Over the next 6 days counting down to Christmas, we'll be reflecting upon this wonderful season!
As I was thinking about the Christmas story in light of what I shared yesterday, I had a thought.
This is how the typical Christmas season goes about:
Thanksgiving comes and passes.
Oh, gotta start thinking about presents.
The decorations don't look right.
Rush rush rush to prepare for the big day.
Oh no! We didn't make enough X, Y, or Z.
Christmas cards are going to be late as usual.
Why bother sending them?
Christmas is in less than a week and I'm not ready!
Christmas Eve you get primped and polished for a candlelight service.
Rush home and make sure everything is perfect.
Day after Christmas cleaning.
And it's over.
Back to your humdrum lives.
As I was thinking about this, I started thinking about Christmas, before and after.
Before Christmas, we wait in anticipation; after Christmas, we look around and think, "Now what?"
The Israelites waited years.
Since the beginning of time, for the Messiah.
He was the promised one, who'd save them from their sins.
He was first mentioned in Genesis 3:14-15.
The stage is set, now they wait in anticipation!
Prophecies are written about Him.
In Genesis 49:10, we learn He will be from the tribe of Judah.
In Psalm 2:7, we discover He is the Son.
In Isaiah 7:14, He is called Emmanuel, which means "God with us".
In Isaiah 9:6-7, yet again we discover He is the Son, and that he is the heir of David's throne.
Micah 5:2 (ESV)
And that's not the only thing that happened afterwards!
Matthew 2 tells us of Wise Men that came to worship Him!
Christmas doesn't end when Jesus is born, and it doesn't end when Christmas day is over.
Take time to discover what happened before and after Christmas!