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It all happened in a moment -- a most remarkable moment.

God came near.

He came not as a flash of light or as an unapproachable conqueror, but as One whose first cries were heard by a peasant girl and a sleepy carpenter. The hands that held him were not manicured, but callused and dirty.

No silk. No ivory. No hype. No party. No hoopla. God had come near ... for you.

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Overview

It all happened in a moment -- a most remarkable moment.

God came near.

He came not as a flash of light or as an unapproachable conqueror, but as One whose first cries were heard by a peasant girl and a sleepy carpenter. The hands that held him were not manicured, but callused and dirty.

No silk. No ivory. No hype. No party. No hoopla. God had come near ... for you.

Travel back in time and relive Christ the Son of God becoming man. Come with Max as he brings to life the most important event in history ... when God came near. And as you catch a vision of this incredible moment, let it mark the beginning of a new life for yourself.

God came near. If he is who he says he is, there is no truth more worthy of your time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849944543
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/25/2004
  • Pages: 212
  • Sales rank: 205,463
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Max Lucado
More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings ofMax Lucado. He ministers atthe Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.
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GOD CAME NEAR


By Max Lucado

W Publishing Group

Copyright © 2007 Max Lucado
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8499-4454-3


Chapter One

The Arrival

The noise and the bustle began earlier than usual in the village. As night gave way to dawn, people were already on the streets. Vendors were positioning themselves on the corners of the most heavily traveled avenues. Store owners were unlocking the doors to their shops. Children were awakened by the excited barking of the street dogs and the complaints of donkeys pulling carts.

The owner of the inn had awakened earlier than most in the town. After all, the inn was full, all the beds taken. Every available mat or blanket had been put to use. Soon all the customers would be stirring and there would be a lot of work to do.

One's imagination is kindled thinking about the conversation of the innkeeper and his family at the breakfast table. Did anyone mention the arrival of the young couple the night before? Did anyone ask about their welfare? Did anyone comment on the pregnancy of the girl on the donkey? Perhaps. Perhaps someone raised the subject. But, at best, it was raised, not discussed. There was nothing that novel about them. They were, possibly, one of several families turned away that night.

Besides, who had time to talk about them when there was so much excitement in the air? Augustus did the economy of Bethlehem a favor when he decreed that a census should be taken. Who could remember when such commerce had hit the village?

No, it is doubtful that anyone mentioned the couple's arrival or wondered about the condition of the girl. They were too busy. The day was upon them. The day's bread had to be made. The morning's chores had to be done. There was too much to do to imagine that the impossible had occurred.

God had entered the world as a baby.

Yet, were someone to chance upon the sheep stable on the outskirts of Bethlehem that morning, what a peculiar scene they would behold.

The stable stinks like all stables do. The stench of urine, dung, and sheep reeks pungently in the air. The ground is hard, the hay scarce. Cobwebs cling to the ceiling and a mouse scurries across the dirt floor.

A more lowly place of birth could not exist.

Off to one side sit a group of shepherds. They sit silently on the floor; perhaps perplexed, perhaps in awe, no doubt in amazement. Their night watch had been interrupted by an explosion of light from heaven and a symphony of angels. God goes to those who have time to hear him-so on this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds.

Near the young mother sits the weary father. If anyone is dozing, he is. He can't remember the last time he sat down. And now that the excitement has subsided a bit, now that Mary and the baby are comfortable, he leans against the wall of the stable and feels his eyes grow heavy. He still hasn't figured it all out. The mystery of the event puzzles him. But he hasn't the energy to wrestle with the questions. What's important is that the baby is fine and that Mary is safe. As sleep comes, he remembers the name the angel told him to use ... Jesus. "We will call him Jesus."

Wide awake is Mary. My, how young she looks! Her head rests on the soft leather of Joseph's saddle. The pain has been eclipsed by wonder. She looks into the face of the baby. Her son. Her Lord. His Majesty. At this point in history, the human being who best understands who God is and what he is doing is a teenage girl in a smelly stable. She can't take her eyes off him. Somehow Mary knows she is holding God. So this is he. She remembers the words of the angel. "His kingdom will never end."

He looks like anything but a king. His face is prunish and red. His cry, though strong and healthy, is still the helpless and piercing cry of a baby. And he is absolutely dependent upon Mary for his well-being.

Majesty in the midst of the mundane. Holiness in the filth of sheep manure and sweat. Divinity entering the world on the floor of a stable, through the womb of a teenager and in the presence of a carpenter.

She touches the face of the infant-God. How long was your journey!

This baby had overlooked the universe. These rags keeping him warm were the robes of eternity. His golden throne room had been abandoned in favor of a dirty sheep pen. And worshiping angels had been replaced with kind but bewildered shepherds.

Meanwhile, the city hums. The merchants are unaware that God has visited their planet. The innkeeper would never believe that he had just sent God into the cold. And the people would scoff at anyone who told them the Messiah lay in the arms of a teenager on the outskirts of their village. They were all too busy to consider the possibility.

Those who missed His Majesty's arrival that night missed it not because of evil acts or malice; no, they missed it because they simply weren't looking.

Little has changed in the last two thousand years, has it?

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Excerpted from GOD CAME NEAR by Max Lucado Copyright © 2007 by Max Lucado. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction to the New Edition xv
Eyewitnesses of His Majesty xvii
Part I His Incarnation
"And the Word became flesh ..."
1. The Arrival 3
2. "Just a Moment..." 7
3. Absurdity in the Flesh 11
4. Mary's Prayer 17
5. Limb-Climber or Branch-Sitter 21
6. Twenty-Five Questions for Mary 25
7. Christmas Night 27
"and dwelt among us ..."
8. Out of the Carpentry Shop 31
9. "Just Call Me Jesus" 35
10. Women of Winter 39
11. When God Sighed 43
12. The Question for the Canyon's Edge 47
"and we beheld His glory, ..."
13. A Tale of Two Trees 51
14. No Accident 55
15. Rediscovering Amazement 59
"full of grace and truth."
16. Hope 63
17. Eternal Instants 67
18. What Do You See? 69
Part II Our Imitation
"A student ... who is fully trained will be like his teacher."
19. He Forgot 73
20. Facing the Facts 77
21. Light of the ... Storage Closet? 81
22. Blind Ambition 85
23. Warnings 89
24. Father's Day: A Tribute 93
25. Family Sedans of the Faith 95
26. Insensitive Slurs 99
27. A Song in the Dark 103
28. In the Mud of Jabbok 107
29. A Little Bit of Hangin' 111
30. Carmelita 115
31. Seeing the Summit 117
Reader's Guide 121
Notes 185
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    This is an awesome book - this would be a great gift to give at Christmas. Max Lucado does a great job of re-telling the story of the birth & life of Jesus. It's fresh, it's 'hip' and he really makes you stop and think...

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