Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Season’s Greetings! Feliz Navidad! It is a festive time of year and you better not pout! The holiday season is the frenzied time beginning with Thanksgiving–the time when we completely throw our food plan out the window as we check our list while grabbing a bite at the food court.
Is this really what the season is all about? Of course not, so how about focusing on the Reason for the Season!
When we read the portion of the Bible that tells about Jesus’ birth, we tend to read it with familiarity. Many of us recited it by memory for a childhood program, (I still remember nearly fainting about midway through!); we know what the manger scene looks like, and we have found out that the Wise Men really didn’t arrive for about 2 years. If you never examine the history of the birth of Jesus, you may miss the miracle of it all!
In Luke 1:5 the verse begins ‘In the time of Herod king of Judea,’ it is setting the scene for the miracle of Christ. In these times, Herod was building cities and rebuilt the temple with no detail spared. However, his treatment of the citizens was oppressive and harsh. His loyalty was mainly to himself. When he heard the news of the ‘King of the Jews’ being born, he presented a false admiration (Luke 2:8) only so he could then kill him. (Luke 2:13) And he could have, if not for the intervention of the angel of the Lord.
It is a miracle that Jesus was born of a virgin, survived the king’s attempts to kill him, and it is no small feat that God became Man! We may be frustrated by the lines at the mall or dread the evening at your mother-in-laws. We may be stressing over the credit cards being so close to their limit that a happy new year is totally unrealistic!
Refuse to be diffused to the miracle of Christ coming to the earth! Make a choice today to draw closer to those you love, love those that are close to you, and celebrate the season of miracles!
“And Mary said, ‘My soul glorifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.”’ (Luke 1:46-47) Let us remember these words as we go through this time of the year. Merry Christmas!