Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Birth - 25th Day of Advent

Birth - If you type in "Birth of" in Google, you get quite a few concepts - Nations, Ideas, Beauty, Venus, Baby and Jesus.  Obviously, with the first Advent, they were anticipating the birth of the Christ child.  Our current Advent is slightly different - we're awaiting a birthday, so that we can celebrate that first Christmas today; we're also anticipating Christ's return.  Interestingly, only Matthew talks about the "birth" of Christ in Chapter 1:18:  "Now the birth of Jesus Christ was in this way: When His mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost."

With the birth of Christ we also see the birth of nations and ideas.  The whole world changed because of this birth, so in the celebration of this momentous occasion, acknowledging just how huge an event it is would likely help you to find the presence of the Lord we talked about yesterday.  Put it into perspective - first, of a Jew of the time:  this was the long-awaited Messiah!  Think about how long since this birth that we have been waiting, and at least double the amount of time that they waited for His appearance.  Is it any wonder that He wasn't recognized by so many?

And now look at it from the perspective of knowing how the Earth has changed since Christ was here last; how many things are as a direct result of one man walking the Earth.  What else will we see change before the next Advent is finished?

Activity for the Day:  Sit down and make a list of all the things you can think of that are a result of God being born in the form of a little child.  Talk about it with someone else.  Share it here.

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