Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Birth of God’s New Covenant

Christmas is on the horizon, and it’s a time for celebrating the birth of God’s new covenant. This day is set aside to remember the birth of Christ. We can’t afford to lose focus on how significant the manger was to our eternal lives.

Most of the world during Christmas is caught up in the chaotic hype of materialism. People are camping out in parking lots so they will be first in line to buy the latest gadgets. Stores keeping their doors open later than normal.

It’s easy to get caught up in the Christmas frenzy. God wants us to have fun. Christmas is a fast pace event. There is so much to get done. Shopping, to do lists, travel arrangements, family arrivals and excited children are challenges. It’s a mental and spiritual exhausting experience.

So let’s pause here and absorb the reason for Christmas?

The events before Christ’s birth wasn’t typical. First God used Mary an unmarried virgin to carry Jesus in her womb (Matthew 1:8). Her life was at stake. God understood the Mosaic Law for unwed pregnancy was death and used Joseph (Matthew 1:19-21) to prevent them from killing her. Here God shows us His mighty power by providing Joseph and Mary a way out of an impossible circumstance.

Then after Christ’s birth another evil threat arose. Three wise men traveled to find Jesus and offer Him gifts. When they reached Jerusalem and ask where Christ birth took place the city became troubled over their message.

These men shared God’s new covenant by calling Christ the King of the Jews, and this got their attention. Herod, the king, asked these wise men where was Christ’s location. And they shared the Micah prophecy as the answer (Micah 5:2).

Herod instructed them to find Him and come back and report His location. But God knew Herod’s heart and had them bypass Jerusalem on the journey back to their homeland (Matthew 2:12). Again, God defeated Satan and saved Christ.   

Our Father preserved Christmas so we could be saved and enter His kingdom. Christmas is a time for us to glorify God by giving thanks for the birth of His son Jesus Christ. Here we get to express our gratitude for the compassion God has given to us through His only begotten Son. We do this by worshiping Christ and abiding in His body.

God has given us the gift of salvation. So this Christmas, let’s unite and praise our King Jesus for the promise of our inheritance with God.

Merry Christmas and may Christ shine brighter each day in your life. I love you.