Acts 17:10-11 “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”
Many might think I would have started with a passage from Luke 2 and the Christmas story, but bear with me, please.
In those early days, the spread of the gospel came under vehement opposition, to the place where the uproar of the people sought to kill those responsible for spreading it. The apostle Paul was confronted continuously as Satan stirred up the people.
In Thessalonica, the people there spake of stoning him. After stealing away by night, he came to Berea. There, the people were more civil because they heard him and sought the scriptures to see if it was so.
Many today will hear the story of Christ’s birth and treat it like “Twas the night before Christmas.” Just another story.
After the presents are opened and the meals are served, do we take the time to acknowledge whose birthday we are celebrating? The reality of Jesus Christ, His birth, death, burial, and resurrection has altered this world forever.
We changed our calendars from B.C. (before Christ) to A.D. (Anno Domini or ‘In the year of our Lord). The whole world was turned upside down when Jesus came.
King Herod was so troubled at the thought of another king, he tried killing his rival by having all children two years old and younger murdered.
In the three and half years Jesus walked the earth, John said it could not all be recorded.
John 21:24-25 “This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.”
But the most significant of changes was what happened in my heart the day I put my faith and trust in Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection for my salvation.
My destination was changed from Hell to Heaven.
My understanding now had the leadership and guidance of the Holy Spirit, who indwells me.
My life has meaning and purpose that is eternal.
This day, we celebrate the birth of the Savior.
When all the noise of the day’s celebration has quieted, let us take the time to meditate on all God has given us and truly thank Him.
To all reading today – Merry Christmas! I pray this next year will be one that draws you closer to the Savior and produces more fruit for the kingdom!