Gifts, Glitter, Family, Food, Friends and the Focus?
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass." -Zech 9:9 (KJV)
We are almost there – Christmas 2014 is upon us even this next week. Most folks have been racing around here and there spending money buying gifts for family and friends. Others have been making preparations for the traditional family get together and all the vittles needed for a nice Christmas dinner. During this time of year it seems all the stops are removed and a whole flurry of activity takes place far and wide, throughout the world. For many this time is sad and lonely especially if you have lost a loved one, for others it's a time they wish would go faster so as to get back to normal everyday living. At any rate, Christmas represents to many love, joy, peace and let's not forget Christmas trees with lots of lights and glitter, and much food with family and friends. It's a time of great fellowship and lots of sharing. And let's not forget the gifts, big or small, bountiful or meager, it's a very memorable time of the year.
"Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." -Matt 1:23 (KJV)
So amidst the hustle and bustle of the season have you ever stopped for a moment to ponder on what this really means … to you? Now I know I could get into the legitimacy of Christmas from a Biblical point of view or the roots of Christmas from a historical perspective but, right now, at this time, well, we'll leave for another post down the road. I wanted to dwell for a few minutes on what does this time of year actually mean to you, personally, in your heart and mind. For a moment put the gifts, glitter, food, family and friends on hold and sit down wherever you are and really think, "What does Christmas really mean to me?". Spend some very reflective quiet time contemplating this very important question.
Does it mean anything deep down inside? Is your soul moved with the thought that Christ came from His throne in heaven to be born of a virgin, live a regular human life (without sin) and then be so derided, so scorned, scoffed and mocked by many including the 'religious' leaders and then finally beaten severely, nailed to a cross and there died a terrible, agonizing death? Does this move you at all? Are the juices of your soul, the emotions of your heart, what makes up you who you are, are they stirred? Where is your focus today? Is the birth of our Savior at the forefront of your mind and the how and why of His arrival firmly ingrained in your being? If not, why not?
"Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift." -2 Cor 9:15 (KJV)
Christmas has become so disjointed and disfigured, so twisted and skewed that for most, even Christians, the real meaning of who Jesus Christ is and why He came to be born in such a humble manner, is more than often overlooked or forgotten or excluded from our focus. Why is this? Well, IMHO, it's the ways of a greedy world that has cast off the real meaning of Christ's birth, His life here on earth and finally His death. All these should have such an impact on our lives that we think about them daily and tell others as often as we can. The best gift to be given to any human being is the gift of Christ – His love, grace and mercy; and this gift is free! And there is a tremendous bonus gift – for those that accept Him, believe in Him and follow His word, eternal life to live with Him in His home forever. Wow! That is an awesome thought and an awesome gift! So with these things in mind and during the festivities this year please take a moment to consider what Christ's birth means to you and where you are at in your relationship with Him.
"Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost." -Romans 15:13 (KJV)
May God's blessings be upon you this Christmas season.
-BPWatcher, Internet Preacher and Bible Prophecy Watchman
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." -John 3:16
GIVE ALMIGHTY GOD ALL THE GLORY FOR HE IS KING and HE IS LORD!