Reason for the Season – Part 4
Some Would Love Him & Some Would Hate Him
“When the time for his purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”(Exodus 13:2,12)), and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two pigeons.” (Luke 2:22-24)
Jesus was circumcised on the eight-day in Jerusalem which was a law that the Jews had to follow. This allowed their child to be pure before the Lord.
“Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout…. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 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 now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.'” (Luke 2:25-32)
“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.” (Luke 2: 34-35)
I find it rather interesting that God would move someone to say that the child would cause people to “fall and rise.” Jesus was sent to make man take a real look within themselves. We can all act proper in public and try to be the perfect Christian, but what really goes on at home or in our hearts is not what God wants. Jesus came so that the true thoughts of our hearts would be revealed. Maybe today you need to ask Jesus to help you change your heart.
“… an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” (Matthew 2:13)
Even when he was a baby, people were already trying to kill him. Anything that seems like a threat to your way of life, needs to be gotten rid of. That is exactly what Herod was going to do. How dare someone else be better than him!! Herod went so far as to have every male 2 years old and under, in his village, killed.
We look at terrorists and say how can they kill so many innocent people today. Herod wanted baby Jesus dead, because he might take over Herod’s position as king. I don’t know about you, but there are times when my own pride gets in the way of doing exactly what God wants. And the evil in this world threatens to take over my love for God. I am not that much different from Herod or the terrorists. The only difference is knowing that I need God so that I follow the righteous and narrow path. A path that can seem to disappear if I do not lean on God for guidance.
How can a baby cause so much uproar? Today everyone sees a baby as so cute and innocent. Not Jesus. He was a savior, the Light, a threat and someone to be worried about, all at the same time, and he was only a few days old. God had sent His son and the world was already changing. What will happen when he comes again?
“Dear Lord, show us the way of your son. For He is the only way to salvation. He is the truth and the light and now one comes to you except through Him. Lord if someone doesn’t believe in your son as the true savior, please open their hearts and minds to show them the way. If they want to accept Jesus as their savior, let them know that all they have to do is pray. Tell you that they believe that your son died for our sins and that He is our savior. That’s it. Thank you for loving us always Lord and never letting go. Amen”
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God bless you and your family for Christmas,