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What the stable and your heart have in common
Alami Natal w Lk. 2: 1 -7 Pada waktu itu Kaisar Agustus mengeluarkan suatu perintah, menyuruh mendaftarkan semua orang di seluruh dunia. 2 Inilah pendaftaran yang pertama kali diadakan sewaktu Kirenius menjadi wali negeri di Siria. 3 Maka pergilah semua orang mendaftarkan diri, masing-masing di kotanya sendiri. 4 Demikian juga Yusuf pergi dari kota Nazaret di Galilea ke Yudea, ke kota Daud yang bernama Betlehem, --karena ia berasal
Alami Natal w 2: 5 supaya didaftarkan bersama-sama dengan Maria, tunangannya, yang sedang mengandung. 2: 6 Ketika mereka di situ tibalah waktunya bagi Maria untuk bersalin, 2: 7 dan ia melahirkan seorang anak laki-laki, anaknya yang sulung, lalu dibungkusnya dengan lampin dan dibaringkannya di dalam palungan, karena tidak ada tempat bagi mereka di rumah penginapan.
Both are chosen for God’s Son to enter in w Gal 4: 4 Tetapi setelah genap waktunya, maka Allah mengutus Anak-Nya, yang lahir dari seorang perempuan dan takluk kepada hukum Taurat. 5 Ia diutus untuk menebus mereka, yang takluk kepada hukum Taurat, supaya kita diterima menjadi anak. w Mikha 5: 2 Tetapi engkau, hai Betlehem Efrata, hai yang terkecil di antara kaum Yehuda, dari padamu akan bang-kit bagi-Ku seorang yang akan memerintah Israel, yang permulaannya
God has chosen our hearts to dwell in w John 15: 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. w Ephes. 1: 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
Both are unworthy places w Stables and hearts are dirty, dark and defiled places: w Jeremiah 17: 9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? w Isaiah 64: 6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. w 1 Tim. 1: 15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came
God didn’t choose us because we’re worthy w 1 Cor. 1: 27 -28 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are, w There is no place on earth worthy for Him w Romans 3: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, w Eccles. 7: 20 There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.
Both are places God chose for the birth of His Son w The birth of Christ was spiritual w Matthew 1: 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. w Luke 1: 35 The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon 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.
w The Holy Spirit wants to birth Christ in our hearts w John 3: 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. w John 1: 11 -13 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--  children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. w The birth of Christ made all the difference in the stable as well in our lives! w 2 Cor. 5: 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
Both are places from which God has chosen to reveal His Son w The stable revealed Jesus to the shepherds and the magi w We will reveal Jesus to the world! w Galatians 1: 15 -16 But …. God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased  to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles…
Both are places through which God wants to reach a lost world w The stable was the gateway of God to reach the world w Amazing that God would choose a stable, you and me! w The focus of the attention should be the baby, not the stable
Both places were immortalized because Jesus entered! world…. w The most famous stable in the w Immortality is the result of having Jesus born in your heart… w Col. 1: 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. w Will you welcome Him in your heart today? w John 1: 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to
Welcome Him in your heart today!