What do you do to get ready for Christmas?
Mac got the outside nativity scene up, and its beginning to feel a lot like Christmas around here! To get ready for Christmas, I put my nativities out, make up a Christmas letter (which simply is pictures of each member of our family taken sometime during the year, and a notation here and there), frame the newsletter for each child and adult grandchild (for memories) and do some baking.
But it was a little different for Mary and Joseph as they got ready for the 1st Christmas. Because of the decree of King Herod, Mary and Joseph had to travel to Bethlehem to register for taxes around the time that her first child, (that miracle baby the angel told her about) was to be born. It was day of walking and when they got to Bethlehem, there was no place for them to stay. Then the inn keeper, seeing her condition and weariness, felt sorry for them and let them go sleep with the animals out in the stable.
In that stinky stable, with sheep -baaing, and cows -mooing, horses neighing, and perhaps a mouse scampering by- the young woman gave birth to our CREATOR.
It was different for JESUS to get ready for the 1st Christmas too. JESUS CHRIST, one of the eternal TRINITY, left HIS glory in heaven, laid aside HIS rights, position and privileges, took on a human form and was born of a poor young woman so that HE could experience what we go through, living in our world as one of us and dying on the cross carrying our sins and arising the 3rd day the VICTOR, to become our Savior (Philippians 2:5-10) .
HE did it all for us. Now HE asks us to do something for HIM. JESUS’s last words were that our job now is to be witnesses for HIM, that is, to tell others what HE has done for them (Acts 1:8-9).
For GOD so loved the world that HE gave HIS only SON that whosoever believes in HIM shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
Looking unto JESUS the Author and Perfecter of my faith.