Now What?

The baby lies in the manger while Mary and Joseph lovingly watch him. We see the shepherds returned to their flocks. And, the Wisemen went home to their regular lives. Did the experience of the miraculous birth change them in any way? The Bible does not indicate what happened to them so we cannot answer the question.

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But, has the birth of Jesus changed our lives? Or do we pack the manger and the decorations away without another thought of the baby until Easter? So what kind of changes does the baby want to see in each of us? In my blogs during December, we looked at the characteristics of Christmas. The Christmas story teaches us about faith, hope, and love. And, the baby Jesus wants to change us into a people with faith, hope, and love that we demonstrate to those around us.

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Now What?

Now what? Jesus, the Christmas baby invites us to faith in Him. His royal birth set us free from the slavery of the Old Testament laws. Faith allows us to live out our lives in hope and with love. Baby Jesus teaches us to hope as we witness His life unfold in the pages of the Bible. And, everything Jesus does in His life shows us how to love our neighbors and our enemies.

Now what? Since our Christmas is past, we can look for the gift found in the lowly manger. God offers us the best present ever; a baby wrapped in the swaddling cloth of our salvation. Without the birth, there is no cross. So, this year, as you pack away the Nativity set, remember to unwrap the gift of salvation. A gift Jesus teaches us to use every day of our lives in our service to Him.

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Blessings,

Yvonne – #blogger, #speaker, and #author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”


Additional Resources:

Help at Christmas 

A Christmas Lesson of Faith

Christmas Lesson of Hope

The Christmas Lesson of Love 

 

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28 thoughts on “Now What?

  1. Jessica Brodie

    This is great, and your question, “has the birth of Jesus changed our lives?” is especially convicting. Thank you for this! I’m now pondering HOW Christ’s birth has changed my life (so many, many ways).

  2. stephaniemgammon

    Love it, Yvonne. I love the idea of God wrapping the best present for us. And this sentence: His royal birth set us free from the slavery of the Old Testament laws. Beautiful.

  3. Yes, Yvonne! Love this, “Do we pack Baby Jesus away until Easter?” What a great question to consider.

    Because when we celebrate Christmas, we celebrate Easter and the resurrection. They cannot be separated…Jesus was born to die. Hallelujah, He is risen just as He said! 🙂

  4. Yvonne, I appreciated your reminder and challenge that Christmas is not an end in itself, but a springboard to a lifestyle of living out the gift of salvation throughout the year.”As you pack away the Nativity set, remember to unwrap the gift of salvation. A gift Jesus teaches us to use every day of our lives in our service to Him.” I wonder if people not only pack Jesus away until Easter, many pack him away until next Christmas. Yet, not only do we celebrate his birth, his death and resurrection, we are attentive and alert to his return. Thanks for the post.

  5. Perfect timing for this message as people now turn from the festivities to putting away the decorations. It is the beginning of “always winter but never Christmas” as C.S. Lewis put the post-Christmas part of winter, especially one that drags on and on. Faith in Christ and embracing his message of salvation and hope changes everything forever. It even transforms wintery melancholy and dark days. A good reminder!

  6. Chip Mattis

    Good question, Yvonne. I constantly ask myself Now What or its cousin So What. Does Christmas make any difference to me as a man of faith? I say it does. But does my life reflect a Savior born into the world? Very thought-provoking. Thanks!

  7. Wonderful reminder, Yvonne, to allow the gift of Christ to sink in and transform each of us! That is why He came. May we be moved to greater faith and help others to find faith in Jesus, our Savior and Lord. God bless!

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