Pastor’s Corner Pastor Bruce Zimmermann, pastor, Christ Lutheran Church Gladbrook, Iowa
January 3, 2014
Every Christmas season people from all over the world visit the Church of the Holy Nativity in Bethlehem. It is one of the oldest Christian Churches in the world. According to tradition this church was built over the birthplace of Jesus. Many are surprised when they are shown the supposed place where Jesus was born. For it is not a stable but a grotto, or cave. Most Christmas cards, nativity sets, and Christmas carols show Christ’s birthplace as a wooden stable. Actually we can’t be sure which it was. The Bible only tells us that Mary laid him in a manger. So we know only that Jesus was born in a place usually reserved for animals. Really, though, it doesn’t matter where our Lord was born, whether in a stable or a cave. What does matter is where he is born today. Jesus comes to us through his Word. And the place where he wants to be born today is in our hearts. Our hearts are no more worthy of heaven’s King than his first birthplace. Yet when Jesus is born in us, he transforms us into a holy shrine which the Father in heaven honors as the dwelling place of his dear Son. Do you sense the honor? Jesus wants you for his birthplace. Do you see the glory? He brings you life that is forever. For he is your Savior. Redeemer, come, and open wide My heart to Thee; here, Lord, abide! O enter with Thy grace divine Thy face of mercy on me shine. Thy Holy Spirit guide us on Until our glorious goal is won. Eternal praise and fame We offer to Thy name.
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