Hey y’all! So I posted an update on my blog entitled Devotionals. It’s beside About me, Prayer, My testimony, Home etc.
A new devotional page will appear every Friday of each month. A new month brings a new topic devotional.
This month’s devotional: Christmas: The stories in depth
One page of the devotional was posted last Friday. A new one will appear next Friday. In the end you will have read 4 pages (4 fridays in a month) of the topic devotional. Then a new devotional will start the next month.
Here is the first page of December’s devotional: Christmas: The story in depth Wk1
And remember to keep coming back each Friday for a new page! They will be listed under Devotionals on my blog.
Here it is:
Commercialism, Cyber Monday, Black Friday, Christmas shopping, gotta get this, gotta get that, presents, toys, decor.
Sadly this is what Christmas means to some people.
People try on purpose to take CHRIST out of CHRISTmas. Hence the name X-mas. They just get so caught up in the “Holly Jolliness” of the season and forget all about the savior. Now don’t get me wrong I start listening to Christmas music at the end of October, Burl Ives, Bing Crosby, The Andrew Sisters, The Carpenters etc. But we always make sure to remember our king, the one Christmas is all about. I pray you do too.
Many of you might have thought something along these lines: “What’s so special about the story of Jesus’ birth? It isn’t so “WOW” as some people make it out to be.”
When I was little I would listen to my mother read it, but now that I think about it my little mind only understood it as our savior’s birth. Just a special child being born. Nothing else, nothing less.
And goodness, was I mistaken.
Now as I have grown it becomes more real and more understandable to me. And it is, well it’s, “WOW”.
Now please stop. Get out your bible and turn to Luke 1:5-25.
Now, after you have read that. Ponder it a moment. Here are so “In depth thoughts”
#1 Elizabeth and Zachariah are well advanced in years. 60-80 years old age. Now as you well know I hope people after a certain age can no longer bear children. So their dream of a child was given up on. When the angel came to Zechariah it was so hard to believe that Elizabeth would have a son. He needed more faith.
#2 This was one of the first times an angel had appeared to someone in the New Testament. So imagine Zachariah’s fright over seeing an angel. This is why angels always greeted people with “DO NOT BE AFRAID.”
#3 The angel said that his son would prepare the way for the Lord. They had always awaited and prayed for the Messiah. So when they heard that their child would prepare the way they must have said “HE IS COMING SOON!!!”
Now please stop again. Now read in your bible Luke 1:26-38
Now, ponder it a moment. Here are some more “In depth thoughts”
#1 Mary, the mother of our Lord was only about 13-15 at the time. And she was engaged to a man named Joseph. Probably about 15 to 16 years old. Now, this was normal back then. 13 was considered to be a women, and ready for marriage.
#2 The Lord planned out who would be the mother of Jesus years before Mary was even born
#3 He picked Mary because she must have sought the Lord each day, prayed to him, read the OT (for they didn’t have the NT), and obeyed his laws. She could have said “Goodness no! I am engaged I can’t have a child. Go to someone else. You must be crazy.But instead little Mary said “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it happen to me as you have said.” She had more faith than Zechariah, and he was three times her age! Like Jesus said in Matthew 18:3 “And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”
#4 Mary probably hadn’t even thought of having a child. She just wanted to get married, and let the Lord lead.
#5 The law said that if a women is unfaithful to her engaged or husband then the husband was to divorce her. This would bring her family name shame. Mary probably thought “What would I tell Joseph? Would he believe me? Will I lose the man I love? What about mother and father? What do I tell them?”
#6 She must have been left with many questions. But she didn’t question God’s will
#7 They had been waiting for the Messiah to arrive. And then finding out your the mother of your Lord? She maybe felt unworthy of such an honor
#8 She was a virgin. Never had been with a man. When she asked the angel her question, and he answered, she didn’t question it, she took it by faith. My, that requires a lot of faith. This is why Jesus chose Mary. He knew she would do as he said.
#9 And just thinking of someone that young having a child? The messiah? The Lord Jesus?
#10 Such a big responsibility. Caring, teaching, taking care of her Lord?
And a very big one: #11 Jesus was in heaven the whole time. Then God sent Jesus down from heaven in a form of a child to be born into the world. Isaiah had spoken about this long before it ever happened.
Now stop yet again and read Matthew 1:18-25
Now ponder this passage. Here are some more “In depth thoughts”
#1 Joseph was probably thinking “How could she do this to me?” Broken hearted.
#2 But he loved her so much that he was going to divorce her quietly, and not ruin her name.
#3 When the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, he too did what the Lord had said. Took Mary as his wife.
#4 They both had great faith. Joseph probably could have said “Lies! Look what she did. And too think I was going to marry such a women!” But he listened to the Lord.
#5 They had the wedding while she was expecting. I wonder what the people thought about it. For it was against the law to have a child without being married. But they didn’t care. They loved each other and did what the Lord said.
Now read Luke 1:39-56
Here are more “In depth thoughts”
#1 When Mary visited Elizabeth and Elizabeth said “How is it the Mother of my lord should come visit me?” Mary probably had the reality sink in. She WAS the mother of Jesus. She probably cried a little. She was most likely scared, afraid, worried, but she trusted in the Lord.
#2 She stayed with Elizabeth 3 months. And Elizabeth probably helped her know how to take care of a child and things like that.
#3 Mary’s song was much like songs of David. Back then and today some people praise the Lord with song. And Mary did just that.
#4 Elizabeth’s child leaped inside her. John the Baptist was so happy to feel Jesus’ presence.
That is all we will cover today. Next week we will finish “In depth thoughts” and finish the story.