From Fathers Heart To Yours
Monday, December 11, 2017
The Reason
 
There is always a reason for everything. You and I may not always know the reason at the time, but rest assured there is one and it will show up at some point in the future.
I am remembering all of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. This time of year many people are thinking along the same lines. The story will be repeated in churches and other places commemorating the coming of our Lord into the world. This time, unfortunately, for many is just a time for social and family gatherings. For some it is simply an excuse to "party" more and longer. Wouldn't it be so nice to see everyone honoring Jesus Christ?
When rehearsing the events of the coming of Jesus, we must always go back to the time Gabriel visited Mary in Nazareth. We hear the words, "Blessed art thou among women." (Luke 1:26-35) Yet, when we really look at it, it did not seem like a blessing for all she had to endure. A young virgin, pregnant but not married. For her to say, "Be it unto me according to thy Word" was to put herself up for public ridicule and shame. According to the Law of Moses, she was to be publically stoned to death. Her espoused husband even wanted to put her away, and not go through with their engagement and marriage. Nearing the time of death she travelled a long distance just to find there was no room in the inn. Her son was born and wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. Joseph too had to endure these hardships in order for Jesus to get here.
It is not always easy being a Christian. It sometimes gets hard to do the will of God, face the challenges, and endure the suffering and even shame that often comes with obeying God's command and following the leading of the Holy Spirit. We sometimes find ourselves asking, why this or why that? Even the, "be it unto me according to Thy Word" that we utter at a time of complete surrender is faded from view because of the difficulty involved in fulfilling that commitment.
Then, we begin to ask the reason for it all. With every command; with every vision; with every manger birth, there is a reason. The understanding might not be fully present, but for us to know and keep in our heart and mind, there is a reason for it all, will keep us going along the road to Bethlehem where Christ shall be born.
The reason Joseph and Mary travelled the road they did and the reason Christ was born in Bethlehem is founded in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life."
The thing that is so often forgotten and sometimes placed on the back burner is that, the manger was overshadowed by the cross. It was for this reason the Son of God was born, that He would show us by His life and teachings what God is really like. "If you have seen me you have seen the Father," Jesus said, when asked to show them God. (John 14:9) He endured the suffering of the cross and carrieds our sins in His own body for us. (I Peter 2:24)
In all of our celebrations, it is my prayer that we would remember the reason for it all. Jesus came into the world to save sinners. (I Timothy 1:15)
Perhaps we would each take the time to examine our lives as Christians, and make a more conscience effort to allow Christ to be formed in us and then purpose to show Christ to the world around us.
There is a reason for it all and the reason is that all people be saved. That is what it is all about! How about you ask Jesus into your heart instead of your manger? That, my friend, is the reason He came!