Monday, December 12, 2016

The Makings of a Rough Christmas

Every year it seems we hear about someone losing a position just before Christmas. The birth of our Lord even includes that possibility. Joseph and Mary had to travel to Bethlehem to be included in the Roman census of the line of David. This may have cost Joseph his job in Nazareth. This seems more likely when we recall that the wise men found the young family still in Bethlehem when the star led them to the house. What we look forward to is what God can bring out of tough times for us. Who we look to is the one born on that first Christmas. If Joseph lost a good position in that time, then he can rejoice with us that God's word was fulfilled as spoken by the prophet. Jesus was born right where the Word of God said He would be born.

This year may have the makings of a rough Christmas for a few of us or even all of us. Yet, what good will God bestow upon us from this rough time as we look to our Lord for the strength to bear it? What strength of character or growth of faith will God bring out of you and me from a time of difficulty? We have this great hope from that first Christmas: He came and He is coming again!

And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” (Rev 22:12-13)

We don't have long to wait for He is coming quickly and bringing His reward. He is the beginning and He is the ending. He is our Lord Jesus the Christ, and no matter our circumstance or situation, we can celebrate His birth and look with great hope to His return. The greatest gift has already been given. Blessing and honor to our Lord Jesus: He is Christmas!


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