and plotting to kill Him.
The birth of Jesus marks the beginning of God’s plan for the redemption of mankind. The greatest powers on earth and the forces of evil could not stop God’s intended purpose. Not Rome, the superpower of the day, nor Satan and his demonic legions. Not the religious hierarchy. Even death couldn’t stop Him. Jesus overcame every evil obstacle this world had to offer and gained victory for all who will receive Him.
Jesus was sent to us on a mission of love. “For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son.” (John 3:16) He was motivated by love for you and me. Victory was not an option. He looked ahead in history and saw our need. If He didn’t succeed, then we would have no hope. The good news is Jesus accomplished His love mission, and He has gained the eternal victory for us.
Today that baby has ascended to the supreme position of authority. His kingdom is without end. When you give your life to Him, you become a child of the King and heir to the precious promises of the kingdom.
If Jesus could overcome the impossible to seal the deal on God’s salvation plan, isn’t it reasonable to believe He can help you overcome the impossibilities in your life?
His victory assured your victory. His rags to riches story — is your rags to riches story.
You win… against all odds!
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Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.