Google+ 12/26/13 Stay at the Manger Just a Little Longer!

Luke 2:21-24

 

Eight days later, when the baby was circumcised,

He was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel even before he was conceived.

Then it was time for their purification offering,

As required by the law of Moses after the birth of a child;

So his parents took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.

The law of the Lord says, “If a woman’s first child is a boy, he must be dedicated to the Lord."

So they offered the sacrifice required in the law of the Lord—

“Either a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

 

In part two of our twelve-part devotion series entitled, "Christmas and the Manager Live Forever!" we look in on Mary and Joseph after the birth of Jesus.  Because of all the commercial "hype" around Christmas, that has been going on since September, there is an understandable "let-down" the day after Christmas.  Some businesses are still closed for vacation.  Most schools are still out for winter break and the kids are already bored with the presents they opened yesterday!  Retailers will be clogged with shoppers who are returning all those "must-have" items today in lieu of something that has more curb appeal.  The gift cards will be out in full force as the Christmas sales get into full swing.  It is easy to get lost in all this worldly mayhem.  How do we avoid this major dent in our Christmas joy?  Let's do what Mary and Joseph did.  The shepherds are gone.  The census is over.  Taxes have been paid and all are accounted for in Bethlehem.  The kings haven't arrived yet, and won't for a while.  Word of the Christ-child's birth is just now reaching Herod.  The stable has returned to it's natural state with just the animals and their guests, Mary, Joseph, and Jesus.  I suspect that Bethlehem has moved on to the next "holiday."  The star is still in the east, but everyone has seen it by now.  It is old news.  What do Mary and Joseph do?  They re-read the law and the prophets and prepare for the dedication of their male, Jewish child in the temple on day eight.  They prepared for the journey to Jerusalem.  As compared to their journey to Bethlehem, this would be a six-mile "piece of cake," but they have added an infant to their traveling party!   Don't get caught up in the world's quick dismissal of Christmas.  Please don't buy your Valentine's cards today, even though the stores will probably be putting them out!  Take some time to savor the birth of Christ.  Let His peace fill your life today.  "Stay at the Manger Just a Little Longer!"