Today’s Devotion is written by me.
Have a Blessed Day!
Indifference to Christmas.
(1) Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.
(2) Saying, “where is He that is born king of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and we are come to worship Him.
(3) When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
(4) And when he gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
(5) And they said unto him, in Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus is written by the profit.
(6) And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judaea, art not the least among the princes of Judaea: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
Each year, there’s a predictable variety of responses to the celebrations and traditions of the holiday season. We will be examining three reactions to Christmas.
Today is a reaction to the first one:
Although it has been 2,000 years since Jesus was born, His birth still elicits similar attitudes.
One common response is indifference.
Even people that are filled with the holiday spirit and celebrate Christmas with decorations, dinners and gifts, have become totally indifferent to Jesus. He doesn’t even cross their minds because they have lost sight of the reason for Christmas.
In the story of the magi’s search for the newborn King of the Jews, we see a surprising indifference on the part of the religious leaders. The entourage from the east caused quite a stir in Jerusalem. It wasn’t everyday that impressive visitors with such a shocking and exciting announcement would visit. Yet when King Herod asked the scribes and chief priests where the Messiah was to be born, they simply told him the answer but made no attempt to go to Bethlehem themselves. Their lives were already filled with their religious duties, and they had no interest or time or interest in anything that might disrupt their portions of prominence and authority.
Sometimes it’s easy to let the pressures of Christmas push Jesus right out of our thoughts. After all the shopping is finished, the gifts are wrapped and the food is prepared, we might rush off to an Christmas Eve service. But even then, we often feel distracted.
Though it may take deliberate refocusing, this year let’s intentionally make Jesus the priority of Christmas.