12/17/2016 - Immanuel - God is with Us
"The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" (which means "God with us") Matthew 1:23.
If I try to say something about Jesus, His life, His death and His sacrifice on our behalf, something that you don’t know already, I will fail. If I try to bring something new, inedited about His birth that happened more than 2000 years ago, I probably will not succeed with that either. For two thousand years, the story of Jesus has been repeated again and again from the pulpits of the church, from door to door on Christmas Eve, in songs, poems, plays and we never say, “It is enough.” The great and famous composers of our world such as Handel, Bach, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz (to mention just some of them) created masterpieces about the topic of Jesus' birth. The famous artists such as Botticelli, El Greco, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and many, many others, painted the scene of the Nativity with so much grace, but never has anyone said, “It is too much! I don’t want to see another picture about Jesus!” Why is the story of Jesus so attractive, so new every year? Why do children and adults sing carols with so much joy in their voices and hearts, sharing the good and happy news about Jesus? Because Christmas is a holiday when the family is gathered together for a good and rich meal? Because we give and receive gifts - gifts that sometimes nobody needs and for this reason you can see such a loooong line to the RETURN department in stores? Definitely NO! Christmas is not focused on food, gifts, Santa Claus, but on Jesus. Please, take time these days to meditate more about Jesus and the relevance of His coming into our world.
Don’t repeat this story in your own life.
“Typical of last minute Christmas shoppers, a mother was running furiously from store to store. Suddenly she became aware that the pudgy little hand of her three year old son was no longer clutched in hers. In a panic she retraced her steps and found him standing with his little nose pressed flatly against a frosty window. He was gazing at a manger scene. Hearing his mother’s near hysterical call, he turned and shouted with innocent glee: 'Look mommy! It’s Jesus - baby Jesus in the hay!' With obvious indifference to his joy and wonder, she impatiently jerked him away saying, 'We don’t have time for that!' "
When celebrating Jesus with your church and family, think about the gift of heaven given to us for our salvation. Without Jesus, Christmas doesn’t have any significance.
In Jesus, God came to live with us. Glory to Him in the highest!