|Posted on December 7, 2014 at 10:30 AM|
Remembering the Birth
“Contrasting Tradition with Biblical Truth”
Matthew 1:18-25, 2:1-12
Christmas is the most celebrated holiday. Everybody, especially kids, are so excited in anticipation of the gifts and the parties. People in all walks of life, in all kinds of situations, both rich and poor, in abundance and constraint, they always find their way to celebrate in whatever means available. They celebrated Christmas with all kinds of fun. Year after year, for many this has become a celebration that can't be missed, a tradition that must be kept. However, I noticed that Christmas has become more a celebration of tradition in one of the many seasons, but no longer a celebration because of the reason.
Christmas are portrayed in displays of baby born in a manger, hand crafted blinking stars in colorful lights, gifts beneath the Christmas trees, and menus of food in the table. But as I surveyed the gospel in the book of Matthew, Chapter 1:18-25 and 2:1-12, I saw a different scene. I saw confused and troubled minds. I saw darkness and hatred in human hearts. Matthew introduced me to the engaged. I get to know the wise, as well as the wicked. As I tried to understand them deeply, I saw myself, certainly I was not the wise but the wicked. It was only then that I get to know the child and the reason of his birth. He was born only to die so that the wicked like me who is spiritually dead shall live.
This Sunday, December 7, 2014, together we will look into the conception of Mary and understand God's favor. We will re-experience the confusion of Joseph and understand God's options. We will get to know the wise men and understand God's revelation to the wise. Also, we will revisit the disturbed king Herod and understand God's warning to the wicked.
Together we will rediscover the truth of Christmas. To God be the Glory!
Pastor Melvin Magno