|The Baby Jesus: Jesus Is Born!|
|Do you remember what Advent means? It means coming–the coming of Jesus. This Advent season we have been celebrating when Jesus, God's own Son, was born into our world as a little baby in Bethlehem. We have been looking at the story of Jesus' birth–how God made the good world, how we have all gone astray like sheep, how we needed a Good Shepherd to come and bring us back to God. We have learned how the angel came to Mary, and told her that God would give her a special baby by the Holy Spirit. We know that Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem and had to stay in a stable. And Jesus was born! When Jesus came the first time, not many people knew who he was, that he was God's great king who had come to save us from our sins and bring us peace with God. This is the good news of great joy that the angels sang to the shepherds. When Jesus comes again, everyone in the whole world will know. He will come with a loud trumpet and with many angels. We are waiting for him to come.
Dear God, we all want to thank you again for sending your Son Jesus to be born into our world and save us from our sins. You are so good and so merciful to us, O God! Please help us to be ready for when Jesus comes again. Amen.
Bible Readings: 1 John 4:7-12; Revelation 22:12-17
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