“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman….” (Galatians 4:4 NKJV)
The long awaited Messiah came to this world in God-appointed time. The Jews living in those days expected their Messiah to be born in a palace and they expected that He would deliver them from the Roman rule and reign as king forever in Jerusalem. But what actually took place was that Jesus Christ was born in a poor family, and was laid in a manger. The poverty of the family is understood clearly when we read Luke 2:22-24. It says that when the days of Mary’s purification according to the law of Moses was completed and as they came to the temple in Jerusalem to present the baby Jesus to the Lord, they could afford only a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons. In Leviticus 12:6 we read that those who can afford must offer a lamb and a young pigeon or turtledove, and in verse 8 we read that only if they cannot afford a lamb can they offer two turtledoves or two young pigeons. Because Jesus was born in such a pathetic condition, the Jews did not recognize Him. Even after 2000 plus years, Jesus Christ is the most misunderstood personality in the world.
But God’s standards and principles are not comparable with human thinking. A thorough and complete scrutiny of life itself reveals the truth that being born in a rich family has nothing to do with blessedness. I am not advising here to abnegate or reject wealth. Wealth and riches are of a great help in daily living. But wealth should not be our focus, our aim must be to use our resources, large or small, according to the will of God. When we shift our attention from the will of God to the desires of luxuries and comforts of life, we are walking on the wrong road. Jesus, who was in heaven, the most luxurious and sumptuous place, came down as a babe in one of the most Spartan places in the whole world. This is the attitude of God.
These days, as we remember and celebrate the birth of our Savior, are we blaming God because we are under financial debt, or are unable to pay the bills, or do not have a car but only an old bicycle? It is a good thing to remember the miraculous ways the Lord has led us so far hitherto. Grumbling and complaining will do no good. Wealth is not always reliable, but a devout life brings meaning and sustainability to life. The question of the hour is, is our Christmas celebration acceptable in God’s sight? Are we thankful for Him for what He has done for us? Or is Christmas just a time to enjoy and have fun? Is there any point in life that we need to change? God is eagerly waiting for our response.
Let us not wait any longer and celebrate a meaningful and fruitful Christmas. Dedicating our lives into the hands of our Savior is the best way of responding to the call of God. It will change your life forevermore. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GOD BLESS!