Christmas (Messianic) Prophecy #11

Posted by on Dec 15, 2008 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Messiah was to die by crucifixion.

Psalm 22:14, 16, 17

“I am poured out like water,
And all my
bones are out of joint;

My heart is like wax;
It is melted within me.

For dogs have surrounded me;
A band of evildoers has encompassed me;
They pierced my hands and my feet.
I can count all my bones.
They look, they stare at me;”

The fulfillment comes in the Gospels as we read the account of Jesus’ crucifixion.

I just have to say that there are no words in my head at this moment. How can I possibly add anything to this message to make it much different than preceding posts on these prophecies. Furthermore, I am distracted by this blog setup today. It’s doing some whacky stuff and not at all in the typical format to which I’ve grown accustomed.

So all that aside. Here are some thoughts that are random. Excuse my randomness.

Decorating a Christmas tree…perhaps we should find crosses to hang on them more than drummer boys, Star Wars ornaments, moose from Wyoming, Barbie, Hallmark houses, and the like. Maybe if we hung more crosses on our trees, we’d have a clearer appreciation for what the baby Jesus came to do for us as our salvation. It would be a reminder of what God is all about and the plan He had all along for His people. Don’t get me wrong. I love Christmas trees and ornaments. I give one to all my men every year that are to somehow represent something important that happened in their lives that year. One day, when Robert and David leave home to begin lives in homes of their own, they’ll take those hand-picked ornaments with them to put on their trees. I am a sentimental sot. And I may find out I’m an “indian giver”. Sorry if that phrase offends. It’s an old one and I don’t know of any other phrase that communicates taking back what you gave someone. Oh well.

The nativity set…we have four. One is rustic and large and we placed it in our den this year. A second is made of clay-type figures and is colorful and cute. We decided to not display it this year. A third is in our place in Highlands and my parents gave it to us a few years ago. It’s by Willow Tree and we leave it on the mantel all year. We never take it down.

A fourth is situated on our dining room table as the centerpiece. We acquired it from Rob’s aunt and uncle years ago when they realized we didn’t have a nativity set. It has floated to various spots in our home over the course of our marriage every Christmas. Probably my favorite place is in the foyer with the wooden shed as it’s backdrop. When I have it in the foyer I like to place this cross we have fairly close to it but still in the background. It’s very symbolic to me. The statement that makes is that the baby Jesus’ doesn’t have far to travel or much time before He will accomplish His saving work on the cross…once for all…fulfilling His purpose in life.

The other thing (and I touched on it briefly in Saturday’s post) is this. When we “get ready” for Christmas, we have to make room for it. But, it’s more than that. We are perhaps the busiest we are more than at any other time of the year and this may be the time of the year when we don’t spend time with our Savior as we celebrate His birth. Kind of ironic. We are so busy getting ready to celebrate His birth (with all of our trappings) that we don’t spend much time with Him at all. We’re focused on the day and not the person of Christ, God incarnate.

So the Christmas tree and the nativity set(s) are important to us for lots of reasons, sentimental and spiritual. Both cause us to make room for Jesus. Now, here’s the challenge for us today: how have you made room for Jesus in your schedule, home, etc. today?

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