Christmas is almost here and what few preparations I have made will have to do for this year. Some years I go all out with decorating the house. Other years I go all out on fixing many candies and cookies and other festive food preparations. Still other years I go all out in both food and decorations. This year I haven’t gotten much accomplished and I think that is a sign of my years creeping up on me. My energy level just isn’t what it used to be and the hard knocks of life are still coming so I have decided to get back to basics and I will make Christmas this year all about Him!
The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham:
Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez was the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram. Ram was the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon. Salmon was the father of Boaz by Rahab, Boaz was the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of David the king.
David was the father of Solomon by Bathsheba who had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon was the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asa. Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah. Uzziah was the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah. Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, and Amon the father of Josiah. Josiah became the father of Jeconiah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
After the deportation to Babylon: Jeconiah became the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel was the father of Abihud, Abihud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor. Azor was the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud. Eliud was the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob. Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah.
So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations. Matthew 1:1-17, (New American Standard Bible or NASB).
God’s promises are always kept. His promise to Abraham that he would be the father of many nations and great kings were fulfilled in the birth of Jesus (Genesis 17). Abraham was one hundred years old when he fathered his son of the promise Isaac (Genesis 21) and God still kept His promise to Abraham and Sarah, his wife. God kept His promise to King David that even after the King repented of grievous sins against the Holy God of Heaven that his son Solomon would be born and would build the temple where God would reside on earth (1 Kings 8:20). Knowing and seeing that God fulfills all His promises is encouraging to me. God doesn’t need to hurry to fulfill any promises. He doesn’t have to because He is the creator of time and can manipulate it anyway He chooses, but He always keeps His promises.
One of the greatest promises from the very beginning made to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden was that a Messiah would be born to crush Satan (Genesis 3:15). From that day forward God set eternity into our hearts to either accept Him or reject Him (Ecclesiastes 3:11). God fulfilled His promise to all of us when Jesus was born, died, and rose again victorious over sin, death, and Satan (Revelation 12). Today Satan is still fighting and Christians are the foe of Satan because he hates Jesus so much. But one day, not so far in the distance we will see Jesus come and put that old serpent down (Revelation 19) and Satan will reign no more (Revelation 20) and Jesus will be King forever and ever (Revelation 21 and 22).
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” Revelation 22:16, (NASB).
You see, Christmas is all about Him. It is all about the birth of our Savior. It is all about the future, our future, and about hope, our hope, to sustain us and to guide us through this time in our lives to our eternal destination. It is all about our love for others that we can share with them the Good News of Jesus Christ. It is about time that we all started living the Good News of Jesus. It isn’t about Santa Claus, it isn’t about Hallmark greeting cards and movies, it isn’t about how much money we spend for gifts to give others, it isn’t about how many parties we are invited to or whether we get a Christmas bonus check. It is about Jesus being born into an earthly family and how He gave love to others, and guided their souls to an understanding of who He is and why He came. It is about us and how we treat others, whether we show them God’s love, always putting others before our own self, and having courage to stand against the Devil and the schemes of this world. It is about the love of God given on that night so many years ago and how this gift has changed the world! Merry Christmas everyone.
Until next time…Katherine