Sunday, December 27, 2009

Dealing With The Post-Christmas Let-Down

How do you deal with the post-Holiday let down? From the story of “The Flight to Egypt” in Matthew 2:13-23, we learn three principles:

First, REALIZE that even the best of Christmases will have a post-holiday let-down. Mary and Joseph’s Christmas went from GLAD TIDINGS to a GREAT THREAT as Herod sought to kill this “newborn baby king.”

Second, RESPOND to the post-Christmas let down with steadfast obedience to God. Twice the angel told Joseph to, “Get Up!” And twice Joseph, “Got Up!”

Third, REMEMBER that even in the worst of post-holiday circumstances God is still at work fulfilling His plan in your life. Even with the tragic events of Herod’s slaughter of the babies in Bethlehem, God was at work fulfilling His plan.

God didn’t send Jesus to give you a fulfilling HOLIDAY. God sent Jesus to give you a fulfilling LIFE. Yes, the cave Jesus was born in is empty. But so is the tomb in which He was buried. He is alive. He is seated at the right hand of God. He is Lord of all who would believe. He is the Head of His Church.

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