Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Three or More Tuesday

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Today I am thinking of this season of advent.. and the challenge our pastor delivered to us on Sunday... to consider Christmas .. I mean to really STOP! and consider Christmas.. When God makes known to us the advent of Jesus Christ, it is worth refllection and responding to it in faith.
Luke chapter 2 , as read above, lays out the detailed account... of the glory of that night long ago in Bethlehem..


Can we even consider that... we here in the 21st century see these images etched on my memories since childhood, it almost seems like fantasy... a fairy story of a kind that sweet dreams are made of, yet no fairy story we've ever really enjoyed, because this wondrous story is true...
Consider how an angel delivered such marvelous news to sweet young Mary...that she was chosen of all women who ever walked this earth to bear a son... The Son of God..and His name would be called Jesus, because He would be the Savior of the world...the long expected Messiah!
Consider how angels appeared to the lowly shepherds, rough characters, dirty, illeducated humble men who when they saw the angel in its glory were terrified, yet the angel said "Fear not, for I bring you good tidings which shall be for all men, that unto you is born this day a Savior.. he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
And instantly, the shepherds believed and left everything behind... left their sheep, left their posts... and hurried away to see this babe .. they responded instantly in faith.

Consider Mary, mother of Jesus, .. the long awaited Messiah ... who had traveled so far in the night heavy with child,, and was offered the simple stable of an inn in the forlorn town of Bethlehem to be delivered... herself, just a young Jewish girl with her husband Joseph. Alone, afraid, far from the home fires and comfort of a family,,, yet on the greatest mission of all time... the greatest event of mankind with only the lowing cattle witnessing the scene unfold...
Consider still how the shepherds hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Mary did more than consider didnt she? She realized the treasure that this event was to not only herself but to the whole world and she had stored this up in her heart... and she pondered these things... there in the quiet night... apart from all the worries of life,, the hustle and bustle of living.. she pondered...
I challenge us all to take time to consider but not only that but to ponder the treasure of Jesus Christ and His wonderful Holy Spirit who comes to reside in our hearts when we believe...ponder that wonderful first Christmas,, and what it means to us... I know that the quiet time I spend pondering this Christmas will probably be the most significnt and blessed part of my yuletide... So please join with me and ponder ... consider Christmas!

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