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Written by Peter Langbroek
Dear Children,
"Did you hear? "


"Remember I told you about Abraham's wife?"

"Yeah, Sarah, that elderly woman."

"Well, she was pregnant, and now she had a baby boy!"

"Incredible! Did you hear that, girls? Sarah had a baby boy!"

When the shepherd girls heard the woman shout the news they left the sheep and goats and ran to the well.

"Who would ever believe that!" they all exclaimed. Then they laughed, "He must be a special!"

"You wouldn't believe what Abraham called him? Laughter (that is the Hebrew meaning of Isaac)!" Then, the women laughed even harder.

Boys and girls, I could only imagine this scene at a well, but I'm sure something like this happened when Sarah, at 90 years old, gave birth to Isaac. It was her wish to know that when the news spread, everyone would laugh who heard it (see Genesis 21:6). There, in her arms, was her baby boy.

Unbelievable! What a miracle! The impossible of impossibles. With God all things are possible.

Why, boys and girls, did God cause Sarah to give birth at such an old age? Surely, this news caused a stir and conversation among many.

This was His reason, that everyone who heard the news would stop, laugh, and listen. Isaac was a sign and promise of a baby more phenomenal, of a descendant yet to come.

Let's go. I'll take you there.

There and then, in the dark starry night, in the hilly fields, with a crowded Bethlehem in the distance were shepherds guarding their flocks at night. Suddenly, they heard... What did they hear? They saw... What did they see? They saw an angel with the glory of God surrounding him! They shook with great fear!

"Do not fear!" said the jubilant angel.

"For, behold I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in the manger (Luke 2: 10,11).

Then suddenly they saw and heard! The night sky was filled with a multitude of the heavenly army praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace among men in whom He is well pleased!"

The shepherds left and they rushed to see the Baby. When they saw Him, they worshiped God, and they told everyone what they had heard and seen. They left the animal stall, rejoicing. And those who heard the ecstatic shepherds tell the story... They were amazed.

Amazement at the birth of a baby? Yes, stop, hear, look, and listen! "Yes, stop and look inside the stall. There stood Mary, the teenage mother, gazing down into the feeding trough, at the baby Boy, all wrapped up, except His head. She was silent, reflecting on all that had happened, putting all the experiences together in her heart. She knew, and her husband Joseph knew. This Baby had no human father. They also knew that their direct descendant was David whose ancestor was Isaac.

She, Mary, a virgin, had conceived a child! And this child, Joseph named Jesus.

Very impossible of very impossibles. With God all things are possible.

The birth of Jesus was God's fulfilled promise to Abraham and all those who believe. He was the seed promised to Adam, the seed that would crush the head of Satan as His heel would be bruised (Genesis 3: 15). And He, the Saviour of those who believe, is the Seed God promised to Abraham and foretold to all who heard and laughed at the birth of Isaac. As Paul wrote: "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ" (Galatians 3: 16).

This Christmas, and all your life, stop, hear, and treasure in your heart the birth of Jesus Christ. Laugh! Be amazed! Glorify and praise God! For if you do, by God's grace, this is God's gift and promise to you! "And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Galatians 3: 29)

Praise the Lord!

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