20 December 2009

Christmas Musings

It's almost Christmas. Where has your focus been the past couple of weeks? Has it been on the usual hustle and bustle, the stress of finding the perfect present and having the perfectly decorated house? Or has your focus been on the true meaning of the season...Jesus Christ. I admit, I found myself yesterday trapped in the former. Frantically looking for that last gift and completely devoid of any sort of Heavenly Christmas spirit, I ended the day extremely disappointed in myself on my knees before God. And so, as we embrace these final few days of the Christmas season, I pray we will all set aside those momentary, earthly joys of gift wrap and garland and instead bask in the heavenly joy of a baby in a manger. A baby born to die. A baby without whom you and I would have no hope of eternal salvation. Jesus Christ was that perfect Christmas gift. Perhaps this year we should all offer that perfect gift to someone who has not yet received Him.

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Luke 2:1-7

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). Matthew 1:22-23

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