Monday, December 9, 2013

It's Christmas - Jesus Came!

Be still and know that I am God.
                         Psalm 46:10

And Mary kept all these things and
pondered them in her heart.
                         Luke 2:19 KJV 

     Hustle, bustle, noise, traffic, people everywhere—no place to steal a quiet moment alone with God. Pushing, shoving, snatching the best sale item before it can no longer be found—purchasing becomes the top priority of life.

     Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus—the radio blares the secular until my head wants to explode!

Stop! Be still! It’s Christmas! Jesus came!

     Silent Night, O Holy Night, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear—the world needs to know! It’s Christmas! Jesus came!

     He did not come with golden crown and royal scepter. He did not come with a brick of gold from the streets of home. He did not come wearing a royal robe and ring. He did not come in a manner that made Him easy to pick out from the crowd. He did not come with a written decree hailing the birth of the new king!

     There was a birth announcement—a heavenly decree. It was given to shepherds in a field of sheep. When they rushed to see the new king, they found a baby born in a stable and lying in a manger—not very royal! His garments were swaddling clothes, and His companions were stable animals. Yet the shepherds knew He was special and “made known” what had been told to them about this child. (Luke 2:17 ESV)

       Just as it was when Jesus came, our world is in a mess. Sin abounds. Sin is loud and gets our attention. It is blasted across our radios and televisions so that even in the privacy of our homes we cannot escape it’s clutches, and it seems to grow more brazen day by day—open and shocking with no embarrassment by partakers or viewers.

     If there has ever been a time to be still and ponder the things of God, it is now. Now is the time to “be still and know” that the baby born two thousand years ago is seated on His throne, next to His Father, interceding for those who are willing to accept Him as Savior and Lord.    

     Now is the time to saturate our hearts with the grace of God, ponder the mercy of God and share the love of God with family, friends and neighbors who do not know Him as Savior.

     Now is the time to be still before God, pray for His wisdom, seek His will and share His love! Jesus is the greatest gift ever given. He is the gift we must share. Now is the time to be still—It’s Christmas! Jesus Came!

©Joyce Powell   

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