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"That the generation to come might know Him..." Psalm 78:6

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Don't Miss The Significant

December 19, 2014
By Rev. Rick Calloway

“Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.” 1 Corinthians 1:27

There was an urgency in the air in the days when Jesus was born. Unfortunately, the busyness was not because the people were preparing for the birth of the long awaited Messiah. Instead, people were busy trying to get back to their birth places in order to register for the census that Caesar had ordered.

The Roman Empire was the big news of the day and no one in the entire Roman Empire cared about the birth of a Jewish infant in Bethlehem. One of the two most significant events in human history was happening in Bethlehem and the world missed it. The other significant event would come later at the Cross of Calvary. 

God chose Jesus to reduce to nothing the authority of this world. This little baby born in obscurity would become the most uttered name on the planet. This little baby would go from being known by no one but his parents to being followed by hundreds of millions throughout the years.

In our day, there is a busyness each year at Christmas that is associated with shopping, presents, and events. If not careful, we can lose the real significance of the season in the midst of insignificant things. Indeed, we could easily overlook the real reason of the season.

There is a lot of stuff going on in our world today and not all of it is good. Yet, we serve a God who is not panicked over the conditions of our world. In the midst of all this stuff, we need to stop and look for the significant in all the clutter of the insignificant.

I love 1 Corinthians 1:27 because it illustrates beautifully how God works. God uses what the world considers insignificant to demonstrate His significance and His power. Perhaps, we need to do as the Psalmist said and “Be still and know that He is God.” What better way to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas than to honor the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

I pray that you and your families will have a blessed Christmas! May each of us take the time to rediscover and celebrate the real significance of Christmas. Merry Christmas!