When Jesus was born, many people desired lower taxes and less government intrusion in their lives. Where have we heard that before? In Jerusalem, King Herod heard about the birth of a new king and he was troubled. What did it mean?
In his fear and panic, Herod proceeded to commit one of the worst crimes in history by ordering the killing of every Jewish baby boy under two years of age, in order to get Jesus. Herod was desperate to do away with this threat to his power, position, and rule.
Today people are still reacting with fear and panic when faced with Jesus. It is one reason they continue to work to remove Him from classrooms, courtrooms, communities, even Congress. The forces of darkness are devilishly inspired and committed to remove His influence, His name, and His authority from all public life.
Why? When you do away with God, there is now no higher power than yourself, so you get to play God.
Consider how much retail business is done over the Christmas holidays while many complain about Christmas music played in stores. Consider the immense number of parties held between Christmas and New Year’s, yet many object to the phrase, “Merry Christmas.” Consider all the alcohol sold in the Christmas season, clearly indicating Jesus is good for business. The problem is people want a Santa, not a Savior. They want the fairy tale, days off of work, but not the fact.
What fact? That Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.
Read 1 Timothy 1:15.
The play has been performed over and over, where the child chosen to play the innkeeper in the Christmas play had to tell the children playing Mary and Joseph that there was no room in the inn. But as he stood on stage that afternoon or evening, he looked into the audience and froze up, forgetting his lines momentarily, then smiled, overcame his fear, and announced, “I’m not supposed to do this, but come on in anyway.”
Isn’t it interesting that you can make room in your life for pleasure, for business, and or leisure, but if you make room for the crucified Christ, you are looked at as odd, weird, even radical?
Instead of ending this Christmas season exhausted, discouraged, and in debt, renew your commitment to love Jesus and serve others. If you are not yet a follower of Jesus, invite Him into your life. You may be looking back with regret on some bad decisions you’ve made this year, but making room for Jesus as your Lord and Savior is the best move you can now make.
Why would someone extremely intelligent leave the comfort of their home, travel thousands of miles by camel, brave desert roads of danger, and follow a star to an unfamiliar destination? It is because wise men and women have always hungered for God.
Serve globally. Knowing God addresses our need to be forgiven, to experience peace and joy, and understand our purpose on earth. Wise men and women seek Him and make Him known.
Love is a verb,
©2018 by Mike Olejarz