The Celebration

birth Jesus 1And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day (Matthew 20:17-19). The announcements of Jesus’ birth was kept a secret from those trying to kill Him, so after you feast and celebrate His birth, there is more horrors to come for Him. Be careful your celebration of Jesus’s birth does not mean you are happy that He is going to be killed! He did not come to be born and made a mockery of, but His coming was to die as a sinner, to save you and me. When you think of it this way, make every effort to leave room for repentance, rather than mockery, because the world celebrated His death, when His apostles were in mourning! Do not be taken away with the traditions of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Make this memorial of His birth what it ought to be: a reminder of what really went on, rather than celebrating what the world did to Him, be no part in the world’s festivals! When the wise men announced that they were going to see the baby king, Herod wanted to see Him too, but for a very different reason (Matthew 2:1-15), beware who you celebrate the birth of Jesus with, and for what reason. God bless your spirit.

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