November 11, 2011
I know we see the signs everywhere. Especially after Black Friday!
So did you survive the rush? the traffic? pushing through the sales? the exhaustion of early shopping?
Well as you know some people did not fare so well! We all read that in one well known store people got maced for crowding a certain lady who was really upset. So that is one way to repel the crowd.
I wonder if Jesus carried a can of mace when the crowd got rough? Do you suppose He was up early at the" Palestinian Holy Wailing Wallmart"? No doubt He was searching for "matso ball soup " on sale just in case He needed to feed some extra people that stayed around too long after the message.
Well now we are in the rush of the season and everyone is ready to panic because they have so much anxiety and a long list of work and shopping before the big day arrives. Can't you already feel the sweat glands bursting out in the holy holiday season?
I have some good news for you. IT'S NOT YOUR BIRTHDAY! IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU! IT'S NOT ABOUT PRESENTS! IT'S NOT FOR YOU!
Christmas is for JESUS! Remember? It is the Messiah's coming into the world. We honor Him! Not the kids or grandkids or mom and pop or old Saint Nick. Get it?
Now since it is not about you and not your birthday then change your focus now and do it quickly before you get all stressed out about presents, food, decorations, outside lights around the scrubby bushes in the front yard.
What if believers really turned this holy day into His Birthday Celebration and not the party for everyone else. Wow, I think Jesus would really be happy on His birthday instead being left out some where in the stable unrecognized like in Bethlehem.
What a novel idea to CELEBRATE JESUS this year. Do you think that could possible really happen with a few of us believers? After all you already had your birthday this past year. Right? So now it is time to give Him the honor He deserves.
Join me this year in focusing on him and giving presents to Him for a change. Go ahead surprize Jesus and honor Him this year.
I will do my best. Will you join me?
~ Pastor Ron