It’s the most wonderful time of the year, one of my favorite Christmas carols sung by Andy Williams. This song definitely wets our appetite, and prepares a people for the holiday spirit of: shopping, preparing for the sales, prepping for Christmas dinner, wrapping Christmas gifts, taking pictures with Santa, giving to the community, helping our children write letters to Santa, playing in the snow with our children, sending Christmas cards to close family and close friends, decorating our homes with Christmas colors, wearing our favorite ‘ugly’ sweaters, spending time with family and friends, taking family photos, watching our favorite Christmas movies, and having our favorite hot chocolate drinks with whip cream. Commercials are showing us a multitude of deals for apparel, for electronics, and for appliances. If a people were not in the holiday spirit at the beginning, by all of these things and the people that are around spreading the cheer, they would certainly get in to it now. After all of these emotional connections with spending and celebrating for the holiday season, let us explore what Christmas is really about: the coming and the birth of Jesus. Let’s take a look at this journey of being a mother, and how the gift of life is important to the world, for the world, and in the world.
Christmas has a lineage of history since the beginning of time. A mother how she conceives and brings forth life…what an amazing and powerful position, role and responsibility of being a mother. In the Book of Genesis it reads, “And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living,” and he called her "Woman because she was taken out of man," (Genesis 2:3). Intriguing, yet rewarding because a mother is more than a woman getting pregnant, shifting her body to carry a child, and birthing a child; however she is the mother that carries the gifts for the world with the power and strength of her body, with her mind, and with the Strength of God. These gifts are a significant piece of the puzzle in our world because they are a value-added experience to make a difference for all of us. Mothers carry future generations, future nations, and future game changers. Every time she conceives, there is a reason for her being with child, and that reason is to celebrate and to prepare the coming of a new born baby. When babies are born in to the world, they are given a name, with a definition, a purpose, and they are trained up in the direction of their appointment. For instance, when Eve birthed Cain, his purpose was to be the “tiller of the ground,” (Genesis 4:2) and Abel, her second son, “was the a keeper of sheep,” (Genesis 4:2). Cain’s name meant acquired a man from the Lord (Genesis 4:1). Since the beginning of time, the Bible shows us to name our children that defines who they are and defines, usually, what they were called to become. Let’s explore a little more…
When we look at the story of Moses, a man that was once a baby that was withdrawn from the water, due to his mother having to hide him from Pharaoh that ordered midwives to kill the son of the Hebrew women at their birthstools, he birthed to become a deliver. However, Moses’ mother didn’t know that she would be carrying a son that would be the one to deliver the people from Pharaoh’s army in order to save his people. All she knew was to protect her son from harm's way. Amazingly, she hid him, something so powerful for this future appointed time. Pharaoh’s sister had found him and drew him from the water, and then had her maidservant, Moses’ sister, recommended to go find a Hebrew woman that could nurse him. Pharaoh’s sister advised her to Go, find a woman to nurse him, and guess who was that woman: his mother. In addition, she was paid to nurse her own son. God was all over this situation. She was carrying a son that would one day live in Pharaoh’s house to learn about the Egyptians and be protected by them and understand their walk, and then flee, due to an unforeseen circumstance murder, and then come back to save his people, Hebrews, from bondage. He was chosen to save and she was chosen to give birth and hide her son for the a future promise, and it was fulfilled.
When we read the story about Mary, she was chosen by God to be the one that carries JESUS and birth him in to the world for a purpose. This purpose was written by Elias as a future sign that Jesus eventually revealed to the people in the synagogue that reads, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord (Luke 4:18-19) .” He read it, he spoke what was written, and he lived it and he is fulfilling it. She mentions that future generations will know about her and what was fulfilled through her, from God, in to the world. God’s Spirit was sent in her to bring forth in to the world, a son filled with the Holy Ghost, in order to show us how to live as a people on earth. He was born from a place that wasn’t recognizably known on the map, Bethlehem, and he was born in a manger and wrapped in swaddling clothing. His parents, Mary and Joseph, had nothing,materialistically but they had God. He was and still is the gift to and for the world. This is our present that He loves us and that He cares. Until this day, Jesus’ name rings as well as Mary's.
Elisabeth, Mary’s cousin, heard a word from Zacharias, her husband, that was sent from Gabriel, an Angel sent from God, that she was going to birth a child and call his name John. He was going to be preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight (Luke 3:3-4), and it was fulfilled. What's amazing about Elisabeth and Mary is that when they greeted one another and Elisabeth heard Mary's voice, Elisabeth's baby leaped in her belly and she was filled with the Holy Spirit. Hence, when John became older baptized people he says, "I indeed baptize you with water, but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire (Luke 3:16).
All of these stories are a representation of gifts, and how women play a pivotal moment by birthing gifts to the world and followed suit to prepare the path for them. I say to all mothers, soon to be mothers, that there are gifts inside of you that you are preparing to birth in to this world. God reveals it to us, but we have be attentive. Babies are precious jewels, and we need them in order for our future on earth to continue the circle of life. Embrace these precious gifts from God, and enjoy that gift of life and what life has to offer all of us. When God speaks to us about our babies, listen. He advised Abraham, formerly known as Abram, that , Sarah, formerly known as Sarai, “I will bless her and also give you a son by her, then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations, kings of people shall be from her, (Genesis, 17:16). She was barren and of old age, and she had Isaac, and she thought she could never be with child.
Remember this day is a celebration of one of the greatest Gift on earth, and that’s Jesus, because God came down on earth in the bodily form to help us learn how to walk on earth and to understand the power of God through his Holy Spirit and what He can do for a people on earth if they believe in Him.
I challenge all of you on Christmas, to hug every person (gift) around you and tell them, “Merry Christmas,” and that "You have purpose, and you are a gift to the world. We're glad you were born." Mothers, question, what gift did you carry or what gift are you carrying? We can't wait to see your gift and can't wait to see the gifts' purpose to fulfill.
Merry Christmas everyone!!