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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Welcome to the Real World, Baby

December 27

(Luke 2:7 NIV) "and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."

(Matthew 2:16 NIV) "When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi."

(Matthew 8:20 NIV) ""Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.""

Put aside the traditional warm and fuzzy stereotypes of the Nativity that have been handed down to us through the generations. The world Christ was born into was a dangerous and evil place -- a place of death, violence, poverty, and indifference. When Jesus was born, He had no clothes, no bed, and no home. His parents were living out of a suitcase. Welcome to the real world baby! Herod felt threatened by the news of Christ’s birth, and to fix the problem, in a day that lives in infamy, he killed all the boys in Bethlehem under the age of two. Welcome to the real world baby! Things haven't changed all that much. In spite of our so called “evolutionary progress”, we still live in a world where people kill children with reckless abandon every day. We live in a world of terrorist bombings, school massacres, and abortion on demand. Lord, have mercy! Jesus, come quickly! -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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