Saturday, December 24, 2011
The Christmas Story
Because there was no room for them in the Inn, they sought refuge in a cave. After the child, Jesus, was born, they lay him in a manger, which is a feeding trough for animals (such humble beginnings, parents of little means, against all odds). They helped bring forth the miracle of miracles. Who wouldn’t love the baby Jesus?
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 “Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth, goodwill toward men!
There is a cost to following Jesus, the man. Most of us, including even Christians, have come to a conclusion in one way or another that applying the principles that Jesus taught has an enormous down side when it comes to achieving what one wants in life. Frankly, there’s just no percentage in putting other people first. It’s not that we don’t care about our fellowman or care about our society in general. If you want to get ahead in life or work, you have to think about you first. And that’s the whole problem with Jesus’ message. The Christmas story and the baby Jesus aren’t hard to embrace, but when it comes to Jesus, the man, that’s a whole different matter.
So following Jesus and his teachings may very well mean that you won’t get to live in the house that you desire or drive an expensive luxury car, or take the vacations you want or even send your kids to a private, expensive school. So at this time of the year when we think about the Christmas story and the baby Jesus, maybe we can take a look at the bigger picture. Celebrating Jesus is much more than having an excuse for a holiday on December 25. It’s a way of life that must define your existence as a person; otherwise, Christmas means absolutely nothing!
P. S. Remember that Jesus was born as a man on earth to ultimately give his life as a man to redeem us and reconcile us to God. I think living out his principles is the least we can do in return.