Let’s deep into the word of God as we celebrate the birth of Jesus!
Zechariah 7 is a beautiful reminder to do all things for God. He asks the people if they are respecting holy festivals for the Lord or for themselves. Who are you celebrating Christmas for? Eating, drinking, and being merry are all pleasures that God wants us to enjoy. So, while you’re doing them today make sure to thank God for His goodness and keep on celebrating.
Zechariah 8 is a wonderful passage about how God will bless the people who anger Him. Even when the people mess up He remembers His promises and keeps loving His chosen people simply because He chooses too. He doesn’t want destruction. He doesn’t want punishment. He doesn’t like punishment–if He does discipline it is because He is a holy, perfect, and just God who must discipline His beloved the same way parents do.
Likewise, your naughty teen may be grounded over Christmas break but you are still blessing them with Christmas gifts today.
The Proverbs passage is really beautiful and I suggest everyone read it because it brings to light things of awe and wonder, things we may take for granted and forget to be thankful for (see again Zechariah 7 and the idea of doing everything for God: eating, drinking, being amazed by His wonders).
Matthew 22 is eye opening.
We, as descendants of Gentiles mostly, are the people on the street who are able to come to this amazing wedding banquet because the King’s (God’s) invitation was ignored by the people he invited (the Hebrews).
Tax season is approaching so I’m just going to leave this little nugget here, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” Matthew 22:21. Remember, nothing is really “ours” anyway… We honor God with our life and while the excitement of Christmas may be wrapped in things the real joy of Christmas is a gift we cannot touch but can fully live.
Matthew 22:37-40 is the greatest commandment and one we should be holding onto dearly: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” As we celebrate Christmas today please don’t forget that it was Love that came down from Heaven to be born in a lowly stable so that we may know God.
As you celebrate today by eating good food, opening gifts, laughing, and being merry please remember to worship God. You don’t need a church sanctuary to worship God. All you need is a thankful heart that does as the greatest commandment reads: Love your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Merry Christmas, friends.