The holidays are again among us. Every month from September to January there are events to celebrate or bring revelry to us. December was quick on the heels of Thanksgiving, an American holiday to give thanks to our brave forefathers and foremothers. Now, we thank God for the Messiah being born in the city of Bethlehem at approximately 2,022 A.D. years according to our current calendar.
It must have been difficult knowing that the Messiah was wrapped up in such a small bundle of joy. Imagine now, we parents often wonder what our child will grow up to be someday. Will they have our image, or Aunt Mary’s big nose or grandma’s big belly, or be as thin as a rail like Uncle Charles, who can eat anything he wants and not gain a significant amount of extra fat? We wonder if they will be Christians, or on a road to Hell despite the godly upbringing they had? We wonder if they will believe in God at all. We wonder about their personality. Will they be strong-willed, and forthright in their speech or weak-willed and easily manipulated unto others will? Are they shy, outgoing, or somewhere in between? We wonder if they are book-smart, street-smart, or both. We wonder about so many things, how our influence has contributed to the success or failures of our child, and does it really matter in the long end of life?
Somehow, knowing that your child is of God himself in flesh and bone, containing the heart; mind, spirit, and soul of God can be hard to fathom unless you have been touched by God. Your heart is prepared to be a parent, to embrace all the responsibilities of teaching your child the morals, values, and way they should go in life, yet let them teach you these things because they are directly from God himself.
Isn’t it interesting that Jesus was 30 years old before he took to the path of gathering people to him, teaching the masses the way of God in himself? I have read that psychologists, and physicians of today state that we are not fully grown until we are around our early 30s. Children have a great jump of awaking when they are in their just teens around 12-19 years when they gather there are responsibilities and expectations upon themselves, they have a new knowledge that is no longer child-like thinking. Children have passed the time of being “grown-up” foolishness that teenagers possess or being swayed by someone else opinion that the 20s bring about. Indeed a person who is in their early 30 years is more settled in their mind, and belief system, figuring out for themselves what are the truths, and what are fictions for their own self-identity? Other decades bring about more maturity, and stages of development.
As we go into this acknowledged celebration where people take a day off to recognize a small baby of special significance has entered our world that will conquer the sting of death through all sin that we possess. Jesus prepared the way for us through the truth that God gave to him and through his own death on the cross at a hill name Calvary. A death though complete in itself could not keep him in a grave. In his resurrection from the grave and ascension into heaven, the proof was given that is of God. In, that we celebrate God with trees to represent the cross, lights to represent the star leading the shepherds and wise kings to Jesus, and gifts to each other to represent those of the king’s gifts to King Jesus. Jesus left his testimonies in the bible so that all humankind could know about his walk on earth and how to join him after their appointed time alive is over, for he will be back to gather all of us together unto himself forever. Surely, he will come soon.