Posted by: Rex Boyles | December 23, 2007

“The Reason for the Season”

I believe that it was a holy night … but there was no way it was a silent night with … “cattle lowing” – “angels singing” – and a newborn baby crying. I would think that “it came upon a midnight clear” … because it was clear enough to see the star … and the angels, too. I would expect the “cattle were lowing” … but if the baby woke up, I doubt that “no crying he makes”. I do not know that there were three “wise men” … but they brought 3 gifts, so it makes sense to me. (I can guarantee you that there was no little drummer boy!) 

I hope that the virgin – great with child – got to at least ride a donkey on their trip to Bethlehem, but there is no word of such a comfort for her. I hope that Joseph was able to find a dry, safe, and warm place for his wife and this “firstborn” son of God … but there is no record of it – only a feeding trough for His crib.

There is so much that I do not know about the blessed moment when the Word became flesh … when Immanuel came to dwell with us … when in the fulness of time, God sent forth His son born of woman.

I do not know what day or what month (exactly) … but I do know:

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to his own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”  (Luke 2:1-6; NIV)

While children sing carols … decorate trees with a star or an angel on top … play Mary and Joseph in their Christmas pageants … they are often reminded that Jesus is the “reason for the season”. Well, I have no problem with that. I figure anything that encourages people to think about Jesus is worthy of emphasis.

But let us all understand that the reason for the season … whatever the day or month … is that a Savior has been born. No wonder they call Him … Jesus. 

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