Sunday, December 23, 2012

Bread for the Journey



All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”
 -which means, God with us.
Matthew 1:22,23

In our church we have been celebrating the Advent Season by comparing  Old Testament Prophecy to New Testament accounts.  Personally, while reading the story of the birth of Jesus in Matthew 2,
I got the impression that this writer did his homework about the
legitimacy of Jesus Christ being the true awaited Messiah
by the way he interjects details that were told about long ago.  
It’s not a small thing to realize that long before the day came to be, God chose the exact circumstances
of the time that He would send His Son.
 
 
The days of celebrating this event that our faith is based on are almost here. We’ve decorated our homes, made contact with relatives, sent out cards, bought gifts and stocked up our fridges.
We have thought through the details of family gatherings, travel and accommodations, where necessary.
In all of this, we’ve kept having to remind ourselves that Christmas will happen no matter how ready we feel.
The most important gift has been sent long ago. All of the important preparations were done for us when God sent forth His Son to be born so that he could die for our sins and show His power over death.
 
Last year I bought The Jesus Storybook Bible to read to our grandchildren.
 I opened the page to Luke Chapter 1-2 and it begins with,
Everything was ready. The moment God had been waiting for was here at last!
God was coming to help his people, just as he promised in the beginning.”

Does that not make you want to read on?  God was ready for Christmas.The Creator of the Universe could have chosen a much more noble way to enter our lives, but He chose a lowly manger, heralded by a lone beautiful star and visited by shepherds.
And just like He foreknew the circumstances of that humble birth,
God has known about us all along and made a way for us to know Him.
We wish you, dear readers, a most blessed Christmas! No matter how ready you feel, know that our Heavenly Father has already prepared the most important details to celebrate this day.

3 comments:

  1. I am usually a lurker but this was what I needed this week. We are moving the day after Christmas and so this year nothing has been decorated and we have had no parties. Almost everything is packed . No way to cook any of the usual things. And so this year we have been benn forced to see Christmas as it really should be. Focused on God's gift to us. Thank you for all the love that shines through on your blog,but thank you especially for what you write on Sunday.

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  2. Beautifully written, Anneliese. We are so blessed to have a Heavenly Father who cares about us so much - thank you for describing what is on my heart. And a blessed Christmas to all of you at MGCC.
    Helen

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  3. Beautiful post. I so enjoyed reading it. I love your blog. I always have to check it out when you post something new. But your Sunday post have always been my favorite. Merry Christmas and may the new year being you many blessing. God Bless

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