Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson
"On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh."
When was Jesus born? Is there any indication in God's Word that would answer that question? As a matter of fact there is, and it strongly points to the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles.
The Feast of Tabernacles is called "the season of our joy" and "the feast of the nations." In Luke 2:10 it is written, "And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people." Thus we can see from this that the terminology the angel used to announce the birth of Jesus were themes and messages associated with the Feast of Tabernacles.
There are other references that you may wish to search out for yourself. Just go online and research the date of Jesus' birth.
I do not want to be an old humbug about this, but it is a sad commentary that we have been programmed by tradition rather than God's Word as to the time of His coming.
But there is another matter that I would like to explore. It is the matter of gift giving. Imagine that it is your birthday and people have flocked over to your house with their arms loaded with gifts. They suddenly begin to exchange these gifts with each other but have brought nothing for you. Do you get the picture?
Let me digress long enough to mention that birthday celebrations are mentioned only twice in Scripture. In both instances the celebration resulted in a beheading. The first is in Genesis chapter 40 when the Pharaoh had the baker's head removed just as Joseph had foretold.
The second mention of a birthday is recorded in Matthew 14:6 and Mark 6:21. It was the birthday celebration of Herod and you may recall that at the bidding of Herodias, John the Baptist was beheaded.
Jesus came into the world to give mankind the greatest gift that anyone could ever imagine—eternal life! The sad thing is that so many have neglected this precious gift. It is there for anyone who will accept it, but most people ignore it or reject it.
Since the Christmas celebration was just a few days ago, we have almost a year to share the message that it is not the "day" we worship, but Jesus who became flesh and lived for a time as a man in order that He might redeem us with His shed blood and give us the precious gift of eternal life! That is the real gift!!
Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!
--- Pastor Cecil
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