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Christmas is such a beautiful opportunity for family photos and videos. But when Jesus was first born, there were no iPhones to capture the moment. By using the narrative of the Birth of Jesus as read in scripture, the great artists like Da Vinci, Correggio, and Rembrandt produced on canvas their version of the first Nativity scene.
Their paintings always look so peaceful. On one side are the quiet cattle, gently mooing their approval. The sheep calmly graze, as the humble shepherds worship the Christchild on bended knee. In the middle of this tranquil scene, Mary and Joseph appear pleased, and even glow with a sense of Godly serenity. Mary’s hair is always neatly combed and she is wearing clothes fit for royalty. Really?
Ladies, how many of you were ready for Rembrandt or Da Vinci to paint your picture a few minutes after giving birth? Child birth is hard enough in a modern hospital, much less in a cave! There was no make-up or even a mirror for Mary to gather her beauty together. Indeed! That Nativity scene was stressful and filled with chaos.
Consider some of the stresses that Mary had to face:
1. Her pregnancy was considered immoral by the town gossips. In fact, how do you explain the Angel Gabriel, and his amazing message? It is so difficult to defend yourself under these conditions.
2. The groom almost walked out on Mary. Joseph was a devout man, and he lived above reproach. Now, Mary’s “condition” upset his plans and brought reproach upon his character.
3. Then, the birth of baby Jesus was extremely early. The timing of this birth caught Mary by surprise and at least a five day walk from home. The normal support system for a new mother was too far away to help.
4. Like so many young couples, Mary and Joseph had financial stresses. They had just paid their taxes and now there was the unexpected costs of room to use for several days.
5. And to top it all off, the delivery room became as busy as Grand Central Station! Unwashed shepherds were gawking at the baby, and were accompanied by all the noisy sheep and barnyard animals. Where is the charge nurse when you need one? Can we have some peace and quiet in the cave, please?
But in these extraordinary circumstances, Luke 2:19 says, “But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.” By keeping these things, Mary refused to be angry and to reject anything that God was doing. She figured that if God allowed it to happen, it must be important. The word “pondered” means to weigh each part of the event, and to allow every detail to become a treasured memory, even the disgusting shepherds!
This Christmas, don’t let the stresses overwhelm you. Like Mary, treasure ever memory.
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Texas History & God
Saturday - December 14, 2019
Visit here each day for a fresh Scripture and brief Prayer
1 Peter 3:15-18 - If someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong! Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.
Prayer: Dear Lord - The scripture today reminds me that my attitude as a Believer impacts my relationship with God and people on earth. Help me to be gentle and respectful with the people I meet, and to be humble before You with Christ as my example. In the name of Jesus I pray.
Therefore, comfort each other and edify one another.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
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At that Day!
As the Apostle Paul continues to warn about the Last Days, he reminds Believers that a wonderful day is coming when the dismal issues of this life will end. 2 Timothy 4:8 – “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
The phrase “at that day” is the Hope of the Church. One ordinary day, Christ will Return for His Church. The day before Christ returns, life will be staggered by the perversions of this earth. Many Believers will feel that everything is hopeless and doomed. Discouragement and fatigue will burden even the strongest Believer. Some will even think that Christ has forgotten them.
But “at that day,” Christ will break through the clouds with a shout of victory and the sound of a trumpet (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17). God has appointed that day when earth as we know it will end. In the twinkling of an eye, God can change bad to good, disappointment to fulfillment, and sorrow into joy. While man worries and frets over the issues of life, God knows that He has everything under control.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
Romans 8:26 ESV
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