postheadericon Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 10


"When they had seen him, they spread the word
concerning what had been told them about this child,
and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them."
- Luke 2:17-18

How different would our lives be if we had seen baby Jesus with our own eyes? Would it be easier to tell people about His birth; the real meaning of Christmas? Would we be like the shepherds out spreading the word about the birth of Christ?

This story from the beginning of Jesus' life makes me think of one from the end of His life on earth. The story of "Doubting" Thomas.

"Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve,
was not with the disciples when Jesus came.
So the other disciples told him,
'We have seen the Lord!'
But he said to them,
'Unless I see the nail marks in his hands
and put my finger where the nails were,
and put my hand into his side,
I will not believe.'
A week later his disciples were in the house again,
and Thomas was with them.
Though the doors were locked,
Jesus came and stood among them and said,
'Peace be with you!'
Then he said to Thomas,
'Put your finger here; see my hands.
Reach out your hand and put it into my side.
Stop doubting and believe.'
Thomas said to him, 'My Lord and my God!'
Then Jesus said to him,
'Because you have seen me,
you have believed;
blessed are those who have not seen
and yet have believed.'"
- John 20:24-29

Thomas, like the shepherds, were able to see Jesus. They all had a first-hand experience with the King of Kings. We are not so lucky. However, we are the blessed that Jesus talks about. We are the ones who have not seen Him in the earthly sense. But we still believe.

Believe.

A word that is used a lot at Christmastime. A word that holds an immense amount of meaning. And it reminds me of one of my favorite Christmas movies, Miracle on 34th Street.

In the movie, Kris Kringle says this:

"I'm a symbol of the human ability to be able to suppress
the selfish and hateful tendencies that rule the major part of our lives.
If you can't believe, if you can't accept anything on faith,
then you're doomed to live a life dominated by doubt."

Believe. Have faith.

"For we live by faith, not by sight."
- 2 Corinthians 5:7

We didn't see Jesus in that manger, but that doesn't mean we can't do just what the shepherds did and spread the word about this child. This man. This savior.

Down in a lowly manger
Our humble Christ was born
And God sent us salvation
That blessed Christmas morn
Go, Tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, Tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born
 

Comments  

 
0 # SarahB. 2014-12-21 22:57
I can see why! Love it and you! Merry Christmas. Now that I'll have a few days off I might be able to catch up and read your writings since thanksgiving!

Believe
 
 
0 # Janet 2014-12-31 10:37
Love you, too! Happy New Year!