The truth is… the events surrounding the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ were not considered a success story to the political system, religious institutions and celebrities of that day… nor is it in our day. Why? Humility most often is not a characteristic associated with world status. To the world, you gain status by using power and money to move and control people. God’s Son, Jesus, humbled Himself and took upon human flesh to show His great love for people.  He identified with their weakness and provided for their greatest need, forgiveness and life (Hebrews 2:14, 17). His love is a conquering force like no other, not by enslaving us but by freeing us, and becoming the motivating force of our lives (2 Corinthians 5:14). His birth in a stable shows He only occupies those places that would receive Him. To become one of His children, we must come to Him with a humble and contrite heart, acknowledging our need of Him as our Savior and Lord. It is the greatest gift one can receive. “But as many as receive Him (Christ) to them He gives the authority to become the children of God” (John 1:12). May the true meaning of Christmas…that God became flesh to bring us salvation…resonate in your heart and overflow with gratitude in your life. PMC

This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.