Christmas is soon upon as it is Christmas Eve and many little children will be anxiously awaiting that special morning tomorrow when they wake up to find presents under the tree.
But what about the story behind Christmas?
I mean we all know the story of the birth of Jesus of the baby in the manger. The celebration of the birth of the Savior by gathering our families and singing carols of joy, but there is a story we don’t think about or may not even know.
Let’s think of what happened that day from a different perspective. Imagine, when the Holy Spirit appeared to Mary to announce the birth of Jesus, Joseph’s world was turned upside down. He thought of leaving and could have, many men do when they found out their wife is expecting and they are not the father. And who could have anticipated all that of the horrible events that occurred as a result of his birth. When Jesus was born King Herod and the religious leaders of the day were troubled. They felt threatened. King Herod’s response was to have all the baby boys 2 yrs old and younger killed. He sent Roman soldiers to rip the young children from their mother’s arms and kill them. How many innocent children were slaughtered as King Herod sought to kill baby Jesus? Mary in order to save her child had to flee to a foreign land and live there for years to protect her child. These were huge sacrifices made by Mary and others so we could be brought the Good News. Jesus was the Light of the World, the Savior, but if you want to be the light for others you will have to reckon with the forces of evil.
The forces of Good and Evil will always be at battle.
Consider this that at the Birth – evil tried to destroy the child Jesus to prevent good from being done.
On the Cross – evil tried once again to end the hope.
Realize what it cost to save us.
What is the message of Christ that caused so much divisiveness?
LOVE – HOPE – PEACE
That message was met with anything but love, hope and peace.
Even today 2000 years later there is still doubt, disbelief, and divisiveness
In your life as you wake this Christmas Day what do you believe?
With whom do you trust your eternity?
One who brings a message of Love, Hope and Peace?
For those who believe – no explanation is necessary.
For those who don’t – no explanation is adequate
And as you face this New Year what do you want to do with the life you have left? What is your purpose? Do we aspire to do a great thing….perhaps impact the world for good, to be a service to others? Is it that we want to change the world without having our world turned upside down?
Joseph’s life in playing his role being the husband to Mary had his life turned upside down.
The Disciples’ that followed the Savior born on Christmas day had their lives turned upside down in order to change the world.
Don’t expect every day of your life to be like Christmas morning where you sip hot chocolate and open presents with everyone cheering, or enjoying seeing the children’s joy of opening presents. Recognize that for every prize there is a price. Are you willing to pay the price, not of death, but maybe of discomfort? To turn others lives upside down you just might have to turn your upside down as well.
As you awaken tomorrow morning Christmas morning be thankful that comfort is yours because of His discomfort. And follow his example if you want to lead others to a better more comfortable life.
Great questions Greg. Keep the focus on the ultimate sacrifice so that we may be saved. Its so important to remember that. Thanks.