Why do we celebrate Christmas? Is it for all the presents and good food. We celebrate Christmas because of the first Christmas present God gave to man.
“Now it came to pass in those days, there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrolment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to enrol themselves, every one to his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David; to enrol himself with Mary, who was betrothed to him, being great with child. And it came to pass, while they were there, the days were fulfilled that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son; and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:1-7 ASV)
When Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem, I bet they were tired,dusty, worn out. All they wanted was a place to lie down. When the innkeeper told Joseph No Room. He was probably like what, come again. However Mary was expecting a child so the innkeeper have them the only room available, the stable. There is no record of them complaining they were content with what they had. The stable was open anyone could come in. The Bible days smelly shepherds walked into see the newborn baby.
“And there were shepherds in the same country abiding in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock. And an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this is the sign unto you: Ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men in whom he is well pleased. And it came to pass, when the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing that is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found both Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in the manger. And when they saw it, they made known concerning the saying which was spoken to them about this child. And all that heard it wondered at the things which were spoken unto them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these sayings, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, even as it was spoken unto them.”Luke 2:8-20 ASV)
The stable was open to anyone. Much like the love we receive from that newborn. There were no regulations to see they baby, the shepherds were allowed in. There is no requirement to receive Gods love.
That newborn baby is the reason we celebrate Christmas. That newborn grew up to be a man of many miracles. That man was God gift to us. That man
Came to save the world from its sins.
“But God commendeth his own love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 ASV)
That baby is Jesus Christ, the first and best Christmas present.
I hope you have room for Jesus in between the wrapping paper and fun.
I pray you are as content as Mary and Joseph were with the stable.
For the past seven months, I have been without work and praying for a job. the only job I have ever had has been babysitting/nanny. i love babysitting!! I love ever child that in put under my care and every child gets a nickname. But after about five months of praying, i quit praying for a job. And I was ready to start job hunting on my own.
Advice: Never try to do something without God. It doesn’t work.
When I leave God out of things, it’s like climbing a mountain with cement blocks strapped to my ankles. Nothing happens. Moving without God is kind of like Oreos without milk. They can work themselves, but are better together!!
God does answer prayer, but it doesn’t happen when we want it to; the answers appear in His perfect timing!!!
I got a babysitting job four days ago and i could possibly be working for her every Saturday this month. Looking back now I realize God wanted other things to fall into place in my life before He blessed me with a babysitting job. For the better part of those seven months, i was soul searching, trying to find myself, and find a purpose in life. As with job searching, I left God out of the search for me. that was one of the stupidest decisions of my life. Who knows me better than God? I can’t think of anyone. No one else know my secret desires and dreams; no one else knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13); no one else gives me unconditional love (John 3:16) that offers perfect grace. The decision to leave God out was such an idiotic decision that i look back in regret. Just like job hunting without God it was like searching for myself in quick sand. It didn’t leave me any place to look.
I attended a local l collegiate ministry’s three part series titled ‘Man in the Mirror’ through the three weeks we answered the three questions
- Who am I?
- What am I?
- Why am I?
Each week I took home a powerful phrase that helped me escape the darkness that surrounded me in that time.
Week 1: ‘None of the negiatives matter to God’
“I praise you for i am fearfully and wonderfully made.”- Psalm 139:14
Week 2: ‘There is something eternal in you that transcends flesh and blood’
Week 3: ‘We need to surrender plans we have made for our lives to God.’
“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”-2 Corinthians 5:14 and 15
That series taught me a lot about who i am and that i do indeed have a purpose that God will show me in His perfect timing. God wanted me to find myself before He answered my prayer. I was living in total darkness without God, but then the light met the dark and beautiful things happened.
“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”- John 3:19-21
As an American, I am very fortunate. Fortunate that I don’t have to hide the fact that I am Christian or be afraid some one is going to take my Bible away.
I have not realized how privileged I am to live in this free land called, America until I got the news about the beheadings of Christians in Iraq.
I was watching an NCIS, the episode is titled ‘Damned If I Do’, where the case the team is investigating is about a Navy Seal,who was beheaded. It was right at the scene where the medical examiner and his assistant were autopsying the head, I got the text about the beheadings in Iraq. Maybe it was how the NCIS and text were related or knowing that if I lived in Iraq I would be prosecuted; it made me cry. I started praying out loud. One of my first thoughts was at least it’s not me. It is selfish, I have to admit,but it made me realize how fortunate I am to live in America. I have not grasped the privilege we have in this county until now.
In the first amendment to the U. S Constitution,
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
It is saying Congress cannot forbid us from worshipping God whichever way we choose. Whether that is standing on the street and reading your Bible out loud or putting your faith into action at the local soup kitchen.
That right is being fought for by the many men an women in the U. S armed forces overseas. I am grateful to each and every person that protects this land we call America.
Because of you I can go to sleep without worrying that I might be forced out of my house.
Because of you I do not have be afraid someone is going to take my Bible away.
Because of you I can publicly pronounce that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer.
And for that I am thankful.
May we never forget the privilege we have in America.
In His Love,