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Every baby is truly beautiful and precious.  Their fragile nature draws others to want to see, touch, or hold them.  Their eyes are so pure and their skin so soft.  Their gentle cries and little hands thrill the momma and grandmamma attending them. The proud parents believe that their baby will be the smartest, most gifted, most astute, and most excellent in any field….because there never was a baby just like the one “this mother and dad” get to take home.  It is true “sometimes” that a baby really is destined to be great!

There have been some people, who, the minute they were born, everyone knew that they were destined for greatness. In 1500 A.D. a baby boy was born that all expected great things from. His name was Charles, and his father was Duke Philip, the Duke of Burgundy, and Charles’ mother was Joanna, the Daughter of the famous King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain. On top of all this, Charles belonged to the famous Hapsburg family, which was the family that ruled the German states. So when Charles was only a day old, he already was a powerful person, being the future ruler of part of France, much of Germany, some of Italy, and all of Spain. This Charles became Charles V, one of the most powerful rulers ever in Europe. But this didn’t surprise anyone, because ever since Charles’ royal birth, everyone expected him to become great.

But that’s more the exception than the norm. I mean, Abraham Lincoln’s parents never looked at little Abe when he was a newborn out on the frontier and think, “this baby is destined for greatness! He’s going to be president of the US.” They couldn’t have thought that. Albert Einstein was so slow as a child that this parents were told by his teachers that he’d never amount to anything.

But there was another baby who was destined for greatness the moment he was born. When Jesus was born of Mary, not only did the world know that he was going to be great, but the world also knew many of the details of Jesus’ life. That’s because God caused these details to be recorded in the Old Testament as people looked ahead to this great baby that was born. (copied).

Mary got the news first from Gabriel…..”Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.  (Luke 1:30-35).

Christmas is not about “just another baby” being born.  It is the day that the world had One from “out of this world” come to live on Planet Earth.  And when He came, He brought great news….man could be reconciled to God.  Only One ever had the power to do that….His name is Jesus!  He is The Christ of Christmas!