The Servant In The Barn (2 of 5) by Jeff Strite

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The Servant In The Barn (2 of 5)
Series: Living Like Jesus
Jeff Strite
Matthew 20:20-28

OPEN: There's a story about church whose Sunday School decided to allow the children to stage their own impromptu Christmas pageant. The teachers read the story and provided some props; then they just stood off to the side and let the kids dramatize it on their own.
One girl grabbed the doll and said, ''I'll be Mary.''
Another said, ''I'll be Joseph,''
Some scampered for the bathrobes and said, ''I'll be a shepherd.''
Everyone was either a lamb, or a wise man, or an angel or something else.
But one little girl had no part, so she said, ''I'll be the doctor who delivered the baby Jesus.''
They all took their places.
Mary had a sofa pillow with a baby doll tucked under her shirt and Joseph led her to the inn where they were rejected. When the time came, the ''doctor'' took the doll from Mary's pillow and held it up.
Joseph, wanting to act like a new papa said, ''What is it, doc?''
And the little doctor smiled and said, ''Why it's a…God.''
(David O. Dykes, sermoncentral.com)

APPLY: Jesus was God in the flesh. He was born into this world in a human body but He'd always been God. Before His virgin birth, He'd sat in majesty in heaven. He could call upon 1000s upon 1000s of angels to do His bidding. And - with just a word - He could change the course of mighty rivers or crush the power of huge nations.

Here was Jesus - God in the flesh - born in a Jewish town called Bethlehem.
Now, Bethlehem wasn't a big community. In fact, according to one source:
''At the beginning of the first century AD, Bethlehem was a village with not more than a thousand inhabitants: a small set of houses scattered along the side of a ridge and protected by a wall that was in a bad state of repair, or even mostly demolished, since it had been built nearly a thousand years earlier''
(http://www.josemariaescriva.info/article/first-journey-bethlehem-basilica-of-the-nativity-holy-l ...


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