Tuesday, January 3, 2012

"The End To Dec.25"

The End To Dec. 25
By: A.S.B. Jr.

Luke 2:33-35 message
33-35Jesus' father and mother were speechless with surprise at these words. Simeon went on to bless them, and said to Mary his mother,
This child marks both the failure and
the recovery of many in Israel,
A figure misunderstood and contradicted--
the pain of a sword thrust through you--
But the rejection will force honesty,
as God reveals who they really are.
I am so appreciative of our Lord and Savior; he came in the form of a man who gave his own life so that the father would be glorified. He viewed his life as merely nothing, we were crooked in the eyes of God the father. Jesus parents could not even understand the child that they were raising. Jesus already had a death warrant out on him when the great star hovered, and the wise men came. John the Baptizer was preparing the way while he was still rolling in his mother’s womb. A husband who is skeptical about his newly wed wife’s pregnancy by a “supernatural spirit” seems like a good dramatic soap-opera, yet it’s divine. Then how about this silent night song/story. There was nothing really silent about that night; mothers mourn the death of their infant children by the hands of a fascist king.
  Looking at this from the inside out would seem more meaningful, exciting, and we may have some questions: Was there anything silent about that night? Would I be bold enough to, “prepare the way” for others to see Jesus? Those questions like many others should be asked and discussed, unlike trying to find someone to kiss under the mistletoe, or waiting for good Ol' Saint Nick. So where does this Christmas spirit really spring from? I don’t know if a baby born next to some sheep and donkeys can make a person “cheery,” or maybe-so. I guess the big question is can we celebrate the birth of Jesus at any other time of the year? Could you say ‘Merry Christmas'! joyfully in June or July, or do you need it to be cold or snowing outside to do so? Can you bring tidings of joy in April when all you see is rain? Can we live without Dec.25? Hark! The herald angels sing….

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