The idea of Jesus arriving among the sheep of Bethlehem (many of which would be sacrificed in the Temple), and Jesus being the last of the sacrificial lambs was a neat thought.
The readings have centered around the idea of waiting on Jesus. When we accepted Jesus we took Jesus into our lives and said I will become a bond servant to Christ. I see many of us Christians trying to live that out in our walk, myself included. My walk though in many ways is like that of the older son in the parable of the Prodigal Son. I also see this in the walks of many Christians. Upon return of the prodigal son the Father runs out and greets him, gets out the best robe and adorns him, has a fatted calf killed and tosses a party. The older son refuses to go into the party and tosses a little pity party. You never recognized me this way or gave me a fatted calf to make merry with my friends he tells the Father. The Father says to the older son you have always been with me. All I have is yours. Rejoice that your brother has returned. What am I trying to say here. Because of my belief I do have all that the Father has promised me. I, however, have taken the relationship and made it one of obeying rules. I have forgotten the being merry and rejoicing in the relationship with God. I have forgotten the being merry and rejoicing with others my relationship with God. I have the fatted calf, the best robe. It is there for me from God. I am to rejoice and be merry in my relationship with God. I am to share that joy and making merry in my relationship with others. Yes we are to wait on directions from God but we are to celebrate our relationship with God. We do this because Jesus was born 2000 years ago. We do it because Jesus is in our lives now because of our asking Jesus in. On Christmas we celebrate. God is asking us to celebrate every day of the year.
Excellent thoughts! Since this is the last blog, I want to reiterate that this devotional series has been very meaningful to me and thus, in my mind, worth every penny of what it cost ($137.50) if I were the only one reading it. I’m worth every penny! 🙂
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