……December 6, 2014
Truly this is a most joyous time of the year.
- Plans are being made, secrets being kept and wonderful smells of cookies, candies, and all sorts of delicious goodies (diet of course) coming from the kitchens in our homes.
Each of us remembers the eager anticipation we felt as children.
- I hope you still have the same sense of excitement and of wonder.
- As much as I loved Christmas as a child, it became even more enjoyable as I looked upon this season through the eyes of a mother who made special plans for her own children.
- This year we look forward to being together with our now grown family and celebrating this blessed time of year with the traditions we have all grown to love.
What a joy! What a wonderful time of the year!
Before we get too caught up in business, let all of us take time to stop and think.
- In your mind go back to that little town and to the hills where the shepherds stood watch over their flocks.
- There has never been a night like that again in over two thousand years.
- In your imagination put yourself there with all the principle players in the greatest drama to ever unfold.
And….as you do, keep in mind that it was all planned for you.
- We see Joseph and the concern he has on his face as he goes from door to door looking for warm, clean shelter for his wife to bear the most special child ever to be born.
- And what of Mary? From the very beginning she gave herself humbly to the will of her God. But remember, she was only a very young girl. What did she feel? Was she afraid of the unknown? Did she wonder about the important task ahead of her; being the mother of the Son of God?
Outside the city we encounter two very different groups of people.
- First – there were the shepherds faithfully caring for their sheep who were settled down for the night. These men were among the poorest of the poor.
- Second – if we look hard enough, we can see a far away group of travelers. These men came from a life never experienced by the shepherds. This small group were wise men who possessed great knowledge and wealth. Some say they were kings.
But rich or poor, they all had the same need.
- The same need you and I have, a Savior. Their need, our need is about to be met.
Suddenly, the scene is totally changed.
- Both in Bethlehem and out on the silent hills.
- Music is everywhere, angels are singing; joy reigns on this dark night and a star shines brightly.
- The shepherds, kings, animals and angels all join together; to celebrate a journey started long ago when mankind itself was born.
- Fear and sadness gone. Hope, promise, restoration, eternity has come together this night; born in the form of a baby in a simple manger.
THIS, THIS IS WHAT WE CELEBRATE !!
“…And the angel said unto them,
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
(Luke 2:8-9 kjv)