Merry Christmas! We have spent the past few days unfolding the events leading up to the birth of Christ. Today we will read about the birth of our Savior and King, Jesus! Let’s begin to unfold the Ultimate Christmas Gift!
Ohh how I love the story of Mary and her simple yet profound statement in Luke 1:38, “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” She knew all to well what could happen. She could be stoned to death, lose her husband to be, Joseph, as well as a social outcast and she humbled herself to Gods will and placed her trust in the One who created her! Her song so beautiful, not condemning at all for her assigned lot but offering praises to God, affirming Him and his faithfulness to His people! What a powerful example she is to us today!
Today we read about the birth of John the Baptist and Zachariah’s prophecy as he was filled with the Holy Spirit after the birth of John!
Mary, Did You Know?
“After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.”
It’s the Christmas Season once again and the past year has gone by so fast. Our children have grown physically as well as emotionally; the gentle flapping of their wings in preparation to one day soar. This has left this momma’s heart deep in thought as they experience the ups and downs of life. Some things encountered have revealed the ugliness within my heart. Others left a void where lack of human understanding left me asking, “Why Lord? Why this? Why now?”
Yesterday we left off in Luke Chapter 1 with Zechariah and Elizabeth becoming pregnant in their old age. Zechariah was made unable to speak until the birth of his son, John, because he doubted what the angel said was true. Elizabeth remained in seclusion for five months and reflected on what the Lord had done for her by showing her his favor and took away her disgrace among the people as it was considered shameful to be barren and unable to conceive a child.
Today, the birth of Christ is foretold to Mary! What is your reaction to her simple yet so profound statement? See my previous blog “Mary: I am the Lord’s Servant” for my take. Grab a cuppa coffee and let’s begin!
To me, there is nothing more enjoyable at Christmas than reveling over the birth of Jesus, our Savior and King! It seems every year, something more profound reveals what was unnoticed to me before. It was a few years ago that Mary made center stage. It wasn’t so much as her being chosen or what she did but in what she said that caused me to look at Mary and life a bit more differently.
It is almost Christmas! All activities have come to completion for the year and I sit here this evening, pausing and reflecting on Christ’s birth. As I sit, I’m overcome with the urge to share the events before and leading to our Saviour’s birth. These words are not my own but those taken from The Holy Bible NIV version from Luke Chapters 1 and 2. Over the next few days, I hope you will join me as I share the ultimate Christmas story. So snuggle in and unwrap with me The Ultimate Gift and see Jesus’ story unfold to His birth!
Christmas is drawing near! It’s clear by the full calendar and the masses of junk mail and email advertisements trying to lure me in with their amazing deals to buy their products. “Looking for that ultimate gift? We have it!”…….(sigh) not really. The greatest gift worth seeking can’t be bought in stores near me or online.
My heart is heavy this Christmas as I watch all the events unfold in this world of hate, dissention, persecution and the overall truth of the times we are living in. My heart breaks for loved ones who mourn family that have passed making the sting of their absence even more so during the Christmas season. My heart quivers for those close and extended from me dealing with health issues no one should. The negative news reports cast a darkness that encompasses many in fear and anxiety of what is to come. The light in this world seems to be darkening leaving masses of people in fear or without hope.
“But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. “
I was recently asked by a friend how I celebrated Christmas. The intent of the question was to get ideas on how to celebrate with less emphasis on presents and Santa and more on Jesus.
My immediate answer included practical advice like reading the story of Christ’s birth on Christmas Eve and attending church sponsored events with the family throughout the season. The truth is, I really hadn’t given it much thought in a long while.
I always look forward to the Christmas Season! It is truly the most wonderful time of the year! Each year as I read through the scriptures, the Lord never ceases to amaze me as He brings to light something new. What joy and excitement as a new understanding of Him unfolds before my eyes!
I began a study this week by Love God Greatly called, “God with Us“. Settling in under my warming blanket and the soft glow of the Christmas lights, I opened my Bible to a familiar but favorite verse, Isaiah 9:6-7. I have used this verse on many Christmas cards and spoken it many times over the years, however this time the word GIVEN took center stage.