EVER WONDERED WHAT happened shortly after Jesus was born? That's an interesting question. We all feel that sense of uncertainty and even confusion after the crowds leave.
EVER WONDERED WHAT happened shortly after Jesus was born? That's an
interesting question. We all feel that sense of uncertainty and even
confusion after the crowds leave. When the house is still and quiet. The
beautifully wrapped Christmas paper lies in piles, amid open boxes, stray
ribbons, and bows. The once-hidden Christmas surprises sit silent and
unattended under the tree now revealed.
What should we do after the celebration begins to subside? Now that all
that effort to prepare has come to pass on Christmas morning, what should
guide our thoughts? Where might we focus our attention?
Let's let the Scriptures guide us:
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.
What a fitting response to the wonder of Christ's birth . . . offering
ourselves in consecration to the Lord. Only a week beyond the night of His
birth, the heavenly Gift, the baby Jesus, was offered as a gift back to the
Lord. Mary and Joseph were committed to a life of obedience to the law of
the Lord. I find that to be one of the most remarkable details in the
entire Christmas narrative.
Have you consecrated yourself and your family to the Lord at any point this
season? Have you consciously determined to honor the Lord and His Word in
obedience? The day after Christmas, the next week following, and the
remaining days of this lingering year, make a commitment to consecrate
yourself to Him. Give Him your children, offer Him your home and your
possessions, and present your new year, soon to dawn, to the One who came