Saturday, January 03, 2015

Moving Forward

Hmm, well the Christmas season has ended and the New Year of 2015 is upon us.  This Christmas I was very busy.  My brother and his family came for a week but due to my bosses vacation I had to work much of the time they were here.  I just never felt much opportunity to sit and enjoy the season.  However, something did strike me.
  Each year we spend a great deal of time preparing for Christmas. We buy gifts, we decorate, we sing songs, we make TONS of food.  There are parties, gatherings and much more prepping us for Christmas.  Christmas is a time of preparing our hearts for the birth of Jesus Christ, who took on flesh to save us.  And now Christmas "time" is over.  What next?
  I don't want to stop this fabulous build up we create!  We prep and prep and then it is just over?  Why don't we continue with the current this year?  Don't stop at the nativity, at the birth of a Savior.  I want to focus this year on following on and getting to know this Jesus, this God come down at Christmas, Emmanuel, God with us.  So, friends...let us read on, let us continue where Christmas leaves off.

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod,Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.    Matthew 2:1-12

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