To the readers of this blog, it may appear that I need a lesson in spelling. Back in October, while MJ was grocery shopping here in South Africa, I came across a German Christmas fruit bread called “Christ Stollen” which actually means: “after Christ”. As MJ finished her grocery list, my mind kept going back to the first Christmas and how Herod tried to steal and kill Jesus, the Son of God, born to Mary and Joseph.
To this day, 2000 years “after Christ” was born, a “Herod spirit” prevails around the world. Over the centuries, revolutionists and dictators have tried to eliminate Christianity. Even today, governments in different parts of the world are removing crosses from churches and shutting them down all together. The ministry initiatives we are involved in can attest to this.
In spite of the fact that people are still trying to steal the Christ of Christmas, He and His message are still very much alive!!!
Here are a few thoughts that will encourage us to make sure that no one steals Christ from Christmas.
1) Never lose the spirit of Christmas
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
2) Never lose the spirit of giving at Christmas and all year long.
2 Corinthians 8:7
“But just as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”
3) Never stop telling your children and their children about the spirit of Christmas
“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”
Together, let’s make sure that no one steals Christ from our Christmas!
Until next time…