Good morning all-
Christmas is either a great season for people or its the worst time of year. Health issues, depression, money problems or family issues can effect the holidays. We tend to love Christmas if we can give to our hearts content but in reality we should be spreading love; that's what the world needs, people to care enough to share the birth and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We measure our worth by where we live, what we do for a living or by how much we make today. Jesus nor his parents had a beautiful place to live, more money than they could count or white collar jobs. His mother raised her children and his earthly father was in trade. They wandered from Africa to Nazareth until there son was of age. Today they would be considered minimum wage workers and I'm sure they were thankful to have God on their side.
Shepherds and wise men were called to a barn to witness the coming of the messiah. I'm sure they thought He had come to save Israel but today we know He came to save the Jew and the Gentile.
From that day forward our future was written. Hallelujah!
I wonder what it was like to look at a baby and see your future? Do you ever wonder that? If you've had a baby you know that from the minute they enter the world your hope is that they have a more blessed life than you did. You want them to feel safe and secure and yet, in Jesus's day there was no security, right? Fast forward several thousand years and countries like Israel, Pakistan, Syria, Iran, Iraq, and North Korean women could probably share many of their fears for there are many.
We have fears too. Men and women are killing each other, children are found daily killed or beaten. Evil lurks just like it did 2000 years ago but we can be steadfast in Jesus for He was born and died for you and me. So as we walk this earth, we have on assurance, that Jesus did come to save the nations. Kings witnessed it and followed a star to worship a babe in a manger. If we hold onto nothing else this season, please hold on to this. It's the essence of what we believe, the story should be told over and over again and Christ's name should be heard in every nation on earth. Praise and glory to our King, forever and ever! AMEN
Matthew 2:5-12 NKJV:
So they said to him, "In Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you shall come a Ruler who will shepherd My people Israel,'" Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he send them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search carefully for the young child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also." When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.
My prayer today:
O, Lord, I want to capture these words to my heart. You sent witnesses to Your Son's birth. You provided all Mary and Joseph's needs. Your Son was worshipped and prophesies fulfilled. Today, we forget this beautiful miracle. We worry about presents and things. As women of You, we come before You today recognizing that You were born in a manger and You are the only way to heaven. Through Your great love of people, many have been delivered from evil. We count ourselves fortunate to recant the story of old and to celebrate one of the greatest moments in History. Come to us in dreams and visions, bring passion for Your cause to our breasts and make us Yours to command. We are Your disciples, fulfill Your plan in our lives and as You do, we thank You for coming to this earth and saving us. We owe You our lives, our praise and our dedication. Come before us this season Lord, help us love Your people and prepare their way unto Your kingdom! In Jesus name, AMEN