You heard people say Jesus is the reason for the season. In the 2nd chapter of Luke, starting at verse 41 it tells the story of Jesus as a boy, when his parents were visiting Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. This was something they had done every year and according to the information provided, Jesus was twelve years old so he was not a small boy. Yet this year, Jesus was left behind. Now you can imagine, Joseph and Mary, the parents, having a good time at the feast within a celebrating atmosphere, the same as we do on Christmas. Even though these are two separate events of His life, our behavior tends to be the same.
In our current celebration of Jesus’ birth, we sometimes get caught up in the festivities of the celebration that we forget the initial beginning of the event. Today we sing about Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, I’m dreaming of a White Christmas instead of Silent Night or Joy to the World. We no longer have a Christmas break from school but a winter break. We no longer have religious stories about Jesus’ birth on major television but we do have other secular stories of giving as the reason for the season. We have the family dinners of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, not to mention the numerous amounts of deserts to eat. We buy gifts for each other and especially the kid’s, oh don’t forget members of the family you haven’t seen all year. I cannot forget the holiday cheer of drinks to liven up the celebration. We have even gone so far as to say happy holidays or holiday season instead of Merry Christmas.
All of these things are good and they are outward signs of expressing love to one another, yet many don’t recognize the one who’s birthday we are celebrating.
Now think of what we would say about Joseph and Mary today if they had been celebrating for several days and then discovered one day later after starting home that they had misplaced their son. Then when they went back to look for him it took another three days.
You as believers have the opportunity to not make the same mistake as Joseph and Mary made. You can do all of the things that make you feel good while recognizing that Jesus is the reason for the season Just in case you have forgotten the story or would like to refresh your memory read Luke Chapter 2:1 to 24. It is wonderful accounting of our Savior’s birth and the reason God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten Son which no other gift can match. Take a few minutes during the celebrations to acknowledge Him and share it with your family. Then throughout the year as you reflect on the good times you shared with family and loved ones, you will not have to look very hard to find Jesus, the real reason for the Christmas Season.
Merry Christmas From The Black Voice News Family To Yours
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