It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!
Luke 1: 30 - 33 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
The first person who knew about Christmas (before it was called Christmas) was Mary. She got 9 months notice. Those 9 months were a bit rocky. Her story just wasn't believable. Therefore, people would have labeled her a cheater, a harlot and worse.
Christmas, for Mary, was about submitting to God's will and obeying Him. Her willingness to give was what made Christmas a reality. But that heart of giving didn't come from pride or self-indulgence. It came from humility.
If we are to understand what Christmas means, then we will embrace this fact. It is the most humbling time of the year.
- Jesus humbled Himself to leave heaven and come live among us.
- Mary humbled herself to God's will, even though it cost her reputation.
- Joseph humbled himself, obeyed God and married Mary.
Christmas reminds us that without Christ we have no hope, no life.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, I admit that every part of my life needs you today. AMEN