When you think of Christmas, what comes to mind first? The food? The lights? The tree? The warmth of family gatherings? Maybe the presents? For each person it might be something different. Maybe your mind immediately goes to Christmases past when life was simpler and the hustle and bustle was a little less frustrating, and a lot more joy inducing.
Now think about the very first Christmas. Go back to the story you’ve heard many times before. Think of what it was like then...minus all the trimmings. Minus all the parties. Minus the cards, the ornaments and family gatherings. Think about the story. The real story. Now, what comes to mind?
This year we want to take you back to the First Christmas, and remember it in all of its unique glory and power, but also in the reality of what it was truly like for Mary, Joseph, and Jesus.
It wasn’t as perfect as a Christmas Card might make you think. The sights, sounds and smells of a farm-yard isn’t exactly Christmas Card perfection. But, the beauty of the story, isn’t found in the setting. It’s found in the obedience of Mary, the love of Joseph, and the reality of a Savior named Jesus.
Let’s celebrate Christmas this year as if it was the First Christmas ever!
Have you ever met someone who was just a little bit different? Not in a bad way, but a positive way. What’s different is that they walk by faith, not by sight. In fact, they seem to walk to the beat of a different drum. They see the world through a different set of eyes. They have different values. They even live on another level and seem to have a swagger about them that others just don’t possess. They seem to demonstrate an extraordinary attitude, calm and determination that carries them through even the most difficult circumstances. Joseph seemed to have those kinds of qualities in his life. He walked by faith and had to trust God when it would seem most others would’ve walked away. Joseph’s first Christmas was a wild rollercoaster ride of emotions, but in the midst of all the craziness he was steady and safe for Mary and Jesus. There’s so much to admire and learn from Joseph and how he handled the First Christmas.