The furnace froze … the dishwasher element washed up … the microwave is ebbing … and the glue gun queen-me-now has a second degree burn; I tried to glue an ornament onto a ribbon without my glue gloves-really!
We know what Santa has already brought to our house for Christmas! Did we have any of this on our Christmas list? No we did not! It is amazing how Santa knew exactly what we needed! Is it what we wanted? Well, we do want to be warm; we do want the luxury of dishes washed and sterilized especially during flu season; we do want to eat cooked food-really!
Santa, how did you know what we truly needed? Santa, how did you know that with company coming, right now was when we needed a working furnace, dishwasher, microwave, and … what’s up with the burnt finger? Are you trying to tell me that I’ve decorated enough-really!
If Santa knew what we needed, there is one who knows even the numbers of hairs on my head-You, Dear Lord-really!
God, You knew over two thousand years ago what all of mankind needed-a way shower, a teacher, a savior-really!
Luke 2:1-5 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
Mary was a virgin, yet great with child-really! Joseph didn’t divorce Mary, his betrothed, who had clearly already known a man-really! There went up a decree from Caesar Augustus that all were to be taxed-really! This was the first census while Quirinius was governor of Syria-really! Mary, great with child, rode on the back of a donkey to Bethlehem, which was about 80 miles uphill-really! The little town was inundated with people and there were no guest rooms to be found when they arrived-really! Luckily they were able to stay underground with the animals-really! She gave birth in this underground manger-really! In the hours after giving birth, Mary, tired, weary, spent, welcomed the arrival of shepherds who came to see the just born babe-really!
Luke 2:8-12 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Sometime later, after Jesus’ birth, Mary and Joseph were visited by kings, wise men from the east-really!
Matthew 2:1-2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
Matthew 2:9-11 they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Some say these gifts were symbols; gold for a king; frankincense used by a priest; myrrh used for embalming the dead. Appropriate gifts for a baby-really?
Mary, having experienced so much in a short time for a very young girl, she now hears a message from an old man. He speaks of dying in peace now that he’s seen the Lord’s Messiah-really! He goes on to tell Mary that her son will cause the rise and fall of many in Isreal; be spoken against; and that a sword will pierce her soul-really!
Luke 2:25-35 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took Him in his arms and praised God, saying:
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”
The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
All these things happened-really! I would not have wished the suffering Mary experienced both emotionally and physically-really! Josheph, saddled with responsibilities-he could have walked away from-didn’t-really! These things happened to save my soul-really! These things were not good at the time for those involved-really! But, without these events, I would not know You, Lord. I would not know how to live. I would not know how to give. I would not know how to love. I would not-really!
Thank You, Dear Father, for knowing before time, what Your children would need. Thank You, Dear Father, for providing for me, even if it meant sacrificing Your Only Son. Thank You, Dear Father, for Your Word, the Bible. Thank You, Dear Father, for Your patience with me; I am slowly beginning to see why this all had to be-really!