And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.(John 1:14 ESV)
This time of year a drama unfolds before our eyes. And it has to do with the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus. This has made some people rejoice, some are not at all impressed by it and others think it was a bad idea and seek to not let children and others have this. remembrance.
The first group out of the abundance of sheer joy cannot get enough of the festivities. Going from house to house feasting with friends. Singing carols in hospitals and nursing facilities. Having decorations in homes and wanting them in other public places.
The second group will rant and rave against these activities. They see Advent worship services and the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord that many churches do as an affront to the law of God. Jesus is not amused with Christians who seek to celebrate his birth. But of course Jesus is not only amused but he is downright proud of those who become miserable souls who throw wet blankets at others for doing what they do not allow. Comments about how we should only remember the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus not his Nativity. Well if not for this incarnating we scarcely could have the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. It is all part of God reconciling himself with sinners.
And then we have our atheists and agnostics. They are so set against Our Lord that any reference to how this time of year is special in the hearts of others just drives them to distraction. These people will take up collections and weary out our government officials and courts seeking to ban all this. Not only prohibiting Nativity scenes but trees, lights, music and even the colors of red and green. Our Lord said this offences would happen and proves his being who he said he is. No one else's birth is so controversial. It is interesting to note the second group almost seek to join with this group in banishing these festivities.
Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.
(John 15:20-21 ESV)
(John 15:20-21 ESV)
May you have a joyful season. Even if you do not want one.