For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. Isaiah 9:6-7
As we enter the week of the birth of Jesus, the celebration of Christmas, I cannot help but reflect on the divine consequence of one little child's birth. From that day forward, nothing would ever be the same. With his first heart beat, his first gasp for air, Satan was defeated and the rules of the game of life would be forever changed. Not just changed during his 33 or so years on earth, but FOR-EVER!
In this little baby, born through the seed of God, rested the future of mankind. Imagine the pressure Joseph and Mary felt raising him as a child? Consider the burden that Jesus carried throughout his boyhood and into manhood knowing his role in the future of the world?
How dare we, as followers of Jesus, give into the seduction of Satan and his earthly treasure during this most remarkable time of year! Shame on us for distorting and manipulating a wonderful story centered on the birth of our Lord into one focused on 3 men bringing gifts. In this broken down world of politically correctness where we aren't supposed to hug one another and wish everyone Merry Christmas, I propose a new idea.
Similar to the group that has replaced Christ in Christmas with an X, I propose that anyone who chooses to bastardize the birth of our Lord do so in a way that we all know where their heart truly is...by calling it Giftmas! I know, it's a clever idea. It sounds like Christmas, looks similar to Christmas, is much easier to say than xmas. It's perfect! Merry Giftmas! That would fit nicely with Happy Holidays! I can see it on sweatshirts and hats already. In the true spirit of Giftmas, someone will make a mint marketing it and selling useless crap with it stitched on it. Maybe I should copyright it now? Hmmm....
I think it's a great idea! Solely because it would give us a better understanding of how many people we need to reach with good news of Jesus Christ. How many lost souls are out there floundering in the darkness chasing obsessions, looking for joy in all the wrong places (hey, that could be a song).
I know, my tone today was a bit harsh today, but the Spirit of the Lord is harsh at times when dealing with issues of the heart. I think today was a day for refocusing for the week. He said it best, Love the Lord God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your spirit and with all your soul.
What do you say we spend the rest of the week focusing on the celebration of the birth of a King, the Prince of Peace? Let everyone else celebrate Giftmas, we can celebrate Christmas!