Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Have you ever thought about the first groups of people who visited Jesus on the first Christmas? I believe that the simple fact of having shepherds and magi as the first guests at Jesus first birthday displays some awesome symbolism about who Jesus really is. I want to start by explaining a bit about these two groups of people.

Shepherds- Literally, people who watched after, fed, and lived with sheep. In Israel, shepherds were on the bottom rung of society. They were considered dirty, smelly, uneducated, immoral, irresponsible, untrustworthy alcoholics. In fact, they were so low in society that they weren’t even allowed to testify in a court of law!

Magi- The “wise men.” Possibly the most educated, respected, wealthy, and trusted people on Earth. They were representatives from various religions and parts of the world who got together to discuss philosophy, science, and other intellectual aspects of life. They were so respected, that many cultures wouldn't allow anyone to be king or any other type of leader unless they had approval of the local magi.

Why does this matter? I believe this shows that Jesus was truly born to save EVERYONE. From the highest of highs, to the lowest of lows; from the richest to the poorest; from the ends of the Earth, to those just down the road; from any type of foreign religion, to those whose families have followed God for generations; I believe that Jesus is for everyone.

God so LOVED the world, that He GAVE His only Son, so that WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM will not perish, but have EVERLASTING LIFE. John 3:16 (emphasis added)

Have you ever truly experienced Christmas? Has Jesus ever been born into your heart? There is no better time than NOW to give your life to Christ!

On behalf of the YES/DSEA team, I wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a blessed New Year!