? ? WHAT DOES CHRISTMAS MEAN TO YOU ? ?
It may mean different things to different people, but lets take a look at what it meant to some people who were present at that famous birth so long ago.
To Mary it meant becoming a mother, birthing the Messiah. When an Angel came to tell her that she was to become a mother, she asked, “How can this be, since I do not have a husband?” Then the Angel explained the miracle that would take place and Mary said, “Be it unto me according to your word.” Submission.
To Joseph it meant following God’s Word. Living under the Law, if one was found to be pregnant before marriage, the girl was to be stoned to death. Joseph loved Mary so much, that he planned to hide her away privately. Then the Angel of the Lord came to him in a dream and said, “Don’t be afraid, Joseph, for the virgin Mary will have a Son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sin. Joseph followed the words of the Angel. Obedience
To the Shepherds it meant…go see !! The night of the holy birth, while the Shepherds were watching their sheep, the sky became brilliant. A great host of angels appeared in the shining sky and sang a new song, To the Shepherds they said, “Don’t be afraid, we are bringing tidings of great joy, for unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. You will find him in a manger. With such an announcement, they went immediately to search for that which the Angels had told them about. Believe
To the Wise Men it meant following the star. They had studied the heavens and discovered a new Star. They followed it to Jerusalem and inquired, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews, for we have seen his star in the east and have come to worship him?” They were told that he was to be born in Bethlehem. They followed the star and when they found him they presented precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh and worshipped him in the house where they were now living. Worship
To Herod it meant distress. When Herod heard the question of the Wise Men, he was greatly disturbed. He instructed them to return to him after they had found the Newborn in Bethlehem, so he could go and worship him also. Under God’s direction, they returned home another way. Herod was filled with rage. He then had all the babies, two years and younger, put to death, after inquiring how long it had been since the Wise Men had first discovered the Star. Revenge
To You and Me. As the question comes to each of us, we have the opportunity to answer according to that which is within our own heart. Will we answer the same as Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds and the Wise Men did.??
WHAT DOES CHRISTMAS REALLY MEAN TO YOU ?
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