Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas - Day 18


The Bible tells us that angels wait to do God’s bidding.  They delight in serving and are happy to do whatever He asks them to do.  We see some specific examples of this as it pertains to Christmas.  For example:

An angel by the name of Gabriel appeared to young Mary and told her she was going to have a baby by the Holy Spirit and that He was going to save people from their sins.  She didn’t understand all of this, but she replied, “Behold the handmaiden of the Lord.  May it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:26-38).  She didn’t understand, but she was obedient to God.

A little later this same angel appeared to Joseph, Mary’s fiancé.  He told Joseph that Mary was going to have a baby but that it was by the Holy Spirit.  She had done nothing wrong and he would not need to divorce her (Matthew 1:18-22).  He didn’t understand all of this either, but he, too, was obedient to God.

Then, on the very night that Jesus was born, many, many angels appeared in the sky.  The light shone brightly in the night sky and they sang ‘Glory to God in the Highest and on earth peace, good will toward men, (Luke 2:8-14).

Did you notice that both Mary and Joseph were willing to do whatever God said, even though they didn’t understand?  This is an important lesson for us; sometimes God asks us to do things we don’t understand, but He still wants us to obey.  Because Mary and Joseph obeyed God they were blessed.  God will bless us too, if we obey Him.


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