Friday, December 9 - Whose birthday is it anyway?

December 9, 2016

Day 9Then Herod secretly called the magi, and ascertained from them the time the star appeared.  And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, "Go and make careful search for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, that I too may come and worship Him." (MATTHEW 2:7-8)

There was once a topsy-turvy kingdom.  Flowers grew in wintry ice and lakes froze in the summer.  Jason, who lived in the strange realm, celebrated his eight birthday.  His mother baked a cake, but he never saw it because she gave it to the mailman.  When Jason's friends heard of this birthday, they gave one another presents, but nothing to Jason.  Finally, Jason had all he could take.  He got a bike and rode the streets shouting at the top of his lungs, "Whose birthday is it anyway?"  As far as Herod was concerned, Christmas was all about him.  Herod faked a desire to worship the Christ-child so he could carry out his heart's secret agenda and protect his throne.  Many of us get confused about whose birthday we mark at Christmas.  We behave like it's ours, not Christ's.  "Whose birthday is it anyway?"  Good question for Herod, and for a lot of us.

SPIRITUAL HEART FOCUS:

Think about how you will celebrate Jesus' birthday this year.  Will it be more about you than him?