The Miracle of Christmas
welcome to today's encouragement from our daily bread our reading titled the miracle of Christmas was written by Jennifer Benson schuldt
 at a garage sale I found a nativity set in a beat-up cardboard box cuz I picked up the baby Jesus I noticed the finally sculpted details of the infant's body this newborn wasn't cocooned in a blanket with closed eyes he was a weak and partially unwrapped with outstretched arms open hands and fingers extended I'm here he seemed to say
 the figurine illustrated The Miracle of Christmas that God sent his son to Earth in a human body
 as Jesus is infant body matured his little hands play with toys eventually held the Torah and then fashioned Furniture before his ministry began his feet once plump perfect at Birth grew to carry him from place to place to teach and heal
 the end of his life these human hands and feet would be pierced with nails to hold his body on the cross
 in that body God declared an end to send control over Us by giving his son as a sacrifice for our sins Romans 8:3 says if we accept Jesus sacrifice as payment for all our wrongs and submit Our Lives to him will find relief from sins bondage because the Son of God was born to us a real wiggling kicking infant there's a way to have peace with God and the Assurance of an eternity with him
 today's our daily bread devotional scripture reading is from Romans chapter 8 verses 1 through 10 therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus because through Christ Jesus a lot of the spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death for what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh God did by sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering
 and so he condemned sin in the flesh in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us who do not live according to the flesh according to the spirit go to live according to the flash have their minds set on what the flesh desires but those who live in accordance with the spirit have their minds set on what the spirit desires
 the Mind governed by the flesh is death but the Mind governed by the spirit is life and peace
 the Mind covered by the flesh is hostile to God it does not submit to God's law nor can it do so those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God you however are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the spirit if indeed the spirit of God lives in you and if anyone does not have the spirit of Christ they do not belong to Christ but if Christ is in you that even though your body is subject to death because of thin the spirit gives life because of righteousness
 dear God thank you for sending Jesus to Earth as a human baby to free us from the bondage of sin and death help us to live it those who are truly free just laying your love and forgiveness to all
 in Jesus name we pray amen
 thanks for listening today my name is Alicia Reisinger and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries