Festive ribbon-necklace-thing, check.
Mixing bowl, check.
Einstein hair, check.
It must be Christmas Eve.
It’s crunch time.
Last night I baked over 150 cinnamon rolls.
This morning I made glaze for the cinnamon rolls & cookies.
I have casseroles to make, spinach to cream, kale to saute.
I have last minute presents to wrap, floors to mop, & dogs to bathe (yeah right!)
But that’s not what this holiday is about is it?
It’s about the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord & Savior.
Mary of Nazarath was living in Galilee & was engaged to be married to a Jewish carpenter named Joseph. An angel visited her & told her that she would beget a son by the power of the Holy Spirit. “How will this be? I am a virgin,” Mary said to the angel. The angel explained that this child would be God’s Son, & “anything is possible with God”.
Thus, Mary rejoiced in the Lord her Savior.
While Mary was still engaged to Joseph, still a virgin, she became pregnant with the help of the Holy Spirit. When Mary told Joseph told she was pregnant, he felt disgraced, especially with the social stigma that every woman remain a virgin until after marriage. & here Mary was, his fiance, pregnant & he knew it was not his own.
Under Jewish law, she could not only be divorced by Joseph, she could be put to death by stoning.
Although Joseph initially thought to end the engagement, he treated Mary with extreme kindness.
But God is GREAT, & he is all-knowing. He knew what Joseph would think, so he sent an Angel to Joseph in his sleep – where the Angel verified Mary’s story. The Angel explained that the child in her womb was conceived by the will of the Holy Spirit, that his name would be Jesus & that he is the Messiah.
When Joseph woke from his dream, he willingly obeyed God and took Mary home to be his wife. Perhaps this noble quality is one of the reasons God chose him to be the Messiah’s father here on earth.
Caesar of Rome decreed that there should be a census – everyone had to go to his hometown to take the census. As Joseph was son of David, whom was from Bethlehem, Joseph & Mary traveled to Bethlehem.
Due to the census the town must have been full, which must be why the inn was crowded & Mary had to give birth in a manger.
Shepherds were in the fields tending their flock at night, & an angel came down & told the shepherds that the Savior, the Messiah, the Son of God was born. The angel directed the shepherds to the manger where Jesus Christ, our Lord & Savior lay. & the shepherds went.
There they found Mary, Joseph, & baby Jesus. After their visit they spread the word near & far of the child & what the Lord’s angel told them. They praised God, glorifying Him! Mary stayed quiet, holding the sleeping child wrapped in blankets. It must have been strange, & hard to grasp, that the baby bundled up in her arms was the Savior of the world.
When Jesus was born, Herod was king of Judea. At this time, Wise Men from the east saw a star in the sky. They searched for Jesus, knowing the star was a sign from God that his Son, the King of the Jews, was born.
The Wise Men bowed to Him, offering Him gifts of incense, gold,& myrr.
Herod told the Wise Men he wished also to worship the child, so they were to return to him.
However, the Wise Men had been warned in a dream- Herod was plotting to kill Jesus. So the Wise Men did not return.
& remember to rejoice in the Lord this holiday season.