Christmas is over… Happy New Year!

It’s easy to be caught up in the end of Christmas, as sad as that sounds. Christmastime goes even quicker than it comes with the start of the new year: new years resolutions to accomplish, a new semester to dread, new teachers to impress, new chores to leave until the last minute, etc, etc. With this time of newness and fresh starts, it’s easy to move on too quickly from the story of Jesus’ birth, especially since his birth is celebrated year after year like just another holiday on the list. But what if we didn’t treat it like any other holiday and move on so quickly from it this year? What if we took a second look and responded to Jesus’ birth appropriately?

Take a look at Luke 2 (Jesus’ birth narrative). We see that different people all responded differently to the birth of Jesus, all appropriate and all acceptable.

The shepherds – “When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child… glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen” (Luke 2:17, 20, NIV). The shepherds became instantly evangelistic. They met Jesus, saw the King, and wanted the world to know.

Mary – “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19, NIV). Mary took a more contemplative approach, treasuring Jesus’ birth in her heart.

Simeon – “praised God” (Luke 2:28, NIV). Simeon, after years of waiting for the Messiah, praised God through song and prayer.

Anna – “gave thanks to God” (Luke 2:38, NIV). Anna, a prophet waiting for the Messiah almost her entire life, thanked God and spread the news of redemption to all who would hear.

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How are you going to respond to Jesus’ birth this year? Spread the good news of redemption like Anna and the shepherds. Spend time with God through prayer and meditating on God’s truth like Mary. Praise God through song and prayer like Simeon.

This event is too important to gloss over like any other holiday.

Jesus is here.

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