Monday Reflection – December 23, 2019
A Word for the Season
The angel said to Joseph, “She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
Season’s Greetings to you!
Indeed it is Christmas Time again! The year has quickly passed by. We have once again proven the abiding presence of Jesus the Christ who came to save us from our sins. Though underserved we are, God, through His love, sent his only Begotten Son for the ultimate purpose of sacrificing his life so we may experience eternal life. God continues to bestow His grace upon us; indeed grace multiplied by grace.
In this season of Christmas, we pause to reflect on the birth of the Christ Child. We must be reminded that this is the greatest gift that has ever been given. This season is about love, kindness, generosity, and goodwill. Let us not allow the message of Christmas to just disappear or be over shadowed by the business, the lights, the shopping, and the festivities. No! Instead allow the Tiny gift, Strangely wrapped and Silently delivered to humanity over 2000 years ago find true and lasting lodging in our hearts and homes.
In the context of today’s New Testament text, Joseph received what he must have thought was the most devastating news. The woman he loved so dearly and was preparing to marry is pregnant, but not for him. He decided to put her away privately, but the Holy Spirit revealed to him that Mary was faithful and had indeed become pregnant through the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit. In today’s text, Joseph was told the gender, name and purpose of the boy to come.
Not only was God sacrificing his son, but Joseph and Mary were sacrificing their lives to fulfill God’s plan. Joseph and Mary certainly did not fully understand it, they likely had doubts and fears, but they were prepared to be used by God. They must have thought about the implications of such a thing. What would family, friends and community think and say? What a disgrace? Yet in spite of all this, they were prepared to face it all this for the cause of God. What of us today? What are we prepared to face and to sacrifice for the sake of God?
We join with the hymn writer Horatius Bonar in declaring:
He has come, the Prince of Peace:
Come to bid our sorrows cease;
Come to scatter with His light
All the shadows of our night.
He, the mighty King, has come,
Making this poor earth His home:
Come to bear our sin’s sad load,
Son of David, Son of God.
Every blessing! May peace, joy, hope and love be with you and yours.