Sunday, January 11, 2015

Does Christmas have to be over?

This time of year always makes me sad. Christmas has just passed, all of the decorations have been taken down, the presents put away, the Christmas cookies eaten (except at my house; come on over, I still have bags of cookies in my freezer). It's as if Christmas never happened, as if the baby Jesus had never been born. 
I would rather it stay Christmas a while longer. My tree is still up and there are still unopened presents underneath it. I think Christmas should be celebrated all year long. 
Not that many presents though

Day 22
Instructed by the king, they (the wise men) set off. Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time! (Matthew 2:9-10, The Message Bible)
No one is quite certain who the magi were. Whoever they were though, searching for the one who was recently born King of the Jews was an important quest for them. It is possible that they had devoted the better part of their lives in this pursuit. They had been studying ancient texts for years, probably analyzing astrological charts to find this particular star. If this search for the Christ child had been their lifelong ambition, how excited they must have been to find Jesus.
Have you been searching for Jesus this earnestly? In our modern times, we like to think that He is much easier to find. All we have to do is open our Bible or go to church, right? But it is not enough to just learn about Him. To truly find our Savior, we must welcome Him into our lives and into our hearts. We must accept Him as our very best friend.

(From "The Early Life of Jesus in 40 Days", available from Life Sentence Publishing,, Barnes and Noble or contact me and I can mail you a signed copy.)

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