“Imagine it’s your birthday and a big party is going on for you. How would you feel if you were locked outside the gate and not allowed entry? The party goes on and you are completely ignored. Cake is shared, food and drinks served, with enough merriment and no one pays attention to you knocking at the gate nor let you in. This is exactly how it feels when Jesus is not at the Centre of our Christmas celebrations.”
At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus, we should not do so without full focus on the true celebrant. His birth was not fiction but rather a real event that took place in Bethlehem as foretold in the bible by the Prophet of God. It was all part of God’s grand plan to legally but spiritually incarnate to redeem fallen man from the strangle hold of sin and death, back to himself. God said in Genesis 3:15; “and I will put enmity between you and the woman, between her Seed and your Seed, He shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel”. Jesus from the lineage of King David, became this Seed spoken of in Genesis 3:15 and His life, death, burial and resurrection was a fulfillment of the above promise by God.
The scripture all points to this event, our God of order and justice followed his established order as Prophet Isaiah foretold in Isaiah 7:14 that a virgin shall conceive and bear a son. In fulfillment of this, years later, Angel Gabriel was sent to Galilee to deliver a message to a virgin named Mary, who was already betrothed to Joseph, one of King David’s descendants. This word of God became flesh, formed in the womb of Mary and was born specifically to be offered to God as an acceptable sacrifice for the sin of mankind, having satisfied the demand of justice. No wonder Angels heralded the good news to Shepherds watching their flocks by night who went to see and worship the baby Jesus in Luke 2:12-17.
Now note, in Luke 2:12; “You will find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger”. Only the shepherds saw Jesus lying in a manger, unlike the story being told today that both the shepherds and the wise men came to see baby Jesus in the manger. According to Matthew’s narrative in Matthew 1:2; “ Now, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the King, 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.” (In those days, it was understood that the star indicated the birth of a new King). This news troubled Herod and the whole Jerusalem.
Directed by the star, the wise men finally found the house of Jesus where the little boy Jesus lived with his parents. So they visited and worshiped him and presented to him gifts of Gold, frankincense and myrrh. NOT THREE GIFTS! The wise men then travelled back to the east via another route after being divinely warned not to return back to Herod as he demanded. This act made King Herod furious;
“Then Herod when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its district, from two years old and young, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.” – Matthew 2:16. This confirms that the wise men visited a toddler in his parent’s house not in a manger. .
As Luke 2:40 says “And the child grew and became strong in the spirit, filled with wisdom and the grace of the Lord was upon him”. Jesus is no longer a baby in a manger, he grew up, had his ministry at 30 and died a substitutionary death in our place, was buried and resurrected for us to have abundant life in him.
Christmas is to commemorate that our Savior was born, we cannot take him out of the celebration and only party. Nobody locks out the celebrant out of the celebration, let Jesus the Prince of Peace come into your heart today.
JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!
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Written By Mrs Gbubemi Ezirim