Once there was a prophecy that told that a great king would be born (Isaiah 9:6-7). This great king would save everyone from the ruler of this dark world (Ephesians 6:12).
Soon the time did come for this baby to be born. A few things made His birth different than most. For one thing, He was not born in a castle or something similar. This king was born in a stable, a barn. His mother didn’t have anywhere to lay Him but a manger.
A few miles away, some shepherds were watching their sheep at night. Then, out of nowhere, an angel appeared, and said,” Do not be afraid. I bring you tidings of great joy, which will be for all people. Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Then just as the shepherds were starting to understand and just as their eyes started to adjust to the light, more angels filled the night sky with more light and more glory. All of them were saying,”Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.”
The shepherds quickly decided to go and see this thing the angels had told them about. After they worshiped the new king, they went and told everyone that their king had been born (Luke 2:1-20).
This, my dear friend is not the end of the story. This king, Jesus, grew up. He grew up in an average house, with an average family and friends. There was one thing this heavenly king wanted that He did not have. He wanted His subjects to live with Him forever. Except, there was a price to pay. All of the king’s subjects had a debt to pay to the dark ruler. That debt was their lives (Romans 6:23). The king, realizing this, decided He would give His life once for all (Hebrews 10:10), so that His subjects would not have to pay the price (1 Corinthians 7:23a). And so He did. He was mocked, whipped, and pierced for all of His subjects.
This, my dear reader, is also not the end of the story. Something miraculous happened on the third day the king was dead. On the third day, some women He knew, came to put spices on His body. When they got there, His tomb was empty (John 20:1-11)! He had risen! He was alive! And that, my dear reader, is why that king, our king Jesus, was born. He came to pay our debt and to set us free so we can live with Him forever (John 3:16).